2009 MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE

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$4,890
$4,181
below average
101,154 Miles
26,099
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 101154
Color: RED
Body Style: Convertible
Interior: Gray
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 4 Cyl
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Option & Equipment

Air Conditioning
Anti-theft
CD / Audio Inputs
Cruise Control
Heated Seats / Mirrors
Keyless Entry
Leather Interior
Navigation System
Power Options
Rear Window Defrost

Notes

Taxes, fees, certificate of title, dmv, tags & title are not included in the sales price! VALUE ADDED OPTIONS Auxiliary Audio Input Bluetooth Connection , Heated Mirrors Heated Seats-Front(s) , MP3 Compatible Stereo , VEHICLE INFORMATION OPTIONS A/C Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Bucket Seats CD Player Convertible Soft Top Cruise Control Driver Air Bag Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirr Driver Vanity Mirror Dual Air Bags Electronic Stability Control , Engine Immobilizer Fog Lamps Front Head Air Bag Front Reading Lamps Front Side Air Bag Intermittent Wipers Keyless Entry Leather Steering Wheel Pass-Through Rear Seat Passenger Air Bag Sensor Passenger Illuminated Vanity M , Passenger Vanity Mirror Power Folding Mirrors Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Windows Premium Synthetic Pwr Steering Rear Bench Seat Rear Defrost Rollover Protection Bars Side Air Bags , Steering Wheel Audio Control Tilt Steering Tilt Steering Wheel Tire Pressure Monitor System Traction Control Turbocharged Two-Wheel Drive Variable Speed Intermittent Wi. Driver Air Bag,Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch,Passenger Air Bag,Side Air Bag,Side Head Air Bag,Auxiliary Pwr Outlet,4-Wheel ABS,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Rear Defrost,Front Wheel Drive,4 Cylinder Engine,Turbocharged,Fog Lamps,Gasoline Fuel,Driver Vanity Mirror,Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror,Passenger Vanity Mirror,Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror,Front Reading Lamps,Rollover Protection System,Pass-Through Rear Seat,2nd Row Bench Seat,Bucket Seats,Adjustable Steering Wheel,Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel,Power Steering,Tire Pressure Monitoring System,Compact Spare Tire,Power Windows,16 X 6.5 bridge spoke alloy wheels -inc: P195/55R16 runflat all-season tires,Black mesh grille,Body-color pwr mirrors,Body-color sport bumpers,Chrome fuel filler cap,Compact spare tire,Front fog lights,Fully automatic convertible soft top -inc: openometer, sunroof feature, easy-load function, heated glass rear window,Hood scoop air-intake,Speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers,Tailgate w/easy load feature,(2) front/(1) rear cupholders,12V auxiliary pwr outlet in luggage compartment,50/50 split-folding rear seat,Air conditioning -inc: pollen micro-filter, air recirculation button,Alloy foot pedals,Central locking system w/2-step unlocking,Checkered silver interior surface,Climate controlled glove box,Color adjustable ambient lighting,Crash sensor -inc: fuel cutoff, activate hazard lights, interior lights-on, doors unlock,Engine immobilizer,Front sport bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual seat adjustment, driver seat height adjustment, seatback easy-entry,Front sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors,Grey/Carbon Black, Leatherette seat trim,Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, outside temp gauge, speedometer, odometer/trip meter, fuel/engine temp gauge, warning lights, user controlled locking & personalization,Map reading & footwell lights,On-board computer,Pre-wiring for alarm system,Pwr front windows-inc: one-touch auto-down,Rear window defogger,Remote keyless entry -inc: central locking open/close, tailgate unlock feature,Service interval indicator,Sport button w/accelerator & steering programs,Start/stop button,Tilt telescoping sport leather-wrapped steering wheel,1.6L turbocharged 16-valve OHC I4 engine,6-speed manual Getrag transmission w/OD,Car jack,Center-mounted twin-pipe exhaust system w/chrome covers,Drive-by-wire electronic throttle control,Electro-hydraulic speed-sensitive pwr steering,Front wheel drive,Front/rear anti-roll bars,MacPherson front suspension,Multi-link rear suspension,Performance suspension,Tool kit,Ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes,4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS),Active rollover protection bar,Corner brake control (CBC),Driver/front passenger airbags w/passenger occupant sensor,Driver/front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags for head & thorax,Dynamic stability control,Electronic brake force distribution (EBD),Front/rear automatic seatbelts w/pretensioners, force limiters, front height adjusters,Front/rear crumple zones,ISOFIX child seat attachments w/(2) rear anchorages,Side-impact door beams w/interlocking anchoring system,Tire pressure monitor


Recalls & Defects

VIN WMWMS33569TG88716 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information


Information about Dealer

I appreciate the way they took care of me.

