2005 MINI Cooper User Reviews

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    2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible Review
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    A "looker" With Lots Of Get Up And Go-overall A Pretty Terrific Little Car! — With the exception of the noted 'blind' spots and the gouging of MINI dealerships for parts/servicing (incl. simple things like oil changes!) the MINI itself is a great looking and performing automobile. LET'S MOTOR Here are five more words

    Pros: Bought brand new, this ragtop MINI S  has proven up to be a superb handling, FUN to drive car with enough power to zip by many of the big boys- I kid you not! Acceleration is grrrreat and the transmission provides smooth and seamless gear changes. While Kms per Litre is excellent, that PLUS didn’t enter into my buying decision. It’s definitely a nice BONUS though as costlier ‘premium' gas has to be used in the ’S’ model. Minimal steering assist  allows for a lot of "feel" in driving this car so any needed driving corrections can be readily effected. For me, this is one of the sweetest  looking automobiles ever, and I can tell you it still gets lots of "oohs and ahhs" especially with the top down. People still express an interest in buying it. The earlier attitude of 'it's a 'girly car' seems to have, finally, disappeared. Both build & paint have proven up to be excellent over the 9 yrs I have owned this vehicle. I  just can't seem to get over my love affair with this Chili Red exterior/black top & interior, MINI so I will perhaps add a ‘2013 something' to my garage to keep my much loved MINI S company…. :-) :-)

    Cons: Aggravating & unsafe blind spots  are evident on both sides even when the top is down. Maintenance/repair costs at dealerships are usually quite unrealistic when  compared to similar type automobiles made by other brands.  I have also discovered, at MY cost of course, that MINI mechanics appear LAX in their overall knowledge of  HOW MINIs operate and HOW to fix them when they DON’T. In my case, they have been unable to properly diagnose a longstanding problem without requiring/taking an unusual length of time to poke about  in attempts to determine, over and over again, what’s wrong. As well, the dealer/service people do NOT listen well to their clients and seem to have a "know it all" attitude

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    2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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    We Had Fun ! (that's Why She Bought It!) — Great gas mileage and loads of fun being able to put the top down anytime (mechanically, too, not manually!). The car handles best on a country back-road or on mountain roads where it really shines as the ideal automobile for those roads.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Fun, fun, fun!  Nothing better than being able to put the top down (which is not manual), and driving the country back-roads.

    Cons: Like so many of its brethren, the car had some minor issues, like the power steering assist going out while driving on a country road (surprise!) and the convertible roof didn't want to go up one day.  All those things were repaired and we resumed having fun again.  Recently the head warped and sent the temperature gauge to its limits.  We have 2 cars already and cannot afford to thoroughly repair this Mini Cooper, which for us means replacing the engine.  We would like to see it become someone's project car, someone who would replace the engine and put this fun little Mini back on the road again.

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    2005 MINI Cooper Convertible Review
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    Hasn't Aged Well -- Still Looks Good But Can't Stay Out Of The Shop — You can find this first-generation Mini for low money now, but do your homework: the 5-speed manual in this model is notorious for falling about after 60K miles. I've also had problems with the electrical system. It's a very fun car, gas mileage is decent, but its not well-made it'll cost you a ton to keep it on the road.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fun, terrific to drive, stylish

    Cons: Expensive to repair, unreliable

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    2005 MINI Cooper Review
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    It's the best year for overall relability (I read at least).
    2005 MINI Cooper S Hatchback Review
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    5
    Very FUN, VERY FAST with modifications, Good gas mileage, Cheap and fun.
    Looks/Style Ranked 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD worse.
    "It,s a sports car versus the full size SUV."
    Back Seats Ranked 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD better.
    "Just bigger, second row seats 3 adults comfortably. Mini is not a long haul people carrier."

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    2013 MINI Cooper Reviews

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    2012 MINI Cooper Reviews

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    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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