2004 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2004 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 64 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 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:4.3 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: 4.6 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" 41 reviews
"handling" 27 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"speed" 13 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 8 reviews
"space" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"small trip" 4 reviews
"seat" 4 reviews

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Scott writes:
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Fun and a Blast to Drive!

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If you have the money buy one!

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Best Car I Have Ever Owned — Performance - pretty good pick up for a 4 banger, handles like a go-cart Build Quality - only one major repair had to replace xenon headlight it was under warranty. Appearance - interior & exterior styling is very good. Cost of Ownership - 25mpg on avg between city & hwy, maintenance has been fairly reasonable synthetic oil & filters are a little much but no too bad. Fun Factor - It is a blast to drive. I like watching other cars brake going into a tight corner where I just say is that all you got!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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drea111 writes:
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Driving is fun and parking easy

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Reaper of Repair

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Fun To Drive. If You Must Have A Mini Get The Warranties And Sell Before It Starts To Have Problems. — Mini Coopers are fun cars to drive. Get a Mini and you have an instant rapport with a whole world of Mini Cooper Fans. What is the downside of owning a Mini? The cost & frequency of repair can be devastating. I drove a Certified Pre-owned Mini Cooper S with extended warranty 15,000 miles. I took the car in for the annual check up and learned that the clutch, tire arms, tires, tire bolts and other parts needed to b replaced. I have an estimated $6,600 in repairs, the equivalent of 1/3-1/2 the value of the car today. Just 8 months ago, the dealership changed the oil, crankshaft pulley & other parts. Fortunately, the parts were under warranty. If you are determined to buy a Mini Cooper, first try to talk yourself down. Certainly you can rent a Mini for a day and fulfill the urge for fun. Of course, if you must get the car, get the warranties and strap yourself in. Mini ownership is a bumpy costly ride. Check out the forums for details on repairs. Know before you buy.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Creed writes:
2004 MINI Cooper S Review
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Handling

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Back Seat Access

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Love It — LOVE IT, better than my 06 330i... It out handles the BMW, as it is so small. It is quiet, comfortable, quick, good on gas, good looking... Free maintenance is sweet too. I can't wait to get another some day, it is paid off so I will keep it a while.

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Greg writes:
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The thought that people think its a slow Mini Cooper not the S

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The heat shield knocking against the exhaust will fix that soon

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Best Car — Very good car for someone who is looking into buying this car should. Performance wise, not a whole lot just 163bhp. Cost of ownership has been good. This car is a blast to drive, take it to a track!! Best car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nathan writes:
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4

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Its agility and miles per gallon

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Can't carry that many friends

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Mini Cooper S A Fun Car — The car is extremely fun and once you get to around 200hp you will be extremely satisfied with it the car almost never fails to put a smile on your face. As far as handling goes I have yet to find anything better.

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

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Courtney writes:
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Fun to drive, reliable, guaranteed miles of smiles

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still searching for an answer to this one...

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I Love It! — The MINI Cooper S has a personality of its own. It holds it's own performance wise. Go-cart handling, snappy acceleration, and great braking are all guaranteed to give you miles of smiles. Manufactured by BMW, it has great build quality and holds its resale value. Gas mileage is decent and it is very dependable. I haven't had any trouble with this car after "owning" it for over two years. And believe it or not, it still turns heads and is a conversation piece wherever I go.

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

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Conrad writes:
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compact and quick; Rally purpose!

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lack of space!

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One Of My Many Dream Cars! — Performance wise the acceleration is quicker than needed and the handling is excellent near the racing quality but still a little play and the braking is very responsive. the gas mileage on this vehicle is excellent but the maintenance can be expensive since it is a European car.

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

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Ryan writes:
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Size

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Size

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Let's Make Parks Larger And Parking Spaces Smaller — Everyone should own a MINI. Good acceleration, excellent handling and more fun to drive than the go-cart it is compared to. I should have gotten the sunroof though, but the next one will be better. The super-charger is okay the turbo is more responsive. Oil changes are scheduled at 15,000 miles, the S comes with run flats and there is no shortage of safety features.

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Shafiqur writes:
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The performance and handling from such a little car, easy to park in small spaces and a real head turner.

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Sports suspension gives a very bumpy ride if the road surface is bad or if you live where i do and expensive to run (tax and fuel).

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Great Little Car For A Single Person But Not Practical For A Family Person. — Don't hold the value unless you take it back to the dealers to part ex for another Mini. Not much space in the boot for shopping as i realised the first time i went to Asda. It is the type of car you buy, have fun with it and sell it on.

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Eric writes:
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4

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small but with four real seats, steering and handling

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bit underpowered

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I Love Darting Around And Squeezing Between Things — The Mini is a great car from travelling around London. Though not as comfortable and a bit underpowered on longer trips and at higher speeds, it's perfectly adequate for shorter trips and handles great on B-roads. And I love darting around and squeezing between things in the city. The only thing better would be a bike, but sometimes I need four wheels :P

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