2003 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2003 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 37 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 23 reviews
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"speed" 12 reviews
CONS
"ride" 10 reviews
"space" 8 reviews
"expensive car" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 6 reviews

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Best conveyor of people and goods for your money!

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May be too cramped for family car.

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Excellent Make And Fun To Drive — Overall- it was a real kick in the pants. Everyone should own one at least once in their lives! I took one on a trip 4,000 miles without a bad experience, and no mechanical deficiencies. It's meant to be driven!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great style, runs great, and has a lot of power!

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Fuel economy is around 27 mpg, could be better.

ZennonGaines
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Sporty And Fun — I love the power and handling of the car. The gas mileage is great considering it's a sport model. Premium gas is recommended but regular fuel works just fine. Manual transmission but I'm just looking for a n automatic car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fast, fun to drive and reliable

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Nothing but it's a small car .... back seats are useless

KarimBarry
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My Love — I owned the car since college in 2003 and it's still my favorite ride. it's a reflection of my personality and ambition. I modified the engine to 240 hp and it's amazing in corners and acceleration. My plan is to give her to my son :)

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

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The Mini Cooper S has an excellent engine 1.8 turbo 5 speed manual transmission allows for getting optimum performance out of your rpms whether sifting down or up !!!

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This vehicle is not the typical family sedan so interior space is at a minimum

classic_001
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Excellent Fuel Economy ,with Power And Surprisingly Roomy — The Mini Cooper is like the Beatles it has taken America by storm another example of the British invasion....The Best fuel economy you can get and not be a hybrid very comprable to the Toyota Yaris or Corrolla.......I would define it as a lovely Driving Machine with Swagg !!!

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Nimble, can park it anywhere

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Not airtight at all, drafty.

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Not Again — was a decent little car to tool around in. handled well. pretty quick. NAV was useless and unreliable. Big sunroof was nice. Gas mileage was not as good as anticipated. Driver leg room was surprising. radio was mediocre. Wouldn't buy another.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fun to drive, perfect get-a-way car with your honey.  Gas saver

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Not a big family car.  Lot's of looks from the girls.

Creekshow
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Pretty Thing — This car has been a blast. So many great memories of the windows down and sun roof open just driving around town. Only needs oil every 15,000 miles. I don't have to stop for gas much. Fun, fun fun. Beautiful car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fun to drive every day. Easy to park. Great gas mileage. Much more room than you would imagine especially when you fold the rear seats. I can fit all 4 snow tires and my luggage fit inside . . . at the same time! Heated seats are a must-have.

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Ride can be bumpy if you're not used to it. A bit more road noise than the SUVs I used to drive. Cup holders are small.

Avalon20
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My First Mini - And Now I'm Hooked! — I loved this car from day one. I accept that it is a very small car, so it never frustrated me. In fact, I was surprised at how much actually fits inside, and you will be, too. Keeping expectations in line is key. It is not an SUV. It's a great daily commuter, grocery-getter, fun-around-town sort of car. If you like twisty mountain pass drives in the summer, you will love it for that. F.U.N.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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I am the second owner of 6.5 years and have enjoyed the quick steering &  tight radius of turns as well as ease of shifting this transmission.  Having a black top on a hot day, being able to open both windows and sunroof with remote entry is a plus.  The interior is amazingly quiet without road noise and the harmon-kardon sound system with its 6 speakers makes commuting bareable.

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The original run flats were not my favorites.  I exchanged for a sport tubless for the ride.  The only negatives I have are the expense of design in replacement parts instead of maintenance such as lube and the lack of control in first gear on inclines. I use the hand brake.

rj4kare
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This Car Is A Joy To Drive — I have no complaints: The electrical system and all the lamps are working. A new battery was installed. There are no dents in the exterior, but there are scratches on the back bumper and a cracked lens in the right rear lighted side marker which works.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Handles great, fun to drive, good fuel economy, good sound system, comfortable, easy to reach controls, head turner.

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Small back seat, not much cargo space.

justdbn4
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Go Kart For Big Boys.... — I love the Mini Cooper. It is almost like driving a go kart. It has some zip and handles like a dream. Front seats are very comfortable, you fit right in and feel like you belong there. It's low and has a very wide stance, cornering is awesome; I love to take it out on country roads and let it rip. All in all I think this car is great!!!

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Wine of the supercharger

Cons

That is gone

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Best Bang For Buck In A Cost Conservative World. — Loved this car. Indy Blue with Black top, Aero Kit, and Alta Performance products added. Intake, Boost pulley, under drive pulley, oil catch, and Miltek exhaust. All these mods yielded 210 horsepower. It was an fun and cost effective everyday driver.

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

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