2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

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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:
2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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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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Rudi writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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Great handling, light and nimble

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Not much, oh - almost no boot.

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Pocket Rocket!! — Have played around with the car since I bought it. Added a 15% reduction supercharger pulley, Unichip, Palo Uber hood scoop, modified the airbox and fitted a performance filter, sports exhaust, denso cooler plugs, and added imported ceramic brakes. 157kw and 309nm torque. Amazing for a 1.6l. OPC and GTI eater!!! Love it!!

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Brad writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Handling, looks, gas mileage

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Back seat is too small, not much else

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Its A Go-kart...for The Street. — Being made by BMW means build quality is superb. Go-kart quick steering response is great for on-ramps and twisties. Six speed Getrag transmission is extremely smooth shifting with a clutch on the lighter side in terms of effort. Turn the wheel and the car sticks. No power understeer; slight off power oversteer, but that's a good thing and rare for a FWD car. All in all its a fun little car that gets great gas mileage while also delivering awesome performance.

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eculizar writes:
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4

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Fun car to drive and handles well.

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Only room for two adults.

eculizar
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Love The Mini Coopers!!! — The Mini Cooper S has great power and pick-up. There is plenty of cargo room when the back seats are folded down but there isnt much room for adults or grown-up kids when they are up. The fuel economy is fair unless you keep your foot in the gas pedal, which I do cause my foot is made of lead! The handling is almost equivalent of a go-kart and super responsive! All-in-all a great little car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Gavin writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

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Stylish, fun, great to drive. Best in Chilli Red with white roof, stripes, wheels and mirror covers.

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Very small inside, expensive and useless dealers, too many around now. Hard to get in and out if slightly dodgy back

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Special As Long As You Have Only One Other Person You Want To Take. — Looks great, goes great, handles great. Not very big inside especially in the rear seats - not even kiddies are happy back there. Dealers - well at 95 quid per hour they are a complete bunch of morons, taking 4 hours to change brake pads. Only got rid of it as duffed up my back and couldn't get out of it.

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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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ccook12 writes:
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4

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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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