2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2005 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 69 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" 36 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 16 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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Paul writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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Same as review above.

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Some minor build issues, price of factory accessories.

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Fun To Drive, Looks Great, Awesome Gas Mileage. — Decent acceleration with the base Cooper. Build quality is good except for minor issues. I installed the side skirts which are OEM parts. Fuel economy is good. 50L tank, I get an average of 800km's per tank. That's about 45mpg. Fun factor is amazing. Just like the commercial says. "Go-Kart handling"!

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Marie writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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since the car has a small backseat, most people think of it as a 2 seater; therefore, i don't get asked for many rides.  

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somehow, after rain or condensation, i always manage to be wearing it if i have the window open.  it's really annoying.

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Minis Are Too Much Fun. You Might Not Be Able To Handle It! — i love my mini! i don't think i could even drive another car. she handles like a champ and "corners like she's on rails". They are moderately priced, prior to add all the "extras". bobbing and weaving in traffic was never so much fun before purchasing my mini, sonshyne. :) i love attention, and my car and i certainly get it!

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Mark writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Handling, looks, MPG

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Not having enough time to drive it every day.

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Love My Mini — This car still makes me smile every time I see it, and every time I drive it. Yes it runs on Premium, but that tank lasts me 2.5 weeks vs every week with my previous F150. I can't recommend the MINI enough. Love it!

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David writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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4

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Cute, British and unbelievably fun to drive, oh and it's made by BMW.

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Costly, too many options (speccing it up can take years!) and the suspension/dampers are a bit stiff.

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Much, Much Better Than My Previous 206!! — Hard to say that I love it. First, because I'm not sure it's very healthy to LOVE a car, and second because the accelerations are not ... as thrilling as I hope they would have been. On the other hand, it handles like a dream. I've got the ESP (an optional extra, so shame on you BMW) and no matter the weather conditions, you can hammer it as much as you want. It weighs about the same as the 206 I had before, but my God it handles better! You are always looking for twisty roads just to enjoy the perfect steering, the way the car moves under braking and then the way it balances itself when you get back on the throttle! Sure, it is a bit thirsty, and costly, and I wish it had more power, and yes, the ride can be harsh on a bumpy surface, but just look at it! So cute and there's this "so British" touch that I love.

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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!!

Cons

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:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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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:
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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Sasha writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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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:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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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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4

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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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