2002 MINI COOPER

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84,900 Miles
32,707
Miles below average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 84900
Color: RED
Body Style: Hatchback
Doors: 2
Engine Type: 1.6L I4 16V MPFI SOHC
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: St George, UT

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Option & Equipment

AM/FM stereo
Audio system security
Beverage cooler in glovebox
Bucket front seats
Cargo area light
Center Console: Full with storage
Chrome grille
Clock: In-overhead console
Coil front spring
Coil rear spring
Curb weight: 2,315 lbs.
Daytime running lights
Dual vanity mirrors
External temperature display
Fold forward seatback rear seats
Four-wheel Independent Suspension
Front and rear suspension stabilizer bars
Front Head Room: 38.8"
Front reading lights
Front Shoulder Room: 53.9"
Front Ventilated disc brakes,1st and 2nd row tube head airbags
Fuel Capacity: 13.2 gal.
Fuel Consumption: City: 27 mpg
Fuel Consumption: Highway: 37 mpg
Fuel Type: Regular unleaded
Gross vehicle weight: 3,263 lbs.
Headlights off auto delay
In-Dash single CD player
Independent front suspension classification
Independent rear suspension
Instrumentation: Low fuel level
Interior air filtration
Leatherette seat upholstery
Manual front air conditioning
Max cargo capacity: 25 cu.ft.
Metal-look center console trim
Metal-look dash trim
Metal-look door trim
Multi-link rear suspension
Overall height: 55.4"
Overall Length: 142.8"
Overall Width: 66.5"
Passenger Airbag
Power remote driver mirror adjustment
Power remote passenger mirror adjustment
Power windows,4-wheel ABS Brakes
Pre-wiring for anti-theft alarm system
Privacy glass: Light
Radio Data System
Rear bench
Rear Head Room: 37.6"
Rear Shoulder Room: 44.5"
Rear Stabilizer Bar: Regular
Regular front stabilizer bar
Remote power door locks
Remote window operation
Seatb
Self-leveling headlights
Side airbag
Silver aluminum rims
Spare Tire Mount Location: Underbody
Speed-proportional power steering
Steel spare wheel rim
Strut front suspension
Suspension class: Sport
Tachometer
Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Total Number of Speakers: 6
Two 12V DC power outlets
Urethane shift knob trim
Urethane steering wheel trim
Variable intermittent front wipers
Vehicle Emissions: ULEV
Wheel Diameter: 15
Wheel Width: 5.5
Wheelbase: 97.1"

Recalls & Defects

VIN WMWRC33402PC37667 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information

POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION:FLOOR SHIFT ASSEMBLY

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT CABLE CONNECTS THE GEARSHIFT LEVER IN THE VEHICLE INTERIOR TO THE SHIFT LINKAGE ON THE TRANSMISSION. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE SHIFT CABLE TO DETACH FROM THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LINKAGE WHILE THE DRIVER IS ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE GEARS. IF THE CABLE DETACHES FROM THE SHIFT LINKAGE, GEAR CHANGES WILL NO LONGER BE POSSIBLE AND THE TRANSMISSION WILL REMAIN IN THE LAST GEAR SELECTED.


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Information about Dealer

Evasive, Condescending,Abusive General Manager Rhett Praws

1
mike100 on 08/27/2016

Customer Service: 1.0 Quality Of Work: 1.0 Friendliness: 1.0 Pricing: 1.0 Overall Experience: 1.0

I went to buy a new car through Costco, all was fine till I went to see Finance guy, was pushy obnoxious, when I asked about their marketing tool they sent out he asked me to wait outside and I could talk to GM. Marketing ploy is you get to sell them your old Nissan and they will give you up to approx $1800 plus $1000 rebate, LIES. I go to see this Rhett Prows (GM)and right off the bat he's evasive and condescending. I asked this GM about the buyback program and he says its just an outside company and he doesn't have anything to do with it. we get into the conversation I ask him who initiates this mailing and he SAYS HE DOES, HE JUST LIED TO ME!!!!!!! I said I know why your doing this but I'm not going to say why. I wanted to still buy a car. HE THEN SAYS I'M RUDE That was it I said I'm Leaving and while I'm walking out he is 3 steps behind me BERATING ME!!!!! I said I will let Costo know about this and he says GOOD I DON'T CARE!! What a Fool, no problem I will go to Vegas and save money.STAY AWAY FROM THIS GROUP OF THIEVES AND ANY WADE COMPANIES, NO COMPETITION, NO FREE CAR WASHES, LIARS DELUXE!! If possible negative 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Look at their ratings HORRIBLE!!!! Contact Costco, Nissan North America, AND COMPLAIN!!!!

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
  Based on 202 reviews

A very nice SECOND car.

4
Barb Wilcox on 07/12/2016

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: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

Number one would be the extraordinarily high dealer maintenance costs! They are about the same across the board as a very high level BMW. Great handling, but with the basic set-up, very poor acceleration. Very easy to park.

Best small car on the road!

4.5
tywashin on 07/07/2010

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

Well, I have only owned it for about two months, so far it has been a great car. It's very fun to drive. And I like how other mini owners wave when ever we see each other. I draw attention wherever I go. It's also the best car I have ever had on gas. The seats could be a little more comfortable for long road trips.

Stay Away!

2.1
jennyj on 06/07/2010

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

I bought this car from the previous owner who babied the car and had virtually no mileage. I argued with my family and friends that if I had to drive a "fuel economy" car it would at least not be generic, so I bought the Mini. To say I have been let down with this car and BMW's backing of this car would be the understatement of the millennium! The transmission went at 42,000 miles and the wanted 7,500 to replace it, even though there were hundreds of similar complaints of faulty tranny's, BMW simply turned its head! Next were the window motors, the end caps of the rain gutters, the exhaust (at over a grand), the power steering pump, and more! This car is the biggest pile of garbage around!

Very upset!!

2.5
ghost on 10/01/2008

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

I purchased my 2002 Mini last Aug. 2007. I have driven it less than 3 thousand miles..if even that much. I was told today that something called the Final Drive needed to be replaced and the Transmission was messed up. Being that our economy is so great and I can't get a job- I couldn't afford the thousands it cost to fix it.. and lost over thousands in letting it go for pennies. I am saddened beyond belief that a car that I thought was so incredible, after all, a BMW etc., turned out to be the biggest lemon that I have ever purchased. OK.. I loved that car for the whole time I had it.. and now.. feel so very let down!

Kudos to this car, so far

5
Jim from Indy on 06/10/2008

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

This car handles almost as well as my 1991 Dodge Stealth. Plenty of leg room for 6'2 and above. Just bought it a week ago but no complaints as of yet. Keeping fingers crossed.

"uncle"

3.9
cheryl, on 05/26/2008

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

This car is so much fun to drive, rivaling other imports I've had. It has plenty of power to render confidence in passing and on ramp approach, corners on a dime, and has awesome gas milage without performance trade-off. However, I've experienced way too many costly repairs ie. engine wire harness, intake valve module, cooling fan module, power steering pump etc. It's time to cut my losses. Regretable, I scream uncle.

Clutch and Transmission Failure

3.3
Fun in Del Mar on 04/04/2008

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

I have had a lot of trouble initially with the computer system of the car, but the worst is that I had to have the clutch replaced at 75,000. miles and now I need a new transmission at 83,000. miles. Dealer tells me it's my driving - but I have been driving Beemer stick-shifts my whole life - I never had to have either one of those parts replaced until I got to 175,000. miles. Furthermore, all maintenance the car needs is very expensive - which may have to do with individual dealerships. Nor am I happy about the acceleration of the car. It certainly does not compare to any of the 3- series of the BMW's - but then again it's also cheaper.

Mighty

4.9
T Ritchison on 02/08/2008

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 Mini S, makes me smile. It's everything I ever wanted in a small car. Lots of fun to drive. The 6 speed is awesome. The engine is very reponsive. I've taken many long trips. The hum of the engine & exhaust at 60- 80 MPH, is music. Never had so much fun. I'm a backpacker. The room in the back is perfect for wine, hiking poles, cooler, 1 large suitcase and 2 back packs. My only dislike; the run flat tires. Expensive to replace and are good for about 25-27 G's. But I can live with that! I believe, its the best reproduction ever. My Mini & Me. My license plate is MIGHTY. Its that and then some. Wow!

