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MINI Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    3/16/2006 8:12:30 PM

    2005 MINI Cooper S - Convertible

    Pros: Convertible Convertible Convertible Performance Performance Performance!!!!!

    Cons: Most BMW dealers are not Mini dealers and most Mini dealers seem to be ignorant, lying jerks

    Advice: Buy through a credit union or inland state to avoid huge markups. Some dealers wanted $7995 over MSRP in CA

    I am 5'8' and my teenagers do not have much legroom in back. The back seat is not very comfortable, weirdly shaped. The front seats are comfortable. The base stereo is quite nice sounding with all types of music. Love the stereo controls on the steering wheel. Cruise control is well laid out. The handling is totally awesome especially after you dump the run-flats and get real tires with a compressor/repair kit. The acceleration pushes you back in your seat above 3000RPM. Shifts like a dream. Clutch has very nice feel. Parks in the tiniest spots. Once I found Nick Alexander BMW/Mini the service has been very good. The other two dealers I dealt with in the LA area left very much to be desired. Power steering pump went out about 15000 miles, top was replaced due to rubbing marks from being too tight. There was a rattle in the roof bracket above my window. Were some trim problems. Nick Alexander took care of them all under warranty without any BS. LOVE DRIVING MY MINI!!!

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    3/16/2006 3:23:43 PM

    2006 MINI Cooper S - Base Hatchback

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: cup holders

    Advice: I reccomend the mini cooper, especially the S!!!!

    I enjoyed the test drive so much I had to buy a mini. The mini handles so well. It truly makes driving fun. The only hard part is, even after I reach my destination, I want to keep driving. I always want to drive my mini, it defines the word fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3/2/2006 6:57:25 PM

    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.

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    2/22/2006 6:46:13 AM

    2005 MINI Cooper S - Hatchback

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Dealer Location (100+miles)

    Advice: Replace the Run Flats

    The 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.

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    1/3/2006 11:17:33 AM

    2005 MINI Cooper S - Hatchback

    Pros: Looks of the car

    Cons: the run flat tires

    Advice: Get the S if you can

    Well 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.

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    10/21/2005 1:23:41 PM

    2005 MINI Cooper - Convertible

    Pros: THE ADJUSTABLE SEAT

    Cons: NOTHING IT'S ALL GOOD

    Advice: BUY IT....IT'S FUN

    It's fun..It's Rad ..it's like having all the power on the road....

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    7/31/2005 2:31:40 PM

    2005 MINI Cooper S - Convertible

    Pros: The exterior

    Cons: The instrumentation

    Advice: Look out for the 'go-kart ' handling

    This 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.