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4.6 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 66 reviews
2003 MINI Cooper Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 66 reviews
The MINI Cooper two-door hatchback was available in both Standard and S (supercharged) trim packages for 2003. Other than a few minor changes, such as a new interior color, new optional exterior graphics, some additions to the options packages, and an MP3 port on the CD player, the 2003 MINI was virtually the same as the previous year's model.
Power for the front-wheel-drive MINI was provided by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. For the Standard model, horsepower was rated at 115, while the supercharged engine in the S version pumped that up to 163 horsepower. The Standard version received a five-speed manual transmission, while the S version upped that a notch with a six-speed manual. A continuously variable automatic transmission (also known as a CVT) was optional in the Standard model.
Design-wise, the MINI retained many of the elements of its iconic ancestor, which first appeared in Great Britain in the late 1950s, although the new MINI gave those elements a decidedly modern twist. For instance, the new MINI's taillights, fender, and roofline all mimicked similar elements in the 1960s-era Minis, while interior components such as the center console, instrument panel, switches, and air vents all drew inspiration from the classic Minis.
The MINI Cooper was well-equipped with such standard features as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual front and side airbags, a CD player, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes. The S version received larger 16-inch tires (as opposed to 15-inch tires in the Standard model), as well as a hood scoop and a sport suspension. A sunroof, leather seats, navigation system, and traction control were among the options.
The MINI Cooper's BMW heritage appealed to many drivers, who felt they were getting a BMW-quality car at a cost that was considerably lower than that of a standard BMW model. Some drivers were put off by the MINI's small size, but most drivers found the vehicle to be fun to drive, nimble, reliable, economical, and comfortable, as well as a head-turner on the road.
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MINI Cooper Questions
2003 R50 Eng Warning Light.
When driving hard, around 4000 rpm, check eng light comes on & derates eng (low power). Turn ignition off & re-start clears fault & away we go till i start driving hard?
My 2003 Mini Copper The Service Engine Light Stays On, Car Is Running Ok?
I put in a fuel injection cleaner in the gas tank with high test fuel, the good cleaner, (treflon?) two days later, the service engine light stays on? When first going, it seems a little slow, but r...
75a Fan Fuse
The 75A fuse keeps blowing stopping the fan activating. I overheated last week and the AA replaced the fuse but it sblew again before I arrived home, Any ideas on what causes this fuse to blow and how...
I Just Bought An 03 Mini Cooper. I Have No Dash Lights, The Tack And Every...
Will Not Crank But Battery Fully Charged.
In shop twice, but same problem when I get home. Hazard light comes on/off intermittently along with no flat tire light, which I do not have no flat tires. Friend push me off and popped clutch to cr...