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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: Power Top
Cons: Interior Comfort
Advice: Drive it for a while to be sure you can get used to its size.Bought the new S convertible in December. Overall well designed, nice extras, tight and responsive. Very poor visibility out of the back window, bordering on dangerous. Seats terribly uncomfortable, hard to get in and out. Performs well, but too small and uncomfortable . Will probably sell!
Pros: Supercharged Engine
Cons: rear visibilty
Advice: go with the Cooper SHandles great. Much faster accelaration than my 2004 Standard Mini Cooper. Because of the backseat headrest, rear visibilty could be a problem. The Mini Cooper S Convertible is probably the funnest car I have ever drove.
Cons: Hard to find (need of more dealers)
Advice: It's a perfect second car. Get the convertible you won't regreat.Awsome grip and handling, very quick.
Pros: Power and handling
Cons: lack of rear seat legroom for passengers, CD player should play MP3's.
Advice: Do yourself a favor and buy the S, the extra horsepower is so nice to have!I have had my 05 Mini Cooper S Convertible for about a month now. Talk about drop dead gorgeous, this car is just that! Most of the comments are, 'I didn't know they made a convertible.' Well they do and it's simply a fun and exciting car to drive. I got almost all the options you could get shy of a GPS. My only complaint would be back seat room, I'm 6ft 3in and with my drivers seat sitting back, there is litte to no leg room for a passenger on the driver side. The rear view vision is limited with the top up, and could use something to allow the driver to have a better view of what is behind or to the side, there is a blind spot which does make it a little difficult to navigate in reverse. The Harman Kardon stereo is nice, however this is 2005 and it would be much nicer if the CD player could play MP3's, without having to add a changer or add an auxillary input for a MP3 device. The car has plenty of zip, and hugs corners very well with the DSC. A convertible seems to bring a smile to everyone who see's it and having the option of being a targa or full convertible is very nice.