2002 Mini Cooper S

4.9
Lisa on 10/01/2007

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 a real joy to drive. Not only does it handle exceptionally well in all weather conditions, it gets great mileage and has been very reliable. I replaced the run-flat tires with some wider softer tread tires, and that really made the car ride much more smoothly. I just carry a can of flat fixer in case I ever get a flat, which I have not in all the years I've owned it. I always tell people that the mini is not a luxury car, it drives like a sports car. The design is extremely utilitarian, which I like! I think everyone should own a Mini!

Best Car. . .Ever

5
Drew on 06/07/2007

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

The MINI Cooper S is, without a doubt, one of the greatest autos ever delivered to the masses. It combines just about every ideal for a car, from safety to sporty, economy to performance, capacity to compactness (read "park it anywhere"). I've had mine for a year and have literally nothing but praise for it, and can't wait to drive it every time I've got to go somewhere. Now I'm just wondering when the honeymoon will end.

Fun

5
MILTON on 02/15/2007

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 car I have ever driven. Its only downfall is that it is a little weak on take off. Its high end speed and gas mileage at the high end are great. There is no way to explain the handling and fun factor.

Can't Wait to Get Another One

5
AimlssVail on 12/12/2006

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

We have had this car for 4 1/2 years in the Colorado High country. Even on a powder day I wouldn't trade it. It loves the snow and handles awesome. I average well over 30 miles a gallon around town and 40 on a road trip. It will wiz up Vail Pass at high speeds (shhhh don't tell). OK so it can't handle a snowboard over 156cm, I guess that is what the sunroof is for!

Runabout Plus!

4.4
johnnie3 on 11/16/2006

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

This is an amazing automobile for what I got it for. I drive a lot coming and going to work and wanted something other than the traditional Toaster-Box commuter car (PT Cruiser, Toyota Yaris, Ford Focus, etc.) This car has as much equipment as my larger SUV and is just a comfortable and I'm a rather large fellow of 6', 250 lbs. I can still even get four folks in for a run to the movies, mall or what have you. I love it and so far and I'm glad that I bought it. I wish I could have gotten a smarter salesperson at the Mini dealer who told me that there was no certified used program thus causing me to get one someplace else. Whatever, I do most of my own maintenance anyway.

2002 MINI Cooper S

4.8
CqqPER on 09/09/2006

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

For a first year of production vehicle, my Mini has been almost trouble-free. It's a bargain to boot. It is very well designed and constructed. This car is so much fun one should be issued at birth.

Love My Mini

5
steve on 05/31/2006

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 was totally bummed when my Alfa was totaled (pun intended) but owning this Mini has made the passing a positive experience. This is the most fun car I have driven in a long time. Even though I didn't get the faster model, it is plenty quick around town. On a recent 4 hour road trip, we couldn't believe the gas mileage we got on the highway going back and forth from NY to DC in one tank of gas! The car cruised effortlessly at 80 mph the whole way and was a comfortable ride.

"Monster"

5
MonsterMINI 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

Monster is the license plate of my 2002 Chili Red Mini Cooper S with black bonnet stripes. It is BMW technology at its best - an affordable, compact car that people from all walks of life desire. The history plays a major roll for this car, yet even if this was its first time around, I believe it would be equally as popular simply because of its perfect engineering and carefree lifestyle that it promotes. Whenever MINI owners pass one anther on the street they most always wave or honk, very unusual in today's world of "iPods."

Mini and Me

5
Holly Bell on 02/02/2006

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

Owning a MINI Cooper S is like having a Corvette. Every Mini owner you pass by on the road waves just like the Vette owners. It andles well on the road. I am able to keep up with all the other traffic on the highway. The Cooper S is nimble and quick enough to react in tricky situations, but it is a heavy vehicle that doesn't sway back and forth on the highway when its windy like other vehicles I have owned. this is especially nice when passing tractor trailors.

Excellent Car, Too Bad...

4.1
Tomas N on 01/23/2006

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

Driving the MINI Cooper is the most fun that anybody can have with their pants on; it really is that good. It's fast (although could be faster), and the phrase "corners like it's on rails" is a tremendous understatement. Unfortunately, the fun can only be had for 4, maybe 5 days a week, as the Cooper will inevitably spend the rest of the week getting fixed. In the 2+ years that I've had my car, it has been in the shop for a total of about 14-16 times. Everything has been replaced (from the power steering fan, to the entire transmission, and everything in between). I would estimate that the total cost of repairs (under warranty) has been approximately $10-$12K CDN.

Best Small Car in the World

4.3
st13scott on 01/01/2006

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

Well I haven't had my MINI Cooper S for very long, but it meets or exceeds every expectation I had for the car. How is it that MINI (Read BMW) can pack so much stuff into this price point but no one else can? Bi-xenon lamps in a car with a base price of $20,000! This can not be possible. Then you drive the car, its engine is smooth with a very linear feel to the power, especially considering that it is supercharged. Then you take your favorite corner and realize that it is going to be one of the most fun cars you will ever drive. Taking that corner at great speed, I had as big a smile on my face as I did the first time I hammered on a new 911 Turbo S. The moral of the story is stop reading buy a MINI Cooper S.

Booo for Mini

2.6
CIndy on 10/07/2005

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

My transmission and clutch went out on my car at nearly 68,000 miles. I had to spend $4,000 to have them replaced. I learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission so the problem isn't me riding the clutchor abusing the car. This car is junk. I'd NEVER tell anybody to buy one again!

love it / hate it

3.5
urbanllc on 09/06/2005

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

I can't think of another car I could want after having a MINI; however, especially for the first two years, I can't think of another car that could have given me so much trouble. I'll chalk it up to having bought the first model year. The mpg is poor and not nearly as high as represented. Still, it's a good city car, fun to drive and easy to park. Service at my dealer is superb. Surprisingly, with the backseats down, it can transport quite a lot of cargo.

Big Kids Go Cart

5
Nextboat 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 used to own a 1967 MINI Coooper S. It was great fun, but unreliable, and in the shop constantly. The new MINI Cooper S is everything I could have wanted back then, and more. Handling, Safety, creature comforts, and feels better at 100 miles an hour than most cars. We use this car to move theings when we can't use our 5 series BMW, because we can fit more in with the seats folded down. This is a great car.

An Excellent Adventure

4.8
Fanfare on 04/22/2005

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

Never was a car person,but LOVE this car. Great road feel,well-engineered for cheap, and an attention-getter (unforseen outcome). While no 50 mpg,I'm feeling smug with prices at $2.50 per gallon. Don't be deceived by size.Have pictures of car loaded for ski weekend for 2 adults with 3 pairs of boots, 2 pairs of skis, and a snowboard. Not even packed. Only thing I've had to borrow a car for was to borrow a ladder. Both are better borrowed. Couple of little troubles (Power steering pump {made noise,took it in}, loose battery conection {had it towed,felt stupid}, vibration on sunroof easily resealed. All under warranty,as are oil changes every 10K. What a peach. Buying out the lease.

Holy S@#%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5
king mini 05' 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

Wow!!!!! This car is absolutley amazing. Everything about it rocks!

Love this car

4.6
shuck on 01/11/2005

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

My wife drives our MINI Cooper. I wish we had two so that I could drive it all the time. I just can't say enough good things about this car.

MINI Cooper

5
V M on 01/08/2005

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 MINI Cooper has been one of the best cars that I have ever owned. I would buy another MINI in a heartbeat. I am 5'10" 240 lbs. and fitting in cars with the width of my back is hard but I fit in this car with no problem. Everyone I know fits in my car, from my 6'4" brother to my 5'4" 120lb girlfriend. This car is great.

Fun Fun Fun!

4.6
rangermike on 08/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 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

I've had my Cooper S for over a year and it has been a wonderful car. Great handling, stable on the highway and lots of fun at the track! It wasn't hard to pass cars 2, 3 and 4x more expensive than the Mini.

Nothing "Mini" About It!

5
cjkinpa 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

What a great car! I drove an RX7 for the past 15 years and it was hard to give up, but with 2 little boys, I needed a back seat. I still wanted something fun and sporty though. The Cooper certainly fits the bill. Lot's of power, even for the non-S version. A "big car" ride for such a little shrimp. And typical superior Beemer quality throughout. The Sport and Premium packages (leather, on board computer, sunroof, cd player etc.) make it feel even more like a luxury car. But the best part is the feel of this little guy gripping the road. It is an absolute joy to drive. Be prepared to stop and answer lot's of questions about it.