5
Fermin D on 11/14/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Buying Process: 5.0 Quality Of Repair: 5.0 Overall Facilities: 5.0

I appreciate the way they took care of me. It was a great experience and I will recommend more friends and family to buy here. Ask for Xavier, he was great.

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
  Based on 63 reviews

Made me a customer for life

5
Mini lover on 10/21/2016

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

I fell in love with first drive. I have always loved the look and idea of a MINI and I am a small car person. I bought this mini used 6 years ago with the basic mini with minimum features because it was what I could afford at the time. It was a stickshift. I loved driving it, it made driving fun again because I hate to drive at all. Then I became a mom and decided that I didnt want to buy a new car yet because I didnt want another car payment ( I dont like to drown in car debt). It was difficult to get my daughter in and out with the car seat but once she was old enough to climb in and was forward facing, it was fine. Overall very minimal cost as far as repairs, minor maintenance. The only thing that went wrong was my radiator got a crack because I drove it too rough in the snow and jumped a curb. I was going to keep it until it died but 2 weeks ago, it drowned. My car got stuck in a flood and was totaled due to hurricaine Matthew. Best part is, I got double the amount back for the car from insurance! It was paid off and still held a great value! Needless to say, Im buying another MINI! But Im getting a clubman ( better for kids).

Worst decision ever

1
Dan on 09/30/2016

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: Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 1

This car never stops breaking. Every repair starts at $500 and Geo's up. There is always at least $1500 worth of work that needs to be done. Do not buy this car!

Maybe New But Not Ever Used

2
Carly on 09/01/2016

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: 5 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

I bought a 2009 Mini Cooper w/ 92,000 miles on it-- major mistake. If you're set on a Mini like I was, only buy or lease a new one because when they are close to 100,000 miles they need lots of very expensive work. Minis are super compact which means when a mechanic needs to get to say, the water pump, he has to take out other parts which results in much higher labor costs. Plus, the parts are expensive. Bought it for $7500, put a couple thousand dollars into replacing the water pump, water pipe, radiator, thermostat, AC, brake rotors, and battery...and two years later could only get $1800 after the transmission went out. I had it inspected prior to purchase and pretty much everything checked out, other than the mechanic saying I'd need new brake rotors. Don't make the same mistake. Minis are SO fun and great for parking and gas, but the cost of repairs on an older Mini gets to be traumatizing. They're just not meant to be driven past 95,000 miles.

Don't buy a mini

1
Bkearney on 08/31/2016

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: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 1

Get bulletproof warranty or it will cost you dearly.

Very cool and fun - til it breaks and cost $$$$

2
Mr. Brian on 05/28/2016

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: 1 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 2

The poor mans Porsche turns ugly as early problems (Turbo out - fixed under warranty) foreshadow a mixed future. At a mere 55k miles all hell breaks loose. They've got a winner IF they can ever fix reliability. Perhaps 2009 was a fluke? better do your research I decided to sell mine early for a LOSS!!!

TURBO CHARGER

3
Barbara Bahrke on 01/08/2016

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

My vehicle has been babied all the way to 54000 miles. I bought it brand new and it has been serviced through the extended warranty with hardly any issues. At 6years old and 54,000 miles on the odometer, WHAM, BANG massive oil leak and a turbo charger issue. Now $4,000 dollars later, my little red MINI is not so pleasing. Major complaints to MINI I have been learning about since review online. My complaint to MINI fell flat on its face. Thanks a lot MINI for all the consideration! NOT! Is this vehicle going to be yet another expensive paper weight (that's what I have heard other MINI owners call them.

A TRUE MONEY PIT! Buy Anything Else.....

