2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    Mini Cooper S! — It's a MINI. What more can you say? It's fast, great build quality, great styling and luxury features. Because it's made by BMW, it's pricey to fix, but it's well worth it. I love the car and his name is MC "Tipsy" William.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Amazing

    Cons: Keep on top of maintenance.

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    Mini — this is a brilliant little cars its quick for its size and its brill at handling and braking. the build is superb and it is adviseable to have the tlc pack which comes from mini. inside it is a prestieges car, high cost thou and fuel but only if you want fun in it lol.

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

    Pros: the whole car

    Cons: none

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    2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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    Awesome — amazing car,fast acceleration, extremely stable, could do with a super charger though. very little room in the back seats. looks great, lots of boot room with back seats down. words words words words words words words words words words

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fun

    Cons: little to no room in back

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    One Of The Best Cars On The Planet! — It's absolutely the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Period! It corners as if on rails, it accelerates like being shot of a canon, and it looks fast even sitting still. Bets overall car I have ever owned!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: The way it makes you feel when you drive it.

    Cons: It's not paid for yet....

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    2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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    Fabulous — Performance is great. Would recommend the manual transmisson. Quality solid except for minor interior plastic details coming a part. Styling is sporty and easy to customize. Cost can be pricey once you start adding details. Too much fun!!! Love this car.

    Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

    Pros: too much fun!

    Cons: Very small

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    I Love My Mini Cooper — I love my MINI. It truly is a great little racecar and my daily driver.... shake n bake. I have made really good friends through my car and I can't beleive where it's taken me. Her name is Huny... and all MINIs have names

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

    Pros: Driving it around corners

    Cons: The clutch goes bad on MINIs

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    2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback Review
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    Mini One D — I love my mini! Its a diesel so it can get up hills well and £20 fuel lasts ages. Its got brilliant handling (like all minis!) and its fun to throw it round corners! Im getting really cool bonnet stripes for it soon too =) Overall I love my mini!!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Everything!

    Cons: The glovebox wont open...

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    Cool Fun Car — loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it but the bernese mountain dog we have did not fit in , and 22mpg was pooh , super fun car to drive great enjoyment from this car

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fun, cool

    Cons: 22mpg

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    The Best Car In The World! — this is my car the 2005 mini cooper s. has been my dream car since i was 10, was hoping for a old school mini but parents thought this was safer. dont know why i listened it was my money but after the first week of driving it i was extremely pleased with the cars performance. any car that would beat me in a straight race i could beat them on gas mileage and still burn rubber around town. ive never spun out or lost control. even while trying to have fun in a parking lot the mini grabs the road with no intent of letting go (another pitbull comparison). when you do spin the tyres around a turn the suspension is so well tuned it doesn't feel like you've lost any control the car still does whatever you want. my brother bought a '03 cobra with his money already sick of driving it everyday, me id never trade my car in for anything. only car that would beat this in the handling aspect is the lotus elise. only thing that would make this car better would have been a 2.0 liter engine and a rear wheel drive system. however the last of the old school mini's came with a 1.6l and the 50/50 weight distribution with driver included would have been compromised and the front wheel drive was used on the old one's to reduce the overall size of the car for those tight parking spaces. so hate it or love it this car rocks.

    Pros: gas mileage, cornering speeds, bmw built, supercharged, you can park anywhere

    Cons: peoples opinion that is a girls car, rims, front wheel drive, 1.6l

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    A Fun Little Pocket Rocket — As of the summer of 2005, my mom's A4 had racked up more than 100,000 miles. Time for her to switch out, my dad thought. And since it was her 50th birthday, and my parents' 25th wedding anniversary, he decided to get something special. Which is what he did. Since we lived in France and saw the iconic original Mini still roaming the streets in hoards, she always envisioned herself as an old lady in a Mini. Since she's not old, I told my dad to check out the Mini Cooper S, catering to her "Momma Leadfoot" nickname. Other "mandatory" options for my mother included the Premium pack (sunroof, heated seats, auto AC, Xenons), 6-speed manual, and harman/kardon stereo. The dealer, Mini of Fairfield County, had one in Red with White Roof and Racing Stripes, on order, and since Minis were a hot commodity, we snapped it right up. There were a couple extras, such as the Sport pkg, and driving lights, but all in all it was a very well-rounded sports car for $25k, a bargain compared to the MkII Cooper S. I'm not going to lie, the car looks ridiculous on first glance. People who don't know cars says its too girly, but how many girly cars do you know have racing stripes, driving lights (just like a 1960s rally Cooper), 2-piece wheels with 45-series run-flats, and a supercharged-4/6-speed Getrag manual combo that goes 0-60 in just over 6 seconds? I'm not trying to hit on my mother, but show me a 20-something girl with that kind of ride and I'll buy her dinner. The notion of a girly car is dispelled whenever you climb into the body-hugging seats. The car isn't terribly comfortable if you're over 6-ft, but that's not a problem for me. The diminutive 3-spoke multifunction wheel lets you know that you're driving 1/2 a normal-sized car. The upright windshield is definitely distinctive, as is the giant center-mounted speedometer. My advice: make sure the on-board computer, which resides in the tach housing in front of the steering wheel, is set to show speed, as you will quickly find yourself in trouble with the law if you're not accustomed to looking @ the center speedo - especially in an arrest-me red sports car. The car begs to be driven hard and fast. My attempts to drive it sedately are met with embarrassing jerkiness, and any attempts to go faster are met with a stern "Slow Down!" from my mother. Needless to say, the problem goes away if I am driving alone or with my dad. The ride is what you would expect of a short wheelbase car w/ stiff suspension, and 45-series runflats: harsh. And because of that, I am reminded that this $25k car was designed to be profitable at $15k, with a myriad of squeaks and rattles evident by 3.5 years and 30,000 miles of use. Fuel economy is supposed to be the point of a Mini, and the supercharger saps any efficiency that the Tritec had, which wasn't much. I averaged just 31 mpg on a trip to VT once in the summer time, barely better than the 10-year-old Audi I was driving at the time, which weights 700 lbs more with AWD and a 2.8L V6. And the short gearing of the car amounted to 3000 rpm at 70 mph, and you can hear the engine droning away all day long. Lastly, despite the snow tires, the throttle can be tricky in the snow, sometimes providing more power than intended, spinning the fronts and activating the stability control Still, not bad given the immense driving satisfaction that I get when I drive it. The supercharger whine and exhaust note are spine-tingling, and the steering and shift action both have a natural heft about their action. It remains to be seen whether or not I would consider getting a Mini of my own, but in the meantime I enjoy the drive whenever I get the chance to get behind the wheel of this one.

    Pros: Supercharged 4 cylinder power, torque, noise; Superb handling, Unique road presence

    Cons: Not great in snow, harsh ride, short gearing, disappointing fuel economy

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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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