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MINI Hatchback Ratings

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    4/21/2002 8:34:20 PM

    2002 MINI Cooper - Base

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Safety

    Advice: This car is way over priced (even without markups).

    Looks appealing at first sight. Handling is very good, but ride is bumpy. Acceleration is decent but could use more power, especially in passing. The small wheels could be dangerous in back roads. The outdated pump-action front seat adjustment is a nuisance and should be discarded. Front and rear ends (including fenders) are flimsy and could collapse in a minor fender bender mishap. Drivers might feel unsafe at moderate speed in less than ideal driving conditions. The worst feature is the dealership whose greedy salesman asked for a $5,000 markup over the suggested retail price on the sticker. This practice will turn potential buyers off in droves, I believe. I walked away when I learned about the markup. Maybe Mini Copper should be notified about this short-sighted ripoff.