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2005 MINI Cooper Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 67 reviews
The MINI Cooper lineup expanded in 2005 with the addition of two new convertible models. The MINI was available as a hardtop in both Standard and S (supercharged) trim packages, or as a convertible, also in both Standard and S versions.
The new convertible models featured a powered soft-top roof that resembled the hardtop roof when in place. It opened fully in just 15 seconds, or could be opened partially like a sunroof. When open, the roof stowed in a compartment above the trunk. The convertible top came with a heated rear glass window.
The 2005 MINI also received a minor styling update, with a new front grille, bumpers, headlights, and taillights.
The Standard MINI models (hardtop and convertible) were powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 115 horsepower, while the S models were equipped with a supercharged version of the same engine, producing 168 horsepower (up from 163 for the previous year).
The Standard models came with a five-speed manual transmission, while the S version received a new six-speed Getrag manual transmission with a steering-column-mounted tachometer. A continuously variable automatic transmission (also known as a CVT) was optional in the Standard models, while a six-speed automatic was optional in the S models.
The MINI Cooper was well-equipped with such standard features as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual front and side airbags, an AM/FM stereo system with a CD player, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes. The S versions received larger 16-inch tires (as opposed to 15-inch tires in the Standard model), as well as a hood scoop, traction control, and a sport suspension. Leather seats and a navigation system were among the options.
Drivers overwhelmingly thought the MINI Cooper was a fun car to drive, and that, along with the car's economy and cuteness factor, was the major reason cited for buying the car. The convertible, with its sunroof capability, was a big hit with drivers, though some thought the car (both hardtop and convertible versions) was a bit stiff over the road, with a ride that could be bumpy at times. Handling, stability, and reliability were other positive points cited by drivers.
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MINI Cooper Questions
Dealer Advertised Clean Carfax But Won't Provide It Now. Are They Obligated...
dealer is refusing to give me a copy of the carfax. they advertised a "clean Carfax" and i trusted that. i purchased the car and started having problems before even getting home. o took it to my mec...
2005 Mini Cooper Keyless Entry Reactivation?
Got a 2005 mini and my keyless entry stopped working. I just had the windshield replaced today, and for some reason my keyless entry won't work. Any ideas on how I can reactivate it.... I'm located ...
Cant "convertible" Anymore!
It has been over 4 years since the last time the roof has worked. I took it in to find the problem at the time it broke and they said it was "the computer" and quoted me for $800. Being a college ...
I Recently Took My 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible Into A Shop To Replace Th...
Now they're saying it's the harmonizing balancer sensor? What is this and is it true that they wouldn't have been able to diagnose the problem without first replacing the alternator?