2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2005 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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  • 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" 37 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"speed" 12 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"in snow" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews

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Steve writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Supercharged 4 cylinder power, torque, noise; Superb handling, Unique road presence

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Not great in snow, harsh ride, short gearing, disappointing fuel economy

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A Fun Little Pocket Rocket — As of the summer of 2005, my mom's A4 had racked up more than 100,000 miles. Time for her to switch out, my dad thought. And since it was her 50th birthday, and my parents' 25th wedding anniversary, he decided to get something special. Which is what he did. Since we lived in France and saw the iconic original Mini still roaming the streets in hoards, she always envisioned herself as an old lady in a Mini. Since she's not old, I told my dad to check out the Mini Cooper S, catering to her "Momma Leadfoot" nickname. Other "mandatory" options for my mother included the Premium pack (sunroof, heated seats, auto AC, Xenons), 6-speed manual, and harman/kardon stereo. The dealer, Mini of Fairfield County, had one in Red with White Roof and Racing Stripes, on order, and since Minis were a hot commodity, we snapped it right up. There were a couple extras, such as the Sport pkg, and driving lights, but all in all it was a very well-rounded sports car for $25k, a bargain compared to the MkII Cooper S. I'm not going to lie, the car looks ridiculous on first glance. People who don't know cars says its too girly, but how many girly cars do you know have racing stripes, driving lights (just like a 1960s rally Cooper), 2-piece wheels with 45-series run-flats, and a supercharged-4/6-speed Getrag manual combo that goes 0-60 in just over 6 seconds? I'm not trying to hit on my mother, but show me a 20-something girl with that kind of ride and I'll buy her dinner. The notion of a girly car is dispelled whenever you climb into the body-hugging seats. The car isn't terribly comfortable if you're over 6-ft, but that's not a problem for me. The diminutive 3-spoke multifunction wheel lets you know that you're driving 1/2 a normal-sized car. The upright windshield is definitely distinctive, as is the giant center-mounted speedometer. My advice: make sure the on-board computer, which resides in the tach housing in front of the steering wheel, is set to show speed, as you will quickly find yourself in trouble with the law if you're not accustomed to looking @ the center speedo - especially in an arrest-me red sports car. The car begs to be driven hard and fast. My attempts to drive it sedately are met with embarrassing jerkiness, and any attempts to go faster are met with a stern "Slow Down!" from my mother. Needless to say, the problem goes away if I am driving alone or with my dad. The ride is what you would expect of a short wheelbase car w/ stiff suspension, and 45-series runflats: harsh. And because of that, I am reminded that this $25k car was designed to be profitable at $15k, with a myriad of squeaks and rattles evident by 3.5 years and 30,000 miles of use. Fuel economy is supposed to be the point of a Mini, and the supercharger saps any efficiency that the Tritec had, which wasn't much. I averaged just 31 mpg on a trip to VT once in the summer time, barely better than the 10-year-old Audi I was driving at the time, which weights 700 lbs more with AWD and a 2.8L V6. And the short gearing of the car amounted to 3000 rpm at 70 mph, and you can hear the engine droning away all day long. Lastly, despite the snow tires, the throttle can be tricky in the snow, sometimes providing more power than intended, spinning the fronts and activating the stability control Still, not bad given the immense driving satisfaction that I get when I drive it. The supercharger whine and exhaust note are spine-tingling, and the steering and shift action both have a natural heft about their action. It remains to be seen whether or not I would consider getting a Mini of my own, but in the meantime I enjoy the drive whenever I get the chance to get behind the wheel of this one.

