2005 MINI COOPER

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$7,990
$880
above average
68,320 Miles
27,480
Miles below average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 68320
Color: WHITE
Body Style: Hatchback
Trim Level: S
Interior: Black
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 4 Cyl
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: South Burlington, VT
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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
  Based on 260 reviews

Beach Buggy

3
Jon Windle on 11/16/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating:

Bought this thing to have a car to drive at the beach. It's been bullet proof so far. The run flat tires wear quickly, but other than that, repairs have been minor and inexpensive. I drive the thing 2 - 3 times a year to Orlando and back (225 miles each way) and it's pretty comfortable for a little car. Surprisingly roomy in the back if you need to move something.

LOVE My Mini

5
Joan McLeod on 09/20/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 4

... But NO cup holders or armrests!!!!! It's a 2005, with heated seats, navigation, full moonroof. Goes from 0 to 60 in seconds (my favorite part!), and can park in tiny spots (amazingly), and the seat warmers in MN should be standard! UNFORTUNATELY-- There are no upgrades for the GPS, so I use it only as a live map. The one cup holder snapped off the first year, so I bought a console with 2 cup holders, that sits on the passenger seat when I'm alone. (There is a center cup holder for the backseat, which I use, inconveniently; and an ashtray I removed, but it's too tiny to be of much use). Back seat is way too cramped for adults or children over 54" tall, but folds flat for plenty of cargo space. And I'm heartbroken that the trade in value is only $4000.

A colossal piece of Euro garbage!!!!

1
Michael Street on 01/21/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 1 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

The only positives are, they're cute to look at. They get good mileage per gallon. If you can ever keep them running they are fun to drive. Everything beyond those points is negative. After 50-60 K miles, they are junk. The parts are incredibly high priced and it's difficult to find anyone who will work on them! Most mechanics make it very clear, I hate working on Mini's of any kind, any year, etc!!! I spent a fortune on this poorly designed, poor running, undependable, rattling ,shaking, rarely working piece of junk!! Mini/BMW should be embarrassed to have created, designed and manufactured these rolling disasters. The engine is weak. The transmissions are terrible! Both Auto and manual. They are going to fail!! It's only a matter of when and where!!! I will never, ever consider another Mini/BMW product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dream car turned into nightmare car.

2
Vanessa Nobrega on 09/20/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

Growing up I'd always dreamed of owning a mini cooper, and last April, that dream became true when I purchased a 2005 Mini Cooper S. The Carfax report looked good and there were no issues with it. I bought it with 75,000 miles on it, and within the past year, I have put thousands into fixing things. My tachometer stopped work, my break lights would stay on when the car was off, I had to replace the alternator, the pulley system, serpentine belt, and alternator clip. Luckily, the dealer I bought it from is a family owned and willing to help anyone out, and took it right off my hands this past weekend. I would never buy a used Mini again, because all of the problems came out of nowhere, and my Local Mini Dealership did not have any clue how to fix most of the problems. After replacing the body control module, my tach still does not work, and when it is dark out, I can't see how fast I am going as the lighting is out. Luckily I only have a couple of days left with my ex-dream car. LESSON LEARNED!!

i luv my mini*

4.5
mini-bmw on 11/20/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

i bought my mini s when he was 5 years old w/65k on him. no problems w/ole mini, 10k miles & 8 months later. we seem thirstier than usual in regards to drinking oil & water-no leaks found. the mini people are more expensive than others, but it's German. the BMW feel is felt throughout- quality, handling, throttle, & performance overall. its true w/the German autos; the harder you drive em, the better they perform. the kick down is nice-no problems passing others. holds the road well, rain or shine. i've had none of the issues others have mentioned. i dont think the mini was meant for stop & go traffic, it likes to run the roads. unlike others, i keep up on my maintenance. more than oil changes.

Cute Car, Expensive up keep

4.1
redthirteen on 11/16/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I love the look of the Mini. I love driving the mini it actually makes driving in traffic fun. But once you have to fix something on your mini, it can be very expensive. Once your car is out of warranty, Mini USA refuses to take any responsibility for their cars. They will not fix even a manufacturers defect, and cover themselves by saying it is out of the 3 year warranty. They are cute cars but are not made to last.

Paper Weight

2.5
opusiam on 11/15/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Perhaps, the 2nd worst vehicle I have ever owned. Too many warranty fixes from one previous owner and myself to list but include everything from water leaks to fluid leaks to repeat seat cover replacements, front seat replacement, loss of compression, etc. Compared to my previous vehicle, a Miata, it shifts like a truck. Handling is no where close to the Miata's. It would make a cute 3000 lb. paperweight.

Auto transmission

3.3
Ron on 11/10/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

This car was a gem when we first got it however in year 4 at 30,000 km the ac went and recently the CVT has developed a clunk when cold and put into drive. Have just sold it as the transmission is poor and have no intention of putting another 7k into the dealers pocket.

Fun to drive when I can

4.5
JaeC on 10/13/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

First off, this is a very fun car to drive. The wheels always sticks to the road and the supercharger helps with instant push on road. BMW has done a great job putting the car together but also failed horribly on some parts. German engineering is seen and felt every where, for better or for worse. (See 'Suggested Improvements')

2005 Mini S

4.9
Mini S on 09/21/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Let me first say that I love my Mini. I have never had another car that I felt this way about. I love the feel of it, the size, the leather interior, the ability to get an entire shopping cart in the back. It is fun to drive and has the power I want to get around. I have had some major mechanical problems: rear main seal replaced at 34K and now lost a valve at 39K. Seems problems that shouldn't come up at the mileage.

Low miles does not equal low wear.

4.4
Rich on 07/28/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Fun to drive, sure. Surprisingly comfortable and quiet for size. Mine has 39,000 miles on it. Paint chips everywhere, scratched glass everywhere. Tires lasted only 30k miles. Just put new ball joints on it. Mechanic surprised I don't need new gaskets and seals yet. Service is expensive. Still I enjoy it so much I will probably get another one in two years.

It's a Keeper

4.4
lombardoca on 07/06/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought my 2005 Cooper S used (one year old and 12,000 miles on it). Don't put a lot of miles on it, but it is driven most days. Repairs needed by 25,000-30,000 miles indicate that many of the components just aren't the sturdiest (wheels, tires, multiple oil leaks and a power steering fluid leak, suspension parts in need of replacement), but with the work done, it seems like new, and I would like to drive it forever.

Cute Sexy but not for everyone

4.8
minime on 06/15/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Forever contemplated getting a brand new VS. used. Found a used on Craigslist for a reasonable price so took the plunge. Mine is a decked out Mini Cooper S convertible with all the options and JCW package (except the nav system). Quick & nimble but harsh and jolting ride (17" run flats + stiff suspension = good looks+performance but uncomfortable) While no match for a hardcore RWD sports car, it has a very good vehicle dynamics characteristics for a FWD. Neutral steer with a hint of tail-out oversteering when pushed. Overly intrusive ESP (but you can turn it off). Not recommended if this is going to be your one and only car. Not many 4 seater convertible that can match fun factor as Mini Cooper

Poor Quality

2.9
riverbendmike on 03/19/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

I have had nothing but trouble with my 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible. I have spent thousands of dollars in out of warranty repair bills. My problems have been. 1. Convertible mechanism cable replacement. 2. Oil gasket replacement. 3. Power steering failure (safety issue) 4. Trunk latch replacement. 5. Shift mechanism replacement. The car is at the dealer and the oil issue is being looked at again because I've had to add oil too often. So that may need to get done again. I'm seriously thinking of just leaving the car there. There is a reason it has go-cart handling. - It's built like a go-cart.

Love after test drive

5
LoveMINI on 02/26/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I spent extensive time researching MINI models and years, contacting dealerships, and ended up finding the perfect MINI from a private seller down the street. I spend an extensive amount of time driving due to work and a long-distance relationship, and have never been disappointed. I am a careful driver and take good care of my car, but made the mistake of using summer performance tires throughout the Wisconsin winter...still handled fabulously! There really is nothing this little car can't do; I read through thousands of reviews before purchasing, and while the dealership inconvenience and fairly high prices for repair remain true, I have had little to no problems otherwise

Love the Look, Spotty Reliability

4.1
UnsureMini on 11/23/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

Ordered our MINI back 2004 to exact specs.. We paid MSRP but we got exactly what we wanted. The MINI was nearly perfect with Free oil changes and normal maintenance until 36K. The exception of around 29K, AC unit was replaced. Around 60K the engine mounts and bushings ($700) had to be replaced and then around 100K the oxygen sensor went out with some other parts around it. MINI refused to pay even though it was a known issue ($900 we paid) Later, Clutch 114K ($1700), 114k Cylinder #1 died on the freeway ($2700.) If you keep this car over 100K, find an independent shop, the cost is half. The dealers charges $300 for an oil change, some areas $400.

A Nightmare from Start to Finish

3.8
Molly B on 11/17/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

One good thing about my Mini - it's sexy and fun to drive. Well, that's two good things. And that's where the happy story ends. My Mini has had engine recalls, indicator lights fall out (left and right sides), 3 windshield cracks, radiator thermometers explode (twice), random signal lights signaling (i.e. flat tire, check gas cap, service engine) for years on end ("bad computer circuitry"), oil pan leaks, emissions tubes cracked, the metal decal on my steering wheel pop up (twice. who knew that the entire steering wheel has to be replaced when that happens), vanity mirror covers fly off their hinge, battery failures, and more - but I've run out of room. In short, my Mini's been a nightmare.

ROAD HUGGER

4.9
HappyMINI on 08/20/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've driven many sport cars, BMW, Porsche, Mercedez and Lexus....but this MINI is right there with them when it comes to ROAD HANDLING and CORNERING IS AWESOME!!! And not mention fuel efficiency. I get lots of smiles from my neighboor whenever I cruise. Just being lucky to have one of these. Keeping this one for long time!!!

So much fun!

4.9
Marie on 08/12/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is the most fun that you can have driving! Everytime that I get behind the wheel the Mini is ready to go. It handles beautifully, hugs the curves, and loves to accelerate up hills. With the top down and wind in my face- what could be better?

I am going to miss my MINI !!!!

4.6
Happy MiniOwner on 07/24/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my MINI since it was a pup, straight from it's mother teat! But after 4 years, it's time to get an automatic since the wife can't drive a stick. This has been one of my favorite cars I have owned, being in my forties, that's been a lot. It is a blast to drive. I agree the seats could be a little more comfortable, but they're not that bad. The cup holder situation is bad, very bad. Mechanically, I have only had an O2 sensor fail. and those ridiculously expensive tires were replaced too early with normal high performance tires (it is also a weird size had to special order them). The passenger seat has stopped reclining. I will miss waving at other MINI owners and being in the family.

Needs better quality control

3.5
big john on 07/15/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

04/20/2006 Passenger door reflector fell off, passenger seat spring loose, clock runs very fast (new speedometer assy. required to repair) 06/29/2006 Passenger seat airbag sensor not properly installed 09/17/2006 Driver window would not operate 05/17/2007 SES light. Replaced oxygen sensor 01/23/2008 Replaced heater thermostat housing. Front tires needed replacement at 26,000 miles 06/09/2008 Replaced ignition switch & control unit for electronic drive away protection 07/15/2008 Replaced power steering fan and grille

Fun, Fast, And Darn good looking

4.5
2008GLI on 06/17/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the s-model, ive owned it a year and have never had any problems, it is good on gas, quick in traffic, i always get compliments on it, but the interior design stinks, seating is not to comftorable, but overall this car is very quick from point a-b, and it has been very reliable, services are pricey though, If your looking for a small hatchback thats quick and good looking get the Mini cooper, another Good one is a 2006+ Gti, looks better, alot smoother and interior design is way better, not to mention its good on gas and very comfy, but overall mini is king.

It's a love/hate relationship

4.3
bebonic84 on 11/11/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Since I bought the car in Nov I've had to make the trip to the dealer four times. They had to replace the hood latch, headlights, seatbelt and power steering pump. When the power steering pump started to go it made this tremendously loud noise. So loud I'd have to turn off my car in the bank drive thru. It's on its way into the shop this week actually to have the front end looked at. The tires were so incredibly expensive that I had to go out and buy run of the mill tires just to make it through this winter.

