2002 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2002 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 26 reviews
"handling" 16 reviews
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
CONS
"space" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"seat" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 5 reviews

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Sean writes:
2002 MINI Cooper Base Review
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When approaching a corner, one does not have to slow down! Unless something is in ones way and even then I can probably avoid it easily. It is slow in a straight line, but at least it gets 38mpg on the highway. Ours is completely set up for SCCA HS Solo1 competition, the fun factor is through the roof!

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There are a couple rattles that I am chasing down, but other than that honestly I can't find any negatives. The car is raced and as such should have a few rattles and quirks.

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Base Cooper — It is the equivalent to an adult gokart, slotcar and motorized roller skate. Every time I drive it, it just makes me happy. Saying that about a 115 HP car after owning a Lightning, Several Mustangs and various other 300+ HP vehicles should tell you something about the MINI. It's just an amazing little car.

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unitedauto15 writes:
2002 MINI Cooper S Review
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The Cooper is a very maneuverable, fun to drive car. 2002 S Model is supercharged as opposed to turbo (Approximately 163 HP as opposed to 139). Responsiveness of car is quick and lives up to its ancestor, overall, the car is very fast and zippy...perfect for city driving! Braking is instant, sometimes you can peel out on gravel but recovery time is fast thanks to the Automatic Stability Control feature (can turn on for adverse weather or it will come on according to need). Good gas mileage (28+/- in city) and ACTUALLY fantastic gas mileage on the HWY (35mpg!). Also, contrary to popular belief, there is a lot of head and...foot room...well foot room as long as you're in the front seats!

Cons

Kind of a rough ride, leather bucket seats in S model don't leave a lot for back support, which is fine for city driving, not so much for long trips! Low wheel base and front wheel drive give the Cooper great handling capability in adverse weather conditions. Kind of pricy to maintain but it's definitely worth it!

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Turned Me Into A Cooper Driver For Life... — I like the overall sports car feel, even the owner's manual says the driver's seat is, "the cockpit." -VERY true I have to say, its bucket seats and easily accessible controls and easy to see monitors make this car feel like it's folding around you. When that supercharger kicks in you sit deeply in the seats. My only complaint thus far is the issue (seems to be common with 2005 models and earlier) with the BCM and water getting into the module. This can lead to costly repairs if not complete module failures. I've experienced a couple issues with water leakage, but honestly those issue(s) paled in comparison to all the things that I truly enjoy about it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Patrick writes:
2002 MINI Cooper S Review
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Fun to drive

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Odd interior proportions

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Small But Spirited — This car is like an oversized go-kart--great handling and good acceleration due to its light weight. Supercharged engine provides nice linear power response, six-speed Getrag manual is smooth as butter. The only thing i would change would be to decrease the stiffness of the clutch.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Todd-Michael writes:
2002 MINI Cooper Base Review
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5

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handles/drives awesome, great gas mileage, very safe for such a small car

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not a lot of storage space, not terribly convenient for more than one extra passenger

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I Miss It! — The best car I ever had. I miss it! Very safe, solid, sporty, and fun.

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Xime writes:
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The driving experience is amazing!!!  it eye-catching, retro and modern at the same time!!  Getting relatively high fuel efficiency from a car that such a joy to drive is one of it's best selling points.

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a small car, but the exterior size is somewhat misleading as the interior room is fairly spacious for the average six-footer on our staff

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My Experience With An Amazing Mini Cooper.. — You can do no wrong in this car. Best handling, most fun car on the road. Car is balanced with extreme handling, braking and power. And this one in particular is a very reliable car, you will have a blast driving it as much as I do!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Eduardo writes:
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fun drive, nice to look at, great fuel economy

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cramped back seat, limited storage space, hard ride

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If You're In The Market For A Small, Economic And Fun Car, This Is It — Performance: not exactly a fast car, however it makes up for its lack of speed through amazing handling. Build Quality: since the new MINI brand is owned by BMW, most of the parts apart from the engine are from BMW so in that aspect it's very good. the only problem I've ever had with this car is that at one point the power lock on the driver's side stopped working, this has been repaired however. Appearance: this MINI is in near mint condition both inside and out. the only signs of wear are a few scratches on the front of the car and a chip in the chrome where rocks have hit it. it is in a very exclusive color called velvet red which is very much like maroon. Cost of Ownership: this MINI is very nearly fully loaded. it even has the sport suspension. the only features it lacks are the navigation system and the sunroof. overall price was about $24,000. gas mileage is terrific, you get mid to high 20s in the city and low to mid 30s on the highway. Fun Factor: if you find a twisty road, there are very few cars which will offer the fun factor of a MINI. while the ride can be harsh in the city and on the highway, the stiff sport suspension makes sense when you feel how this thing corners. it's easily one of the most fun cars you can buy for the money.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Iain writes:
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Style, Warranty, TLC package, fun to drive

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Build Quality, interior space, Run flat tyres

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2002 Mini Cooper Chili 1.6 — The initial experience from the dealership wasnt great. The car that arrived (after waiting nearly 3 months) was not the car that I ordered. The re-order arriced in 4 weeks ...go figure! Lights, exhaust, sterring wheel, trim were all replaced under warranty. The UK TLC service package (5 years serviceing for £100) was great...so no servicing bills for the 3 years I owned the car. Performance wasnt bad, Build quality wasnt great...for a BMW! Run Flat Tyres were expensive and a real pain to change as the tyre walls are so rigid, the Alloys were damaged when the tyres were replaced Very entertaining to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tim writes:
2002 MINI Cooper S Review
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Fast, Fast, Fast, Nimble, Cheap thrills

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YOU WILL NEVER GET 35MPG BECAUSE DRIVING IT LIKE A HOOLIGAN IS WAY TOO MUCH FUN

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Fast Fast Little Car — I wanted one of these since the day I saw the concept car in a magazine (in 6th grade social studies with Mr. Conmy) And thanks be to God I got a real John Cooper Works Mini Cooper S.. This car is seriously fast, its like riding a crotch rocket. It makes 200 HP at 7k RPM and a lot more torque. It has a 6 speed, JCW suspension and JCW brakes, bigger supercharger with a smaller pulley, dual exhaust, remapped ECU, polished heads, with reworked valves, etc etc etc... Really a race car with street legal bits added on... Buy one, you will love it I promise.

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Drew writes:
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All around awesome car

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nothing

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Mini Cooper S "mr. S" — I love everything about my car!!!!!!!!! It handles like a dream and is decent on speed. Also great gas mileage. This insurance is super cheap since it has a 5 star crash test rating. Its just an all around awesome car for looks and performance the best in my opinion.

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Melissa writes:
2002 MINI Cooper Base Review
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LUFF IT! he is my bradley.

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EXPENSIVE TO FIX. Hard to find mechanic who knows how to work on them

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Mini Cooper — MINI rocks, but gotta have cash to maintain it .So if you are wealthy and can afford a MINI. BUY at least 3 of them! So fun to drive . I have taken mine 16 hours into Mexico 3 times. I have been to Cali and Vegas countless times and love my car. except maintenance has been uber expensive and right now it is in the shop which has cost me 3 grand already and still counting. I would rather eat ramen noodles than give it up though.

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