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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Displaying 31 - 40 of 73 2005 MINI Cooper reviews.

Daniel writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

fun

Cons

little to no room in back

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Awesome — amazing car,fast acceleration, extremely stable, could do with a super charger though. very little room in the back seats. looks great, lots of boot room with back seats down. words words words words words words words words words words

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Steve writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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The way it makes you feel when you drive it.

Cons

It's not paid for yet....

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One Of The Best Cars On The Planet! — It's absolutely the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Period! It corners as if on rails, it accelerates like being shot of a canon, and it looks fast even sitting still. Bets overall car I have ever owned!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kimberly writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

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too much fun!

Cons

Very small

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Fabulous — Performance is great. Would recommend the manual transmisson. Quality solid except for minor interior plastic details coming a part. Styling is sporty and easy to customize. Cost can be pricey once you start adding details. Too much fun!!! Love this car.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Bena writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

Driving it around corners

Cons

The clutch goes bad on MINIs

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I Love My Mini Cooper — I love my MINI. It truly is a great little racecar and my daily driver.... shake n bake. I have made really good friends through my car and I can't beleive where it's taken me. Her name is Huny... and all MINIs have names

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

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Jenny writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

Everything!

Cons

The glovebox wont open...

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Mini One D — I love my mini! Its a diesel so it can get up hills well and £20 fuel lasts ages. Its got brilliant handling (like all minis!) and its fun to throw it round corners! Im getting really cool bonnet stripes for it soon too =) Overall I love my mini!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rachael writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

Fun, cool

Cons

22mpg

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Cool Fun Car — loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it but the bernese mountain dog we have did not fit in , and 22mpg was pooh , super fun car to drive great enjoyment from this car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Christian writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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gas mileage, cornering speeds, bmw built, supercharged, you can park anywhere

Cons

peoples opinion that is a girls car, rims, front wheel drive, 1.6l

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The Best Car In The World! — this is my car the 2005 mini cooper s. has been my dream car since i was 10, was hoping for a old school mini but parents thought this was safer. dont know why i listened it was my money but after the first week of driving it i was extremely pleased with the cars performance. any car that would beat me in a straight race i could beat them on gas mileage and still burn rubber around town. ive never spun out or lost control. even while trying to have fun in a parking lot the mini grabs the road with no intent of letting go (another pitbull comparison). when you do spin the tyres around a turn the suspension is so well tuned it doesn't feel like you've lost any control the car still does whatever you want. my brother bought a '03 cobra with his money already sick of driving it everyday, me id never trade my car in for anything. only car that would beat this in the handling aspect is the lotus elise. only thing that would make this car better would have been a 2.0 liter engine and a rear wheel drive system. however the last of the old school mini's came with a 1.6l and the 50/50 weight distribution with driver included would have been compromised and the front wheel drive was used on the old one's to reduce the overall size of the car for those tight parking spaces. so hate it or love it this car rocks.

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Steve writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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4

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Supercharged 4 cylinder power, torque, noise; Superb handling, Unique road presence

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Not great in snow, harsh ride, short gearing, disappointing fuel economy

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A Fun Little Pocket Rocket — As of the summer of 2005, my mom's A4 had racked up more than 100,000 miles. Time for her to switch out, my dad thought. And since it was her 50th birthday, and my parents' 25th wedding anniversary, he decided to get something special. Which is what he did. Since we lived in France and saw the iconic original Mini still roaming the streets in hoards, she always envisioned herself as an old lady in a Mini. Since she's not old, I told my dad to check out the Mini Cooper S, catering to her "Momma Leadfoot" nickname. Other "mandatory" options for my mother included the Premium pack (sunroof, heated seats, auto AC, Xenons), 6-speed manual, and harman/kardon stereo. The dealer, Mini of Fairfield County, had one in Red with White Roof and Racing Stripes, on order, and since Minis were a hot commodity, we snapped it right up. There were a couple extras, such as the Sport pkg, and driving lights, but all in all it was a very well-rounded sports car for $25k, a bargain compared to the MkII Cooper S. I'm not going to lie, the car looks ridiculous on first glance. People who don't know cars says its too girly, but how many girly cars do you know have racing stripes, driving lights (just like a 1960s rally Cooper), 2-piece wheels with 45-series run-flats, and a supercharged-4/6-speed Getrag manual combo that goes 0-60 in just over 6 seconds? I'm not trying to hit on my mother, but show me a 20-something girl with that kind of ride and I'll buy her dinner. The notion of a girly car is dispelled whenever you climb into the body-hugging seats. The car isn't terribly comfortable if you're over 6-ft, but that's not a problem for me. The diminutive 3-spoke multifunction wheel lets you know that you're driving 1/2 a normal-sized car. The upright windshield is definitely distinctive, as is the giant center-mounted speedometer. My advice: make sure the on-board computer, which resides in the tach housing in front of the steering wheel, is set to show speed, as you will quickly find yourself in trouble with the law if you're not accustomed to looking @ the center speedo - especially in an arrest-me red sports car. The car begs to be driven hard and fast. My attempts to drive it sedately are met with embarrassing jerkiness, and any attempts to go faster are met with a stern "Slow Down!" from my mother. Needless to say, the problem goes away if I am driving alone or with my dad. The ride is what you would expect of a short wheelbase car w/ stiff suspension, and 45-series runflats: harsh. And because of that, I am reminded that this $25k car was designed to be profitable at $15k, with a myriad of squeaks and rattles evident by 3.5 years and 30,000 miles of use. Fuel economy is supposed to be the point of a Mini, and the supercharger saps any efficiency that the Tritec had, which wasn't much. I averaged just 31 mpg on a trip to VT once in the summer time, barely better than the 10-year-old Audi I was driving at the time, which weights 700 lbs more with AWD and a 2.8L V6. And the short gearing of the car amounted to 3000 rpm at 70 mph, and you can hear the engine droning away all day long. Lastly, despite the snow tires, the throttle can be tricky in the snow, sometimes providing more power than intended, spinning the fronts and activating the stability control Still, not bad given the immense driving satisfaction that I get when I drive it. The supercharger whine and exhaust note are spine-tingling, and the steering and shift action both have a natural heft about their action. It remains to be seen whether or not I would consider getting a Mini of my own, but in the meantime I enjoy the drive whenever I get the chance to get behind the wheel of this one.

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Matt writes:
2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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5

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everything

Cons

aftermarket prices are too high

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Famazing — most amazing car ever, slightly underpowered off the lot but very easily changed. handles like a roller coaster. stock i got about 26 mpg city while driving like a kid. the most unique car on the road gotta drive one to get the full experience

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Marie writes:
2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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1

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great look, sleek design

Cons

expensive as hell to maintain, crappy transmission

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A Huge Lesson In Let Downs! — i was thrilled when i got this car. i was in love with it for over 4 years, but when that changed, it changed fast. i broke down 4 times during a 30-day period, and the dealership kept replacing the transmission. the panic attacks i had behind the wheel lead me to get a new car. i am warning everyone who has a mini or knows someone who does, get rid of it now. this car is a timebomb... google it! i've talked to tons of people who have lost their transmissions between 47,000 and 75,000 miles. it's ridiculous.

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