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Pros: THE ADJUSTABLE SEAT
Cons: NOTHING IT'S ALL GOOD
Advice: BUY IT....IT'S FUNIt's fun..It's Rad ..it's like having all the power on the road....
Pros: The harmon kardon stereo system
Cons: the silver plastic panel on the inside on the car door
Advice: poor craftmenship on the inside of the car so beware!The only gripe i have about the car is plastic paneling on the inside of the door. I had the silver trim fixed because when it was pushed on it sent a crack-like ( almost looks like a spiderweb ) line all along the silver door paneling. Like if you were to bend plastic. I had it fixed on both sides and it is now doing it again on the drivers side. So i guess if you dont touch the door when you get out you wont have this problem ( and i only weigh 100lbs ). I had the cup holder replaced, it fell off. I Had the stripes replaced because they had bubbles under them. Both window rotors had to be replaced because they were squeaking when it got hot out. It happened when you rolled the windows up. The mini dealership mechanic said the belts were worn ( ive only had the car for 6 months at that point ). Lastly the car had completely lost its acceleration. Once started it was ok, but then if i had stopped i had no accleration, i had my foot to the floor and i would only get up to 15 and even at that it took a very long time to get to 15mph. There was no 'vroom' noise. The dealership could not find any problems and its been fine ever since. I guess i have more than just one gripe after all! But i really do love my car even if it aggrivates me! I like the look,the radio, the style, its so much fun to drive!
Pros: You can always see through the top with the sunroof closed.
Cons: No leg room in the backseat.It is not a problem for me because my three dogs ride in the back.
Advice: Go for it! You won't regret it. It's a very solid car.(BMW)Handles great and is a fun car to drive.Very comfortable seats in town and on the road.Great stereo system and CD player.I have owned my 2004 Mini for nine months and have never had a problem.(4,000 miles)
Pros: Power and handling
Cons: lack of rear seat legroom for passengers, CD player should play MP3's.
Advice: Do yourself a favor and buy the S, the extra horsepower is so nice to have!I have had my 05 Mini Cooper S Convertible for about a month now. Talk about drop dead gorgeous, this car is just that! Most of the comments are, 'I didn't know they made a convertible.' Well they do and it's simply a fun and exciting car to drive. I got almost all the options you could get shy of a GPS. My only complaint would be back seat room, I'm 6ft 3in and with my drivers seat sitting back, there is litte to no leg room for a passenger on the driver side. The rear view vision is limited with the top up, and could use something to allow the driver to have a better view of what is behind or to the side, there is a blind spot which does make it a little difficult to navigate in reverse. The Harman Kardon stereo is nice, however this is 2005 and it would be much nicer if the CD player could play MP3's, without having to add a changer or add an auxillary input for a MP3 device. The car has plenty of zip, and hugs corners very well with the DSC. A convertible seems to bring a smile to everyone who see's it and having the option of being a targa or full convertible is very nice.
Pros: It's handling and performance, and of course the top down
Cons: back seat room
Advice: Watch your speedLoved it. Planned to buy a Cooper S, but a bit above the budget, so we settled on the Cooper. But it is still a mover and GREAT fun to drive. Want to get attention? Drive a Mini convertible. People will look and comment in parking lots.
Cons: BMW-like dealer prices
Advice: Go for it!!! also..opt for the sport package with DSCAmazing car! As a certified car nut I followed the development of the 'new' Mini for years. I was on my way home from work when I stopped in to the dealership...30 minutes later I left a deposit and the rest is history. This car is incredible...I had some minor troubles-the infamous airbag light coming on...about 5 attempts to fix...but true to BMW quality a service bulletin came out to replace the wiring harness under the passenger seat...so far,so good-no more trouble. I also notice-maybe my own paranoia that some SUV & minivan drivers like to try to muscle me out on the road... All in all it's been a fun 2 1/2 years with Mini... A word to the wise..definitely get the Sport Package which contains the famous BMW DSC-Dynamic Stability Control...has to be tried to realize how this little device will literally 'save the bacon'!
Cons: needs upgraded interior, looks cheap
Advice: makes a great second carAfter driving the MINI for a little over 1 year (26K miles), it has lived up to my expectations. Great handling, great looks and really fun to drive. I haven't suffered any mechanical problems like some other owners and I have had reasonable service. My dealer hours are 8-5, but they try to be helpful. Downside is the car has developed some rattles that I believe are associated with the very stiff suspension. I also wonder about the long term reliability of the vehicle. Only time will tell. 2003 MINI Cooper S, all factory accessories.