Fun Fun Fun!

4.9
mini cooper on 07/13/2004

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

Extremely fun to drive, excellent handling even without the optional sport suspension! At it's best on the turns, where most other cars have to slow down, the Mini does it with ease. Definitely an eye catcher, solid built construction, economic. Go drive one, take it on a windy road, and get ready to smile :)

Love my Cooper

5
sierraja on 06/12/2004

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

Has been a good car to have

Mini Mania

4.9
dsmatl on 06/01/2004

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 bought my Mini used, only 11,000 miles, as a gas miser. I've only had it a couple of months, but now I can't stand to drive any of our other vehicles. It's June in Atlanta and I'm still driving without the A/C: it's just so darn FUN! I still have one year's worth of bumper-to-bumper manufacturer's warranty (exc. tires). My windshield is cracked, but not unsafe; it's been backordered for 6 weeks so far.

Great car!

4.9
katrodgers78731 on 05/02/2004

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

This car is so much fun on the Autobahns of Germany. We hate the idea of selling it but it does not fit a family of 3 very well. There is not a lot of room for a car seat and stroller.

Mini Cooper S

4.6
siliconcenturion on 04/26/2004

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

to be short: Love this car, small, fun, sporty

Awesome!!

5
venture on 03/19/2004

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

Having seen a mini at a dealership in my hometown,I was going to buy it on the spot! My husband has the cooler head of the two of us and researched and found the nearest dealer Century Mini, in Greenville SC. I love the fact that our dealership sponsers owner appreciation nights and the maufacturer sends us little gifts in the mail. I have had a wonderful experience with this vehicle, the only problems being that the safety bag light malfunctioned and the trim on top of the front windshield kept coming loose ( both have been fixed). I highly recommend this vehicle for those who want to follow the path less traveled

My First Mini Club

5
Min-X on 03/14/2004

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

This is a quick and nice handeling car. It rides like a proformace car so long long trips are not recomended. The Car drives like a go-cart and is very fun to drive.

it's love

5
this car is fun on 02/18/2004

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

i bought the mini just about a year ago now. i thought it would grow out on me and i would have to sell it. not happeneing. this car rocks. it blasts to 60 faster than you can say "holy mini" and corners like it's on rails. a great ecnomy sports car.

My Mini and me are tight

4.8
tim villard on 02/11/2004

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

With a new job way out in the country and a commute of 45 miles each way, it was easy to talk myself into buying a Mini. I love it. Mine has the CVT tranny, the sunroof, the sport steering wheel, and the cold weather package. The mini has been great on icy roads, not so great in deep snow, but absolutely a joy to drive.

17 Month Review

4.8
robymoss on 01/25/2004

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

My love afair continues with this car! More step-off power would be nice, but once underway, the car is a blast to drive. Anyone looking for a fun-to- drive yet economic car would do themselves a favor by taking one for a test drive.

Love it

5
dkjohannes on 01/20/2004

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

Best thing since sliced bread

Dont buy one

3.3
minilemon on 10/30/2003

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

This car had "de-acceletrated 4 times, going from 50 MPH on the highway to 20 without warning, can't make it up a hill, lost power in the middle of a busy intersection. The BMW dealer in SF told me that other MINIs have had the same problem and required the engine harness to be re-wired, but according to their service protocol, they would first do a series of software upgrades to see if that would fix the problem (that did not fix the problem on other cars, so why would it fix my problem? Their mechanics are not trained to work on MINIs, they gave me a hard time about paying for a rental car or giving me a loaner

enjoy the ride

4.4
king of love on 10/21/2003

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

the car is fun to drive. be in. solid feel even on the highway. don't feel blown around. pleanty of room on the inside. insturements bright and beautiful. cornering lovely. power improves at higher rpm. around town with ac on a bit sluggish. but why not open the windows and the huge sunroof and let the fresh air and light in. that is the best. the premium stereo is a must especially with windows open and access to my mp3 player.

You need one of these!

5
laclede on 10/13/2003

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 a MINI. It's a blast. Let's Motor!

Gotta Love It!

4.3
bigblockrumble on 10/01/2003

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

I have had this car for 15 months and still love it! It is a real kick to drive and corners like a go-kart. Suspension is stiff, but expected in a car that corners like it is on rails. I traded in a Porsche Boxster for this and have never regretted it. Not as refined, but just as tight and really more fun to drive hard. If you try it, you'll like it!

Perfect Metro Car

4.6
aileen on 09/03/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 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

I live, work, and play in Portland OR, which makes the Mini the perfect car for me. There are few activities more satisfying than sneaking around the behemouth SUVs in traffic or squeezing into tiny little parking spots no normal vehicle could manage. I've had this car for a year and they are an increasingly common site in Portland, but people still comment on it on a near-daily basis. It is impossible for me not to smile when I see it each morning.

Best car for daily fun.

4.6
jeffng65 on 09/02/2003

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

The past 13 months have been absolutely thrilling with this little "supercar." Every day I can't wait to drive it. Of course it is most fun on the twisties. I've driven Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs, Mercs, and Audis but I wouldn't want any other car as a daily driver. Lots of people complain ride is too stiff but I like it. I have had problems. Its been into service seven times for such things as leaking water pump, leaking coolant tank, to replace lower steering column, a/c howling noise, peeling interior paint, and many rattles. I'm sticking with it though because it is just too much fun!

Maine Mini

5
Jano on 09/02/2003

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 S since February and have been smiling ever since. What a blast to drive! All is well with the S and the service from the dealership has been great.

BUY YELLOW - IT MAY BE A LEMON...:-(

2.5
trbo on 08/22/2003

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

The styling is new and fun. A great go- cart for people that are single, no kids etc etc... Cornering is like that of Porches & Bmws. BUT - once you hit the AC button. Bye bye power... hello lawnmower engine. Give lots of gas off the line to go with AC on. It's like a motorcycle... only have it if it is a 2nd vehicle. here comes the bad part. My first was a lemon - battery blew, shift liinkage broke, and they replaced all drive shafts and bearings...within 4000 miles.

Get One, You'll be Glad You Did

4.9
MGCMAN on 08/21/2003

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

Want to feel 18 again? Be a celeb in your neighborhood? Change from an introvert to an extrovert? Then get a MINI Cooper S. This car begs you to take that bend just a little bit faster, spend some extra time driving the long way home, and talk to complete strangers about it every time you fill up, or even stop for a traffic light. You will enjoy this car.

More Beauty Less Filling

4
nyrogrl on 08/12/2003

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

Don't get me wrong...I bought the car out of sheer beauty, and art. Plus was very interested in the sport of the car. My impressions are mixed. First, I also own a 2000 Miata, which was my second for them. So, when I got the MINI S I was prepared to absolutely fall in love. I did, but...little things bug me...1st gear is loud and I do not understand that, cheap sunroof covers, lousy air conditioning, really bad. the handling is great, but the Miata kills it in my opinion. It is a looker, and a great little car, but as much as I wanted to just completely lather over it, my Miata is fantastic too.

Great little car

5
Paul Jones on 08/06/2003

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 Cooper S for 1 year. When I bought it, I thought I would sell it and make a few dollars on the inflated prices of 2002. After driving it for a few days - I had to keep it. This thing handles better than 98% of the cars on the road. It has great power, all the comforts of any luxury car, and is very safe too. The performance aftermarket is very strong too, so there are no compromises to owning this foreign brand (thanks BMW!) I would give the car a big thumbs up.

Brand new, so subjective to some degree

4.4
EricH on 07/30/2003

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

Raw numbers can't explain the experience driving this car! you cannot go (or stop) anywhere without people coming over and asking about it everybody smiles and points and wants to know about the car. I would upgrade to a dustless aftermarket brake pad. The setup of the gas pedal in relation to the brake pedal makes the car difficult to downshift using the "heel & toe" technique. Did I mention the car was way too much fun to drive?

SEE YOU IN THE CORNER

4.8
GORDO on 06/18/2003

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

DON'T WASTE YOU TIME THINKING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO BUY THIS CAR YOU BETTER RUN TO THE CLOSEST MINI DEALER AND PUT YOUR CASH DOWN . IT WILL BE WELL WORTH THE WAIT !!!

My Fourth MINI

5
Alan Barreuther on 06/17/2003

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

Needless to say I am impressed after waiting over a year for one of the first Cooper "S" in the state. The BEST small car EVER. SOLID fun that gets better the longer you own it! This is the reasion I have driving Minis for 30+ years and will continue to do so. "You never forget your first MINI, or the last." Nothing comes close to the real thing.

