2003 MINI Cooper User Reviews

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    2003 MINI Cooper Base Review
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    45

    Awesome Mini - Keep On Motoring. — I love this car but when it's paid off I plan to get a brand new one because I bought this one with high miles and am paying for it. The performance is great in terms of braking it stops on a dime, acceleration and handling are great even on snow and ice. I have repaired a few minor things but no major repairs. I love the appearance and ease of finding a parking space. The only complaint in the design is the cup holders are small and in the wrong place. Gas mileage is phenomenal and it is so much fun to drive. Can't wait for a new one with more power and a stick shift of course.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Everything about this car is awesome except the cost to repair it.

    Cons: Repair costs are higher since it's an import and finding a mechanic.

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    2003 MINI Cooper S Review
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    115

    Bmw Through And Through- High Quality — 215 hp through the front wheels is a little dicey at times (should have had limited slip as a option). Shifting was crisp and the supercharger whine after the upgraded air intake was installed was cool. Nice exhaust sound too with the JCW pieces. The OEM exhaust hangs in my garage as it actually a marvelous work of art.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: go cart go anywhere attitude

    Cons: if you need lots of room for stuff, this is not your ride.

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    2003 MINI Cooper S Review
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    Mini Cooper S Rules! — The supercharger makes this car fast. It handles supremely, and can hug corners at 25+ miles over the recommended speed. It is cute~ and the gas mileage, especially for the performance is nothing short of amazing. The cost of maintenance has been reasonable. It is the most fun I have had in any car I have ever owned.

    Pros: Looks, handling and FUN factor

    Cons: If your can't stand heart-stopping fun.

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    2003 MINI Cooper Base Review
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    My Baby! — My last car was a BMW 3-series and, while the Mini doesn't seem as "solid" as the Beemer, is less powerful and less refined, it's a hell of a lot more fun to drive and the handling is OUTSTANDING. It's been reliable, great to drive around town or on the open road. I'd probably opt for the Cooper S next time just for the extra power. Great car that gets lots of comments.

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

    Pros: Awesome handling!

    Cons: Needs more power.

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    If You Don't Need To Carry Anything It's Really Good — good styling, reliable, good handling, lots of fun to drive. makes good power unless the A/C is on high. gets great gas mileage, about 35 mpg on average. so far no issues at almost 60,000 miles. interior is comfortable even for long trips.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fun, fast, cheap

    Cons: almost no trunk space

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    2003 MINI Cooper S Review
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    03 Cooper S — Rear torsion bars was bent and twisted bad after getting abit of hight on a hump back hill, was going abit too fast and on landed they twisted bad leaving my wheels bent inwards. Took to garage they said they never seen torsion bars twisted like that in 50 years and should be able to take jumps like that and old minis could take big jumps easy, conclusio. Weak torsion bars on minis watch out. Got a little bit of a heavy foot but I get 20mpg average drivin. Around not on motorway. Incar speakers could be louder, watch out for water tank leaking it's very common. Apart from those which mainly my fault anyway good looking car, exhaust sound sporty and deep with lots of revs pretty loud if u want it to be, amazing at corners, I try to loose grip but hard, normal corner 30mph or 45mp easy in a mini. traction control kicks in and saves u alot when needed, tip don't turn traction control off thinking u can drive. Kept up or beat lots of cars like Audi tt 225bhp version (cuz ouble exhaust) imprezas, z3 n BMW z4, and BMW m3. Hardest to keep up with was a ex cop car vectra v6 diesel with stuff police did to it, bigger turbo etc.

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

    Pros: Amazing handling, nippy, sporty exhaust with revs or quite with low

    Cons: I get 20mpg average

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    2003 MINI Cooper S Review
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    Fun — The engine is built like a race engine. It requires oil or it will spin a connecting rod bearing! I have not seen one actually break a connecting rod yet. The engine even has oil cooling jets for the pistons.

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

    Pros: FUN

    Cons: FUN

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    Mini Has Huge Style — I wish that I bought the S. Little sluggish. Had a blown valve 08. This is shocking because I drive like a grandma. Rattles inside when cold. This is the car that Ive always wanted. I enjoy driving it. I finally have a car that fits my personality

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Kids always point and smile when they see it

    Cons: seat adjustments

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    Get One And Keep It Forever! — My 2003 Mini Cooper is my fun daily vacation! It is very zippy and the "go cart handling" is true. Gas mileage is around 39 mpg and has only had a minor windshield wiper motor problem - once. I have a yellow with a white top. Wish I'd got racing stripes!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fun

    Cons: Could use larger cup holders!

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    2003 MINI Cooper S Review
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    Awesome — Performance: 0-60 in 7.0s and it sounds like a pretty song with the supercharger comes on around 3000 rpm. it is amazing. the looks of the car is one of the best out there and its handling it like a go-cart.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: handling

    Cons: expensive

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 MINI Cooper Reviews

    Fun To Drive By kataluke

    Sporty and Fun, very quick, has a sport mode. The handling of this car is phenomenal. Fuel efficient. Great for everyday driving and/or weekend get away car with your loved one. It is a great little ... Read More

    A Super Fun Car By LesaWilson

    I've loved driving this car. It's super cute and zips around town quickly and easily. It's loaded with heated seats, automatic transmission, dual paned sunroof, bluetooth, great surround sound and the... Read More

    2012 MINI Cooper Reviews

    My Car Is A Cheeky Evil Villian And I'm His Sidekick Along For The Ride. By ModularCat

    Parking powers are undeniable. The R56 fits where most cars do not. Fast and agile, this car is a nimble traffic blaster. You have the turning radius and acceleration of a God (Legendary go-kart han... Read More

    I Love It By andishields

    I really liked how well it does on fuel, it take me about $40 to fill it up and it will last me quite awhile. I didn't like that you can only run Chevron premium fuel in it.. I overall loved this car Read More

    2011 MINI Cooper Reviews

    Great Little Driver By vpm86

    Definitely a driver's car. Excellent mileage, tight handling, responsiveness, classic Euro-motor sensibility. The turbo gets you MOVING, and the stick shift is tight. You think about where you want... Read More

    Fun, Small Car For City Or Road Driving. By xaviclone

    This is a small, very fun car. I needed to be able to fit in a very small garage space and drive up and down the hills of San Francisco to get to work. This car is easy to find parking, fun to drive, ... Read More

    2010 MINI Cooper Reviews

    Mini Cooper S Mayfair Edition By Crogers11

    I LOVE LoVE LoVE my Mini Cooper! No major dislikes. The only thing I wish for is that there were more places that service the vehicles. I had it serviced and it took me a week to get it back. Read More

    Fun Mountain Car By enlread

    No surprise that this is more of a toy than a functional daily driver. For tearing through mountain switchbacks it is amazing though. Handles like a go cart and (with the turbo) always has plenty of p... Read More

    2009 MINI Cooper Reviews

    A Great Little Commuter Car. By mgoheen

    The base Cooper is a fun little car to drive and gets good gas mileage. I'm very tall, and even with the sun roof there is PLENTY of front seat room in this car. Six speed manual transmission makes ... Read More

    A Second Car In A Family By wangwang

    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 ver... Read More

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