1
Luther McKeehan on 11/27/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 2 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 1

I have owned almost every type of car known to mankind and with one exception (67 Porsche 911 S) this is the worst car I've ever owned. Maintenance cost are through the roof, parts and labor extremely expensive. BMW sold the car with a long term KNOWN engineering defect (poor timing chain design) that has motors blowing up all over the world (ck the internet) at between 55k & 65k miles. While maintained to absolute factory standards, mine blew up at less than 30 mph with 60k. After fighting with the company for over 9 months (while I made car & insurance payments and had to acquire an additional vehicle) they only agreed to pay for the $11,000.00+ repairs after I recorded a series of conversations which proved I'd repeatedly been lied to and my attorney told them "fix it today or we file tomorrow!" The local dealership was super but BMW calls the shots. Although they finally did agree that it was a design issue in the end they refused to reimburse me for the towing and miscellaneous out of pocket cost which had been promised to me in every single conversation. BMW Corporation, in my humble opinion, is run by a bunch of crooks who sell cars with known defects and should be jailed. I will NEVER purchase nor recommend any BMW product. Also ask about the engine having to be completely torn down and shot sprayed with crushed walnut shells as part of regular maintenance cleaning because it is so poorly designed. I lost thousands of dollars on this car. They're cute and fun but don't walk....RUN AWAY FROM THIS LEMON!!!!!!

These Cars Have Problems! Be Careful...

3.1
candleman on 02/12/2013

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

Be sure to ask your local dealer just HOW MANY of these vehicles they have serviced for "carbon build up" problems. Problem starts usually just outside the 36K warranty, are anywhere from $500 - $1000 to fix, and will recur about every 40K miles or so. Evidently, if they are not driven "aggressively" (high RPM's), this is COMMON. Do the research, gang... [non-permissible content removed]

Great, Fun-to-Drive Car

4.6
engender on 01/02/2013

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

I have had some problems with carbon build up as mentioned in other reviews, but I have not had any other mechanical problems and I've never had to have my MINI towed. To prevent the carbon build up, I was told to use a gas additive every month and drive in a spirited manner every so often. With my MINI S, I often find myself driving in a spirited manner. The horsepower is great for merging onto an interstate or passing slower cars on single-lane roads. It's also great for weaving in and out of rush-hour traffic. The main drawback is the rough ride. I've hit potholes (and a ladder once) that have slammed my teeth together. However, the only damage done to the MINI was a broken headlight!

Poor Reliability

3.8
lorri636 on 02/19/2012

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

I have a 2009 Cooper S with automatic transmission. It's a fun car to drive, but goes in to have work done about every 6 months. It's had multiple problems with misfiring, carbon build up, timing belt replaced at 24,000 miles, electronic sensor issues. I'll probably keep it until the warranty is up and then trade it. Will never buy a Mini again.

do not buy

2.5
mike1006 on 01/30/2011

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

do not buy, very unreliable. These cars have major issues. We are very disappointed in service from 800 mini and the car has issues. I would absolutely knowing what I know now never recommend this car to anyone. If an engine light comes on the only acceptable answer is to stop and be stranded. never ever get this car for young people or your wife. Until recent issues we loved it, but now after terrible experiences with dealer not ours but on road and mini themselves I would never buy. If you read this, this is not from an unreasonable person, but a father who does not want anyone else to go through what he has had to do 1200 miles away.

BUY OR CONSIDER BUT BEWARE

2.4
chungking on 01/24/2011

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

I bought my Mini Cooper S 2009 brand new. It was performing great for the first year but then as it got older although it was under mileage (12,700 miles) in 14 months of ownership, the engine experienced annoying pinging sound specially while on idling. Note* the engine is warm. I took it to the dealership and was told it's normal. The pinging sound became louder and it sounded like a diesel engine. I traded it in for a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback AWD Turbo Lancer Ralliart.

Terrible Car

2.3
mcmenefee on 12/29/2010

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

After owning a 2006 cooper I took the plunge and "upgraded" to a 2009 Cooper S. This is one of the biggest car-buying mistakes I have ever made! It has only 40,000 miles on it and has already been towed 3 times, had carbon buildup in the engine, a new clutch and flywheel (beware this costs over $2000), a new timing chain, tensioner, rails, and gears, and the list goes on! I will never buy another mini and plan to get rid of this one as quickly as possible

Piece of junk!

3.3
Carol Forte on 09/07/2010

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

The first year could be called the "honeymoon period". After that lookout! First of all the service dept is comprised of idiots. They will NOT listen to the customer and will look for any reason than the one the customer is complaining about to blame the issue on. My issue? Carbon deposits in the motor. Yes folks, this can happen to your "fun loving" MINI too - and probably will. 4 trips to MINI - 2 times with the engine light on and guess what? Carbon deposits aka "engine buildup". This issues starts to occur between 30- 40K. You will notice skipping in 1st gear, decreased performance, oddities, etc... and the run around from MINI. Good luck! I traded my little buggy of issues!