This car isn't for everyone but is fun!

4.9
Paulito on 06/11/2003

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 somewhat of a supercar in that it can outhandle just about anything on the market. It's quick enough for daily driving and will just about more than enough quickness for the average joe. It also has suprising cargo space and it gets great gas mileage. It is certainly worth all the hype and it also worth the extra dollars because of the astounding build quality. Don't let those initial quality reports fool you.

MINI convertee

5
MINIconvertee on 06/09/2003

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 only had the MINI for a week now, but have already driven 800kms (500 miles). Previously I owned a '91 Toyota Celica, so the step up in performance and build quality is quite large. I have driven the car hard through the Adelaide hills (Australia) and have already outpaced a WRX! This car handles extremely well and has great gearing for tight and twisty roads. This car has so far lived up to all the great comments from current owners.

kool

5
Micahel woolley on 06/09/2003

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 wonderful wonderful car

Fun Fun Fun! And a daily driver, too!

4.9
SCoop on 05/25/2003

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 this car! I follow several MINI bboards so I know about problems that other owners have had, and I've had only two, both minor: coolant turned brown at around 2500 miles, and the weather strip between the windshield and the roof came out while traveling at highway speeds. Both were promptly fixed under warranty. This car is my daily driver, and I find it very comfortable and a blast to drive! I opted for the standard 16" wheels, which other owners have said make the ride a lot more smooth than the sport 17's. I have no complaints at all about the ride, but then I like a car that lets me feel the road. If you want a cushy ride, don't get a sports car!

Mini Experience

4
hagertyr1 on 05/19/2003

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

Mini is very wll designed- there is BMW quality for a low price- the warranty is for 4 years including oil changes . The driving experience is especially fun- the sped pick up on expressways is suprising. The stability of handling is remarkable. First winter in the Midwest was a test that the Mini passed. Ice and snow were no problem for the little Mini.

What a blast from the past!

5
KismetGB on 05/18/2003

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, I absolutely love this car. I was expecting to have fun in it but it has easily exceeded my expectations. The handling is simply awesome and convidence inspiring. The sales literature says it handles like a go- kart and it really does.

Driving Orgasm

4.8
Minime on 04/28/2003

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

This car rocks. I'm a car salesman at an Audi dealership, so I drive TT's and S4's all the time, but this car beats them all in my opinion. It's not the fastest off the line, but I was doing 110mph before I knew it, and I wasn't even trying. For all you minivan mom's and BMW snobs who bash this thing for not being fun, you're not driving it right. Don't be afraid to rev the engine a little, that's where the fun is. And the handling is awesome.

Mini Cooper-the best

5
TerryP on 04/19/2003

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

Heads turn, people want to talk, everyone smiles. High style, pure function, extreme reliability!

What a car!!

5
BERANDY on 04/15/2003

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

When I first saw this car I knew it was for me. I'm a total car freak and have spent my life constantly trying to find out all there is to know about all the cars on the road. Finally here was a car with such character!! Just seeing all the little chrome details on the exterior was enough for me. Until this car came along I was afraid I was doomed to a life of all-one-color cars! Thank you BMW!

The Best

5
Connor on 03/27/2003

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 excellent. What else can i say!

The Bomb

4.8
minie on 02/26/2003

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

This car is probably the most enjoyable car you can buy on a budget. Handling is the key with this car. It turns on a dime and is perfect for the city dweller. It's not the family car, but it's perfect for everyone else. Nice BMW finish.

a hoot to drive

4.9
james slezak on 02/20/2003

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 was looking for the car that would be the most fun to drive for $20,000 and I found it. The controls fall readily to hand and offer the right kind of feedback. The engine pulls strongly from 3000 rpm to redline although I rarely rev past 6000. The brakes are super although a little darty on uneven surfaces. Selecting gears is a pleasure. And cornering is just incredible. In 2002 I bought my Minin BMW and had as much fun as I had with my 1970 2002 BMW.

Happy with MC; now trading up to MCS

4.6
Ian Cull on 02/20/2003

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

No problems after 8000 miles. 16" runflat tires make for rough ride over MA potholes, but fun and looks compensate.

MINI is Maxi Fun

5
Zeemer on 02/16/2003

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

Starting with the drive home from the dealership to the last time I stopped for a fill up there's been a steady streams of thumbs up and smiles. It's a car that inspires strangers to strike up conversations. As for as performance it has lived up the reviews I read before purchasing it.Smooth exceleration and gearbox and go kart like handling . So far , nothing but fun!

sports car hiding in a shoebox

4.5
twothfxr on 02/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 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

One of best handling and one of fastest cars I've driven, and terminally cute. Rough on bad pavement, which might be a problem for some, (especially with 17 inch wheels and sport suspension) but handles speed and turns with no problem, and personally I'd have it no other way. Space is deceivingly large and available, and two adults fit in back, once they get in. Front space is excellent except for my wide feet! Once I checked out the competition, there was none.

Love my MINI

5
clark530 on 02/10/2003

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 best car I have ever had. I only have one fear and that would be who will sevice it.

the most fun car made

5
rmarks1602 on 02/09/2003

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 in the automoble business.this is the first car i paid full retail. it is a bagin at $24,500

Great Car

4.6
nimwad on 02/08/2003

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

Just what we expected! Small car, good gas mileage, thrilling ride. Great value for price. Our BMW 540 is stronger and more comfortable by far, but when we leave the house we head for the MINI. We've had it less than four months and have put almost nine thousand trouble free miles on it. It has many of the same standard features that are on our 540. Thinking of getting a second one! Go motoring!

2003 MINI Cooper S

4.3
CharlesWil on 01/31/2003

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

I have had the car only two weeks, but so for it has been a blast. Just love to drive this car. My other auto is a 1997 Darkar Yellow BMW M3. Haven't driven it in two weeks! Motor On :)

MINI not so MINI

5
Porsche91108 on 01/25/2003

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 MINI, i think it is the best car out there for the money. There is so much room inside compared to what it looks like on the outside and the interior design is awesome. As for the exterior, i still have people look at the car when i drive by. It is so cool and fun to drive that i would recommend it to anyone. AWESOME CAR!!!

Super MINI

5
neilskreet on 01/20/2003

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 had the original, now I have the new one. What a blast to drive!

My Mini an His Cooper S

5
connie on 01/10/2003

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 loved my husband Mini so much,that I told him he would look better in a Mini Cooper-S.Now we have 2 Mini's.The Best of both world's

My 2002 Cooper s

4.8
bikerbilly on 01/03/2003

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 motored 8000 miles in 90 days. It's fun to drive and as close to a MG1100 on steroids as you can get. I wouldn't comapare it with a 65 mini for acceleration but it does handle. Great on ice and snow as well as dry road.

HAS MET ALL EXPECTATIONS

4.9
TINY H on 12/18/2002

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

FROM DEALERSHIP TO HOME, THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN POSITIVE. TORQUE AND HORSEPOWER ARE PLENTIFUL AND THE 6 SPEED TRANNY IS SPECIAL (DOWN SHIFTING FROM 2ND TO 1ST IS RESIST FREE !). FROM BRAKES TO AUDIO SYSTEM, EVERYTHING FUNCTIONS WELL ABOVE AVERAGE. THE OWNER OF 2 PREVIOUS SI'S, THIS CAR HITS THE SPOT FOR ME.

Luv my Mini

4.6
Marco Polo on 12/11/2002

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

My experience with my Mini is both a love affair and fun to drive. Not for a long time do I find myself missing driving a car if not for a few days. My Mini is like a family member. It has personality, charm, and people love to admire it.

minicooperS

5
smell on 12/11/2002

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

FIRST 750 MILES ON HIGHWAY FROM MEMPHIS TO TEXAS. IT ROCKS! SUPER GAS MILEAGE AND POWER THATS THERE WHEN YOU WANT IT.AWESOME AUDIO WAY TOO FUN TO DRIVE..AND AT EVERY STOP..A MAGNET. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A 'MINI.."VAN"' THIS ISNT YOUR CUP OF TEA..BUT IF YOU HAVE MIND TO BUY A TWEED SPORT JACKET WITH LEATHER ELBOWS AND GET TENURED AT THE LOCAL UNIVERSITY ROCK ON!

