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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: looks cute, people love it
Cons: service is a drag, have to go often and 3 hours round trip to get there. no other dealership will fix them
Advice: don't get one unless you have a MINI service center VERY close, you'll regret it if it is more than 30-45 minutes away!get the sport package with the works kit! it is very zippy with a tight turning radius that will get you anywhere easily. service is AWFUL though. i would only get one if you have a dealership in your hometown. no one else will touch these things, even BMW. and standard car places can't get most of the parts or don't know the vehicle well. we have been through 5 runflat tires in one year, all on the same rim. service techs are nice, but i have their number, fax and email memorized by now and we have only had it 1 1/2 years
Cons: Stiff ride
Advice: This isn't a touring car. It is only okay for long distance. But for quick jaunts, YAHOOOThis is the most fun you can have in a car legally. Granted is small outside, but it isn't inside. And it is always an eyecatcher. If you don't want attention, look at a Toyota or Ford mini car. The perfomance is impressive. It accelerates (once past idle) past other cars and you don't even realize how quickly you are going. Its a terrific second car!
Pros: You can always see through the top with the sunroof closed.
Cons: No leg room in the backseat.It is not a problem for me because my three dogs ride in the back.
Advice: Go for it! You won't regret it. It's a very solid car.(BMW)Handles great and is a fun car to drive.Very comfortable seats in town and on the road.Great stereo system and CD player.I have owned my 2004 Mini for nine months and have never had a problem.(4,000 miles)
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.
Pros: It's handling and performance, and of course the top down
Cons: back seat room
Advice: Watch your speedLoved it. Planned to buy a Cooper S, but a bit above the budget, so we settled on the Cooper. But it is still a mover and GREAT fun to drive. Want to get attention? Drive a Mini convertible. People will look and comment in parking lots.
Cons: BMW-like dealer prices
Advice: Go for it!!! also..opt for the sport package with DSCAmazing car! As a certified car nut I followed the development of the 'new' Mini for years. I was on my way home from work when I stopped in to the dealership...30 minutes later I left a deposit and the rest is history. This car is incredible...I had some minor troubles-the infamous airbag light coming on...about 5 attempts to fix...but true to BMW quality a service bulletin came out to replace the wiring harness under the passenger seat...so far,so good-no more trouble. I also notice-maybe my own paranoia that some SUV & minivan drivers like to try to muscle me out on the road... All in all it's been a fun 2 1/2 years with Mini... A word to the wise..definitely get the Sport Package which contains the famous BMW DSC-Dynamic Stability Control...has to be tried to realize how this little device will literally 'save the bacon'!