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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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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: 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.