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Simon Robinson
Posted on: July 4th, 2010, 16:40:32 Quote Report to Moderator
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Hi, been a member of MMOC for several years and it's only ever been a dream of owning one. However, it may come to pass in the next few months that I will have the cash to buy one to replace my gradually decaying heap of a VW Polo.

The question for all those MM owners out there is - are they a practical enough vehicle to use as an everyday car? I'm doing around 12k miles a year, but it's nearly all back and forth to work (20 miles each way on dual carriageway). I would have to be able to get a MM that drives straight away as I haven't got the time or facilities at the moment to fix up and store a "work in progress".

D&H Mk IV 8313, KGV 215V (aka George) - 75,000 miles and counting since restoration in 2011.
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Posted on: July 4th, 2010, 21:45:03 Quote Report to Moderator
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Provided you get one with an opening rear hatch and you don't have a large family to cart around it's an extremely practical car. I've been using my Mk.IV as an everyday car for 30 years, and as my only car for the first ten years. It's now on the third time round the clock (240,000 miles including the donor mileage).
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Tim Frankland
Posted on: July 4th, 2010, 22:06:56 Quote Report to Moderator
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I agree, rear hatch is very important.

I drove a 20 mile round trip to Basildon for work for a year and it didn't let me down once. Knowing at the end of the day that I was driving a sports car home made work much better too! I have now given in and have a Fiesta as my daily drive though, it's better at long distances and stands out less in the car park which used to worry me.

I would say the most important thing is having it covered, having mine stored in a garage at home and a multi-storey at work helped a lot during the winter.

Go for it!
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Simon Robinson
Posted on: July 5th, 2010, 16:21:21 Quote Report to Moderator
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Thanks for the info. It's only myself at the moment, which was why it seemed like a good time to invest...

The only thing is that is going to be uncovered all the time - I don't have a garage at home, and it's open air parking at work.

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Stuart
Posted on: July 5th, 2010, 17:29:18 Quote Report to Moderator
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As long as you get the door-seals/ rain gutters sorted having a car that is used everyday kept outside is no detriment really.
The straight roads will also ease the burden on all the mini weak points, ball joints etc.
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Tim Frankland
Posted on: July 5th, 2010, 18:19:37 Quote Report to Moderator
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By having it covered I meant to keep it warm, engine starting, de misting etc... But its no worse than a normal Mini of course,
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Graham Bichard
Posted on: July 5th, 2010, 20:22:34 Quote Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Tim Frankland, posted July 5th, 2010, 18:19:37 at here
But its no worse than a normal Mini of course,



And there's a lot fewer bits that can rust too!  

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Simon Robinson
Posted on: July 9th, 2010, 10:08:47 Quote Report to Moderator
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Thanks for the advice, now to find one that's not going to break the bank...

D&H Mk IV 8313, KGV 215V (aka George) - 75,000 miles and counting since restoration in 2011.
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John Dickens
Posted on: July 21st, 2010, 21:30:23 Quote Report to Moderator
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I ran mine as a daily driver for about 12 years.
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