Love hate relationship

4
Loosenut on 10/30/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

The car is so much fun to drive it's addictive. It corners smoothly and accelerates well. The front seats aren't the most comfortable but are very adjustable. The biggest problem I have had is with the new gas containing ethanol. Seems the gas companies add more than the 10% they say they do and the Mini runs lousy because of it. At least that is what the dealer says. Oh yeah, and now the CD player died.

The most fun car to drive

5
Peeweee on 09/16/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Finally kids are grown - no hockey bags to haul or kids to move to college. This little car is so road hugging and is so responsive - it is just the most fun I've had in 35 years of driving. Not a day goes by that someone doesn't stop me and ask "what is that car?" or "do you like it?" This little car gets me high fives when driving down the highway and many smiles at his license plate (PeeWeee). A great brotherhood (or sisterhood) as I get waves from other mini drivers. Often I come out of the mall or grocery store and find another mini parked right next to me. Love to surprise large men who think they will be cramped inside the car. Wonderful little car I will have for years!

Smile!

5
Sophie on 08/26/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am so lucky to be driving a Mini Cooper S for my first car. I bought it last June and it's never going to have another owner. Everytime I drive her, I can't help but smile. The supercharger is fun, and the handling is amazing. I learned to drive on a Buick Park Avenue, so the Mini was a dream. With the back seats down, I can fit my 152cm snowboard. Good cargo space. I autocross with my mini, and it's beyond words. Acceleration is good. The auto-manual is a great option! Also, the winter package, Harmon/Kardon sound system, and sunroof are definitely worth the extra money! The runflat tires that came with her are terrible, though. I recommend replacing them as soon as possible.

My dream car....finally comes true

5
ultrarider on 08/08/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

While I have not owned my used Cooper convertible very long, I've been looking for 3 years. It was babied in the first 44K miles. It's a dream to drive. 5 speed shifts like new, handles better than anything I've owned (38 cars and counting).

First of MINI

4.3
Gretta0326 on 07/25/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. I went with the automatic but really wish I had gone with the manual S version. It handles fabulously and is a must-have if you have to park in the city.

2005 Mini Cooper S

4.6
catseye on 07/02/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I sold my beloved BMW M3 to get this car, so I had high expectations for this car as a daily driver and weekend track car. I have not been disappointed. The car is solid in every way, quick, and sticks like glue. I continue to be impressed as time goes on, and understand why so many people own more than one and sell theirs to buy another one. wow! What a car.

7670226

4.4
7670226 on 06/28/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

We dumped our Jetta for a Mini, and it was a great decision. It feels so exhilirating to ride. The vroom of the 1.6-liter four makes me want to go faster. The transmission, though is a different story. But there is so little body lean, it corners perfectly, why get an S model if this is enough? The rear seat is surprisingly roomy for a car this small. Most controls are simple to use. The outside is just adorable. The white goes perfectly with the black roof. Driving lamps help at night. It's sad that there isn't enough room for us and our luggage, so we can't go to Chicago with it. But it's so much fun just to drive through the city. It's so playful.

I may be small, but I am safe and solid.

5
autooracle on 04/18/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great car. Handles better than a 911. If that corner says 30 and you are going 60. Hold on!! Very solid. Rattles can be a bit annoying. The dealer had to intall an anti rattle kit. So-far-so-good. Get rid of the run flat tires as fast as you can wear them out. Replacing them with another brand of tire will drastically improve your ride.

Gotta love the Mini!

5
bttrflyscales on 11/20/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car all around! This vehicle is fun to drive the style is like nothing I've ever seen and I love the fact that I can be unique with my car. I don't know any other car that matches it.

The greatest car I've ever owned

5
nkasoff on 10/31/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I absolutely love my MINI convertible. I've owned all sorts of cars in the past, and nothing even comes close. I got a base model, the only option was the CVT. It's not a performance car by any means, but I didn't want that - if I did, I'd have bought the S. I don't need the speed, or the tickets.

Overall not bad

4.1
jmargolis on 07/23/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Generally, I've been very happy with my Mini. I've had one ABS sensor go bad and my power steering hose needed replacing for a leak. There are very occasional inexplicable computer problems, as well. Overall, performance and handling are very good, though the stock run-flats on a sport suspension and springs make for a rough ride. The interior is nice (I prefer the pre-2007 interior) but a little "plasticky"; would be nice if they offered JCW leather upgrade for more than just the dash and down tubes (e.g., the door panels).

Interior bug don't bug me too much

4.6
Jim on 07/10/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the tight handling in this car. It sticks like glue to the road no matter how hard I push it It's a feeling of confidence that the car will do what I ask of it. Yes it is plagued with multiple interior bugs but you can't have it all all the time.

Best car ever owned

5
Fuzzyvaldez on 06/28/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow! This is a great car with everything you could want. I've never had any problems with this car and would recommend it to everyone I know. This car has been taken on 1k mile drives and is my daily driver and has never failed me. My only issue is that people didn't order the amenities they really wanted. Please don't complain the car would be better if it had items you didn't order. I've seen this car marked down on the fact it didn't have a sunroof (maybe one should have ordered one) and MPG come on people really, its a sportscar with a supercharger not a hybrid 50hp family wagon. So love this car for what it is and not hate it for what you wish you would have ordered.

Fun Fun Fun

4.6
Sean Maestro on 05/07/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I miss my MINI Cooper. I had a 2005 custom-built to my liking and had it for 2 yrs. I had the opportunity to drive it on English roads and it was perfect for the winding narrow streets and small parking spots. I averaged 29mpg, which I thought was great, giving me about 400 miles per tank. I am 6'3 and was able to fit perfectly, but no one could sit behind me. I had a baby and got rid of it for an SUV - big mistake.

Great Fun!

5
c. t. ricks on 01/11/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the most fun to drive vehicle I have ever owned. The automatic transmission is great around town, but the option to shift yourself adds great fun and enhanced performance during play time. The full convertible with the option to use it as a sunroof adds fantastic variety, especially in rapidly changing weather conditions.

Great Car

4.6
danderson on 01/05/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is with out a doubt the most fun for the money I could ever imagine.

I Love My Mini

4.9
MDGiusti on 12/24/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my Mini. I have had it for a little more than two years now and it has treated me very well. My wife and I evacuated from three hurricanes in it (including Katrina and Rita) and its fuel economy and comfort helped us survive the ordeals. We were still driving while less gas-miserly cars had long-since run out of fuel. Evacuations aside, I love driving my little car. It is great fun and I still get envious looks while driving around town. Don't be scared away by size either... I am a 250-pound 6-foot-one man and fit comfortably.

Awesome Little Thing

5
JP Money on 11/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

For both driving spirited and casually, the MINI Cooper S is an awesome car. For a young single male, it has enough space for anything I need and enough room for three of my friends. It is peppy and fun to drive. I have never had a problem with it, knock on wood. This a rare compliment for cars nowadays, which are often over shadowed by complaints. This is the best small car out there!

Love my mini

5
John on 10/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 MINI Cooper S is a great car. It is lots of fun to drive and fast. It is the perfect car.

New Owner

4.5
miniplatz on 10/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I drove it for two days in the West Virginia mountains using the paddel shifter. It was a blast. The only change I would make is an electric adjustable drivers seat. It is a great car, but it is not as much fun as my 1990 British Open Mini. Everyone should have one.

'05 Mini

3.6
jrfats on 10/01/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I'm delighted with this Mini. I call it a go cart with air conditioning. I wish that the tires would last longer, but that is a low profile run flat problem. I wish that there were more dealers as I keep the car in Montana - it is over 400 miles to the nearest one. So far, I have had no problems. The brakes are much better than in the 2003 model, which I still have in another location.

I'm lovin' it !

5
Hans-Juergen on 08/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my Mini for 15 months, and have put 17,000 fun-packed miles on it. I have the base model with manual transmission, sport seats, and a sunroof. Although I have read reviews that say otherwise, I think the base model packs plenty of power (as long as the A/C is off). I have not tired of this car - each time I get in it, I am reminded of how much fun driving should be. It is responsive on turns, and stable as can be at high speeds on the freeway.

Mini Needs Better Gas Mileage

4
Gina on 08/09/2006

Performance: 2 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned this car for about six months. It's fun to drive, has a classy interior, and is loaded with everything and has chrome everywhere. It is easy access to whatever you need. This car has a great panoramic roof!! With a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine it needs to get much better gas mileage though. I have the auto. w/o supercharger and only get about 26 mpg. I would suggest the S model for those who drive on the highway. Getting on and off highway ramps gets a bit tricky. As for the interior room, I've taken 3 coworkers of average size to lunch and they seemed comfortable on the short ride. I enjoy this car because I'm a 5'3 inch female and it fits me. Getting in and out is easy, and I have a back seat for stuff. I just need to adjust to the lack of power.

Miss Mini Loves Attention

4.9
Miss Mini on 07/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My husband let me pick the car I wanted - and I've always loved the Mini since we were in Europe. So I was overjoyed when the convertible became available. My husband thought my MINI was a girly car - that is until he drove it. Now he loves to drive it - the pick-up and the way it holds the road - especially in curves. He is tall - over 6 ft. and he has plenty of room. Only draw back is the nearest dealership is 100 miles away. So am glad it is working well.

You should get this car....

4.9
jhocasio on 07/07/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has been fantastic. Especially when driving in German roads, the car can go up to 141 mph! The steering is simply superb. While driving in American roads, the vehicle responds phenomenally to the lack of driving that other's do in the highways. Its gas mileage - in the highway you can get it up to 30+ miles to the gallon, however, in the city it struggles to keep past 24 mpg - not bad comparing against the big machines. Other great things about the vehicle - parking, dual sunroof is a must, storage is actually more than expected. The challenge - the other challenge is the sport suspension on American roads, our roads just do not support a race car suspension.

I Wouldn't Trade my Mini for Anything!

4.8
Mini_T on 07/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great little car. It's very sporty and handles well. I bought mine in Germany and drove it to Switzerland and Italy. Talk about fun on the road. This car is built to handle the most death defying curves any road has to offer. I love to drive it and people love to ask, "How much fun is it to drive?" My standard reply, "It's my toy, and fun is an understatement!"

Minitastic

5
Emma on 07/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my Mini. It is the car that makes you smile every time you get behind the seat. Any small flaws (there are a few rattles) are by far outweighed by the sheer pleasure of driving this tiny but mighty Mini!

I love my Go-Cart!

4.4
Chris M on 06/23/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

In spite of having the automatic transmission completely replaced and losing some of my faith in my car because of it, I still love driving it. The fuel economy vs. performance can't be matched. This car has a good quality feel but the ride can be a little rough at times. A long trip will leave you feeling fatigued. It is responsive and quick. However, I have had issues with people in huge SUVs not seeing me and almost moving over on me. :)

Awesome

5
Cressy on 06/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded a huge F150 Supercrew 4x4 for my Mini Cooper S and have never regretted it - this car is awesome. It does 0-60 in the 6's, and gets 30 mpg. What more can I say!

Our Yellow Bumble Bee

4.6
Chuck on 06/15/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Our yellow and black Mini Cooper is the most fun car I have ever owned. I am 52 years old and I have owned many different cars since I started driving at 15. My wife and I are thinking of buying another Mini so we can each have our own. Great Car!

Great style, poor reliability

2.6
michaelben on 06/13/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I own two MINIs: both S, one hardtop and one convertible. Both are stylish and a hoot to drive. I am a gentle driver - the convertible averages only 4,000 mi/yr and the hardtop about 9,000 mi/yr. And yet... I have had to replace the transmission three times on the hardtop, the AC failed twice on the hardtop, the AC / heat system failed once on convertible, the ASC light comes on/stays on in both, they have various serious rattles - that MINI knows of - they have had to be serviced. MINI service has taken care of everything, but I am spending most of my highway driving just taking both cars in for service. I am regretting having two MINIs that have so many service issues. Hate to give up the style, but...

