Just looked at and test drove an '06 MCS from a private owner not too far from my home. It is a beautiful Space Blue (all over) color with black interior. I will make the owner an offer today that I believe he will probably accept, but I have a steering question of you. I have never driven a Mini before today so I have no basis for comparison....I noticed as I turned the wheel sharply pulling away from the curb that the steering wheel required a bit of effort to make the large amount of turn. When driving ahead and making small left/right movements the steering felt fine, not light, but not heavy either. There were no unusual noises when I turned the wheel, just felt "heavy" compared to my Subaru or Cadillac SRX. I kind of think this steering is probably normal for this car, but thought I'd ask some of you who drive MCS's all the time. Thanks for your thoughts. Going to hold the offer until I hear from some of you!