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Advice: Drive it fast .. taked a sharp curve .. don't slow down.The Cooper S Convertible an adult toy! How fun! It performs like a 2 steater sports car with a back seat. We will be buying one soon. The convertible is clever and begs to be driven top down no matter the weather.
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.
Pros: The way it took corners.
Advice: Don't buy the CVT.Was great to drive. Perfect for large cities. However, do not get the automatic (CVT). At 4500 had a new transmission put in. Took to the dealership 3 times with more transmission issues. Finally sold it last month.
Pros: Handling, shifting, available lux features
Cons: Quality and hopeless dealer service
Advice: Avoid, especially if you don't live within walking distance of the dealer.Brilliantly engineered.. but poorly built, with pathetic service. Everybody falls in love with this car.. I did too, but I'm stunned at how often it needs service, usually with repeat visits to continue attempting to remedy things that NEVER go wrong in other cars.. ie: Seat squeeks, steering column clicking, windows that smear from innards of the doors, easily dented bodywork (don't laugh... I've owned 13 cars in my life, and this thing dents if you look at it) etc. With 6000 miles, it's been in the shop 8 times in one year. The car drives brilliantly, and the size is perfect, so are the cupholders (which many moan about- duh!) but it's got the build quality of a '70s Fiat. There are dynamic virtues to this car, but everybody I know that has one has had a plethora of problems. Too bad. The world needs efficient, cool cars to blow the SUVs out of the water.. but this car is my greatest purchasing mistake.
Pros: Styling and driving it.
Cons: Cleaning brake dust off the wheels.
Advice: Check out the sport seats, they really are more comfortable.I have owned mine for about four months and have had no problems. The car is incredibly fun to drive. It truly has go kart type handling, and has more than adequate power. Fit and finish are excellent. The engine loves to rev, and is happiest at 3000 to 6000 rpm. Ride is firm and a little bumpy on concrete freeways. However, on asphalt roads, ride is comfortable. Dealer marked car up slightly but included paint treatment and lojack. I was lucky enough to walk in to dealer, and buy it--had choice of two. Basicly, I cannot say enough good things about this car.
Pros: Looks, and Cooper emblem
Cons: The 3 week wait
Advice: BUY ITI test drove the cooper and the cooper s. I ordered the cooper and it will be here in 3 weeks!!! If I wanted yellow, I could have drove away right there! Just a heads up - Silk green in Not available in 2003, they are replacing it with gold, so if you want it, they are going fast! I ordered Silk green with black roof and mirrors. I am so excited, I have driven the test car 3 times! I paid sticker price with no markup, so look around if you find dealers gouging. It's easy to buy cars out of state now, with only one trip to the dealer, and some dealers deliver for a fee, so something to look into if your dealer is tacking on a crazy amount.You can also track your car on Miniusa.com if you ordered one. I cant wait for mine to get here, and an extra perk is I am a huge Alice Cooper fan, so what better car to own? LOL
Pros: the navigation
Cons: the rear seats
Advice: buy itThe car is very powerfull but i think it could use a few more horses for going up hill. It is a very simple and practical car that is worth every penny