Buyer Beware

3.6
Marian on 06/14/2010

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

I purchased my 2009 Cooper S brand new (7 miles on it) in January 2009 from Brian Harris in Baton Rouge. It has needed various major repairs on SIX occasions in a 15 months of ownership. It has also needed an additional two tows 90 miles away (from New Orleans) to have the run flats changed. The repairs have involved mechanical and electronic defects. Perhaps this model is defective, but the car is utterly unreliable. And if you don't live near a dealership, forget about this car. It is cute and fun, but for the cost in time and money of dragging it in to a dealer time and again (and they never seem to know how to fix this model definitively), please save yourself the aggravation.

Better than expected

5
a happy owner on 06/06/2010

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

A fun car to drive; I was initially worried about its reliability, but after 12,000 miles, only problem I've had was the electrical control of the Windows (not closing completely when the close button was pressed once), which was fixed by the dealer at no cost promptly. I built and ordered it online, tailor-made for me, after 6 wks, the car was at the dealer as I designed. Cool! Overall, very happy; a great build quality (much better than I expected from a British make, but I guess German engineering is at work nowadays). Will buy it again

Mini, a great surprise

5
AD MCMLX on 03/31/2010

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 actually own a Cooper Clubman S which I transitioned to via MB C class Kompressor and BMW Z4. I had no high hopes for this car outside of that was built by BMW. 4 months later and 4k miles on it I absolutely adore this car. Granted this car is the most expensive and overpriced little car on the market but when you get a good deal you appreciate it that much more. This truly is a drivers car especially in SPORTs mode. LA to Vegas (300 mi) with barely over a half a tank (37.6 mpg) 75 mph @3k rpm. 476-500 miles to empty w/ some city driving. Cruises uphill Mount St Jacinto with 3 people in 4th gear to 8000 feet with ease. Rancho Mirage- Idyllwilde-Los Angeles 39.7 mpg.(140 mi)

To my fellow Road Warriors

4.5
RoadWarrior on 03/23/2010

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

I love my 2009 MINI and it's a good thing I do because I spend most of my time in it. I am writing this review for people who are considering buying this car for frequent long trips. The car is a blast but I'm not sure I would purchase again because of all the long trips I take. In 14 months I have driven this car almost 60k mi. To be honest, the interior is not very comfortable. After driving about 2 hours on the hwy I start to get fidgety. Being in the passenger seat is almost unbearable after 1hr. Great gas mileage, but not really any pickup on the highway. I know I sound like I'm complaining. I really love my Mini but if you plan on driving as much as I do, you might want to reconsider.

nice car

4.8
Kathy on 02/12/2010

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

Overall happy with this car. Would like to see heater improvements. Heated seats save the day. Don't like the way the oil or whatever it is gets on front wheel rims. Fun to drive and I'll definitely get another one

The rear seat room is fine.

4.9
Carl Anderton on 01/30/2010

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

Even favorable reviews of Mini Coopers claim that the back seats are almost useless. Horse hockey. I'm 6'2", and I've ridden in my backseat. Sure, it's not a stretch limo, but I didn't want a stretch limo. I wanted the ultimate blend of style and utility and that's what I got. My family of 4 fits just fine in my Mini. And I'll tell you something else, that hatchback rear facilitates quite a bit of cargo that your standard 4-door compact could not handle. This car puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. Can you say that about your car?

Buy one, your going to love it

5
Phil Balchan on 01/22/2010

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

Traded in my 06' Miata due to warrenty issues with Mazada.Test drove the Mini S and was hooked and I mean hooked bad. I have owned several 3 series BMW'S so my expectations were High. The Mini didn't disapoint. Every aspect of this car's performance is excellent and is superior in every way as compaired to the Miata.

Fun Car with some minor quirks

4.8
Christine on 01/04/2010

Performance: 5 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: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded my BMW 325is for a Mini and I'm loving it! Similar to the BMW, the handling is great and its fun to drive. Takes sharp turns very well. Since I live in a city that requires plenty of parallel parking, finding parking is amazing. I get compliments on my Mini from everyone. Bucket seats are comfortable. The headrest is larger than any other car brand; I noticed this because I'm short (5'2'') and had to remove them to look behind me, even with the seat pumped to its highest. Never encountered this problem with other cars (including SUVs).