If you drive >5 miles you need this car

5
VWBusType2 on 12/11/2002

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 was out cruising in my '71 VW Bus when I was flagged down by a guy in a '50-something Mini. We checked out each other's rides, and ever since then I've been in love with these things! Driving them is a blast... racing with people on the interstate is even better... especially when there are curves involved! The look you get when you get to the next light after roasting your tires through 1st and 2nd is pretty nice too... The Mini may look small and be deemed a "waste of money" but until you actually drive it (if the owner will ever let you) the amount of fun to be had is unmatched.

Outstanding

5
arkytect on 11/20/2002

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!! I'm glad MINI sent me a journal for my car because I have a lot to write about. I love the solid feel, great handling and performance, and comprehensive styling of this vehicle. Most thoughtfully designed car I've ever owned, and I've owned both foreign and domestic.

Plenty of power

5
concordmini on 11/17/2002

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

To all you out there that complain about lack of power. You need to remember its a 4 cylinder, not a V8. And being a sporty car, it is designed to be revved. Dont be afraid to run it in the 4-6000 rpm range, and I dont mean just shifting, cruise at 6000 if you need to. On trips to tahoe (ie:big mountain climb) I may be in 3rd gear at 70 mph during some parts of the climb. Its not a big deal, the engine can handle sustained 6000 rpm for days. Oh and I still get 39 mpg round trip (350 miles up and back down to san francisco area) Rev it , dont lug it if you need the power. generally you need to hit 4000 rpm or higher to get the sweet spot in the horsepower.

Fun to drive

4.4
pvd on 11/06/2002

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

The car is absolute fun to drive. Although straight line accelaration is acceptable, switching lanes and driving winding roads can't be much more fun then with this car. For daily commute the horsepower is more then adequate. But handling comes with a prize, dents and other road shortcomings are well fed back to the driver, although in a acceptable manner. Fuel consumption is average. If you do your best low fuel consumption is feasible, but the car invites you to a more robust driving style, hence a relatively high fuel comsumption for a1.6 L engine.

My 2K2 Mini Cooper

5
Lucky Andy on 11/06/2002

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

When I first saw the Mini last spring, I knew I wanted one. Just what I need at my age to make me feel young. I love the look of it inside and out. Everywhere I go I get Hi fives!

Like a supercharged go-cart on rails

5
Tim C on 11/02/2002

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

Got the car in August. Wow! Great styling, great handling, and an increadible head turner. My 16 year old car-fanatic of a son had been after me to get the Cooper S and he was right on. People stop me getting in and out of the car. They pull up along side me (on two lane roads) to chat about the car. I get smiles and the thumbs up whereever I go. And again going their is a gas. The bigest problem is that there aren't enough winding roads to let it loose on....

I LOVE MY MINI

5
jahotchk on 11/01/2002

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 really love my Mini, I've only onwed it for about two weeks, but I already have 900 miles on it. It is really fun to drive and especially fun to look at. I think the best thing about my Mini, is that it took me only 15 minutes to wash! Unlike my Mini-Van, which takes me about an hour! It drives smoothly, I love the Navigation system and the Auto Air. Did I mention the kick butt Audio Deck? Man for a stock desk, that thing pumps base. I was thinking of puting an Alpin MP3 deck in there, but I am having second thoughts. I highly recommend test driving a Mini prior to knocking it. They are really fun, and I am enjoying ever minute of it.

Excellent & Fun Car

5
derek on 10/28/2002

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 car. Not only is it fun, it is exhilarating to just watch it sitting in the garage. I want to go and drive it now!

Excellent & Fun Car

5
Derek on 10/28/2002

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 car. Not only is it fun, it is exhilarating to just watch it sitting in the garage. I want to go and drive it now!

This can be a 10 rating car, but its not

3.5
maybery on 10/23/2002

Performance: 2 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: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Having the car only 2 weeks the car stalled. It did not turn back on. The car went to their service facility with only 800 miles on it already with problems. 3 days later the car is ready to be picked up. The throttle control was broken, faulty, or improperly installed but whatever the case this part was replaced. The car ran fine for another 200 miles and we now have the same problem again. We worry more now with a 1000 mile brand new vehicle then with our old car with 100,000 miles on it.The mechanical issues make me feel very unsecured and unsafe driving this car with a child on the back seat.

A CLASSIC

5
MAKEWAVES on 10/23/2002

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

AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL CAR INSIDE AND OUT. A PERFECT DESIGN FOR THE CAR'S SIZE; WITHOUT QUESTION RANKS AS ONE OF THE BEST LOOKING AND INVENTIVE DESIGNS IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY, AND WILL ALWAYS RETAIN ITS GOOD LOOKS. WITHOUT REGARD TO HP, TORQUE, COMFORT...IT'S EXCELLENT APPEARANCE/UNIQUE CHARACTER SECURES ITS PLACE AS A CLASSIC. AND IT'S FASTER THAN A '56 PORSCHE SPEEDSTER AFTER ALL! THE BODY/COMPONENTS FEEL VERY SOLID. RIDE QUALITY IS OUTSTANDING WITH THE 15" BASE WHEELS/TIRES. A LITTLE SLIDING AROUND CORNERS CAN BE FUN, SO WIDER TIRES ARE NOT AN ADVANTAGE FOR THE MINI WHICH ALREADY HANDLES SO WELL WITH THE BASE WHEELS.

only one problem

5
minicooperbob on 10/16/2002

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 second cooper i have purchased.the am radio has been terrible.

What fun!

4.6
minicoopers4me on 10/13/2002

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 without doubt one of the most fun to drive vehicles I have ever had. It handles, it accelerates and it gets over 30 miles to the gallon. I have to fight with my wife over who gets to drive it. It's looks seem to have a Love it or Hate type of quality with people I meet, and you do meet people with it. Be prepared to tell people what it is and where they can get one!

don't call me cute!

4.9
boboso on 10/09/2002

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

"What a cute little car!What is it?"is a phrase I often hear about my Mini Cooper S. OK, aside from the bug-eyed smiley face up front, and the small size, those features belie the snarling little monster underneath the hood that creates the very generous power and torque band this supercharged, 1.6 liter mill creates! Oh yeah, and the BMW-inspired suspension (multi-link rear, a'la 3-series) will devour tight turns and freeway on-ramps. Kinda makes you think you are a lesser version of Juan-Pablo Montoya!You are also to be pleased by the well-thought interior, the rear seats (fold-down) seem roomier than a CLK Mercedes.

What a blast

4.5
SevenBob on 10/04/2002

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 currently own the MINI Cooper S and an Infiniti G-35. While the G-35 is a gas to drive, the MINI is fantastic. I have never owned anything that is so much fun to drive.

Fun

4.9
Maleko on 10/03/2002

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

To all the "I thought it was a $50,000 BMW": Do your crying somewhere else. Dollar for dollar the MINI COOPER S has to be the best value on the market. What other $20,000 dollar car has the technology this car has? What other $20,000 car has the handling this car has? NONE! This car is fun, fun, fun. If you can't figure it out and enjoy it for what it is... a fun car... then maybe you should go back to your ever boring BMW (Boring Mundane Wheels).

My Mini = Fun and Value

4.9
Toma on 09/23/2002

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

So far I have 5,000 miles on my Cooper, and have found everyone of them to be wonderful. I would like a little more power and probably would have that with the Cooper S and or a manual transmission rather than the automatic.

Inconsistent Build Quality

3
babyboomer on 09/05/2002

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

Having driven my MINI CVT (Automatic) for 5,000 miles, I have mixed feelings. When operating properly the most fun I've had in a car. But, and this is a big but, car has intermitent issues, ie. stalling, idle variances and lack of power. These issues are sporadic, which makes it difficult to feel safe. Service does what it can, yet issues keep coming up again. Car has been in 6 times with almost 30 days in service. I suggest waiting for the 2003 model and avoiding the CVT. Hopefully the 2003 S will have worked all the bugs out. Also, order the car, shop around as many dealers add up to $3000 in mandatory accessories above MSRP!

Awesome Mini

4.9
Mikey Andersony on 09/04/2002

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

The Mini is a great car, reliable, and very fun!

Just as good as an "S"

5
2 many MINIs on 08/31/2002

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 both the Cooper and a Copper S, the difference is minimal...I do not understand all of the hype for the S. It only matters when accelerating over 4500 RPMs. Don't wait for the S just get the Cooper and spend your saved money on aftermarket gadgets. THIS car is awesome and soooo much fun to drive!

top car

5
brady111 on 08/27/2002

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 everyone should buy one. who ever dosent say its a 10.0 has problems.

