2005 Mini Cooper

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.   

7 Answers

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

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

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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.

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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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I completely disagree that MINI's aren't safe - I was t-boned on the driver's side by someone who ran a red light in my 2006 MINI (Bruce, RIP). My car spun about 7 times and landed up on a curb. I was fine - apart from whiplash and residual back pain, the side and front airbags deployed how they were supposed to and the cops all said it was incredible that my car didn't flip (note to emergency responders, hearing that 'it's a miracle you didn't flip' is not super reassuring at the time). Yes, they are definitely a bit more maintenance. More in just that it's harder to find good people to work on them and the parts tend to be more expensive when they come up. 78K miles seems a little high to me but if she's using it lightly and it won't be a long term car, they are fun, fuel efficient, and safe!

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