Love it! Lots of fun and looks

5
Mini09 - TC MI on 12/29/2009

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 with Cash for Clunkers deal. Great value for the money. I have the extended warrantee and the fuel pump had to be replaced at 5000 miles. :( I wasn't happy but the service was good and everything else has been great. Love the pepper white with black top and bonnet stripes--SHARP. Handles great, very fast, mileage good, excellent for running around town for errands, taxiing kids etc.

Over The Top Performance

4.9
bbracr on 12/18/2009

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

Economical, well crafted, and hot to trot. The "S" turbo has all the performance & handling you could possibly want while delivering great fuel economy/ The car steps up to anything you want it to do from shopping to open road racing to kana cross and is fantastic for daily use. Interior actually gives me more room that my other car, Corvette, and driving position and flexibility is great for both my wife and myself. The car is an absolute blast and with a few performance enhancements could be a road warrior.

Best Decision

5
Kikapu on 12/13/2009

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 owned a BMW M3,Jeeps and a Nissan Xterra. I needed a fuel efficient vehicle for my 70 mile per day commute. My husband I test drove the Toyota Prius and hated everything about it. We then stopped at the Mini dealership- and after a test drive we were hooked. I will never be without a Mini again. Gas mileage runs 38-40 mpg and it is an absolute joy to drive.

not so economical as you had hoped

4
Keokola on 12/02/2009

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

I loved my Mini before I bought it brand new. Coveted it for years, saved up for it. Paid cash. But before I drove it off the lot I was told it takes only premium gas-- not the good mileage I thought. Then all the dashboard lights started coming on, one at a time. The low tire light; I can't even tell which tire, but the only way to reset is to take it to Mini Hawaii to have them use the special hi-tech gizmo on it for $135! Then the engine light (which I think is related to a 1st-time gas fillup gas cap mistake) but I can't get that reset without the same $135 diagnostic gizmo. It's still cute, and I still love it but it promises to become very expensive in time and money. I have regret.

Just buy one!

4.8
Torj on 10/25/2009

Performance: 5 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: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned many cars, from two seater roadsters to luxury sedans and I have to say the Mini tops them all. Excellent build quality, reliable, great gas mileage and pure driving excitement. I traded in my two year old Mercedes Benz for the Mini and I haven't regretted it a bit! If you have been thinking about getting a Mini, do yourself a favor, test drive one and you will be sold.

Never judge a car by it's appearance

4.6
Mac on 10/23/2009

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

I was dead set against my wife getting this car. Stupid me.. Gas milage is more than expected, handles great ( dangerously good) and very comfortable after you find your correct position. Having an armrest is a must for comfort. I've never seen my wife so happy to get up and go to work knowing she gets to drive her Mini everyday.

Never Thought I'd Own a Mini

5
Eric Dise on 10/21/2009

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, what a fun car! I've owned lots of cars through the years but I've never owned one that could bring such a big smile to my face! The Cooper S has all the features one could ask for in a street legal slalom car! It handles extremely well, is balanced in turns, accelerates when called upon, and is willing to squeeze through tight spots where no ordinary vehicle will venture! Combined mileage has been 31 MPG and that's good with me. I just wish the engine didn't just sip high octane! I'm 6'-2" and fit very comfortably in either front seat (although I prefer the driver's side). The controls are not intuitive but they can be learned. Storage is what you should expect from a sub-compact. Tiny

It's not a car, It's a MINI

4.9
IT'S A MINI on 09/19/2009

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 started doing research and I drove the new VW CC, the Nissan Maxima and the Mercedes C300. But I wanted something different, something fun to drive, small, sportier, and unique. My solution: MINI COOPER S Dark Silver, Premium and Sport Package. I drove both the base MINI and the S and they are both fine but you can really tell the difference the turbo and the extra HP makes on the S, besides the few differences on the exterior which I find really cool. The MSRP is ar

What a blast !

5
brett on 09/18/2009

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

As everyone else says, this car is extremely fun to drive. The "go kart" term gets used a lot but it's absolutely true. I traded in a Mercedes E350 that was nothing but trouble and have not regretted it once. The MINI is everything I hoped for and more. You just cant help but have a fun driving experience when you are in this car.

Happy Camper

5
Joe on 09/15/2009

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 salesman told me it handles like a go cart. I concur. He didn't tell me to expect better gas mileage than advertised. I get 30 mpg around town and over 40 mpg on the highway. Amazing. Very happy with this two seater, the back seat is a joke which I was prepared for before I decided on this great car.

