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Pros: Dash, Handling
Cons: Color, didnt have green.
Advice: Make sure youre comfortable with size...I'm short so its great :-)I just purchased a 2003 Cooper S and...wow. This car is unbelievably fun to drive. My car has a pretty decent amount of miles considering the age of the car but it still runs great. I had it checked out by a mechanic and everything was in good shape. The seats are fairly comfortable. The dash is a great change from the conventional ones in other cars. Handling is amazing. Buy this car if you want to have fun driving your vehicle every time you get in. Oh, make it an S while youre at it.
Pros: looks cute, people love it
Cons: service is a drag, have to go often and 3 hours round trip to get there. no other dealership will fix them
Advice: don't get one unless you have a MINI service center VERY close, you'll regret it if it is more than 30-45 minutes away!get the sport package with the works kit! it is very zippy with a tight turning radius that will get you anywhere easily. service is AWFUL though. i would only get one if you have a dealership in your hometown. no one else will touch these things, even BMW. and standard car places can't get most of the parts or don't know the vehicle well. we have been through 5 runflat tires in one year, all on the same rim. service techs are nice, but i have their number, fax and email memorized by now and we have only had it 1 1/2 years
Cons: Lack of inside storage areas, for cellphones, maps, etc.
Advice: All goodExcellent... As stated in other reviews it is neccessary to keep the RPM's up out of the hole. Other than that, my new word for all those SUV's out there is 'pylons'. The Cooper S moves through traffic with ease. More room up front than my wifes Montero. I have the after market add-on cup holder which works great. Mult-function steering wheel is a joy.