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2006 MINI Cooper S - Base Hatchback
Pros: handling in corners.
Cons: the dirt catching rear end.
Advice: Buy it now and go with the 'S'. You won't be disappointed.This car is pure fun and pizazz. Cornering is like being on railroad tracks. There is very little body roll or sway. Fuel economy is 28-34 based on how sporty your driving style is. Sound system is very clear. Plenty of passing power even in tight spots. Seats are very firm, so bumpy roads are a problem. I live in northern New Hampshire and the S doesn't like frost heaves at all. Get the bonnet bra to protect the front end from chipping. It's a lot cheaper ($99, then the special clear coat for $450. Great little car. Wish I had purchased it sooner.
2005 MINI Cooper S - Hatchback
Cons: Dealer Location (100+miles)
Advice: Replace the Run FlatsThe ride is fairly stiff...the way I like it. Handling is great, excelleration is good (OK, I came from a BMW M Roadster). Shifter is good. Fun car to drive, reliable. Only bad things: Dealer location and tire life.
2004 MINI Cooper S - Base
Pros: Too many to name, Supercharger, Navigation, Handling, Quality, The looks you get driving down the road!
Cons: How far away the dealerships are, Tampa or Fort Lauderdale 2.5 hours both ways.
Advice: Dont think of this as a cheap little hatchback, its a full blown BMW from perfomance to features!I bought this car in July of 2004. My dad bought an identical one as well. We both had them custom ordered with ever feature availible, Harmon Kardon Sound system is awesome, I couldnt live without the DVD Navigation, Blue and black leather, this car car has it all. Since its made by BMW, youll find that it is very comparable to a 5 Series in features. Auto dimming rear view mirror, self adjusting Zenon headlamps, rain sensing windshield wipers and so much more. You will not find a better handling car in production right now! Ive taken my MINI to the Great Smokies in North Carolina and killed All Wheel drive cars in handling. Dont believe it? Test drive it for yourself! Just make sure you go somewhere that you can do some cornering! The styling of the car is great, better quality than the 2005 models. They cut quality in 2005 to save money. Thats why I opted for the 2004. Great for long or short drives, Lots of room inside, and great control placement. You cannot go wrong with this car! There is nothing like hearing that supercharger whine! Get one before they change them for 2007, they look horrible!
2005 MINI Cooper S - Hatchback
Pros: Looks of the car
Cons: the run flat tires
Advice: Get the S if you canWell the steering wheel response is so tight that I do not recommend trying to remove your wallet while driving, if your leg or knee hits the steering wheel you just might think that you are going to roll the car. It is tight in the corners, quick off the start, great gas mileage, great looking car and just plain fun to drive, my wife has a BMW and my prior car was an Infinity G35 sports coupe and this car is a real nice replacement, nothing boring about it, get one see what I mean, I a have the Pepper White Cooper S, hard top with sun roof, heated seats, etc.
2003 MINI Cooper S - Base
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.
2005 MINI Cooper - Convertible
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....
2005 MINI Cooper S - Convertible
Pros: The exterior
Cons: The instrumentation
Advice: Look out for the 'go-kart ' handlingThis car looks great on the outside, but the inside is a horror. Gray plastic dashboard just waiting to scratch. Cheesy cup holder I could snap off with my hand. Strange perforated screen under the the sunroof that throws irritating shadows off the shiny dash. Weird tach over the steering wheel that you cannot really see. Speedometer in the tach you cannot read if the sun is coming from the side. Tiny clock that is impossible to see. The interior is so busy, it's like a passenger that won't shut up. Now for the performance. When they say go-kart handling they are not kidding. You take your foot off the accelerator and the care immediately slows. Annoying.The brakes are goosey,too. Instruments at night are an ugly amber and way too many lights.