Another Miniac

4.8
RodgerMcConnell on 06/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my Mini. I have the Chile Red convertible with white stripes and the car seems to glow. Mine is powered by the JCW engine kit which adds considerable lower end power to the handling equation, and while I've grown a little jaded with the 207 HP power plant, the Mini is an absolute joy to drive. It's quick to accelerate and the precise steering engenders total confidence in the Mini's predictability. All this and the Mini is soooo stylish. I live in Montana and I'm accorded near rock-star adulation while on the road or even when it's parked. While the car is a great social icebreaker, all the attention is almost embarrassing. People of all ages simply love this car!

Love the Mini

4.9
keif calkins on 06/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We keep the Mini at our beach house. What a neat car for tooling along a1a. Not a day goes by that someone stops me and admires my Mini. I have never seen a convertible top as well made as my Mini's. The ride is exceptional for a small car. I just love my Mini. The only negative is my service dealer is 75 miles from where my Mini lives.

High Quality Small Car

5
jazz251 on 05/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After years of looking at this car I finally got my wife to test drive it. Now I can not get her out of it! We bought a 2005 model that was sitting on the lot. It had only 10,000 miles and had most options. It is a base engine but the HP seems more than adequate for the traffic bound DC / N. VA area. Plus the gas mileage is great. For a small car it is very quiet. It is well built and fun to drive. I plan to keep this a long time and plan to pass it on to my son in about 5-6 years.

The MINI Experience

5
MINIpower on 05/21/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutly everything about owning a Mini is exciting. My 9 rating under comfort is for the lack of an armrest, but one soon becomes accustomed to that, or buys one! The car just begs to be driven around tight corners, which are frequently found in my Rocky Mountian town. It handled great even when it snowed for weeks straight this winter. The car has much more interior room that would be thought at first glance. Basically, I do not think that there is any other car on the market in this price range of such good quality!

In case you were wondering...

4.5
Penny on 05/17/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This has been a fun little car with more room than previously anticipated. For comuters who are willing to forego a smooth ride for great gas mileage or someone who likes to be looked at, this is the car for you. Personally, I am enjoying this car. I wasn't even interested in buying it because I had an SUV and thought it was to small, I was wrong! This car is fun and sexy at the same time, who would have thought! One thing that is confusing, the car has beaucoup gadgets, but is missing standard perks ie; auto tint rearview mirror or digital compass this was standard on a base Saturn. Those items are kind of a no brainer.

Best in Class

4.9
minicoupah on 05/05/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Cooper with the cold weather, premium pack, and 5-speed transmission. It has the most amazing ride. I'm a big guy and there is no issue with the cockpit. It is not he quickest vehicle around, but it is fast. This car is VERY stable. Its ride is a bit choppy on bumpy roards though. It goes where you point it, without any steering wheel torque at all. It redlines at over 6,000 rpm and the engine runs and runs. I have logged 20,000 miles on it so far this year. A glutton for performance, I've ordered an '06 "S", with DSC, limited-slip, chrono, cold weather, and premium pack #1. As a side note, I rented one with an automatic and took it to Death Valley and the Mojave. I drove it VERY hard and actually beat-on it over 50 miles down the West Side Rd. I chuckle now, knowing just how well these cars are made.

Let's Motor

4.9
Marvel S on 04/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We now have 2 Mini's and love both of them. The Convertible is definitely a head turner. It is lots of fun to drive and totally different from anything on the road today. My 2002 has 30,000 miles and has been very reliable. Between the two cars the only major problem has been with the convertible roof. It is easy to use, but gets white marks on it when raising and lowering. The car has been recalled for this problem. It still does it after the fix. It looks like it can cause early wear. Besides that one problem, the car has been flawless and just a blast to drive. Lets Motor!

Sam's Mini Cooper

5
Sam Mannos on 04/07/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This vehicle is the best small auto I have ever owned. As soon as a 4 door model is available, we will be shopping for a second Mini Cooper for our family. This automobile is comfortable, fun to drive, very responsive and has power to spare.

It's LOVE

5
sabinka on 03/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Mini Cooper is my sixth convertible...and it is the BEST one yet. It handles like a dream even she likes to fly. This is by far the best car I've ever owned. PS: my boyfriend owns/ d rives vintage muscle cars and he loves to drive the MINI too.

Wow. I'd buy it again.

4.8
jt on 03/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

German engineering + classy design. My Cooper S is 600 lbs. heavier than my previous 4 door cars (Jetta, Saturn, Accord) but handles like a fighter jet. The power brings out my lead foot, which hurts gas mileage, but I squeeze 350 miles out of each tank of 93 octane (mostly highway driving on my Manhattan to Warrenvile NJ commute). I considered Hybrids, but their fuel economy evaporates on highway driving. Mini's handling and standard features make me feel safer (ABS, traction control, 6x airbags, and a really solid, heavy body.) Street parking in NYC is a dream. I paid $30,000 with all options and have no buyer's regret. Consider getting insurance on your tires / rims: run-flats are $250 each. In NYC you will get a flat. I already had one and the insurance has paid for itself.

Mini Car - Max Fun

4.9
COOPER on 03/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a delight! The only problem that I have had with it was rubbed wiring and it was fixed quickly at the dealer. We enjoy this car so much. It's velcroed to the road! It performs perfectly on the interstate at 75 mph or crawling in the city. I can't wait to see what MINI comes up with next!

Makes me feel young.

4.8
Ted on 03/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible is my weekend car. It is extremely fun to drive. I park my SUV in the driveway after work and just take off with my MINI. It is a throw back to my younger days.

Fun to drive? You better believe it!

5
Brian on 03/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the first car I've owned in a while (10 years or so of truck ownership preceeded it) and I've always wanted a convertible. WOW. There are not enough adjectives to describe what it's like to drive this car. From handling corners like they're not even there, to lots of punch in acceleration, you can't help but have a huge grin on your face when you're putting this car through it's paces. Still, nearly a year after I bought it, I still get people daily asking me about it, if it's fun to drive, where I got it...it's the most fun I've ever had driving a car. To the editors ratings..7.8? How can you possibly put as much weight into 'cupholders' as you do 'fun to drive'?

Cool Ride

4.8
romeo427 on 02/19/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just picked-up my '05 Mini Cooper "S." Its handling is, well, unbelievable! I am geting 27 mpg in combined driving. I have not gotten anywhere near the rated 32 mpg (automatic). This car is bigger than it looks. It is fun to drive. I was not impressed with the "go" factor in the recent east coast snow.

Fun, Responsive, Yeah Baby!

5
Kim on 02/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 MINI Cooper Convertible is a terrific little car. It handles beautifully, has fantastic braking, and good acceleration (especially with available clutchless manual). Plus it's a real headturner. The convertible top operation is a breeze. Rear seating and trunk space are nominal, but who cares? I have had no problems at all with it in first 9 months of ownership.

Super Pleased

5
Chris on 02/15/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just picked up a slightly pre-owned 2005 Mini Cooper S. I'm here to tell you that I absolutely love it. I had a chance to sit in one of these cars at an auto show earlier this year. I never guessed to give it a try because I'm a big guy. I tell you what, I had loads of room left over. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a sports car. So don't complain about space or convenience. You don't buy this car for those things, you buy a Honsa Civic. You buy the Mini for fun and that's what it is, FUN, with a capital "F" baby. Its very quick on its feet and handles like there is no possibility of slidinig. Sure its stiff but its supposed to be, again its a Sports Car...and I am LOVING it, Giddy Up!

Only in the Summer

4.4
KOW on 01/31/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI Cooper S is a great little car. It's lots of fun to drive and corners as if on rails...but only on dry roads. If the road is wet or worse (snowy) this thing is scary dangerous. The run flat tires are hard and stiff and provide scant traction. We live in the foothills outside of Denver and value our lives more than the car. Also, resale value is NOT as good as we had expected.

2005 MINI Cooper S

4.6
Sam Mannos on 01/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The S Cooper is not only fun to drive, it is practicle. Everyone that sees it or has an opportunity to drive one, wants one. We are looking forward to the new Mini Cooper S models coming out. We will probably add a second one to our family next year. When they build a 4 door Cooper S, we will immediately order one.

Convertible Top Problem

4.5
jean on 01/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Only one problem has turned up with my MINI. The convertible top got a wire rubbed and shorted out the wiring harness. They replaced the whole harness at no charge. Other than that, we love that little sweetheart!

I Love My Mini

5
sojurn79 on 01/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 MINI Cooper is truly a fantastic car with so many options available that you get a completely customizable ride straight from the factory. I recommend this car to anyone who has to commute far, for in-town driving, or for someone who just wants a nice economical show-piece in your driveway. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Boxster Killer

4.8
Da-Works on 01/04/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I purchased my Pepper White John Cooper Works MINI S last May and I’ve had a permagrin ever sense. The performance is almost scary and surprising to many who try to follow me on a back road. If you're thinking of buying a MINI, do it. It's more than just another sports car. The build quality is excellent and, so far, the reliability has been great. I bought my car with several features that the autocrosser would think of ordering. Full sunroof, upgraded seats and auto ac/heat, as well as auto headlights dimming rear view mirror, etc. Overall the added features make the car a great cruiser and weekend get-away car.

Best Litle Car I have Ever Seen

4.9
nick on 12/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my MINI Cooper for 9 months and it the best car I have ever driven. I always get looks, get stoped, and get compliments on it. People are always asking "Where did you get it and how much it cost?" When I tell them, I can see that I have made a new Mini owner.

Fun to drive, needs better build quality

3.6
Sun195 on 12/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

We've had a 5-speed MINI Cooper for about a year. It's a lot of fun to drive around town and twisty roads, but not very comfortable on long trips. The gas milage has been "ok", but not great. The build quality is seriously lacking - wheel center caps fell off, rattles all over the interior, problems getting car into reverse. If you buy one of these, make sure your dealer provides good service - our local dealer has been difficult to work with and they are only dealer in state. We had better luck driving out of state for service, which needless to say is not very convenient. I expected much better service and build quality from a subsidary of BMW.

Jasmine's mini

4.9
Jaye on 12/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Although it isn't a car I would drive from Washington State to California again, it is an excellent car for commuting and driving around town. So much fun to drive.

I get MINI withdrawal ....

5
JennyK325 on 10/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my car used. It needed a tire speed sensor installed at 18,000 miles. Since then, it has been great. The first owner did not treat the car kindly. Other MINI owners wave or honk every time they pass. I look forward to driving my car. It's fun to take out on curvy roads, similar to driving a comfortable go-cart. I did have one passenger too large to fit in the car, but otherwise it's big enough for everything else -- grocery shopping is not a problem, nor is transporting 3 teenage boys! The hatch lid hides whatever is in there providing extra security.

Spunky Little Car

4.9
Laurence Ewing on 10/26/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a fun car and now with the price of gasoline, it is an economical car to drive. I am very happy with the way it handles, especially on curves. I really don't think the car can be rolled. It is a little rough riding, but I think that is mainly due to the "run flat tires" on my car. I like how the door windows seal themselves, which reduces wind noise. The car is easy to clean and care for. It is suprising how much one can place in the back; even more if the rear seats folded down. It is a great car!

AMAZING

4.8
Jeff on 10/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Mini cost me about $21,000 with tax, title, ect. and I would have paid $50,000. This car has more value and performance than most would belive possible for it's price range. It is easily comprable to more expenisive veichles and without question more stylish. A++ RECOMENDED FOR ALL!~

Blue and White is Alright

4.6
colt's fan on 10/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have a one hour commute to work that used to be boring - now it's a blast. The gas mileage isn't great (30+/-), especially at premium prices but the fun I have balances that out. One side benefit, most people who see it, smile. When they say it's "cute" i say "no it's understated".

2005 MINI Cooper

4.8
pedro fonseca on 10/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I do no like the CVT, it has have a little hersitation. I also expect better gas mileage in the city with highway 22. It uses only premium gas, which is the most expensive. However, this car is fun to drve, very good ar 70 or 80 miles per hour, very stable, has good pick up and passing ability. I'd give it an eight out of ten.

Fun to drive

5
Alice Cooper on 09/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am 6 feet tall and my Mini is very comfortable, fun to drive and I love all the features. The warranty is great.

