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    2004 MINI Cooper S - Base

    Pros: The smoothness of the engine

    Cons: The color

    Advice: Expect the best, it's from BMW! And that's what you get.

    I test drove the mini, and found it to be truly the best performing vehicle I have ever driven. It handled smoothly & without any trouble. The comfort of the vehicle made it a pleasure to drive. The performance of the engine was very smooth & the stering responded to my touch very easily. I would reccomend this vechicle to anyone who was interested in a new sporty car. It was an honor to drive such a remarkably built machine. I hope to purchase one in the future.

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    2003 MINI Cooper - Base

    Pros: handling

    Cons: needs upgraded interior, looks cheap

    Advice: makes a great second car

    After 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.

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    2003 MINI Cooper S - Base

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: Lack of inside storage areas, for cellphones, maps, etc.

    Advice: All good

    Excellent... As stated in other reviews it is neccessary to keep the RPM's up out of the hole. Other than that, my new word for all those SUV's out there is 'pylons'. The Cooper S moves through traffic with ease. More room up front than my wifes Montero. I have the after market add-on cup holder which works great. Mult-function steering wheel is a joy.

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    2004 MINI Cooper S - Base

    Pros: The GPS (Navigation System), stereo

    Cons: Sometimes it stalls for a second when I shift from park to drive

    Advice: Buy it if you like the versatility of a compact vehicle in terms of zipping in and out of the city, parking, etc.

    I have the CVT (automatic) Cooper. It accelerates really well, I find that I'm way ahead of the drivers in traffic in terms of speed. Sometimes I do notice that it sometimes stalls for a second when I shift from park to drive but other than that, I love the way it drives. It does attract attention maybe because it is still fairly new and not to mention the size is very cute, it looks like a toy.

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    2004 MINI Cooper S - Base

    Pros: The size makes parking really much easier to find in the city.

    Cons: The ride can be a little rough due to the small size and sportier suspension.

    Advice: Test drive it and see if the size is something you would feel comfortable in. The interior has plenty of space and is comfy...but a semi truck can be very intimidating.

    The steering is tight and the car handles well. The supercharged engine does a darn decent job of moving this little car. I completely enjoy driving the car. It also makes a nice attention getter for people who enjoy getting looks and smiles.

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    2003 MINI Cooper - Base

    Pros: The way it took corners.

    Cons: CVT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

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    2003 MINI Cooper - Base

    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.