2009 MINI Cooper User Reviews

2009 MINI Cooper Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 20 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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" 12 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"maintenance" 3 reviews
CONS
"seat" 4 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"value" 2 reviews
"small trip" 2 reviews

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jimmyz787pr writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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4

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Fuel economy, fun to drive, fits anywhere.

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cargo space, back seats, even we have fit 3 people in the back seat.

jimmyz787pr
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Fun To Drive — The 2009 Mini Cooper S is our favorite vehicle for long trips and to do fun stuff around. It is my wife's daily driver and she totally loves the vehicle. Since we bought it the only thing done to it is regular maintenance. I was looking at a BMW 3 series or an Audi S4 for my wife but she always wanted a Mini. So I went and got the Cooper S. After reading many reviews and people complaining about carbon build up... that was the first thing that I checked. My mechanic told me that the car is in excellent condition. It is important to me because is my wife's daily drive to work. We used the car when we go on small trips for fun, to the beach, weekend get away and let me tell you for that is perfect. We have a lots of fun in this little car! I do recommend if you want to get one to stay on top of the regular maintenance and you wont have problems.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Firstjesse writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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Love the way the car looks and I like go-kart feel

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You feel every bump, breaks down every three months, mpg no where near what was I told, repair costs are huge and depreciates in value rapidly.

Firstjesse
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Not Worth It! — I was so excited to get my mini convertible! It was everything I had been looking for in a car and I really loved everything about it. Then, after a year, the honeymoon was definitely over. Long story short... Mpg plummeted, it breaks down every 3 months and I had to buy the extended warranty to keep up (but there is a deductible every time you bring it in!). In the past two years I have spent over $4000 in repairs and maintenance (with warranty!). It depreciated so much that I owe $10,000 more than the blue book values it at (and I bought it for below blue book!) so I can't unload it. It is still very cute and I get a lot of compliments but I tell people to run. Is a rolling money pit death trap.

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mmotte writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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5

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Amazing driving experience from such a small car; tight, tight, tight handling and gobs of power from the little turbo unit to make even the daily commuting grind fun.  The manual transmission is the only way to go.

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Great for two regular-sized humanoids; a squeeze for three; impossible for four.

mmotte
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Fun In A Tiny Package — If you want a really enjoyable driving experience in a small, used hatchback in the US, you really only have six choices: the Mazdaspeed 3; the VW GTI; the last gen Suburu WRX and WRX STi or the MINI Cooper "S" and JCW. The Cooper "S" isn't the fastest, but it has that magical combination of "feel" + performance + design that's truly hard to beat. (I have excluded the Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST, because they are so rare as used cars as of this writing). I drove all of them and ranked them as follows, purely on everyday driveability and that unquantifiable fun factor, as follows: 1. Cooper "S"; 2. GTI; 3. JCW; 4. WRX; 5. Mazdaspeed 3; and 6. WRX STI. Realizing that such rankings are highly personal and subjective, I won't bore you with all the variables that mattered to me, but suffice it to say, I purchased the MINI Cooper "S." I have not regretted the decision for one moment. It really is an amazing little car that rides and handles superbly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hiroaki writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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Always fun to drive.

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Small.

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The Best Of Choice That I've Ever Made. — Definitely fun to drive. Quick and nimble. Handles well and just enough power/torque. As for appearance, I still like the previous model with slight British look but the new holds its own. Feels truly like a go car with the top down.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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woosailor writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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A bundle of fun and peformance. Fit and Finish is incredible.

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can't think of any

woosailor
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I Love This Car. It Is Fun To Drive, Well Made, And Safe. For A Personal Car, What Else Can You Ask? — This is a FUN car. Fit and finish is excellent, spunky with the performance of a sports car. It handles like a go-kart. In less than 1000 miles we have enjoyed over 24 hours of topdown fun !!! I insisted on the S with manual transmission. Otherwise it could be slightly sluggish.

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

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wangwang writes:
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4

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easy to park, fashion, beautiful, powerful engine

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small, can't take big furniture

wangwang
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A Second Car In A Family — 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 very easy to park.

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e85racer writes:
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A blast to drive, good looks, a real attention getter, great MPG, easy maintainence, Did I say a BLAST to drive!

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Harsh ride. No center arm rest.

e85racer
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Like Driving A Go Cart — I would recommend a Mini Cooper. Our experience has been good and we never get tired of driving it! Its just such a cool little car I never really get tired of looking at it either. In the future as our family grows and moves on I would certainly get another one, but trying to put several teenagers in the car is not real practical for now.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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CapnEd writes:
2009 MINI Cooper Base Review
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Bigger than it looks inside, handling is fantastic, love the gas mileage- 40mpg+ (highway).  Fits in small parking spaces, comfortable on long drives.

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Needs a little more power but that's what you get for this trim level.

CapnEd
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Love It! — Bigger than it looks inside, handling is fantastic, love the gas mileage- 40mpg+ (highway). Fits in small parking spaces, comfortable on long drives. Visibility is great and I love the fact that the tach is in front of me not hidden someplace. A true driver's car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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demijac writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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This was a great mid-life crisis car for my wife.  She loves to drive it fast.  Great city car.  Great mileage.

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Small trunk.

demijac
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One Hot Mini — We liked everything about it. It's just a cool car and fun to drive. Love to drive it on a cold day with the seat warmers on. We get lots of thumbs up driving around town. Most importantly, my wife LOVES it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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gar56 writes:
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Best commuter car ever designed

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A little hard to see in traffic – for inattentive drivers

gar56
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Mini Rules — I would buy another MINI in a moment. Makes driving pleasurable, lots of complements, great value overall. It provides handling not know in an inexpensive compact. Dealer are fairly good -but would recommend local service instead. Spend a few bucks customizing - it's fun.

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2011 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

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2008 MINI Cooper Reviews

Great Convertible By merthurmeydan

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