Awesome MINI

5
GEORGE on 09/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is a crowd stopper! Anywhere you go, people are in awe over it. It is great now that I pass by the pumps when everyone is in line for $3 gas.

Mini Cooper S..Maximum Fun!

4.5
SteveK on 09/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Nov '04 I went to Moritz BMW to test drive a 3-series. Saw the Mini dealer next door and did a test drive. That's all it took! 10 months and 7400 miles later...it's GREAT! With the youngest out of the house, it's just my wife and I. Even did a Mini road rally this past Labor Day weekend in TX hill country. Those backroads were built for this car!!

Lots of fun

4.8
Matt on 09/14/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I've owned this vehicle for about two months now. Overall I've had a very satisfying experience. Despite the rising price of gas (and the fact that you fill up with premium) I can't get enough of driving this car. I did have some minor issues with the car, the first was that the door latch on the driver's side did not want to open correctly, a tension issue that was quickly fixed by the dealer. The second was a defective ignitor of one of my xenon headlights, again fixed for me under warranty.

Wonderful Car

4.6
Dan Cameron on 09/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I recently bought a new Mini Cooper S blue with a white roof, and absolutely love it! It's great, you can park anywhere, you get great gas mileage, and you can go as fast as you want and get there just as fast. Fun Fun Fun and more Fun. I would highly recommend this car unless you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, then a nice SUV might do the trick.

Awesome Cooper

5
R on 09/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Earlier model years may have gotten a bad rap on quality of build. However the 2005 model is flawless. Fun to drive, great gas mileage, and roomier than you'd think.

Fun Car to Drive When You Can

3.8
tbong on 08/29/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

Owned for three months and it has been in the shop three times. With problems ranging from the car not starting to the GPS not working. Customer service is the worst I have ever experienced.

It's a BLAST!

5
Marty J. on 08/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Cooper S is a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters, new this year. It is an absolute blast to drive! Excellent handling, great brakes and a killer Harman-Kardon sound system! And, it's so cool looking. This is my second Mini, my first being a 2002 Cooper with CVT automatic. That one was great, but the S model is definitely "The Bomb"!

Beautiful car

4.9
davyjones on 08/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I haven't enjoyed driving a car since my '73 Buick Riviera -- and before than a 1962 VW Beetle. But with my 2005 Mini Cooper I'm having fun again. The Mini is attractive inside and out and a pleasure to drive. It's welded to the road, and even though I'm not a hard cornering road racing type, I still appreciate it's handling and driveability.

MINI's: THe New Milenium

4.9
MINIZ on 08/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is not only fuel efficent, it's fun to drive. I drive my kids around and they are extremely comfortable. It's got power and speed; it makes you want to keep driving! I recommned this car for anyone who is looking for a safe, reliable, fun and cute car to drive! Let's motor!

I like it

4.9
Cool Blue on 08/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has replaced my motorcycle as my fun vehicle. While it's small, at least I can take my wife and kids with me for a ride now. The retro/modern styling makes the car truly unique and the supercharger's whine combined with the deep exhaust note are heavenly on your ears. Lot's of customization options from the dealer and third parties.

Fun? Yes...but aphathetic service...

3.8
DeeDubya on 08/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I wanted a vehicle that was fun to drive and good on gas. The MINI S has delivered on those counts. But, the engine has developed a cold start stumble and nearly stalled in traffic the other day. BMW calls it a "low idle problem". The service department has "made a note of my concern", but would not look at the car. I've owned it 7 months, but I'm looking for another vehicle. One needs a thick skin at BMW/MINI Service departments. Sales departments are all sweetness and light, but the real truth can be found at service. Wait for the 2007 engine redesign if you want this car.

A blast to drive

5
Ed on 08/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I test drove a 2004 MINI for the first time, just for kicks - when I accidentally took a corner at 45 mph, I was hooked. The '05 model has more horses, some better styling, and even more options. I picked up an S (chili red, white roof and mirrors) with Premium, Sports, and Cold Weather packages (for use in Chicago), and the Harmon Kardon sound system. Short version: I love it. Handling is great; acceleration, while not the best, is plenty of fun for a daily driver. The size and maneuverability make the MINI perfect for parallel parking and highway passing. My only major worry is that somebody will drive into me while smiling at my car!

Miles of Smiles

4.5
Bug Squasher on 08/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My car was delivered to me on the 22nd of June, a black JCW-equipped Cooper S. In the past 6 weeks I have put nearly 5,000 km on the odometer. If there is an organization that helps Cooper addicts, please get me the number! The car is such a joy to drive I find myself inventing reasons to go great distances, at the expense of other, often pressing, duties. Not only does the car have a stance and look that makes one think 'bulldog', but it also has that famous breeds faithfulness, tenacity and go-go attitude. I did thorough research on the car before I bought, and from that I anticipated at least one or two issues. Though still a young car I have yet to experience any problems at all.

what a rush!

4.9
tygirwulf on 08/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I fell in love with MINI on my first test drive 2 years ago. I love it even more now that I've had one for 6 months. Gas mileage has improved over the 8,200 miles I've owned the car, currently at 28 mpg mixed between country driving and stop and go traffic. Interior design is quirky and not at all like other cars, but to me was part of the charm and I quickly got used to it. Seats, while not cushy padded are quite comfortable for me nonetheless because of their design. It is deceptively powerful and if you know some curvy roads, very thrilling to drive. This coming from a computer geek who used to hate leaving the house if not necessary. I plan on owning this car for as long as possible

Puts a smile on your face.

5
peter on 07/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a fun car to drive. Excellent road feel and cornering, like driving an adult go-cart. Great sound when you step on the gas and instant response (S model). The rag-top is a no-brainer in ease to use and is a like being totally outside. The perfect toy for grown-ups!

Flawless -- so far

4.5
David on 07/26/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I find it odd how some people claim to have such bad experiences with car. I think they are the ones who write reviews, and the others (the vast majority) are out driving. I'm in the latter category. I have had not one single breakdown, broken anything, or even a rattle develop in 6 months/7,000 miles of driving it. In fact, I can't believe I've already put 7,000 miles on it. I had one defect from the get-go, but it's so minor, it's hardly worth mentioning: the driver's-side door handle's LED seems to have omitted at the factory (the passenger-side one is present). Oh the horror! I can recommend this car without qualification as one with the best build, quality, fun and value out there.

Most fun ever driven

5
pcphil on 07/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car makes me smile just thinking about driving it. It is surprisingly roomy even for large people. It drives like it is on rails. Room for two plus their luggage. Able to carry two more for short jaunts, but would not want to carry 4 on a road trip.

Great Car....but...Service is a Concern

4.6
JCRAY49 on 07/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

Initially, I purchased the Mini Cooper S because of my wife and daughter's infatuation with this car. After driving this vehicle only one time, I also became "hooked". My main concern about purchasing this vehicle was the lack of dealer certified service in my area. Unfortunately, my fears became reality just 3 weeks after purchasing our new 2005 Mini. Our sun/moonroof motor went out after only 1,200 miles on the car. I spent a day traveling to get this car repaired under warranty. I am hoping for the best from here on out. The car is truly very fun to drive and actually fits our family of 4. I am 6'4" and the car fits me fine. We all have a great time taking rides in our Mini.

CVT Engine has flaws

3.1
Not Satisfied on 07/20/2005

Performance: 1 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I had to have a MINI! I purchased it one month ago, the S with the CVT engine. It has been in the shop twice in one month, still is at the time of this review. Both times I've been told it's the DEM/Computer. It had to be sent to New Jersey, I'm in Dallas, to be reprogrammed. Not good! It's been a week since it stalled on my in traffic. Bad safety hazard! I would not have purchased the CVT engine if I'd known of the problems with it! I have one more time to have this problem before I can file the Lemon Law paperwork in Texas. In addition, there are not enough certified MINI mechanics to keep up with the demand. Poor, Poor, Poor turnaround time on service!

i love my little car

5
pedro fonseca on 07/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

is a pleasure to drive an small car with enough power and low gas consuctionI am very happy with my litle car, i trade an BMW convertible and for less thn half the price I get an excelent transportation fonseca

mini convertible s

4.8
Dave Lewis on 07/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the most fun car I have ever driven. I like to discribe it as a " fast go cart". The car is new ( less than 700 miles), so I have not had any problems. Everybody who has driven the vehicle, has fallen in love with it.

MINI Cooper Convertible Rocks!

5
Newton on 07/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I waited 3 months for my 2005 MINI Cooper S Cabrio and it was worth the wait!!! I have not been disapointed. In fact, I've been grinning like the Cheshire cat for the past two weeks. Every day I have been approached by someone commenting on it: "Classiest Cooper I've ever seen!" "Way Too Cool, Thumbs UP!" "What is it?" "I WANT YOUR CAR, REALLY BAD!" "Hey! You're driving my car!" "Love your car!" I feel like a celebrity, may have to get a press agent if the attention keeps coming! The fun factor in the MINI is way off the chart! But in the end it is also a well-built solid car with great safety features and way better fuel economy than my hubby's SUV. You don't just drive it, you wear it!

Awesome

5
Shutt on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 Mini Cooper Ragtop is great. From its performance to its looks, there wasnt another car on the road so well packed for the money.

Super fun car

5
m,inimini on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Normally drive a BMW X5 and will still use it when taking out clients. Drive about 75 miles a day and this mini convertable is a gas. The 5 speed manual is perfectly syncronized and the automatic top, which can also be used as a sunroof, is one touch Am already getting over 30mpg in the city and 40 on the highways....but most of all, it's FUN

Love My MINI

5
MiniSuz on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's only been six months, but the love affair continues between me and my MINI! I've never had such fun owning and driving a car!

The Mini is a Hoot

4.9
Linda on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Mini is a "big car in a little body." It has plenty of power on the highway, gets great gas mileage, and is just plain fun to drive. The only negative thing about it is that it uses a higher grade of gasoline than most.

Perhaps the Best Car Ever Made

5
emily! on 07/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible is not only cute, and fuel efficiant, but also well designed in the ways of aesthetics and performance alike. I can corner in my Mini at 70mph without a peep from the tyres, the convertible top lifts up in the back so even more stuff can be crammed in the trunk.The convertible top can either be opened all the way, or be opened part-way and used as a sunroof! The interior is fun, and roomy, allowing my 6'2" boyfriend to comfortably stretch out, while i, at 5'1" have no problem reaching everything. In addition to all of this, the Mini is small enough to create it's own parking places, where SUV's would'nt dare to go! By far the BEST CAR EVER MADE!!!

For a better car, avoid high end options

3.6
Don on 06/30/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 4

The Cooper S convertible really DOES feel like a go-kart, it is a blast to drive, and people all want to make friends with such a cute little car. But the dynamic stability control is wildly overassertive (slammming on the brakes at the slightest chirp of wheelspin), the optional automatic climate control is a disastrous triumph of cutesy (shaped like the Mini crest) over ergonomic, and the optional Harmon-Kardon stereo upgrade is only marginal at best. If you delete these options, you'll not only save money, you'll have a MUCH better experience of the car...simple, direct, delightful. Mini gets into trouble when they try to get too fancy..but when they just go for fun, they get it right!

Service stinks!

4
*** on 06/30/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

While I love driving my 2-week old Mini, the service available stinks! After only having my Mini for 2 weeks, the Service Engine light came on and the car lost power. When I called my BMW dealer, they told me I could get in 1 week later! They only have 1 Mini repair person! I also called area BMW dealers and haven't received return calls. Be careful when buying this car to ensure there are more certified repair people for MINI in your area!

The best small car in the U.S.!

5
Mark Smith on 06/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI for me is the only car that truly excells in the categories of Style, Performance, Fun to drive, and practicality. It's great on fuel economy (29mpg avg. Cooper S manual), comes with three years of free maintenance (even covers brakes), has go kart performance, and is able to fit all of the people and cargo that I ever need. There's nothing negative I can say about the vehicle. It does everything I ask it to do above and beyond the call of duty. Why would you consider any other small vehicle?

my toy

5
pedro fonseca on 06/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my little car, i am 70 years old and I feel very confortable driven my mini, the power is more than enoug, already drive to Tampa at 70 and 80 miles per hour and run beautifull, stability is great and brake excelent, I just trade a BMW 330 convertible and i have more fun with my mini, every body look at the car and ask question. I wish if can running with regular gas but they recomended high grade that is expensive.

