2005 Mini Cooper

Kim Horton-Coley

Asked by Sep 06, 2016 at 06:24 PM about the 2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback

Question type: General

Looking at a 2005 Mini Cooper for my 16 year old.   Is it a
safe car?    Would I be looking at a lot of maintenance?   
Has 78000 miles and is an automatic.   

6 Answers


Safe? Not for a 16 year old, high maintenance? Yes. 78K miles and an automatic, not a good combo.

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Bob Beaman

Any used Mini is a bad choice. They are high maintenance and not particularly reliable.

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Tom Demyan

Plus a small car like the Mini is not very safe in an accident. One of the reasons you see tons of used Mini's on the dealer lots BTW. I recommend a domestic 4dr sedan. Safe and low insurance. Not the coolest looking car to drive, but safe. .

is it a supercharged or base MINI? i have owned MINI's for 11 years. they are very safe and fun cars. put a code reader on it and if you get any codes, take it to a mechanic. i have 2 MINI's right now and they seldom throw a fault code.


I have a 2006 Cooper S very reliable. Sure if you get hit it's an issue but great handling. I would be more concerned about how it's driving. The S is very fast. Dealer service can be very expensive. Find a local foreign car guy. As suggested if the check engine light is on have it scanned. Been driving Minis for many years.

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