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 Hatchback Review
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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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fun and fast

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none what so ever

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The Dogs Bollocks — the new mini is excellent the performance of the cooper s its brilliant a lot of power is produced by the 1.6 supercharged engine its like driving a gocart put your foot down and the power is bang on its a must drive car

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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It's so fun to drive. Just like a Go-Kart.

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Repairs

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It's Super Fun To Drive, And Most Don't Mess Up Like Mine Has. — It has had really bad luck and I've had to replace the transmission (on a stick shift!!), clutch, some belts, and this other thing that cost $400. This car is super fun to drive! Gets really good gas mileage, downside is that it takes premium..

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

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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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2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Everything

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Maintenance can be expensive if you have NO knowledge about auto repair.

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Love It!! — Performance - I couldn't ask for more in terms of this. The car is small with wheels at each corner of the car, so the handling is like a go-kart, acceleration is brisk, brakes are excellent. Build Quality - I have to say that the build quality is good, but as you can also find in online forums, there are lots of little things that break often, such as the hydraulic engine mount and PS pump fan. The major parts seem to be quite sturdy though Appearance - Even after being on the market for nearly a decade, the Mini Cooper still turns heads and most people love it. Interior is quirky but practical and ergonomic. Cost of Ownership - This depends on how you drive. Cooper S I think are made to be driven hard (LOL) so fuel economy isn't THAT great on my car, perhaps around 25 mpg. Maintenance isn't too expensive compared to other European cars. Oil change seems costly at around 100 dollars, but they only have to be done once every 13000 miles or so. Fun Factor: I am pretty sure I don't have to write anything about this.

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2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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Fast, Bold Look, Easy to Clean

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Expensive repairs, bumpy, cramped

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2005 Mini Cooper S — Installed an Alta Cold Air Intake Version 2. - I love it's unique look and quick acceleration. - Dislike the super bumpy ride. Loud noise in cabin. - Expensive to fix up. Hydraulic engine mounts rupture frequently and are no longer covered. - As long as you maintain it you shouldn't have a problem.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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great all around

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cupholders.lol.

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Amazing — LOVE it. best drive of my life. pretty easy to modify. quick throttle reaction. all around amazing. best bang for the buck. very sleek looking with an awesome interior. gas milage is great. if i had to use one word to describe it it would be WOW.

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

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2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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looks, preformance and handling

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spares prices, fuel consumption evil if you "ticlke the supercharger"

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Mini Review — I never have driven a better, fun to drive front wheel drive car. Peformance is excellent, handling is excellent and it looks err like a mini. My only criticism is fuel consumption and the price of run flat tyres and spares.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Amazing

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Keep on top of maintenance.

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Mini Cooper S! — It's a MINI. What more can you say? It's fast, great build quality, great styling and luxury features. Because it's made by BMW, it's pricey to fix, but it's well worth it. I love the car and his name is MC "Tipsy" William.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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the whole car

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none

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Mini — this is a brilliant little cars its quick for its size and its brill at handling and braking. the build is superb and it is adviseable to have the tlc pack which comes from mini. inside it is a prestieges car, high cost thou and fuel but only if you want fun in it lol.

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

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2012 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2011 MINI Cooper Reviews

Great Little Driver By vpm86

Definitely a driver's car. Excellent mileage, tight handling, responsiveness, classic Euro-motor sensibility. The turbo gets you MOVING, and the stick shift is tight. You think about where you want... Read More

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

Mini Cooper S Mayfair Edition By Crogers11

I LOVE LoVE LoVE my Mini Cooper! No major dislikes. The only thing I wish for is that there were more places that service the vehicles. I had it serviced and it took me a week to get it back. Read More

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2009 MINI Cooper Reviews

A Great Little Commuter Car. By mgoheen

The base Cooper is a fun little car to drive and gets good gas mileage. I'm very tall, and even with the sun roof there is PLENTY of front seat room in this car. Six speed manual transmission makes ... Read More

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The car is small but the space for driver is big. The exterior is good looking and the buttons and interior are well designed. The engine is powerful, reliable. This car is small and I can find it ver... Read More

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