Engineering.

5
Jcdogger on 08/26/2002

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 would love to meet the engineering team of this vehicle. The thought process that went into a car that sells for under $25k is amazing.

What a blast

4.9
Dr.J on 08/26/2002

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 had the first cooper in the area. What a blast. I love everything about the car.

IT'S NOT A BEEMER!!!!!!!

4.4
justplanenutz on 08/26/2002

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

Why does everyone keep trying to compare it to a BMW?! It was designed to be a fun, sporty, LITTLE vehicle for those in the under $20,000 category to enjoy. No it is not a 328!!! If you have $35,000 you should go buy a 328 and shut up! If you do not have $35,000 then please go buy something that was designed to go really fast and quit complaining about a really good car!!! I like my MINI!! I like Beemers!! The MINI is not a Beemer!

Fun Mini

5
cw2fly on 08/24/2002

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 Mini Cooper S a week ago, and I love it. This is the most fun car I have driven in the 34 years I have been driving. It handles extremely well on curves, and has plenty of zip. I get lots of grins, waves, and thumbs up from other drivers, and the car is a conversation piece where I work.

Better than expected

4.6
C.C.Rider on 08/23/2002

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

I have put over 1000 miles since receiving the car a week and a half ago. This is without a question one of the most fun driving cars on the road AT ANY PRICE! Be prepared to be the most popular guy in town; you will be stopped and questioned, smiled at repeatedly, and given thumbs up wherever you go. It seems as though everyone likes the car, regardless of age, sex or social status. The build quality is supurb, and it drives like a dream. The car is full of character and spirit, qualities lacking in most modern cars. My greatest fear is that BMW will mess with the design and add more useless features in the future. Get one now, quick!

Mini what else is there fo under 25,000.

5
Matt Pelton on 08/22/2002

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

excellent through and through,,,

I finally figured out my MINI problem

1.1
faminest on 08/19/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 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

It took me a few months to figure this out, but I finally discovered what the problem is. I thought I would be getting a lot of envious looks with my MINI. Unfortuantely, as time has passed, I have discovered people are looking at my MINI, not becuase they want one, but because they think it looks weird. It is a similar effect as when I bought a PT Cruiser. In retrospect, these cars are very similar.

Get one

4.8
Dax One on 08/18/2002

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

I got a mini cooper S over two weeks ago, and im already close to 1000 miles. Fun to drive, and I haven't even been able to take advantage of the supercharger yet due to the break in period. So far so good, and a total gas.

Bmw Mini Cooper

5
hong kino on 08/13/2002

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 very comfortable and very easy to park.The car gets awesome gas milage and you get luxury and technology you would have to get in a 40000 dollar car.

Can't Stop Drivin' this Car!

4.8
SMiniGoes on 08/11/2002

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

You can't possibly have more fun on 4 wheels than in this car. After test driving the regular Cooper, we had the good fortune of landing an S. What a pocket rocket! Handles with such precision and other than the obvious rough ride over the bumps, this car does not feel like a little car. It's so solid and comfortable. If you can't enjoy this car, get a Camry and live a boring and predictable life! Motor On!

Love the

4.8
Colin Finlay on 08/11/2002

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 bought Cooper "S” for fun and it is not disappointing! Whilst other cars may have higher performance figures for acceleration and grip it is the USABILITY of the performance that makes this stand out from ANY vehicle I have owned in the past. What is amazing about the “S” is that the average driver (like me) can easily make use of the package. On a twisty English country road a Jaguar driver just gave up and waved me through – effortless fun Be warned you will be smitten!!

The wait is over!

4.8
NekoWoman on 08/05/2002

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

A lot like my folks' BMW in ride & handling. Most comfortable seats ever - even my father 6’ agreed. Suspension is tight - not harsh - it provides great road feel. It’s a driver's car - not a squishy cruiser. It takes a while to get used to the rubbernecking & comments. Folks don't know MINI is a car company - the refrain "But who makes that?" after I've said MINI might get old, but I don't mind now. It's a great car - don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It's a fitting sibling to BMW -- BMW might be the athlete of the family and get straight A's, but MINI will get the dates and have the fun and still manage to make the honor roll...

this car kicks butt.

5
Austin powers on 08/03/2002

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

all i can say about this car is taht it is fun.

FUN, FUN, FUN

4.8
crum on 08/01/2002

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

Mini is everything I anticipated. BMW quality at half the price of a 3 series. Most fun I have ever had driving a car and also a real head turner.

cooper s

4.9
thechandler81 on 08/01/2002

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 put 6k miles on my cooper s, and have only minor complaints to go with unlimited praise. The cupholders in front are usless except for a can of soda, the sunroof could use a better sunshade, the power is good, handling its excellent and simply a blast to drive

Great Car

4.5
Eric F on 08/01/2002

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

It's kewl, and it's fast, the styling rocks, and the chicks dig it.

Luv my MINI

5
Beth G. on 07/30/2002

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

If you don't like to be stared at, this isn't the car for you. No matter where we go, we are stopped. Everywhere!! We are having so much fun customizing our MINI with a dash- mounted televison, DVD player, and white bonnet stripes.

You should get a mini now--RIGHT NOW.

5
Richard Dieffenbach on 07/27/2002

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 May 31 when the delaer offered it to me fifteen minutes before closing because somebody failed to pick it up. I drove it home. What a blast. Ducati riders slow down for a look on the 405; "fast and furious" types in their slammed Acuras ogle it, as do their girlfriends; commuters speed by and then circle it for a second look. I am hooked. It satisfies the desire for quickness, style and handling and is not as frightening to drive as my dear departed 72 911, and it has air conditioning.

Cool

5
Jared Royce on 07/24/2002

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, everything is so perfect, it hadels like a dream. I recommend this car to anyone who wants preformance at a reasonable price. If i had to sum up my experience with the Mini it would be "Damn." If you have the chance, buy the car.

BEST CAR FOR THE MONEY AND THEN SOME

5
BIG JOHN on 07/23/2002

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

Updated Review - My Mini Lemon

2
spkr4tdead on 07/22/2002

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

OK. I have had this car for over 3 months now, and it has spent almost 1 of them (25 days) in the shop. Both the dealer, and Mini Corporate offices are trying to make me feel great about that. Problems are popping up all over the place. I have lost all faith that this car can even get me back and forth to work.. Currently in the process of getting it bought back via the California Lemon Law. I now needs to go in and get a safety related issue fixed for the 4th time. Fun Fun Fun. I should have bought something that I know would last. Honda here I come.

I will keep my 325i thank you very much

1.1
beemermania on 07/19/2002

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

What a flawed attempt by my friends in Bavaria. Underpowered. Unrefined. Poor build quality. I am just thrilled I did not sell my 325i when I picked this one up. Within a week there must have been a wiring error because the car simply died on the highway while I was going 70. The Mini dealership said this has happened to a couple others here in town. I will keep my 325i and sell this piece of work as soon as possible.

Room for improvement

1.4
mchappyq on 07/18/2002

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

I have had my Mini for almost three months and keep wondering what is wrong. It just does not seem that fun to me. Many people talk about how fun to drive it is, but I think it reminds me more of my old Daewoo than a nice BMW. Where is the acceleration? I cannot find any low end power. The dealer keeps telling me do not expect a ride like a BMW but something more like a Mazda. I did not find that very comforting.

Pride and Joy

4.8
DavidP on 07/17/2002

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

Although I did not pay as much for my MINI as most of the reviewers on this site did I love my car just the same. I'm extremely satisfied with the uniqueness and the overall performance of the car. I can only predict that the people that gave it a bad review never drove the old one.

Only a bucket of headaches

1.1
wannam3 on 07/16/2002

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 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

Having owned three other BMWs in the past, I eagerly bought one of the first MINIs in the Bay area. Although Beemers tend to be a little fussy, my MINI was a disaster. Rattles everywhere, poor low end torque, windshield wiper did not work well, leaky fuel line, and two engine cutoffs on the highway. The second was the last straw. Luckily, I had bought a couple other BMWs in the past, and they wanted to make me happy, so they refunded all of my money except $500. Bye bye MINI, maybe in a couple years the defects will be worked out.

