2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2005 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 72 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 38 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"speed" 13 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"in snow" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews

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2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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5

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This car is very reliable and quick around the corners or just going down the street.  It is so much fun to drive.  This is a lot more roomy than it appears, and I have packed in quite a lot of IKEA furniture or groceries before!

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The back seats have little leg room unless the front seats are pulled all the way forward.  I have packed in 4 teenaged boys though for a quick trip to football practice!

bergmanrs63
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Fun Fun Fun — This car turns the heads and I have received so many compliments on it. People stop me all the time to ask about the car. My two teenaged boys and I drove it to from Seattle to Chicago and back on a road trip and had a great time. There was plenty of room for all of us, including the luggage. This car is great for long trips or short trips.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Minideb writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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Great gas mileage

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Power not that strong

Minideb
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Good — I like this car it's cute and perfect for running around has a lot of cargo room for transporting anything you want it's really great on gas and very good in the winter with front wheel drive it's a fun car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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CoopStrong writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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4

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nice car, looks nice and rides nice.

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only has about 3 inches of ground clearance

CoopStrong
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Good City Car. Not Too Great For The Country — has great MPG, its bigger on the inside than it looks, I'd keep it if i lived in a city but because i live in the country, there are more back roads id like to drive on but i cant because of the ground clearance.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Laura writes:
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4

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Small (but surprisingly roomy), quick, handles GREAT, and has good fuel economy. Such a fun car to drive!!

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Back seats are small, which is to be expected. But when you lay the back seats down there's quite a bit of storage room.

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My Favorite Car So Far! — This MINI has been my favorite car. It's quick and handles great which makes it a blast to drive. The additional features like heated seats, heated washer jets, rain sensing windshield wipers, and Harman-Kardon radio give it the feel of a luxury car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lenono910 writes:
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Great car!

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I'm told, not so good in snow.  Time to move south. :D

Lenono910
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Love My Mini! — Just love it! Just bought it. Don't quite have 40 words yet to describe this car that the site is demanding I input. lol Heated seats! Can't wait for Winter to try out the heated seats! Harman Karden sound system. Wow!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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wkievit writes:
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4

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Quick and economical

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Dealer work is too expensive and not very good.

wkievit
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A Blast — Drove this car on dry days since 2011 with zero problems. Took it to the dealer (Hartford) to get the heated driver seat fixed. Two weeks and $120 later I took it back unfixed. They started with a $600 estimate that ballooned to $1200 when they found out that they didn't really know how to fix the problem without replacing the entire seat. Fortunately I have had zero real problems. I just put in gas and have routine oil changes.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sasha writes:
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5

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Absolutely astonishing vehicle, a lot of car for the money... I owned a lot of luxury, high end vehicles in my life and this car became my absolute favorite almost immediately, so much that my new car is now a 2011 Mini Cooper S.

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Cargo capacity is great for a small car, but can become a problem for a family of 3 with luggage. For two people - it's awesome, because the rear seats fold down 50/50 and you have more room than most sedans/

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Wow, What An Amazing Machine!!! — Loved everything!!! Very reliable, so much fun to drive, the most engaging car I've ever had!!! Absolutely astonishing vehicle, a lot of car for the money... I owned a lot of luxury, high end vehicles in my life and this car became my absolute favorite almost immediately, so much that my new car is now a 2011 Mini Cooper S.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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PhilipGiunto writes:
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4

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This mini was fantastic to drive. Great Handling, plenty of power and just very cool. No real issue at all. Great fit and finish inside and just a great overall experience

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Interior latch failed, but I believe this was an issue for them until 2006.

PhilipGiunto
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Super Fun — This was the first Mini that I have owned. I found this mini with only 38000 miles on it with the right trim package. It was just under the John Cooper Works. Totally fun to drive and plenty of room for a 6' 1" driver. The fit and finish of the interior was really nice and it kept that european feel as well. I would recommend driving or owning one.

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

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hugob33 writes:
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Superb Handling  

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no electric seat adj

hugob33
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Super Car — I love the looks and size of this car, as small as it is, it has room for four passengers, and with the rear seats folded I use it to transport all kinds of things, like two 55" wingspan model airplanes and all the gear I need to fly them. I don't like how expensive they are to buy and the fact that they don't keep their value as used vehicles. One more thing i love about Mini is their many (dealer) programmable nuances.

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

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ccook12 writes:
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Fantastic little car, much sportier than expected, happy that I bought it.

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It's small.

ccook12
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Love My Mini! — Title says it all. This car is absolutely phenomenal, has great pickup and speed. It's like driving a street legal go-cart. It makes me excited to go to work every morning just because of my commute. You can't help but have an ear to ear grin when you get out of it. Not much cargo room though.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

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