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2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2005 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 65 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" 35 reviews
"handling" 23 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"speed" 10 reviews
CONS
"expensive car" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"rough ride" 3 reviews
"in snow" 3 reviews

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Displaying 21 - 30 of 65 2005 MINI Cooper reviews.

maine1972 writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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2

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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:
2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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5

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Speedy

Cons

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:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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4

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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:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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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:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

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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:
2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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Fun sporty drive

Cons

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:
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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Darren writes:
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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Lucas writes:
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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Richard writes:
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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2012 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2011 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2009 MINI Cooper Reviews

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