2003 MINI Cooper Overview

Cooper

Looking for a Used Cooper in your area?

CarGurus has 10,169 nationwide Cooper listings starting at $2,496.

ZIP:
Average user score
4.6 5 stars
Based on 68 reviews

2003 MINI Cooper Overview

The MINI Cooper two-door hatchback was available in both Standard and S (supercharged) trim packages for 2003. Other than a few minor changes, such as a new interior color, new optional exterior graphics, some additions to the options packages, and an MP3 port on the CD player, the 2003 MINI was virtually the same as the previous year's model.

Power for the front-wheel-drive MINI was provided by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. For the Standard model, horsepower was rated at 115, while the supercharged engine in the S version pumped that up to 163 horsepower. The Standard version received a five-speed manual transmission, while the S version upped that a notch with a six-speed manual. A continuously variable automatic transmission (also known as a CVT) was optional in the Standard model.

Design-wise, the MINI retained many of the elements of its iconic ancestor, which first appeared in Great Britain in the late 1950s, although the new MINI gave those elements a decidedly modern twist. For instance, the new MINI's taillights, fender, and roofline all mimicked similar elements in the 1960s-era Minis, while interior components such as the center console, instrument panel, switches, and air vents all drew inspiration from the classic Minis.

The MINI Cooper was well-equipped with such standard features as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual front and side airbags, a CD player, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes. The S version received larger 16-inch tires (as opposed to 15-inch tires in the Standard model), as well as a hood scoop and a sport suspension. A sunroof, leather seats, navigation system, and traction control were among the options.

The MINI Cooper's BMW heritage appealed to many drivers, who felt they were getting a BMW-quality car at a cost that was considerably lower than that of a standard BMW model. Some drivers were put off by the MINI's small size, but most drivers found the vehicle to be fun to drive, nimble, reliable, economical, and comfortable, as well as a head-turner on the road.

Updated

What's your take on the 2003 MINI Cooper?

2003 MINI Cooper Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2003 MINI Cooper against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

Have you driven a 2003 MINI Cooper?  
Rank This Car
Cooper

Looking for a Used Cooper in your area?

CarGurus has 10,169 nationwide Cooper listings starting at $2,496.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

MINI Cooper Questions

No Dash Lites Or Tach,brake Lites Comon By Themselves

Indicator Stalk

Hi guys. I'm hoping you can help me. I have a 2003 mini cooper. Everytime I indicate right the beams come on. I was told it was the indicator stalk. So I brought and replaced it today. But still ...

10

Should I Buy A 2003 Mini Cooper With 177,000 Miles On It?

I want a car for my husband and I to drive to work and back -round trip =40 miles--we are now driving 2002 ford explorer xlt and the mpg stinks! found this mini but not sure about the miles

Mini Cooper Transmission Swap

Can I swap out a non paddle shift transmission for a paddle shift. In a 2003 Mini Cooper

Water Damage Possibly.

My son drove thru a puddle while on snap chat " mini vs puddle" I havent seen the video and the steering column boot came off the firewall and soaked the interior and it would not start and when it ...