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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2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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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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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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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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sgsuperman105 writes:
2009 MINI Cooper Base Review
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Fun, unique, high mpg, customizable, comfortable, fast.

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Backseats are small even for a little person, fitting things in the trunk can be tricky.

sgsuperman105
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Buy It. — Performance- The performance is amazing. Because the car weighs next to nothing, the little 4 cylinder can propel this car forward at a ridiculous rate. It also handles like a go-kart, there is a reason why this car was featured the way it is in The Italian Job. Build Quality- The car is built really well. Everything feels solid and there are no wonky plastic parts. Appearance- It looks like nothing on the road and with all the customization options, you can really make your MINI a unique car. The interior takes some getting used to but after using the car for a few weeks you will be able to use the controls blindfolded. Cost of Ownership- With a great maintenance program from BMW (who owns MINI) the cost of owning a MINI only boils down to tires and fuel. Unfortunately it runs on premium so your trips to the pump may be a little pricey. But considering it gets 40+ mpg, you wont be making those trips often. Fun factor- The MINI is so much fun. Both from a performance perspective and from a social perspective. Take a test drive to see what I mean about the performance. Socially you will experience a huge network of owners from all over the US.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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e85racer writes:
2009 MINI Cooper S Review
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4

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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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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:
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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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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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FUN

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Not good for 2 with 2 sets of golf clubs

nowjjnow
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Great — The handling is great, especially when you push the "sport" button. It tightens up the handling so it respond more better. Not good for transporting people in back seats unless the are small. Small cargo space in trunk but we took the dog

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 MINI Cooper Reviews

Turned Me Into A Cooper Driver For Life... By unitedauto15

I like the overall sports car feel, even the owner's manual says the driver's seat is, "the cockpit." -VERY true I have to say, its bucket seats and easily accessible controls and easy to see monitors... Read More

My Experience With An Amazing Mini Cooper.. By Xime

You can do no wrong in this car. Best handling, most fun car on the road. Car is balanced with extreme handling, braking and power. And this one in particular is a very reliable car, you will have a b... Read More

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2003 MINI Cooper Reviews

Excellent Make And Fun To Drive By Jon

Overall- it was a real kick in the pants. Everyone should own one at least once in their lives! I took one on a trip 4,000 miles without a bad experience, and no mechanical deficiencies. It's meant ... Read More

Sporty And Fun By ZennonGaines

I love the power and handling of the car. The gas mileage is great considering it's a sport model. Premium gas is recommended but regular fuel works just fine. Manual transmission but I'm just looking... Read More

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2004 MINI Cooper Reviews

Great Car, Really Cool. By Makemoney

My daughter needed more space. It is her car, she plays college basketball and her teammates were not comfortable. Its sporty, has dual sunroofs, fog lights, ac. cd player with am/fm radio, tire pres... Read More

Great Little Car, Very Fun To Drive And Can Be Use As A Daily Driver. By CandelariaMotors

The best daily driver that at the same time is a gas saver and a fun car to use on weekends. Awesome supporting community and a future classic for sure. This car gets more smiles per mile than any oth... Read More

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2005 MINI Cooper Reviews

Good City Car. Not Too Great For The Country By CoopStrong

has great MPG, its bigger on the inside than it looks, I'd keep it if i lived in a city but because i live in the country, there are more back roads id like to drive on but i cant because of the groun... Read More

My Favorite Car So Far! By Laura

This MINI has been my favorite car. It's quick and handles great which makes it a blast to drive. The additional features like heated seats, heated washer jets, rain sensing windshield wipers, and Har... Read More

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2006 MINI Cooper Reviews

The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Clothes On! By David

This car's picture is next to the definition of fun to drive in the dictionary. I have a blast with it on the road or on the track. Fun, quick, reliable and awesome in the corners, this one's a keeper... Read More

What A Great Piece Of British Engineering!!! So Much Fun. By msgtaylor

Acceleration is very good with the 5-speed manual transmission. Car feels very solid, responsive and stable at freeway speeds (in Arizona that's pretty fast). Makes one feel really comfortable and saf... Read More

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