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Cons: Haven't found the down-side yet.
Advice: Don't expect to haul a 4x8 piece of plywood in it but it does just fine for a weekend's worth of bagage for me and the wife. The back seats will do OK for taking another couple to dinner but don't think you want to take anyone on a road trip back there.I was looking at Mercedes SLKs and CLKs and BMW 3 series convertibles. But with gas prices what they are, I saw the Mini Cooper S (same dealership as the BMW) and fell in love with it. Handles great, accelerates like a rocket - couldn't justify the additional cost and it out-performs my '67 Triumph GT6.
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 CAI 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!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Cons: Dealer Location (100+miles)
Advice: Replace the Run FlatsThe 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.
Pros: Too many to name, Supercharger, Navigation, Handling, Quality, The looks you get driving down the road!
Cons: How far away the dealerships are, Tampa or Fort Lauderdale 2.5 hours both ways.
Advice: Dont think of this as a cheap little hatchback, its a full blown BMW from perfomance to features!I bought this car in July of 2004. My dad bought an identical one as well. We both had them custom ordered with ever feature availible, Harmon Kardon Sound system is awesome, I couldnt live without the DVD Navigation, Blue and black leather, this car car has it all. Since its made by BMW, youll find that it is very comparable to a 5 Series in features. Auto dimming rear view mirror, self adjusting Zenon headlamps, rain sensing windshield wipers and so much more. You will not find a better handling car in production right now! Ive taken my MINI to the Great Smokies in North Carolina and killed All Wheel drive cars in handling. Dont believe it? Test drive it for yourself! Just make sure you go somewhere that you can do some cornering! The styling of the car is great, better quality than the 2005 models. They cut quality in 2005 to save money. Thats why I opted for the 2004. Great for long or short drives, Lots of room inside, and great control placement. You cannot go wrong with this car! There is nothing like hearing that supercharger whine! Get one before they change them for 2007, they look horrible!
Pros: Looks of the car
Cons: the run flat tires
Advice: Get the S if you canWell 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.