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Pros: The manual transmission.
Cons: Not driving it enough.
Advice: If you aren't sure, test drive it. Your mind will be made up.I have only owned this car for two days, so my quality ratings are just that - two days. This is by far the most fun car I have owned. It is the first imported car I have owned, and I am amazed. This car sticks to the road like glue, has amazing pick up speed for a 4-cylinder engine - for any engine actually, and gets great gas mileage to boot. It's too bad the engineers at Chevrolet/Ford/Chrysler can't get together and come up with a vehicle like this. I'll try and add more as time passes, but this is one amazing car. If you're considering a purchase, go ahead... you won't be disappointed. Oh, I've seen some comments about resale value. Every used Mini I looked at was over $20,000, so I would say they actually have great resale value. If you know how do drive one, I recommend the 6-speed manual!
Pros: convertible top
Cons: run flats ... expensive to replace and flat tire light ... very sensitive
Advice: Go to the Mini USA site and design the one you want, dealers will work with you or order the exact one you want!Awesome car! Fun to drive and surprisingly enough very roomy ... at least in the front seat. I LOVE this car.
Pros: Other drivers faces and watching people watch me whip into a mini parking space. Once they applauded.
Cons: Trying to get 3 people into the vehicle
Advice: Don't leave home without oneEnded my 36 mo lease on a 2004 Pepper White Black Top Mini and drove off in a 2006 Blue with Silver Top. Braman Motors in W Palm Beach, FL has a fantastic service center. You wouldn't believe the stuff my wife and I have put into the car with the rear seats down. Its a wonderfully driving car for one or two people.
Pros: The exterior
Cons: the poor quality and depreciation
Advice: It is a cute car but very high maintenance. Don't buy one if you don't have time to sit in the service center.I love the look of the Mini and think it is the cutest car on the road. However, I was greatly disappointed in the qualty of its components. I have a rattle in the car that required five visits to the dealrship to fix and it is still not fixed. The radio went out and had to be replaced. The seat heater on the passenger side had to be replaced after three months. The clock was broken and had to be replaced. The air conditioner motor needs to be replaced. I need two front tires due uneven wearing - not sure why that happened. The dealership I use for service is sick of seeing me so often. I tried to trade it in for a new car, but the depreciation for only one year was $10,000.00! So I am stuck with a lemon, a cute lemon but a lemon non-the less. I just want to pay it off and get rid of it.
Pros: Super Charger
Cons: Instrument Cluster
Advice: Look at the mx-5Nice car. But not as sporty as i imagined. 2006 MX-5 Miata is much more fun and a better value.
Pros: Handling is incredible
Cons: Honestly, not being able to drive it more and further
Advice: DO NOT test drive unless you are ready to buy one !!!!The only reason I gave a 4 for performance is I got the Mini Cooper, not the S, for gas mileage. Words cannot describe how much FUN they are to drive. You cannot even feel the automatic CVT transmission shift unless you watch the tach. You can actually get the gas mileage they claim, sometimes even better. Leaving the house was never so much fun. Well, got to go get something at the store. Probably somewhere as far as possibe. TOO MUCH FUN FOR ONE CAR!!
Pros: Top and handling
Cons: back up visibility, but you get used to it...love the back up sensors
Advice: If you want fun and economy with great handling - buy it!!More fun to drive than my Audi TT Roadster...love the sunroof and top. Brakes, transmission and steering are all excellent. Always over 35 to the gallon..