I LOVE MY MINI

5
floridasun on 06/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my mini a less than a week and have 700 miles on it. That should tell you a little about how much fun it is to drive. This car is great.

Hyper Blue Convertible

4.8
Hyper Blue on 06/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded my fast and spacious Subaru Forester XT in for a fun and fuel efficient Mini Convertible. Although, friends and family thought I was nuts, I have been enjoying the Mini so much that I've already put 1,000 miles on it! I've had it just over a week and the twisty roads have been such a blast! I do miss the quick acceleration of the Forester, but the Mini's horsepower is adequate. The convertible top is amazing and so easy to use. I test drove a Saab convertible before the Mini and was completely suprised by how much quieter the Mini is. You simply push the button and the Mini's top folds into "sunroof" mode (cool feature) and then push the button again to fold completely.

Mini Mania

5
conmike92 on 06/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Its a great car...you do not need the S engine for extra power. The standard engine is great. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE (and fun!) car!!

Seniors love Mini!

5
Handy Andy on 06/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Our Mini has been a wonderful car. It fits everything that we need to put in it. It is FUN to drive, and we get alot of comments from people who want to know how we like it. Even though we live 125 miles away from the dealer, it is not a problem because the Mini only needs to be serviced once a year Many of our friends and relatives have driven the car and all of them love it. There is alot of room in the front seats. Following the production of car on the internet was great fun.

New Cooper

4.9
deb on 06/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fun to drive, fun to own

coopsoso

4.1
jc vol on 06/11/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Performance it good. Fueling its great and the best car for parking!! I just love it. lol

mini cooper aka bmw garbage

3.3
jon walke on 06/10/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

owned the car for 6 months,it was in the shop 8 times for problem with car almost stalling when air was on,bmw acknowledged there was a problem & didnt have any time when expected to have remedy,also had power steering replaced & the car had more rattles than a 1980's huyndai - bmw doesnt participate in the california arbitration for lemon law so traded it in on a new vw bettle before everyone figured out what a piece of crap the cars are.thank goodness they have a 3yr 36k mile warranty, you'll need it

Mini Car Maxi Fun

4.5
SPT on 06/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

One of the best cars I have owned. Perfect for a city ... easy to park. Three issues: 1) Needs decent back bumper 2) poor visibility with top up and down 3) rough ride. This IS a sportscar not a sedan.

Red Mini

4.5
Jack Nesbitt on 06/10/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Coming up on 10,000 miles. No major problems of any type. Rides hard as one would expect. Small noise in dashboard when on bad LA freeways. Gets great mileage. Averaging 31.7 mpg in LA combined highway and city.

MI MINI

5
smoul on 06/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I bought the car on impulse this past weekend, as I'm sure many others have. We already have an SUV, so we decided to go with something unique that is fun to drive and offers good performance and style. Only had it several days, but i did drive to the store at 10pm "to buy batteries".

Cooper S has it, dollar for dollar

5
Mark on 06/04/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

You want a good sports car for your money, buy the Mini Copper S but buy the S model becuase it's worth to pay the extra money for the Copper S.I drove one in the plant in Munich & wow what a sports car for the money & seats 4 people very well. Have the money try one out & buy it if you want a nice sports car for your money.

Funfunfun

4.6
John & Traci on 06/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is just plain FUN. We've both had Mustangs in the past, and we actually prefer this. We could have waited for the 05 Mustang Convertible, but once we drove this...it was a done deal. Quick, easy to handle and park ANYWHERE...especially crowded soccer fields...and boy do the heads turn! Great mileage. At first it felt like we were driving a 'target' after driving our SUV...but as quick and as safe ast it is...it's not a problem anymore. We love our MINI.

Mini is the Best

5
Hal Peersonius on 06/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car looks great and drives like a dream car. It is so much fun to drive. My wife loves it as much as I do. Its used as a daily driver and is easy to handle in traffic. We get a lot of looks from other motorists and when we stop there is always someone out there that wants to talk about the car. This iss my second MINI, I had to have a red and white one. The first one was dark silver. It is so comfortable and we have taken several long trips of over 1000 miles. I think we will keep it.

Fun and Affordable

4.5
T. Smith on 06/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This has been a great driving year. I love my MINI. One of the great things about it is the smiles that are invariably produced when you drive by. Gas mileage is acceptable (though high test gas is a slight burden). The interior is very comfortable (definitely spring for the leather sport seats). My son (a tall 9 year old) has plenty of room in the back and the three of us have taken several long trips. Having a MINI means packing lightly, but it's a good exercise in downsizing the extraneous stuff that crowds our lives. Pleny of room for groceries and such and tall people fit fine. But the real sell is the enjoyment of driving. Go-kart? Maybe. But it's stable and, did I mention fun?

A Boomer's Car

4.9
dogswood on 05/31/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the car for baby boomers over 6 feet tall. At 6'5", I can stretch out and enjoy the top down 12 months of the year (seat warmers). Mandatory to spend extra $300-$400 for wind deflector to keep wind off your back. Comfortable for long trips but no room behind tall drivers. Really a 3 seat car. Also, minimal trunk although back seats fold down. Glad I got S version, motor is enough to leave all but the very serious roadster behind. No serious complaint. However, orange odometer and trip computer very difficult to read in daylight. A great handling and fun to drive "hot rod"!!!

Oh yeah, Baby!

4.8
WindInMyHair on 05/31/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Driving shouldn't be this much fun. Corners are the best... on my test drive I was actually INSTRUCTED to floor it on tight turns and bumps and it performed great. Awesome gas mileage, one touch convertible top operation. Smooth ride even at high speeds. My only complaint is the cup holders....

Love the MINI Cooper Convertible

4.8
C Dodge on 05/31/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The interior of the MINI Cooper convertible is much larger than it appears if you are outside the car. Leg room in the rear seats is limited (but that's not a problem for me). The car is very responsive and a lot of fun to drive. I have the basic model but I find that the horsepower is more than adequate for my driving. And I love the overall look of the car.

EURO SUV

4.9
Bob Carico on 05/31/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just finished 860 mile trip, averaged 32 mpg, great fun driving in the Virginia mountains. Very comfortable given we were driving a very fast go kart. We have enjoyed everything about the car. So far (12,100 miles) the car has been problem free. We have had car since Aug 04 and I still smile each morning when I get in to drive to work!

My yellow MINI

4.9
Meg Duarte on 05/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my third Mini - drove two in Europe - I just love, my clients love it, and even my very tall friends are comfortable and get a kick out of it. I will NEVER change brands. There are a few problems, but all are curable. I've driven lots of different brands since I began to drive in 1956 and the MINI is #1

My Mini Time

4.6
Heinz O. Georg on 05/29/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Before "Mini", I always drove BMWs.After the lease for my BMW 535 expired, my wife & I went to the BMW dealer. She expected that I would buy a new BMW.Just a short distance away from BMW was the Mini sales facility. I (German) always loved Minis (since I was a student). My wife (American) had no idea what a Mini is. I had changed my job & didn't need a big car anymore.I was free to choose the car, I really wanted. After my wife "inspected" the car, she still could not believe that I could become happy with a Mini. I looked to the Mini and she looked into my eyes and she knew that I was happy with it.

MINI Mania

4.9
vonhanep on 05/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Without a doubt the most fun car I have ever driven. It still brings a smile to my face whenever I open the garage on my way to work in the morning. The one-button convertible top operation, which opens and closed the windows as well as the top is an engineering feat.

Fun things in small packages.

4.8
Leslie on 05/29/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has been great fun and I get plenty of looks! It is easy to drive and easy on the gas. It's relatively quiet, for a convertible, and grips the road when it corners. The ride is a bit rough but it's worth it. The electric sun roof/top are fast and easy to operate.

I call it Lucille, it's a ball to drive

4.9
Joe Obermeier on 05/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Had an original Mini in 1968. Ordered a new 2002 as soon as deposites were taken. Had the second all yellow one in South Florida. The dealer had the first. Put 23,500 mile on in and traded it in on a 2005 MINI Cooper S convertable. The perfect car for South Florida. Go topless most of the time. Fast enough to avoid most rain drops and getting too wet inside.

Not So Mini!!!

4.9
Bob Bellamy on 05/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a car!!! If you've never driven one, you don't know what you're missing!!! Not enough u's in the word FUN!!!

2002 Mini

5
Roger W Perman on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this vehicle new and use it mainly to run around town in. I have in it for service one time with no major problems. The only problem I have ever had was the rear hatch had a problem staying closed. They fixed it.A great car, a great price, I would certainly purchase another one.

COLE'S REVIEW

5
HOTCOLE on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fast and fun - excellent Sunday car!

Kitty's Mini Cooper

5
kitty on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Ordered mini Cooper ........took 45 days to recieve...........Outstanding car. Comfortable.....Head Turner !!

Awesome Car

4.9
Tykoon on 05/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Talk about an awesome car. I've had it just over a month...& I absolutely love it. Fun to drive and look at. Its a real attention getter. I'm not worried about the reliability it has a warranty and it is a bmw. More than that It is just the most wonderful car. Its my first new car and I love it.

lets motor

5
ilovemymini on 05/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i have never been so happy with a car purchase. I love my mini cooper and cannot wait to purchase the redesigned and improved version in 2007. i recommend this car to everyone looking to have a great time and turn some heads.

I Love my cooper!

5
jesshookumchand on 05/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the ideal car for a small family, for those tight on parking space or those that just love having a good time in a great car. Of all the cars i have owned (chevy,a mustang and a gran prix) this is by far the best i have ever had. I love my mini!

Funin the Sun

4.9
Vangogh on 05/25/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am delghted with the car. It is a blast to drive, particularly on the winding country roads near-by. The convertible turns a ton of heads. I have never owned a car that gets so many smiles, waves and inquiries. Overall good build, although some of the plastic in interior seems a little cheap. That being said, when the top is down and the sun is out, I've never had so much fun in a car. One down side...my wife gets a little upset when I get smiles and waves from other ladies.

greaaat fun

4.5
blk on 05/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Fun car to drive-- can't wait to go drive----larger than you think--faster than most people think with larger engine--gets better the more you drive-- easier to get in and out of than a Z4 or similar sports cars. Most fun I have ever had driving a car.

The most fun car you will ever own

5
zellerware on 05/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow! This is truly the best handling car I have ever owned (beats 911, 3 series, A4 hands down in the handling dept). Fit and finish are superb.. Has such a fun feel. Feels like a mini F1 car when driving. I suggest special ordering one as there are so many cool options to build the car the exact way you want it. Get the "navagation" pack and "limited slip". Thanks BMW!

'05 Mini Cooper convertible

4.8
Will Conyngham on 05/21/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've been driving for 40 years and have never fallen in love with a vehicle, til now. The car's a head turner and prompts impromptu conversations with strangers all the time. I simply love the car.

Mini surpasses expectations

5
SpikeZebra on 05/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My expectations were high, but even then they were surpassed. The comfort for driver and passenger are excellent considering the size of the car. There is a bumper to bumper warranty. The car handles like a sports car, which it really is. You don't feel like you are in a subcompact. Our gas mileage isn't what is rated because we are constantly pushing it which isn't the fault of the car (okay, I guess it is). And it is an eye-catcher: we often notice people looking at us when we drive by. It is fun driving a unique car that is also a high quality vehicle.

Go buy this car and have some fun!

4.9
colin on 05/20/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased the Cooper model with std. 15" wheel and suspension for the better ride. Added sport seats, computer, and multi-function wheel with cruise. The dealer through in floor mats, a useful cupholder and bonnot stripes. This chili red and white sporty car is the most fun car I have ever owned. I also looked at Scions, but when loaded with the basics that the mini had, the Scions were going to be as much as my mini ($18,200.00) and not as much fun to drive. This car is a blast. I mounted 3 sets of 5 point racing seats belts in the back seat, so our three sons can share in the fun.

