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Pros: All around air bag protection.
Cons: Windows cannot be opened or closed without taking your eyes off the road. They also cannot be operated together. Wiper control is too close to ignition lock. On starting, I often find the wipers running because I have brushed my hand against control.
Advice: Don't buy any dealer add-ons. They are tremendously over-priced!!I have driven my 2005 Mini for six months now and I still love it! My fuel economy averages just less than 32 mpg. The small size and turning radius are excellent, making parking and cornering a pleasure. Acceleration is good in all gears and especially good in second. If I had it to do over again, I would buy the S model for the extra power. So far, I have only had minor problems like lights remaining on when they shouldn't. For example; the left side front and rear running lights stayed on when I walked away from the car once. I went back and tried to turn them off but couldn't. Next time they turned off normally. I have also seen the taillights on by themselves when the car is parked. When the engine is cold, I need to carry too many rpms to get the car moving without bucking and snorting. This clears up when the engine gets warmer. I hope this is an adjustment problem that will be fixed at my first service. Control placement is a problem as noted elsewhere, especially the window controls.
Pros: Power Top
Cons: Interior Comfort
Advice: Drive it for a while to be sure you can get used to its size.Bought the new S convertible in December. Overall well designed, nice extras, tight and responsive. Very poor visibility out of the back window, bordering on dangerous. Seats terribly uncomfortable, hard to get in and out. Performs well, but too small and uncomfortable . Will probably sell!
Pros: Supercharged Engine
Cons: rear visibilty
Advice: go with the Cooper SHandles great. Much faster accelaration than my 2004 Standard Mini Cooper. Because of the backseat headrest, rear visibilty could be a problem. The Mini Cooper S Convertible is probably the funnest car I have ever drove.
Cons: Hard to find (need of more dealers)
Advice: It's a perfect second car. Get the convertible you won't regreat.Awsome grip and handling, very quick.
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: Stiff ride
Advice: This isn't a touring car. It is only okay for long distance. But for quick jaunts, YAHOOOThis is the most fun you can have in a car legally. Granted is small outside, but it isn't inside. And it is always an eyecatcher. If you don't want attention, look at a Toyota or Ford mini car. The perfomance is impressive. It accelerates (once past idle) past other cars and you don't even realize how quickly you are going. Its a terrific second car!
Pros: View from the front of the car (especially headlights/rally lights)
Cons: getting used to the keyless entry (passenger side)
Advice: Buy it-you wont ever regret itEver been on a roller coaster and wonder how it stays on the tracks on those tight turns?-Well that's what you'll ask yourself in the MINI. I bought the 2005, with cold weather package (not winter yet-so i'll save that review) the panoramic sunroof (a must) and let me tell you, every day you will become more connected with yout MINI. It will be the highlight of your day and especially your night, when the glow of the dash illuminates your MINI. Great gas mileage. and if you build it online you really feel it's all YOURS, from the paint to the parking lights-you design it. Buy it-the MINI is the future!