Hot Hatch

4
milindsport on 09/10/2009

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

Where do I start? This car so far has been such a pleasure to own and drive...and this is coming from a previous sport sedan owner. The "WOW" factor is definitely there...with impressive engine performance, great fuel econ and excellent driving dynamics. Apart from the performance factor, the design though polarizing to some is undeniably unique and the brand itself has a loyal and dedicated following with a large number of auto enthusiasts in the group. Finally the option to be able to customize this car to your exact specifications can be expensive yet a lot of fun. I have the "S" version which is a must for the performance oriented drive. Try the MINI....you will never stop smiling.

The most fun car I've ever driven

4.9
CityDriver on 09/09/2009

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 wanted a combination of excellent performance with great gas mileage for under $25,000. This car is by for the MOST FUN car I've ever driven, and I have had my share of fun cars. The power and handling are very comparable to a BMW. The interior space is deceivingly spacious and although the rear seats are small, the back seats do not deserve the "overly cramped" reputation that they have earned, but you're not buying the car for the back seats. The turbo is more than adequate considering the car gets 34 mpg on the highway. There are a few negative aspects- the controls are not easy to use (radio, heating/cooling system) and the speedometer is in the center of the dash which is awkward.

Fun on Wheels

5
Hallockg on 08/23/2009

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 Cooper Hardtop for about a month now, and I honestly have to say without question it's THE most fun c.ar I've ever had (and I have owned a Firebird and a Camaro). I learned early that I have to be careful....once I was driving down a 35 mph street, and was shocked when I realized I was actually doing 89 mph!! Fuel economy is remarkable, and its extrior looks turns heads on the road.

It is a blast!

5
Joe G. on 08/21/2009

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 never thought that I would be impulsive and simply buy it because I had driven one during a trip to Europe. I have a Porsche Carrera 4 in my garage, and I find myself picking-up the keys to my mini more often than not. It drives like a dream: It hugs the road like the best, it is roomier than the expensive german brother, and it gives me 35 miles per gallon on the freeway. People complain about a small trunk space: They should buy an SUV. I play golf often and my clubs fit in the back with the rear sits down. If you want fun, reliable transportation, and great gas mileage: Buy a Mini-cooper S. If you don't like it, no problem you'll be able to seel it for almost as much as you paid.

I love this car

4.5
streetracer2 on 08/18/2009

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

This car has a Nice go cart feel but I think there should be a little more power. The exterior design is probably the worst thing about it, I don't think its bad but most of the people I ask say it looks like a clown car or some weird like that but I like it.

one happy 18 year old daughter

5
mike on 08/18/2009

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 wanted safe but cute cool but with some get up and go and let me tell you I test drove a lot of cars in this price range and nothing even came close. The way it handled the looks you get when you roll up in a crowd. Great gas miliage. I got her the automatic in pepper White and she loves it! As a father I feel at ease when she is in her mini. A great car! Parents if you are looking to hook up the kid with a safe and cool looking ride just go test drive the mini and you will get one too trust me. My daughter still asks me is this mini really mine?

Fun & Fast Plus You Save Gas

5
Leeroy Jenkins on 08/14/2009

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 65 miles round trip to work and home. The Mini S is getting 34MPG and that is a combo of city traffic and HWY!!! It really wants to go and I mean fast! It's the best car that I have ever owned.

replacement for my 911

5
hellfire on 08/13/2009

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

No it's not a 911, but it is surprisingly more fun. The quirky character starts with the handling and interior, and goes all the way to the company propaganda (love the 'always open' mantra and the crazy ads that go with it). I can pull more g's in the corners than i could with my 911 or boxster even on stock suspension & tires (love the incredulous look as i pass them on the curvy on-ramps). incredibly easy to manage the manual transmission - heel-toe downshifts are easy, rev-matching is much easier than the supercharged minis. averaging 29MPG with spirited driving+some stopngo.

A decent car, but not that great overall

4.3
natenate on 08/08/2009

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

Hi, I bought 2009 mini cooper S in late November. When I first bought it I loved the way it looks and the tightness of feel it gives when you drive. I now have about 16,000 miles on it, and had no single problem with a car so far. One thing I am very dissatisfied is this car tends to jerk occasionally when you press the gas gently. Seriously. Also even though I've heard model S has so much power and accelerates fast, I absolutely disagree. It really does not accelerate that fast from stop to 60 or accelerating while going. On the freeway, I always have hard time trying to cut other cars off without using sports mode. Even with sports mode, this car just does not accelerate that fast.