05 JCW MINI Cooper S

4.6
Drew on 05/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI Cooper and all its different models are great and are totally an expression of the owner's personality. Love how customizeable it is. The handling and acceleration on the S is awesome. Totally a fun car to drive around in & turns heads.

Mini Cooper Coupe/Hatchback 2005

4.6
Sharon Banis on 05/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It's a joy to drive. It's a conversation starter. I get "flashes" from other Mini owners -- like a secret handshake. Everyone wants to go for a ride in the Mini (well nearly everyone)! It causes smiles! It handles well and is fairly sturdy -- unfortunately Mina was hit by an Accord and had some "internal injuries" but the Accord lost its bumper and Mina looks like new after some repairs! I remained unhurt. It hugs curves and feels very stable.

Gwenie

5
Gwen on 05/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a wonderful and dependable car. I have owned many vehicles and swore off small cars until my cooper was given to me. I have 8 children so we plan on having 9 Mini's parked in our driveway with the next 9 years. Thanks for a wonderful adventure in life!

Joe's response

5
subductiveevilsoulII on 05/04/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the car is very nice, and it handles like a car should. it is very easy going on the fuel, and it has the pick up and go that you need to have to drive defensively

My Li'l Mini Cooper "S"

5
Angie Zemzicki on 05/03/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the car for adventurous folks. Not a family (not enough space for passengers in back seat). Great gas mileage, especially with today's prices at the pump. Handles like a fancy high priced sports car.

Great Mini

5
etemchin on 05/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The mini Cooper is a great car to own. it is really fun to drive and gets pretty good gas mileage. I really recomend checking it out.

Mini Cooper S Cabrio is cool

4.9
Wedge on 05/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you want a lot fun and people always stopping to talk to you about the car, you will just love the Mini Cooper Cabrio S. Keep on motoring

One fun car

4.9
Hap Bullard on 05/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fun to drive with plenty of performance. Other than having to replace the drivers side window regulator our Mini has performed perfectley. Very comfortable and stable at 90 to 100 MPH, and still gets 25 plus miles per gallon. Great in traffic, with the 6 speed gear box you can match RPM's at any speed for a good ride. The traction control is a waste and can be dangrous if you forget to turn it off especially under hard braking or when you put some lateral G's on her. This is the best new car I've bought for the price, ever. If you want a car that really makes you smile,buy a Mini...

Mini is maxi fuel efficient

4.9
susan romaine on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

30 mpg in city driving plus the performance (smaller engine) makes this a fabulous about town car -- definately NOT a go-cart.

Love My Mini!

5
gaygay on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It is so much fun to drive. It handles very easily around curves too! I've always wanted one, and are so happy I finally got it!

I love this car

4.9
sizedsmatr on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is the most fun little thing to drive. I am amazed at the handling and power for such a small engine. I also have a 745Li, but I love zipping around town in my Mini.

Funfunfun!

4.6
Traci on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is just down right, fun! My husband bought it for lengthy drive to work, or so he says! The S-model is quick, a step up from its regular model sibling, which was sluggish to me. I've wanted a convertible since I had one in my teens, and this is perfect. Great for his commute, and for weekends when the 4 kids aren't here! Not too much room for passengers...but that's not what this car is for! Have fun with this one!!!

Fun Factor+++

5
da libby on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Once you get past the ordering and waiting process, which MINI had made kind of fun in its own way, the real fun comes in driving it. Easy to drive and park in the city and great to drive on the highway. Best though is driving on twisty "country" roads. Great handling and a very solid ride -- no twist and shake like in other convertibles I've driven. The sport seats are very comfortable, even after a 5-hour cross-state drive. Contrary to the "official" review, the HP in the base Cooper is plenty for getting to highway speeds smoothly and effortlessly -- watch the speedo because you won't realize how quickly you can pass the speed limit!

Best of British & German Heritage

4.8
robk on 04/28/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had both German (BMW, M-B, VW, Opel) and British (Morris, Jag, MG) cars in the past and know the good and bad traits of both. The MINI Cooper S combines the best of both of its parents into a gem. Tight handling, stiff ride, quick reflexes, very good fit and finish are reminiscent of my 1980s BMW 3-series and earlier M-Bs; style and a certain British stuffiness recalls my 1990s Jag XJ; a little bit of frumpiness in interior spaces reminds me of my 1950s Morris Minor. (Nothing about it reminds me of my 1960s Opel!)

#2 mini

5
Bruce Johann on 04/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Went in for an oil change on our Mini (2003) and drove out with a Cool Blue convertible sports car.

Best Car I Have Ever Bought

4.9
Chuck Cole Sr. on 04/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This Car Offf the showroom flor fits the bill in what i want in a car. Rides great on long trips. The fun factor is way up there. The most bang for you'r buck. Not only that but the "cute" factor is still there after two years of ownership.

Great car, inside and out

5
kroth5 on 04/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the car for its looks, but I am very pleased with its performance and interior. MINI is a great company and the service group in Orlando is wonderful. Also, they make owning the car fun, with a great merchandise catalog and some great giveaways like travel games, MINI playing cards, etc.

My last convertible for awhile

5
Sheila on 04/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned four different convertibles starting with a Volkswagen Beetle, followed by a Mazda Miata, a Toyota MR2 Spyder, and now my Mini Cooper. I love, love, love this car and so does everyone that sees it.

We love our Mini

4.9
R-Mini on 04/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When I began searching for a convertible, most models were out of my price range. After looking at the Mini web site, I was able to design my own vehicle, with the options that I wanted, and still remained well within my budget. The handling is precise (15 inch wheels with Pirelli P3000 tires), the automatic transmission flawless, and in all the years of driving, this is the first automatic that I have owned where you cannot feel any up or downshifting. On a recent trip of over 1500 miles, my Mini convertible averaged just over 33 mpg on the highway. I would recommend to anyone interested in a convertible to give the Minis a test drive. There have been no mechanical issues to date.

Great Little Car!!!!!!!

4.4
Carol Wyatt on 04/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I could'nt wait till the new Mini to come out because I had a 1973 Couper that I bought in Canada. My younger brother drove it after I was done with it then I sold it ........... Wish I had it back many times. Love my New Mini and I wont sell this one.

Mini Max

5
kennerly on 04/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second Mini S, my first I purchased as soon as they were available in 2002. I've never owned a better car, (since 1964 I've had everything from VW convertibles to a 280SL Mercedes), and I've never been happier with a vehicle. My '05 Mini S convertible is fast, corners well, and looks great. If you want to meet people, this car is a real conversation starter, because a day doesn't go by without someone asking, "How do you like your Mini?" The bottom line? I love it!

the best car I ever own!

5
alfonso pruneda on 04/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

the best car in all history.

05 Red Mini in Dayton

4.9
Quepr on 04/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have now had my Mini for 6 months. I live in Ohio and was impressed with how well it handled in snow and ice. I also like that everything I need is at my fingertips ie heat, air, audio, mirrors,convertible,etc. The shifting is as smooth as butter. I had not driven a shift in nearly 15 years, it came right back and was soooooo easy. As far as fun, I can't think of a word that can describe fully how much fun it is to drive. The top goes up and down w/in 10 second with the touch of one button. When you roll all the windows up and the top is down you d on't get too much wind. If you have a long commute, it is not very comfortable, other than that I think it is one great little car!!

Enjoyable

5
archrail on 04/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am really enjoying the car. My other car is a 1971 Porsch 914-4. Both cars are excellant. But the MINI Cooper of course is techincally superior. After all, there should be advances in 34 years of motoring. But the Porsche is still fun to drive, however the MINI actually handles better. Both have 1.6 liter engines. The engine response with the MINI is quicker and you can really control the MINI on a mountain road. You drive has hard and as fast as you, the driver can handle!

Great Car For The Money

4.6
lee on 04/09/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

The Mini Cooper is the best value for the most car on the market. We chose the basic model, since the prospect of two 50-year-old women going 140 miles per hour in Boca Raton, Fl, seemed a wee bit silly. What we found was a car with all the safety features of BMW and a length to width ratio that makes the car stick to the road like a fly to a glue strip. Then there is the great gas milage, exceptional sound system, stylish good looks and a real backseat. We are in heaven. I highly recommended this car for anyone who wants a sporty convertible for safe, fun, "normal" driving. If you want to race, go spend four-to-five times the money.

love my mini

5
love my mini on 04/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutely the most efficient and fun car to drive. It is safe and fuel economy the tops. The space inside the car is abundant. I don't feel intimidated by tractor trailers when I am driving. I usually don't like regular cars as I drive a GMC Safari in the winter and like to sit up high when I drive but the MINI is the perfect car for me. I do garage my car for the winter, but I see so many that I feel they do great in all types of wheather. I recommend it to every one.

Love it!

4.9
G-Man on 04/07/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI is a fun, comfortable, safe vehicle to drive. I bought mine as a surprise 50th birthday present for my wife. I can't get it away from her. Next time we need to replace a second car, it's a MINI for dad.

Fun Car

5
MKG on 04/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Mini Cooper Convertible is the most fun I've ever had driving. I highly recommend the experience.

Must have one!

5
James on 04/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the most fun car that I have ever owned.... thank you BMW! Please keep the upgrades coming. The service at the dealership has also been outstanding.

My Mini, My Love, But why are you so sic

4.6
Vanessa on 03/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

I love my Mini Cooper. Her performace is excellent and she is super fun to drive. Unfortunatly, she gets sick A LOT! I am the second owner of this car. Since I purchased it last June, the clutch has been replaced twice, the transmission has been replaced once, the computer has been replaced about four times, airbags have been replaced twice, and speakers have been replaced twice. She is currently in need of new brakes, a new windshield, a new speaker, I have a feeling the clutch is going again, and since the air bag light is on for about the 100th time again, she probably needs either another new computer or new air bags. I don't blame the car, I blame the HORRIBLE service dept. of BMW

I will hate to ever sell this car

5
Sheila on 03/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the most fun I have ever had driving. Motoring in my MINI is a blast and everyone that sees the car and I am in earshot has something to say about it. "How cute is that" is one I hear often. I have upgraded a lot of features in the car but only because I intend to keep it until it dies. It is very small car but that is not a factor for me. Love it. SMC

Best Buying experience & Car ever

5
TJ on 03/26/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my MINI Cooper "S", in Nov. 2004. This was simply the most awesome blend of pure fun I've ever had. The car is Fast, Fun, SAFE & does not depreciate like other cars...Why would it? I paid MSRP, and so did everyone else! It is a limited production car unlike Toyota, Nissan, Honda & the others... (I'll never owe more than the car is worth.). The Sales staff at my dealer (Checkered Flag) are simply the most well trained & educated crew I've ever dealt with. Other dealers should take a lesson! This is the way to sell & service the customer. If you have not driven a MINI "S" yet you need to, its everything you would expect BMW to manufacture!!! Quality!!!

Topless touring

4.8
Dan on 03/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My MINI Cooper S Convertible is fun to drive and peppy enough to get with the flow of traffic quickly. Its mileage has been disappointing on the highway. I'm averaging about 28 mpg @ 70 mph. If you slow down to 60 mph then it gets into the high 30s. The seat is too grippy for a long haul. The radio is good, but not user friendly. The fit and finish seem very good. This car is lots of fun and draws lots of smiles and grins. I've been driving it for 8000 miles in 3 1/2 months and there haven't been any problems.

More fun than a barrel full of monkeys!

4.9
Paulo on 03/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI Cooper S is truly a great car. Some much fun to drive. I'm pretty tall- 6'1" and I'm still very comfortable in the car. The leg room in the back seats isn't that great, but you can take people in relative comfort. One thing that I love is the sound it makes. I can't get over it- you just want to drive faster and faster!!! If you don't understand why this car is so great, just test drive one and you'll understand. By the way, the MINI staff at Morristown MINI of NJ are great and you can tell they love what they sell.

The most fun driving ever!

5
Vicki on 03/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am a car person and have driven about every car out there from the Lincoln Town Car, Mazda Miata convertibles, SUVs, Mercedes SL500s, and I absolutely love my MINI. It is by far the most fun I have ever had driving since I got my license. The only thing I would trade it for would be another one!

More Smiles Per Mile!

