Thank you all for your positive suggestions!
I would love to have the sport line or sport suspension, however my father in law has a bad back and a bad temper. For the past month our Mini Cooper S has been in the dealer for warranty work and the dealer lent us a base model non-S cooper as a loaner-NA engine with 15" Michelin energy tires. My father in law has been lecturing us every other day when we pick him up on why we purchased the sport package with the stiff suspension, low pro 17" RFL tires, and the turbo engine since we are not "race car drivers". He also emphasizes the cheaper base model cooper is so much smoother in both ride and throttle response-what a bad choice we made. I hope I don't become a nag when I reach his age. Lol.
From the consensus, it will be either the PDC w/ rear camera or lighting package. My wife likes both options however I'm a bit frugal and would like to keep the price under $40k. We only have one dealer in Honolulu so the pricing will always be above MSRP.
Thank you again. I will talk it over with my wife.
Last edited by Rambo; 11-16-2012 at 03:45 AM.