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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Franck writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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4

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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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ccook12 writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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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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Daniel writes:
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If you can sacrifice a bit of economy, it's the most fun on four wheels! Banging & popping on the overrun and a whine & shout on acceleration brings the MINI to life!

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Economy could be better - needs a remap if I'm being honest.

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Milltek + Alta 15% 2005 Mini Cooper S — The standard Cooper S is potent enough but with a little fettling it really turns it up to eleven. Performance is pretty sudden. Going through the gears becomes a quick affair and is so surprising. The accompanying Milltek compliments the MINI's character and pace very well, with a pop and bang on the overrun. Around the corners it sticks like glue to the road, the lowering springs really make a valuable difference when winding through the bends. The ride is noticeably harder though, although my inclusion of run-flat tyres (Pirelli) really don't help the cause. From inside, the seats are comfortable on short trips but can become an aching pain if on a long journey. However the seats are fully adjustable with lumbar support, although I don't find the latter too helpful. Around town, where most of my driving takes place, the economy takes a real bashing. In the colder months it was returning around 21mpg in the city which has risen to about 24mpg as of late. On a longer trip you can expect to achieve 29-31mpg on a good day. Taking away the boring bit of economy however and this is the most fun you can have in a metal box without mega servicing costs and can't recommend these modifications enough!

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

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maine1972 writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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Fun, terrific to drive, stylish

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Expensive to repair, unreliable

maine1972
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Hasn't Aged Well -- Still Looks Good But Can't Stay Out Of The Shop — You can find this first-generation Mini for low money now, but do your homework: the 5-speed manual in this model is notorious for falling about after 60K miles. I've also had problems with the electrical system. It's a very fun car, gas mileage is decent, but its not well-made it'll cost you a ton to keep it on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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clgregg1 writes:
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Speedy

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Nothing

clgregg1
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Great Sporty Little Car! — ZOOM ZOOM! Who could say no to a simply outstanding convertible like this gorgeous 2005 Mini Cooper S? I didn't know this kind of performance could be had with such a fuel-efficient engine. Muscle AND mileage. A really fun car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andrew writes:
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handling

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costs of running

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Cool Car But Expensive To Own — super car for a drive Great style and handling checkmate version is unique Loved it but mini need to refine costs for repairs and fuel economy a hard ride but well worth the fun very expensive to own but would recommend

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Warren writes:
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Everything

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Nothing at the moment

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A Very Fun And Addictive Car — Really fun to drive is a head turner (proplre like to look at it coz MINIs are like that) Not much to say at this stage all i can say is it is very reliable and live up to its rep. and keeps it rep from the original. despite original min enthusiasts knocking BMW they should be proud.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MiniMe2005 writes:
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Go-kart handling and Fun to drive!   36 mpg mileage

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Small for family, especially if you have a toddler.

MiniMe2005
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Awesome! — Fun car altogether with great mileage driving at 70mpg. Great handling even in snow with proper tires. Do not put the run flats that come with the car. If you have a baby, it is difficult to access the baby seat in the back, but it is easier for a kid to get to back seat and stay there comfortably. Surprisingly roomy for an average size adult.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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djhuber writes:
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Fun sporty drive

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6' of snow

djhuber
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Great 3 Season Car, Almost Worth Suffering Thru The Winter In The Northland For It. — Purrs like a kitten until you step on it, then roars like a tiger and skats like a cat. Unbelievable fun drive. Top down in 50 degree weather at highway speeds, no problem! Quiet, agile, and confortable even for big guys.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Debbie Bush Jenner writes:
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Parking is a breeze...fits almost anywhere :)

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A very cozy ride with our English Mastiff.

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Small, Sporty And I Can Even Use This Car For Kid Carpool. — Great gas mileage...just a bit to small for real estate needs. Fun to drive! Accelerates like a dream, parking in Green Lake area is never a problem (fits anywhere). Really pretty mini...silver with tinted windows, moon roof AND sunroof.

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