4.9
Randall on 03/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I picked up my MINI Cooper S Convertible in December 2004 after owning a 2002 Cooper hatchback for 2 1/2 years and 40,000 miles. So far I have put over 3,500 miles on it and couldn't be happier. It is a great commuter car as well as being fun on the weekend driving around town. It is also fine for weekend trips with my wife. It has plenty of space for luggage with the rear seats folded down. I am averaging about 30 mpg with a mix of 70% highway / 30% city driving. The build quality is better than my 2002 model. I get lots of stares and questions as the S convertible is still somewhat rare in western Maryland. You can spend more money on a true top down sports car but the Cooper S convertible is perfect for me.

This Car Is Sooo Me!

4.9
Malu on 03/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car. I will own it forever! Even if I wanted to buy another car I am keeping this one until my hair turns grey! Love driving it. It always makes me and other people smile! I do hate the way the plastic on the interior scratches so easily but other than that I don't have any complaints, unless you count having to drive two cars to go shopping! Motor on dude!

Even us Seniors like it

4.9
William on 03/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm 65 years old and driving this car makes me feel as I did at 17. There are several features which I enjoy, from the performance to the looks I get driving it.

This car is rubbish

1
Montgomery Alphetia on 02/27/2005

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Do not buy this car. it is a rip-off and a cheat. The exhuast pipe fell off only one day after i bought it brand new.

It's the Bomb!

5
Eric on 02/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great on the inside, and on the outside. You are ensured to turn heads! Every detail is fun, the "S" has the "zoom, zoom" that the regular version lacks. It is well worth the extra money

A Fun car to drive

4.9
MIchele on 02/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My Mini Cooper is a blast to drive! It handles great in the snow;much better then the Mustang I drove last winter. I will always buy a Mini. A Fantastic car for the money.

FUN MOBILE

5
BIGMINI on 02/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have own many vehicles before, but none have been has fun to drive as the MINI Cooper S. Great Handling car, as while as good on gas. With four snow tires on, this car is unstopable in the snow. I have passed many 4WD vehicles going up hills, that they could not make.

Worth it

4.9
Larry on 02/26/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love to be in it and drive it. I know many people who have very expensive cars that prefer the mini as there regular car. It handles in traffic and can move into parking and tough spot easily...City traffic is a breeze. It hanles great in the Canyons of Los Angeles.......And it is a looker.

I turned my condo into a castle

4.1
Jay Jay on 02/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car so much (I am a sales estimator for a remodeling company) that I made a custom protective bag to carry my ladder in the back, purchased bags and gear to hold all my samples, and I have a portable navigation system. I live and breathe in my MINI. I drive the heck out of it on appointments, and on weekends I hang out and go on drives with other MINI maniacs! I went to Casino Morongo last weekend and am going to Vegas in a week and a half. I have had two Chevrolet Corvettes, and my MINI may not be as fast, but it handles far better! I am getting 28 mpg con ity roads which I think is great as I'm always stopping and going. There's no need for a gas hog like a Hummer. Minis are classically in and they hold their value.

Super Fun Car

4.5
DRG1138 on 02/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

After leasing a loser VW Jetta 1.8 T, I wanted a European car that: A-Handled like a European Car, B-Was realativly inexpensive, and C-Wasn't a peice of junk (like my Jetta). After some research and a test drive I was set on the MINI and in my humble opinion this car has scored big in critera A and B. Talk to me in six months and I will tell you about C but I am not worried. MINI will tell you that it handles like a go-kart. I say it handles like a remote control car. The ride is ruff but if you like to feel the road and be in control of the car you can not get any better for the money. Price-wise I think you are getting more car than you pay for. My MINI is awsome.

Fun with a Mini

4.9
R Page on 02/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Find this car to be the most fun and exciting. Owned a Porsche 911SC for 20 years and the Mini is just a joy and a kick to drive. Handling, gearbox and acceleration are superb. 4,000 miles and not a rattle or even one minor problem.

2 going on three

5
vicky on 02/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

in 2003 i bought a mini - when my 16 yr old daughter started driving - we bought her a mini - and now i've ordered a mini convertible - i will never drive another car - want to have the most fun ever in a car - get a mini -being stuck in traffic has never been better

2005 Mini Cooper S

4.9
CyKy0205 on 02/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is fun to drive and own. Trying to keep it within the speed limit is difficult. I purchased a radar detector before I filled the tank for the first time. The only downside was getting the run-flat tire repaired after I picked up a nail on the street.

MINI REV

4.9
BING on 02/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

By far..the BEST ADULT SPORTS CAR to have come in a long time! Hard pressed to beat it's looks, performance, handling and value!!! You can't go wrong here!!!

Cooper S

5
fgdrewry on 02/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Althought this car is less than a month old, I traded in a Hatchback Cooper S with 30,000 miles that I purchased 3 years ago. My evaluation would be the same for the MINI I traded except for performance. My new car has the John Cooper Works kit which boosts the horse power from about 167 to 207. This makes the car really get up and go. I have had numerous sports cars over the years--Maserati, Porsche, Corvette, etc. and this handles as well as any of them.

MINI COOPER S convertible

5
jan on 02/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My mini cooper s has been the most fun to drive of all my cars. I had a 328I BMW and loved it. This little car is better. It hugs the road, corners on a dime and likes to go bery fast. I love the concept of sun roof and convertible in one car. You can always ride with the top down.

More fun than...

5
ROGER on 02/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the most fun I've had driving since my 70 Pontiac Trans-am. My Mini has several after-market additions and is an absolute delight. You just want to get in and drive. And WOW, what a ride it is. I'm a big guy and was put off by the size till I climbed in and drove the car. It's roomy, comfortable and offers excellent driver visibility. Mine has dual moon roofs and tinted glass all the way around--highly recommend that trick. The roadability is superb. Get the S- model with a 6-speed Getrag and you're in for a real thrill. This car wants to go 70 mph so you'll want to watch the foot because 70 in this car is like 50 in another car. Go for it!!!

I Love My MINI

4.9
Scott Otte on 02/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven My MINI Cooper S Convertible 16,500 miles in four months. It is hard to imagine anything more fun that you can do with your clothes on! I had one minor problem with the heater, but the dealership fixed it without any hassle. Other than that the car has been a dream It handles like the go cart is constantly compared to, and has plenty of get up and go with the extra horse power and new gearing in the 2005 model.

best car ever

5
DREW on 02/05/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My MINI Cooper S Convertible will take you for a ride. And is the perfect cure for a midlife crisis and it's also fun to drive. It handles great and is very comfortable it gets great mileage and it's performance is unbelievable. It's a real eye catcher and lots of people will wave the interior is comfortable and stylish. Go vuy one today.

I Will Have This Car Forever!

5
Malulani Jervis on 02/01/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my car. I have never said these words before in my life. My Mini is a fun car that makes me smile whenever i drive it and also makes people on the street smile whenever they look at it. I will keep this car forever. It is the kind of car that you want to have even if you get another car! I cannot say enough good things about it!

Very nice mini's

4.9
Shane on 01/31/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love minis, an absolute fan is what i am but this mini topps the chart!!!!

MINI ME

5
Drew on 01/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car! It is a blast to drive. I wouldn't take it on a long trip, but around town it is great fun. The convertible is really cool. The seats have warmers in them if your sidekick gets cold. The interior is very retro, very cool! Go and test drive one and I guarantee you'll want one. It is a little bit high on the price for the S Convertible, but it is worth the money. If only my wife would let me drive it more! People often will yell at us while we are in the car "Cool Car!". And, it is.

MINI Cooper S

5
Jim on 01/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After 18000 miles, there is little I would change about the MINI Cooper S. Performance is excellent in all aspects and the MCS is a blast to drive. You can't help but have a broad smile after a drive. Overall mileage rarely drops under 30 mpg. One weak point is tire wear. The front tires of my first set of Dunlop all weathers was ready for replacement at 16000 miles. With the standard suspension, the ride is firm but not jarring. Controls, though uniquely placed, are easy to learn and sensible. Of some fifty cars I've owned, the MCS sits at the top of my fun to drive list!

This is a great car!

5
LM on 01/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I want one!!! I wish I could be driving a S convertible today, but, finances would not allow it!! :(

my shube

5
shube on 01/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought the convertible with 9 miles on it. Its the basic convertibel but I had CVT (6 speed septronic auto)installed with the Premium package, after reading the manuals the car still surprises me with all the safety features that is has, as well as the Premium options. I normally drive a SUV, but this is my new toy,, and the funny thing is I think that I am the only one in my town that has one....

Minis - the new sexy car

4.9
jomomocomo on 01/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Had my Mini S convertible for 4 months now, I love it as much today as the first day I got it.Looks sexy, feels sexy, its the new "it" car.People stop me all the time to ask about the mini, I get people chatting to me while I am driving, people honk, point, smile, stare. When its parked at the store people look inside, walk around it check it out; if the top is up they peer in the window, (I am forever cleaning nose marks off).My advice to you if you are thinking about buying one, run, don't walk to the dealership and order it ASAP, you already might be too late for the 2005s, they are hot, hot, hot.I love my mini!

I love my Mini

4.9
barbara on 01/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I am not the best driver in the world. I am aggressive and absent minded. this car has improved my driving a lot. It is so easy to maneuver and forget about parking. You can parallel park anywhere. I have put people in the back, it's not like riding in my Lexus, but you get there. There's enough room in the trunk for a normal trip to the supermarket.

Mini4Me

5
Mini4Me on 01/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I waited for the convertible Mini Cooperto come out for over a year. Let mejust say, it was well worth the wait! The "fun factor" and sportyness of theMini more than make up for the lack ofspace and crappy cupholders!!! The MiniConvertible is for those of us thatdon't take life too seriously! Let's motor!!!

Wow, what a fun little car!

4.6
Vroom2 on 01/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I had initial doubts about my wife's choice of the Cooper S but I am happy to report that these were unfounded. This car handles like a dream, has plenty of power and is the coolest thing on 4 wheels. If you're looking for a performance compact and want to avoid the bland design of most of the compettion, then the Cooper S is a great choice.

MINI Luv

5
cynmo on 01/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The MINI handles like a dream. I have driven in icy, snowy, rainy conditions with absolutely NO problems or complaints. It has excellent get-up-and-go (I own a Cooper S.) My 6'2" passenger travels in complete comfort with PLENTY of legroom and headroom (in the front seat.) I love it, love it, love it!

First MINI

5
Leslie Potter on 01/13/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car was bought for my wife. It is a solid, well build car especially considering the size. Handles and performs very well.

2005 BMW MINI Convertible

4.9
Tracey on 01/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my MINI Cooper Convertible for 3 weeks now and love it! Even though the car looks small on the outside, there is plenty of room inside. The back seat is very deep so your knees don't touch the back of the front seats. The gas mileage is excellent. There could be a few more 'comfort' features in the cockpit, but everything you need to motor is right at your fingers. The convertible is one touch operation, no latches to fool with, and it has a sunroof option that no other cars have.

One word, "FUN Fun Fun"

5
Britishdave on 01/04/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

One drive of this car and you know right away what all the fuss is about. It truely is that good! Thanks to European gear ratios and go- kart cornering, mine has had fun staying up with some expensive metal on the mountain roads this summer. If you know anything about MINI Cooper history, you know that in years to come many of these cars will be tore apart and rebuilt into 300hp plus pocket rockets. They already have 250-280hp aftermarket tuning kits available. Can you imagine? Great mileage, awesome low depreciation values, complete standard features all adds up to a fun car that loves to be driven at a fraction of the cost of competing toys.