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Christian writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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gas mileage, cornering speeds, bmw built, supercharged, you can park anywhere

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peoples opinion that is a girls car, rims, front wheel drive, 1.6l

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The Best Car In The World! — this is my car the 2005 mini cooper s. has been my dream car since i was 10, was hoping for a old school mini but parents thought this was safer. dont know why i listened it was my money but after the first week of driving it i was extremely pleased with the cars performance. any car that would beat me in a straight race i could beat them on gas mileage and still burn rubber around town. ive never spun out or lost control. even while trying to have fun in a parking lot the mini grabs the road with no intent of letting go (another pitbull comparison). when you do spin the tyres around a turn the suspension is so well tuned it doesn't feel like you've lost any control the car still does whatever you want. my brother bought a '03 cobra with his money already sick of driving it everyday, me id never trade my car in for anything. only car that would beat this in the handling aspect is the lotus elise. only thing that would make this car better would have been a 2.0 liter engine and a rear wheel drive system. however the last of the old school mini's came with a 1.6l and the 50/50 weight distribution with driver included would have been compromised and the front wheel drive was used on the old one's to reduce the overall size of the car for those tight parking spaces. so hate it or love it this car rocks.

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wkievit writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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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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Lenono910 writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

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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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KentMcW writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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5

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Great handling, great for parking, and easy to clean. The convertible is also well suited for the Californian weather.

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I would think a smaller car like the MINI would have better gas mileage than 32mpg HWY.

KentMcW
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Mini Cooper Convertible: A Fun And Easy To Maintain Car. — The 2005 make year is arguably the most reliable year with the lowest maintenance. Car after 2006 cost more for maintenance because of the digital settings. Everyone who owns or has driven a MINI will understand the experience of other MINI drivers. It's not uncommon to get a little hand waive or honk by other MINI drivers when I'm on the road -- especially if two convertibles with their top down pass by each other.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Laura writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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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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CoopStrong writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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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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Marie writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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great look, sleek design

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expensive as hell to maintain, crappy transmission

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A Huge Lesson In Let Downs! — i was thrilled when i got this car. i was in love with it for over 4 years, but when that changed, it changed fast. i broke down 4 times during a 30-day period, and the dealership kept replacing the transmission. the panic attacks i had behind the wheel lead me to get a new car. i am warning everyone who has a mini or knows someone who does, get rid of it now. this car is a timebomb... google it! i've talked to tons of people who have lost their transmissions between 47,000 and 75,000 miles. it's ridiculous.

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AutoDude writes:
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Handle's like a go-kart.  I'm 6'2" and plenty of room, pretty peppy, and decent MPG.

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Rides like a go-kart, BUT that's why nothing can catch it on windy road.  All BMW parts and service are atrociously over priced!

AutoDude
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Jaw Drop Handling — This is an impressive car. All handling aspects, G-force acceleration, guled cornering, and stop on a dime breaking are there when you need them. The only problem I have with this car is when the free servicing runs out so then does your bank account. You need to learn to maintain the basic servicings yourself. For instance, change the oil yourself. Yes it requires synthetic oil, but you can obtain what is needed for about $25 (i.e. Mobil One) at a local store instead of having MINI/BMW do it for close to $100!

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

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Franck writes:
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Great handling, very responsive, really fun to drive, great engine

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Bumpy ride

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A Lot Of Fun! — I have a blast driving this car everyday to work and back. It's one of the best city driving cars I've had. It's very easy to pass, change lanes, insert yourself in traffic, etc... Acceleration is pretty good, handling is great, overall driving experience is very fun! Ride is quite bumpy though!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2003 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2004 MINI Cooper Reviews

Great Car, Really Cool. By Makemoney

My daughter needed more space. It is her car, she plays college basketball and her teammates were not comfortable. Its sporty, has dual sunroofs, fog lights, ac. cd player with am/fm radio, tire pres... Read More

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2006 MINI Cooper Reviews

The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Clothes On! By David

This car's picture is next to the definition of fun to drive in the dictionary. I have a blast with it on the road or on the track. Fun, quick, reliable and awesome in the corners, this one's a keeper... Read More

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Acceleration is very good with the 5-speed manual transmission. Car feels very solid, responsive and stable at freeway speeds (in Arizona that's pretty fast). Makes one feel really comfortable and saf... Read More

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2007 MINI Cooper Reviews

Fast Go Kart, Fun To Drive, Easy To Park By Nikola

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Buzzing Down The Road By Thecahuna

I bought this car for better mileage around town instead of my Jeep commander. I hardly drive the Jeep any more since I love driving this stick shift around town and also on the highway. It has all th... Read More

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