MINI Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    2002 MINI Cooper - Base

    Pros: looks

    Cons: performance mediocre at best with base engine- dealer price gouging

    Advice: either wait 6months to a year for price to come down- or buy a Subaru, Civic Si or Acura RSX

    Quite an attention getter and reasonably well equipped IF you can get it at MSRP. Underpowered with the base engine, have to plan passes and merges. Somewhat choppy ride on grooved and rutted pavement. Besides the attention factor, not really that much to offer over other cars in this price range. Lack of room, the seat adjuster, somewhat fragile body panels and the anemic base engine combined with dealer gouging make this expensive eye candy. At MSRP worth a look for a kids car- high school or college, or an around town errand car. But it does nothing better than many other cars and some worse.

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    2002 MINI Cooper - Base

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Safety

    Advice: This car is way over priced (even without markups).

    Looks appealing at first sight. Handling is very good, but ride is bumpy. Acceleration is decent but could use more power, especially in passing. The small wheels could be dangerous in back roads. The outdated pump-action front seat adjustment is a nuisance and should be discarded. Front and rear ends (including fenders) are flimsy and could collapse in a minor fender bender mishap. Drivers might feel unsafe at moderate speed in less than ideal driving conditions. The worst feature is the dealership whose greedy salesman asked for a $5,000 markup over the suggested retail price on the sticker. This practice will turn potential buyers off in droves, I believe. I walked away when I learned about the markup. Maybe Mini Copper should be notified about this short-sighted ripoff.