New owner

5
dutch27 on 12/31/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just bought this MCS yesterday for my wife and it's a blast! Like eveeryone says...it has a very high 'Fun Factor'; lots of extras i.e. puddle lights in the doors; headlights wash themselves, etc,etc. I'm 6'4" and I have plenty of leg room & head room. May trade in my MB E320 for one of these '05 MCS. Here's a test - try pushing the MCS from the side. It doesn't move,hence... max. stability !!! Incredible machine

My "Fun" Car

4.9
larenzo on 12/31/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned this car just long enough to put 1650 miles, but I have enjoyed every mile driven. The car handles so much better than I ever imagined for the price. For a 1.6 liter engine the power is amazing even in 5th gear. The appointments available are great and the price for these additions is also great. The sun roof works great and I have no wind noise. The door windows fit themselves into groves thus eliminiating wind noise. I have taken the car on a trip and the gas milage is as advertised. I drove for several hours and was not tired. I sure like the accelleration for an engine with only 115 hp.

chili hot mini

5
yellekk on 12/30/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got my mini convertible in Oct 2004. It is great to drive and draws stares where ever i go. It is very responsive and has quick pick up when needed. i highly recommend a Mini to anyone who loves to drive. My only complaint is the alarm system wasn't in when I got the Mini and after 2 months it is still not in. Apparently there was some problem on the alarm system for the convertibles and there is a delay in getting them to the dealerships for installation.

Joys of Motoring

4.5
Babe Ruth on 12/28/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

At first, I was somewhat shocked that I switched from a minivan to this tiny car. But within a day of driving, I realized why I fell in love with this high performance car. It is not a smooth ride but a thrilling ride. Extremely safe, quick, manuverable and surprisingly comfortable.

Love My MINI Cooper Convertible

4.9
jean03766 on 12/22/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My MINI Cooper Convertible is so much fun to drive. It surprises people who think it is a powerless compact car. It appeals to all ages. This car will probably be driven by my grandchildren, someday! My license plate says it all: MAXIFUN!

Worth the Wait

5
Miss Mapp on 12/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have the Cooper with CVT and so far am totally thrilled. Yes, it's small (hence the name), and yes the ride is ... firm. But. If you want to look for excuses to run errands, make heads turn at every stoplight, smile whenever you put the key in the ignition, and just plain feel more excited about driving than since you were 16, then the MINI is for you.

mini

5
krunyan on 12/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

best car I have ever owned

Only one word to describe it...

4.9
Byron Dondoyano on 12/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Only one word to describe it - FUN. I traded in my Nissan Frontier crew cab for this little bundle. Let me tell you, there is as much space in the interior as my old truck. Go figure. Enjoy it so much I'm not so crazy about our 2nd car - a Lexus 330. Don't get me wrong, the Lexus has the most plush interior anywhere in the world. Other than that, it has "no soul" as one person put it.

best car period

5
Bill Dore on 12/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Drive it and your sold, every day it is just a joy to see and drive.

fun with a smile

4.6
captain mike on 12/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is attractive, extremely fun to drive, and glued to the road, with no fear of tipping over. It has a great feel through the controls and terrific fuel economy even if you drive it hard. It corners better than my Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unfortunately, two sets of golf clubs will not fit in it.

Mini Convertible

5
Magoo on 11/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great Car. Real fun to drive. Wife wanted an automatic. You can still shift it manually if you want.

It's a MINI BMW

5
bman1221 on 11/27/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I drive a 2003 M3. Takes a lot to impress me when it comes to driving and handling in cars. After driving my M3 everything else is just transportation, until I drove a mini s convertible. What a great driving and handling little "pocket rocket" It handles like a BMW and has enough power to let you know it has it if you need it. It gives the impression of a lot more guts than the normal 3 series and while driving it doesn't feel small or restricted. I bought it for my wife but I must admit it's a blast to drive!!!

LOVE IT!

4.9
MY MINI on 11/07/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been wanting a new car for sometime but couldn't find one that I liked til now. What a great car! So much better than a VW bug. I love everything about it!

I love this car

5
BigQ17 on 11/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just bought the car, but I love how it handles and how good it is on gas for me.

2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible

4.9
vx49268 on 10/23/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I had a 2003 MINI Cooper S and decided to trade up for a cabrio S model. The 2005 is a vastly better car. MINI has really worked on improving their build quality. If you owned a tin-top MINI, you will feel the extra weight of the cabrio when cornering, but it isn't too objectionable. Nits - Rearward visibility, top up or down isn't too good. The new cup holder on the center stack squeaks Picks - Convertible top. Absolutely awesome. Very well built and very versitile. Revised shift linkage / gear ratios are spot-on. Resale value - you won't find ANY car in this price range that holds it's value as well as MINI.

Falling in love again

5
Roy Henry on 10/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have fallen in love twice in my life, once to the woman i was married to for twenty years and secondly with the most obscure yet priceless automobile. As her head lights met my eyes as i walked aross the parking lot at first glance i tried to remain a aloof but apon being introducd to her by one of the best mini cooper sales experts in Hawaii, Randy Acuba, she took my heart my breath and my money right away. I feel it so much in her debt because i give her nothing and she gives me everything performance, comfort, and i desire to run off with her on a moments whim, and motor all my cares away.

Wow.

5
jbaker on 10/20/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Most fun car I have ever driven. The clutch and gearbox are phenomenal, harmon kardon stereo has nice deep bass and crystal clear highs, the car sticks to the road like glue, and the exhaust note is beautiful. Don't even get me started on parking! If you don't need space for more than 2 people, this is one heck of an urban vehicle. I couldn't be happier :D

Perfect

5
maxine eno on 10/19/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Awesome vehicle. Took me many years to find a vehicle to replace my Mercedes 450SL.

Fun car

5
Ercgoor on 10/19/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Mini Cooper-S is a well made, quality car, with sufficient power, and is a lot of fun to drive. I have driven vehicles from a minivan to a CLK500, but this little car tops them all because of the fun factor. You drive it once, and you're hooked.

BEST MINI EVER

5
MHW on 10/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Best money ever spent on a car of any class

ECONOMIC SPORTS CAR

5
GARZA on 10/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

SO FAR THIS SEEMS TO BE A PRETTY GOOD CAR FOR THE MONEY.

Mini Cooper S Cabrio- Simply Marvelous

5
daryl1 on 10/17/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car if FUN with a capital F. It definitely is a head turner. The top comes down in 15 seconds with great ease, no latching involved. Definitely go with the S version as the stronger engine is beneficial with the extra weight of the convertible. The looks of the car just brings a smile to ones face. The car feels solid and the interior styling is retro and unique. A Marvelous Car. Motor ON!!!

PERFORMANCE CAR FOR LITTLE MONEY

4.9
MINI IMPRESSED on 10/12/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

WE ACTUALLY HAVE A 2005 MODEL BUT PICKED IT UP THIS MONTH. SO FAR THIS LITTLE CAR HAS BEEN FUN TO DRIVE AND HAS NOT GIVEN US ANY PROBLEMS. THE BASE MODEL, WHICH IS WHAT WE HAVE, SEEMS TO HAVE GOOD POWER, THOUGH IT IS NOT THE FASTEST 4 CYL. OUT THERE, IT STILL MANAGES TO DO THE JOB.

OH WHAT GREAT FUN!!!

4.9
barb2 on 10/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I just picked up my Mini-S convertible and I can't stop smiling. it's just too much fun to drive and has a wonderful feel for the road. I'm new to the Mini so the cockpit took a little getting used to and the hood release is on the passenger side and the rear visibility is limited with the top up as is the case in every convertible i've ever owned. All in all, just a whole lotta fun.

Who cares if people make jokes!

4.6
Clingfam on 10/09/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Cooper is a blast to drive. As for design and build quality just sit in the car and look around. You'll see that the quality is revealed in the details. It is obvious that BMW greatly improved on the original design. The base model engine is indeed slow off the line. But,as for interstate travel, once you get going many larger cars would lose the battle in top end.

nice

4.5
erik berry on 10/09/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

fun fun fun could use better seats very nice in most ways great gas mileage like everything but seats get uncomfortable on long rides

Still smiling..

5
TxTimHere on 10/09/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I ordered my MINI from the factory with also all options, including both SPORT and PREMIUM packages. The ability to 'track' the progress of the car via the internet was fun and made the anticipation even greater for the arrival. I am still finding 'little' features that set this car apart from others, not to mention the awesome value when compared to similiar cars with the same options. The quickness of this road-hugging, eye-catching, head- turning car still amazes me. At top highway speeds, the handling, accerlation and overall comfort is as good as any car I have owned or driven.

LUV MY MINI

4.8
bilzkd on 10/09/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned everything from a Lexus to a 4 RUnner a many makes and models in between. The saying is ture dynomite come's in small packages!! Not only is this car FUN to drive but, it has the feel of a sedan and the handling of a go cart. Not to mention the safetly featurs, with run flat tires and the many options add to it's value. Open your mind and leave the gas gussler's behind!!

Old Blue

4.4
Harry Alessio on 10/09/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had only one problem in 30000 miles.The rear hatch had to be adjusted to make the warning light go off.

My Mini, my second youth

5
tandlpop on 10/09/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Mini is the best car I have ever owned. The dealerships, ALL of them seem like the American Embassy in a third world nation.

GET TO BE GETTIN

5
MWO71 on 10/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I BOUGHT MY COOPER S USED IT'S A 03 WITH 15K MILES, I BOUGHT IT ON EBAY. IT'S A GREAT CAR, I WANTED SOMETHING SPORTY BUT UPSCALE, WITHOUT IT BEING A KID'S CAR. ITS FAST OFF THE LINE ONCE THE SUPERCHARGER KICKS IN, AND PLENTY OF POWER IN EVERY GEAR. I PUT THE CHECKERED ROOF ON SO PEOPLE WILL SEE ME COMING, ITS A GREAT CAR AND I WILL BUY ANOTHER ONE. I HAVE A EMPLOYEE AT WORK WHO IS 6'8 AND 320 POUNDS. HE FITS WITH PLENTY OF ROOM LEFT.

One cool coupe!

5
Samuel Turner on 10/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This has got to be the best car I have ever driven! The large speedometer is easy to read, quick steering, small steering wheel,no large blind spots,acceleration and accurate shifting.

Great

5
IAn on 09/28/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Love this car. Very Safe.

Awesome Fun

5
swisso on 09/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased a new convertible Cooper S. I test drove the following convertibles: BMW 3, Jeep, Audi and mini. Having owned two BMW's in the past there is no question that BMW has graced this car with German engineering. This was unquestionably the most fun to drive and put an ear-to- ear smile on my face from day one. Looking out the back can be a bit of a problem at first but once you get used to the size its fine. I've cruised at 90mph with the top down and that is no problem also. Just like the reviwers said: "this is a go-cart for adults". If you really enjoy feeling the road while driving and you don't need a lot of space this is it.

My mini....NOT so good!

3.4
Michael Button on 09/17/2004

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

My Mini has been in the shop more times than I can count! I have had problems with the computer since day 1! I have had many things replaced and it's only 6 months old! I DO NOT recommend buying a MINI at all! My dealership has been great but the car....SUCKS! My locks have a mind of their own! It is in the shop as we speak waiting to see if it will be purchased back under the Oklahoma Lemon Law!

Fortunate and Fun

4.3
Rick Bounds on 09/02/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I've really enjoyed the car. There have been a few rattles which have been fixed by the dealership. There have also been a few strange noises coming from the clutch when the car hasn't been driven in several days at start-up. At times when it is hot, it idles rough. I love the car, but I'm not too convinced that maintenance will not skyrocket as the car gets older. The strange noises coming from the clutch have me worried. All in all, I'm still glad I bought it.

excellent

4.9
dustyduckl on 08/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned a new 1973 Lotus a 1964 Jaguar xke, a 1971 jaguar xj6 and several cadillacs. I find that the Mini is by far the most fun car to drive. It's like driving a go-kart, Which I have also owned. The confort is not the qualty of the cadillac but then how many cars are.

My title

5
s.k. witeman on 08/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The best automobile value I've found in a looooong time

great car one of the best

5
Megan Reilly on 08/24/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

thia was one of the best cars i have ever had. it has a very fun wild side and is very comfortable. also has a great perkyness to it its @$#!#@ awsome

Mini

5
MiniMan on 08/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love the car it is so fun to drive

Mini Baby

5
Dita on 08/08/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We special ordered our Mini from Salt Lake,Utah and recieved information as to when it was born and and when it would be delivered. We have had much fun with Mini.We also have a few other cars but we take the Mini to town to save on gas. We highly recomend this car to anyone and everyone no mater what class of car you can afford. It really is FUN.


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