My wife's 3 series is a much better car

1
beemerman56 on 07/15/2002

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

I had this "car" for about two months. It reminds me much more of a moped than a car. Sure, when I was 12, the MINI might have been fun. Now it is just an underpowered, overpriced attempt at the uneducated public. I am just thrilled I was able to sell it for $21K and recoup 98% of my original cost. Whew!

Excellent car

5
jrk on 07/14/2002

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 the most excellent car to drive, it's fun, it has perforance,it has looks, and you get alot of people pointing at the car and wondering what it is!

The Mini is a full-sized car!

5
minica on 07/14/2002

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 is parked daily next to my 1995 Toyota Tercel... the Mini is about 2 inches taller and wider, but it is about 2 feet shorter. It amazes me that people have commented that they are tired of seeing the tires of other cars, because the driver's perspective in a Mini is the same as that of any other sedan ... actually the Mini sits a bit higher than my Tercel. When I take people for test drives, they comment to me about how surprised they are at the roominess of the car.

Finally! It was worth the wait!

5
AlanB on 07/12/2002

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 a Mini (current one a 1964 Morris Cooper"S") for years! This new car lives up to what has made me a Miniac for so long. Absolutely floating on air when driving this puppy!

Well worth the wait

4.9
Stymie on 07/12/2002

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 amount of extras and attention to detail has related in surprises nearly every day. It is obvious there was alot of innovation, detail, and quality that went into the car. It is more than I could have hoped for and I am thankful to have such a nice car at a very good price. Performance wise there is not another car close to it in the same price range.

A very poorly made auto

1
porsche7876 on 07/11/2002

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

I typically buy two to three new cars a a year. My favorite remains Porsche, however, I tried a MINI for a month to see what it would do. What a disappointment. The standard MINI shifter was terrible. So, I got the S which was only marginally better. Poor acceleration for what they claim to be a fun to drive car. Much like a Honda Civic more than anything else. Moving on.

Gads, I love my MINI !!!

4.8
Johnny36 on 07/10/2002

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 waited until I had my MINI for month so I could get a real feel for it before I wrote a review. This has been perhaps the happiest month driving I've ever had. Concerns for power should be reserved until you get a feel for the shift/motor. Only now am I able to get the car to launch from a standstill. The MINI is not a 3 series, but it is definitely a BMW. The handling is exceptional! I've done corners so fast that I'm almost slipping out of my seat, but the car feels glued to the road. As to looks, it's like being a pretty woman; everyone wants to say 'hi'.

Mini Cooper 2002

4.8
cd on 07/10/2002

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

The car is excellent, it has met my expectations. It is alot of fun to drive. It drives and handles nicely.

More fun than a go-kart

4.6
Saucerman on 07/09/2002

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

Notice how 90% just LOVE this car while 10% whine? Get over it. BMW stands solidly behind this new model. Fit & finish are excellent; features are simple & functional. Builds surprisingly good pwer over 4000 RPM; handles like a Porsche in the twisties; get superior mileage and lots & lots of admiring attention. Dealer support has been top-notch.

Terribly disappointed

1
babydingo on 07/09/2002

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

Not much good to say about my MINI. Poor acceleration. Rattles all over the place. Two mechanical problems requiring service in the first month I owned the car. Learn from your mistakes I guess. Should have saved a few more bucks and bought a 3 series Beemer.

What a deal!

4.9
Darren D on 07/01/2002

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 Cooper S has NO competition! Think about it...sports car speed, sports car (or better) handling, great style & looks, great fuel economy for the performance, all at an unbelievable price! Compared to the WRX which I was seriously looking at, the MINI has more low-end torque (no turbo lag here), better handling, more luxury options, better looks and is $4,000 LESS! Plus, a 6-speed manual! I have to agree with some of the others - if you can't get the S to move with the 6-speed manual, you aren't a very good driver. A good driver will have great acceleration and power at any speed. Very highly recommended. Make sure you test drive the S.

caught every one looking

4.6
mackie on 07/01/2002

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

I have had my car 3 days. Every one looks and smiles. On the first family outing, We took the ferry accross the James river and were invited on the bridge of the ferry boat to inform the captain on "what kind of car that is?" He said " I look down on a thousand car a day and hardly pay any attention any more. But that car caught my attention."

Not so "mini"

5
Raoul on 06/29/2002

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 called "mini" but is big were it counts! It is also fun to drive. All my friends ask me if they can drive it all the time.

Mini Cooper

4.3
Reese on 06/28/2002

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

Wow! All i can say is that i never had this much fun driving an vehicle... You can eat corners for breakfast now...

It's a blast.

4.9
Mark-in-Oakland on 06/27/2002

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 cordoba leather seats, steering wheel and climate control not only add style, they add comfort. Mine came with 17" Antera wheels and Michelin 215/40 tires, making its handling unbelievable. I don't understand the people who say the car does not have enough power. If you know how to drive 4 cylinder with a stick shift, there is more than adequate power. And don't buy it on a whim...do your research. It's a MINI, not a BMW or a Porsche! Motoring on...

Fun to drive

5
julianvh on 06/27/2002

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 S is a fun car to drive, and the Price is unbeatable for the car you get. The ride is hard, but is a Sport type suspension, no complains. I expected a little more from interior design (platics) but is better than the Japanese competitors. A few things have to change in future models like the D ring in the hack door... Noisy.

Motoring with a smile

5
hipster on 06/27/2002

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 only had it one week but so far my mini cooper has exceeded my expectations.It is solid ,comfortable,responsive and most of all fuuuuun to drive.There is no other car in the world I'd rather have right now.

what a great little car !

5
jayfish on 06/22/2002

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 both the cooper and the cooper s. i loved them both. test drive it before you buy it, you'll agree, these are so much better than those hulking suvs on the road! plus you can run circles around those monsters as they make their way from gas station to gas station.

A very mediocre car in today's age

1
asd4652000 on 06/18/2002

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

Not sure what the fuss was about. Went and bought me a Mini two months ago and have had nothing but headaches. The engine has stalled twice on the highway, luckily I was able to coast into the service lane. The dealership is not able to replicate the problem so they say they cannot fix it. Nightmare 101!

i loved the car so much i ordered an "s"

5
minicooperbob on 06/18/2002

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 is most fun car i have ever owned. i have been in the auto business for years and drove many cars. the mini is a hit'

I miss my Miata!!!

1
fhender on 06/16/2002

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

I turned in my Miata and thought I should get a MINI. Cool ads in the mags. Test drove one and thought it was cool. After just three weeks I miss my Miata so much. The MINI supposedly is faster, but I can barely get to 60 in less than 10 seconds. Also, I have had to take it in for service twice in the first month. Not a good choice.

A $20000 planter

1.1
ALEXTAM on 06/12/2002

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

It was a big let down. I thought it would be better than a vw bug. It has a for sale sign on it now. It is noisy poor excelleration and the exhaust is rattling. very poorly made. not bmw quality

Instant Celebrity

4.8
Tracker on 06/10/2002

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

42 mpg on the highway last weekend! Whoo hoo! This little car delivers: fun to drive, economical on gas and overall price, and a babe magnet (both sexes). I have such a great time driving my MINI, I just can't stop smiling. When I park my car, usually there's somebody asking me questions and when I return to the car often it has attracted a crowd of admirers.

The Greatest Car Known To Man

4.9
The Big M on 06/06/2002

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

Wow, what a fun car! I've had my MINI Cooper for about a month now and I couldn't be happier. The handling is extraordinary, the performace excellent, it's absolutely gorgeous inside and out and it's the most comfortable car I've ever driven. Those that complain about lack of horsepower should learn to drive - with proper technique this car goes like a bat out of Hell! But where it really shines is in the twisties - no car can match the Cooper's handling through corners at speed. What more can I say... I love it!

THE BEST

5
green cooper on 05/30/2002

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 great little car. You can't get anything better for under $20k. Heck even $35K. The people who put the bad reviews on here are crazy, what were they expecting, a Porsche? Come on, get real. It's not quite perfect but I can't recommend it high enough.

What a car

5
Fledge on 05/29/2002

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 thing.

Great Car

4.5
miniowner on 05/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 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

I feel as though I need to add another review - Now broken in, it is a very different car. I feely free to hit the red-line and enjoy the performance. I really don't think the car needs more h.p. anymore - The car is great! I do recommend however getting the 16" wheels. The 15's are sloppy in hard cornering. The only complaint I now have is the rain gutter - it's made of plastic and has snapped off. I'm still happy :-) - how some aren't is beyond me...

