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With a basic engine kit, the mini can be extremely nippy. That’s of course if you are driving alone. However, with three additionaly passengers in the car, the petrol consumption is awful. Having to mash the throttle due to the much slower pick-up could just be the reason. But heading down a slope with the wind behind you can prove to be a lesser pain. Although this English beauty can reach speeds up to 90-110km/h, she drives more comfortably at around 70-80km/h.
When asked about the safety of the mini, designer Issigonis confidently stated:
“I make my cars with such good brakes, such good steering, that if people get into a crash it´s their own fault. I don’t design my cars to have accidents."
Despite the belated introduction of the airbags and side impact bars in vehicles, it is generally acknowledged that the mini was designed with excellent handling characteristics.
Although there are certain problems that can be fixed yourself, there is one painful problem. For the reason that the Austin Mini is not an all-terrain vehicle in any sense imaginable, a journey can easily become agonizing if the road is bumpy and the weather is wet. Having the carburetor placed behind the engine reduces carburetor icing, but that leaves the distributor located right behind the grill exposed to water coming in. Thus, when it’s raining cats and dogs, the engine will stall.
It may be a small and unreliable at times. But bear in mind – you’re driving an icon. Driving in a Murano may be more reliable, faster and bigger but in an Austin Mini, you will make heads turn. You will see people smiling from ear to ear. You will be noticed. The word ‘bored’ will no longer exist in your dictionary because every drive will be a mini adventure. As a matter of fact, you will never feel diminutive when you’re beside another automotive, but instead, superior. It’s not just the car. It’s the feeling.