The MINI is so fun to drive

5
H&H on 08/02/2009

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 birthday gift for my wife. She loves it very much. The car is very reliable, nothing wrong so far. The fuel efficiency is excellent. This car is very fun to drive, you will enjoy the driving. The MINI drivers are friendly, they smile to each other on the road. The car is small, but it runs very fast, you can easily reach 70mph on highway.

Love it!

5
Liz Cook on 07/19/2009

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 got my Mini yesterday, after doing months of research on several compact cars. The minute I test drove the Mini, I was sold. It is good looking, fun to drive and "just me". I am hoping it lives up to my expectations, but so far...it is everything I wanted! I got the red with white top and white bonnet stripes. CUTE!!!!

Despite the faults, my favorite car ever

4.4
Rob on 07/01/2009

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

I've never had more fun in a car than in my MINI JCW. It pulls hard from 2500-5000 RPMs, corners like no other, brakes instantly, and looks outstanding (mine's dark grey with a black roof). It's nice to be the envy of everyone on the road, especially others driving a Cooper or Cooper S. In fact, the sense of community with other MINI drivers is one of my favorite aspects of the car. I was fortunate enough to be in a financial situation where I could afford the JCW, and the slight performance increase (and I mean slight - it's not much) and exclusivity factor made the extra money worth it. HOWEVER, for anyone more sensible than I, the Cooper S is plenty fun and very much less expensive

Love, Love, Love It!!!

4.9
nlc1964 on 06/30/2009

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 have wanted one since I saw the Italian Job. I decided to buy one for myself for my Birthday last July. I had to wait 14 weeks for it, but it has definitely been worth it! I got it with the Premium package,the Cold Weather package, Nightfire Red paint and black top/ bonnet stripes. Love the heated seats and mirrors during the cold northern Ohio winter, and have been loving the dual sunroof this Spring/ Summer. I must say, I was a little concerned about the upcoming Winter, but the Mini was a dream to drive in the snow as well. We got hammered a few times last Winter with a foot or more of snow, and the Mini handled the snow better than the Chevy and the Toyota I had owned previously.

Not What You Think

4.1
kLINGON1 on 06/26/2009

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

I have about 3000 miles on this car with, thus far, no defects. I bought the car because fo the retro looks, handling, fuel economy, and relatively low price given the abundance of features. I was correct in all these suppositions but greatly underestimated how disagreeable the ride is. Even after abandoning the pathetic runflats for top rated normal performance tires, the ride is jiggly under all conditions but the smoothest roads. Now those of you not bothered by this and there must be many, fine. However, this is by NO MEANS a discounted BMW. BMWs work magic somehow in the first 10 cm of suspension travel, soaking up road inperfectis while keeping phenomenal traction. This is no BMW

Electrical Gremlins

4.1
John on 05/31/2009

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

Love the car, hate the electrical bugaboo that has caused it to change abruptly from full on function to stone cold dead. It's up to the dealer at this point to convince me that this can be resolved. I hear they get high marks for service that's customer oriented, so far they have been, but the electrical issue is still there after stranding me the first time. Disappointing because we really like the car, the dealership is trying but I hate the idea of always wondering about electrical issues that are supposedly resolved. We'll see...

OMG I Love my MINI

5
LS on 05/30/2009

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 saw a MINI probably 10 years ago, wanted one ever since-the night before picking up my MINI concerned I might not like it as well as I hoped -- on the ride home (2 hours from the dealership) I love it more than I could've imagined - - Fall in love with it every morning all over again on my 25 mile commute There's no comparison of the pep of this 4cyl to any American made 4cyl or quality of the overall car -I've driven GM vehicles for 35+ yrs before this car, I think I understand why GM is having finanical difficulties, "sorry GM" I didn't take the decision to buy foreign lightly buying US was instilled in me as a child, but unfortunatly I couldn't find anything even close made by US mfg

Best Car Ive EVER had!

5
JimG on 05/29/2009

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 drivers car, fast, fun and tossable. Lots of creature comforts with good quality interior materials. Gas mileage is exceptional and a real surprise.

MY SECOND MINI S IN 4 YEARS!

5
RAM on 05/27/2009

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+++ in my books my second Mini S in 5yesrs this one is out of this world... A pleasnt experience


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