I'm thinking about a 2010 Cooper S. I'd like to get some advice first.
I know the cars come with "free" 3 year maintenance program, but once that runs out how much does routine maintenance like an oil change cost?
Do the tires last?
Does the car handle well in the snow?
Is there alot of squeaks and rattles with a contervible?
How did the dealership treat you?
Do you feel you got a good deal, the closest dealership to me is about 45 miles away in Towson MD. Not alot of competition for sales.

My wife can't drive a stick, is there a big preformance difference between the auto vs manual? I'd prefer the stick.
Anything else you like to add would be welcome.