2003 MINI Cooper User Reviews

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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.

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    2003 MINI Cooper SReview
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    Most Smiles Per Gallon — This car handles like a go-kart, great acceleration, excellant cornering. Gets good mileage if you don't get up on it but does cost a bit to maintain as all the parts are BMW. But at the end of the day this car always has a smile on my face

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

    Pros: FUN!

    Cons: Small size

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    It's Fun, But Expensive And Lacks In Practicalilty- But Makes Up For It In Build Quality. — I love the handling! It's like a go-cart... the appearance is also very nice. I don't like how impractical it is. The cup holders aren't big enough for American sized drinks and there's really not enough cargo space. The back seat isn't half bad considering it is a Mini, however I wouldn't want to be back there for more than 45 minutes- tops!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: FUN FUN FUN.

    Cons: SMALL SMALL SMALL

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    2003 MINI Cooper SReview
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    2003 Mini Cooper S — My favorite car that I have owned! Performance: With the supercharger, I had no problems getting anywhere quick. The entire time I had it, I had a whole lot of fun zipping in and out. Handling was a dream, like a go cart with great suspension, and the drivetrain ran smoothly, like a well oiled engine. Build: This was extremely solid. I can not name a car that was better. I was scared at first, knowing it was so small. But after examining everything, I became very confident in my vehicle. Appearance: It turned heads everywhere! The pin stripes were a wonderful addition to the blue, and the white top fit well. Cost: Everything the right price except for the loan payments. Fun: Never had anything better!!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: Loan Payments

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    2003 MINI Cooper SReview
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    My Mini — Got every gadget imaginable in a small pocket rocket. Go Kart performance :), reliable always and very comfortable for long journeys as well. Dark Grey with full panoramic sunroof, sat nav and full leather is the way to go. Love it.

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

    Pros: Performance

    Cons: Nothing

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    2003 MINI Cooper BaseReview
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    My 2003 Mini Cooper, Graham — Handling no repairs in 92,000 miles Beautiful Velvet Red with custom striping in purple and red 36 miles to the gallon the most fun car I have ever owned. great car clubs for the Mini I will keep it forever!

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

    Pros: Fun to drive, awsome in corners, great looking

    Cons: None

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    Fun! — fun fun fun fun fun, small small small small small small, quick quick quick quick quick crap as a passenger over 5'4 couldn't get the shoppin in or the big dog, totally impracticall for a family but loved it when I was leatherin it on my own!

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

    Pros: smile from ear to ear

    Cons: lack of space for family no good with kids and a dog!

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    Max "carfun" Footprint — MINI's are incredibly fun to drive. They feel solid and handle great. But, you do sacrifice practicality. As one magazine put it, the MINI is a design study that happens to have a reasonable amount of utility. If you're OK with that, you'll love a MINI.

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

    Pros: Styling and handling

    Cons: Cost of repairs

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    Love It — 195 HP version due to remapping, excellent car all over. Extra power and still gives a good return of around 8 litres per 100 kms. Excellent car for driving here in Portugal with lots of tight and twisty roads to play on. Still a head turner, but that's when Kirsten is driving it lol.

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

    Pros: It's sooo coool

    Cons: Get out of my way dude

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    A Blast To Drive. — Easily the funnest car for the money. Performance is superb. Quick acceleration, and a wonder to behold in the turns. There are not many complaints on build quality, but some of the trim is a bit second rate. Application of felt tape or something along that line, will take care of most of those problems. Great styling will ensure this will be a cool little car for sometime, and though some may call it a bit ginger beer, I've gotten more than a few ladies complimenting me and my ride. Parts are expensive, so hopefully you've got some warranty left if something breaks, or hope that you've got a good one and that you'll not need to take it in to the shop.

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

    Pros: One of the best handling cars out there.

    Cons: high mileage on the first gen S's is a thing to watch out for.  That supercharger/water pump combo often goes out up in the 6 digits.

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    Mini -- Not For Me! — The MINI is a cool car, no doubt. It was not the car for me. My opinions are based on the following. First, the engine was wheezy! It never felt responsive. It always felt like it was responding more to itself than t me. Checkmark 1. Second, the traction control was terrible. Mine did not have the LSD which it should have. In the rain or light snow, the car stayed home. Checkmark 2. Third, the handling was to me was unpredictable. The car is beyond doubt, a great handling car. However, in my hands, it wasn't. It felt like there a point where the car was on rails but would slip off those rails at will. Forth, the build quality was low. Rattles, noises, latches breaking, etc. At the price I paid, I expected more.

    Pros: Power, Coolness, Looks

    Cons: Engine, Build Quality, Handling Traits not for everyone!

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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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