Love my MINI!

5
ChristopherB on 05/28/2002

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

Always loved the old ones and been reading about the new ones for the last three years. Couldn't wait to get my hands on one. Flew from Houston to Richmond, VA to get it and drove home averaging 85+mph and got 35+mpg. Car doesn't feel small at all when driving and fits me great and I am 6'0", 285. Never got uncomfortable all the way home (1350 miles). Great sound system and remarkably quiet.

Magic car

5
acetonic on 05/27/2002

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 best car I've had the pleasure to own and the most fun to drive. I'm 6'0" and have plenty of room. The seats and wheel can be adjusted to fit anyone. A friend of mine who is 6'5" even found a comfortable seating position with plenty of headroom. The performance and handling is super. I find myself searching out the longest, twistiest route to my destination. Doesn't feel like a small car at all when you are on the road, only when it's time to park. Highly recommended.

SSSSweet

5
AllenRD on 05/27/2002

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 love this car. I don't know how some here can give it a 1?, give me a break. Great quality and fun to drive, and all for under 20k.

What a car

5
Franky2k on 05/27/2002

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 the S on march and I thought it had great handling and power. Now that I have one and I've had some time to motor around I think it's a superb car. No problems here. Excellent.

Simple Sporty and Elegant

4.8
Yoda's Ghost on 05/26/2002

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

Nuff said...

2500 lbs of FUN!!!!!

5
midlcrx on 05/26/2002

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 flat out fun to drive. Love the way it sticks to the road and handles. I am 6'4" and have no problem getting into or out of this fine little car. My MINI will be my daily commuter car. The MINI fit all of my requirements of performance, handling, mpg, price, and uniqueness. It is just a lot of fun, only problem is that I am putting too many miles on the car, close to 100 miles a day, but what fun. MOTOR ON....

MINI Cooper

5
czsue on 05/25/2002

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 can't believe how much fun this car is to drive. It handles great both on the highway and city driving. Even when you are driving at higher speeds you don't feel like you are in a small car, it feels stable and secure. Very roomy interior, and I like the set-up of the gauges. It may only be a 4 cylinder, but it's zippy and gets great gas mileage. I am very satisfied with my MINI.

well done, BMW

4.9
dbaichy on 05/24/2002

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

A wonderful car. A truly invigorating, if not revoluationary, driving experience. The CVT is faboulous, and it truly feels like you are driving a BMW. Not bad for a car that can easily be kept around the 20 grand mark. No problems so far. I highly reccemend it with no regrets.

My MINI has been my MAJOR headache

1
frankiej on 05/24/2002

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

Bought my MINI a few weeks ago because of all the excitement. Thought it might even let me do well with the ladies. Well, after the exhaust literally fell off my car the first wek I knew I was in for a problem. The car drifts to the right constantly. The engine makes a funny sound. Blah.

Its a 20k car forsake!

4.5
Deneed4spd on 05/23/2002

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

I have read few negative comments. These people really have dumb comments. Many say its unsafe. Of course its unsafe, the car is small! Common sense, if you want a safe car, buy a bigger car. Its a $20000 car. How much performance do you want. It really sounds like people are expecting the car to handle like a porche gt3 or some super tunner. I drive a bmw 328is and race autox dsp. I have the opportunity to test drive both the Cooper S and Cooper, and I feel for the price they are amazing. You try buying any other stock car for 20k and see if it handles this well. Lastly, the engine. Its a small car = small engine!

Mini the "Smile Car"

4.8
Lemini on 05/23/2002

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

Fantastic Breaks, interior design is outstanding! Handling on curves is very reliable- no pitch at all. Add DSC and you are set! Standard items,colors are plentiful with an abundance of additional options to customize as individual pleases. Able to track on Mini website when auto was in production until arrival. Fun!

Great little car

4.6
el12 on 05/22/2002

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

I have the cvt version,it feels much smoother below 3000rpm than the 5 speed version.NO stall problem.Great little car;fun to drive;a lot of car for the money.

Lets Motor

5
OB on 05/22/2002

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

Do not believe the negatives written in this site. The only negative with this car is the wait. Those scathing emarks can only be coming from the competition. Anyone who actually owns one and driven one that these bad reviews are BS. Lets Motor.

LONG LIVE MINI

5
MINI MANIA on 05/21/2002

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 awesome in every way It's Fast and drives and handles like a go kart tons and tons of car for the money

Zoom.

4.5
Mini1380 on 05/21/2002

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

The car just wants to go. This car has drivability/handling of a go-cart with the quality of a BMW. Being six feet tall, I easily fit in the car with room to spare. There has been an amazing amount of time spent on details such as the programable options: light delays, auto-locking, etc.. I just love the car.

Good value/fun for the money!

4.8
lugnutz on 05/21/2002

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 car is well built and solid. Handling is go-kart like and similar in capability to my classic Mini. Ride is excellent even over 100mph. Power could be improved with more low end torque. But if you wind it up, its quick enough. You just get into 5th a little over 90mph. Critics must be unfamiliar with classic Minis or mini cars.

A lot of fun for less

5
Greencooper on 05/21/2002

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 new MINI is the perfect car. As long as you don't think you need a SUV for your groceries. How much more fun can you get for $20K? Great around town, easy to drive, fun on the corners, amazing at 100+mph on the hwy. Looks great inside and out. I have the British Racing green with a beautiful leather interior. Oh, and it's $20K! If you need to show the world you're pimpin then spend the extra $30K and get an M3 otherwise the MINI is for fun and light-hearted motorers that like to have a good time everyday, all day.

Just a pile of problems and no fun

1
jcloyd1 on 05/18/2002

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

I got my Mini a few weeks ago and it has been nothing short of a disaster. I spent money on the "S" and only recently found out that BMW has to go back to the drawing board. Apparently, 20% fail in the first 3000 miles according to my local dealership. I was one of the unfortuante ones. Live and learn I guess.

Funtastic!!!!

5
williblu on 05/17/2002

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 Cooper S. I get excited when I have to go on a trip. I find my self forgetting to do multiple errands on one trip so I can take the car out again for a spin! The car drives like a dream, does great u- turns. Features and controls are comfortable and within easy reach. Overall, I am very pleased. The only thing to watch out for is that if you want one, you will have to wait and the dealers are adding a hefty markup because they are in such high demand. My advice - Get two!

What a Major Mistake

1
majormistake on 05/16/2002

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

Within two weeks of buying a MINI, the engine just does not perform as it should. This car has been a Major Mistake. I should have just bought a 1994 Geo Metro. Would have looked about the same and been just as unreliable.

Anybody want to buy a used MINI!

1
suellen2 on 05/16/2002

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

"Blah". That is my only opinion of this "car". You might as well buy a moped. At least you would then feel safe. I feel like I am driving a cheap Korean car in this MINI. Hey, at least I can sell it to some other unsusoecting college student. BMW should be ashamed of themselves.

Mini-O-Fun

5
Mini-mac on 05/14/2002

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 Cooper. One of the first, if not the first one, in Portland, OR. It is a blast to drive, really sticks to the corners. It is a real head-turner. Loving every minute of it! It really is recognizable as a mini, even though no one seems to remember the original. Everywhere I go, I have to inform people of the history of the car... but that is ok... It is part of the fun of owning the car.

The new MINI, What a ride.

5
cageorge on 05/10/2002

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 six weeks I have managed to put 2,000 miles on my new mini, including 2 trips to the Keys on Card Sound Rd. (ouch), couldn't be happier, and to think I could be driving truck (SUV) instead, thank God I got my MINI, it's soooo much fun.

Honey, I shrunk the car!

1.1
michaelkrz on 05/10/2002

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

I bought my recently graduated-from- college daughter a new MINI thinking she would love it. Unfortunately, after driving it less than a week, it has had so many problems she ended up selling it and buying a Honda. The doors did not appear correctly set. The engine had smoke come out of it. And so many rattles she thought her niece was playing in the back. Oh well.

Why did I listen?

1
intro on 05/08/2002

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

I based my most recent purchase, a MINI, based on the 18 reviews here on Edmunds. What was I thinking? I think many of the people here on the board must not really own a MINI. Except for reasonable gas mileage, not much good to say about this car. Might as well go get a Toyota Prius or something.

What is the excitement, not here

1.3
bigjames on 05/07/2002

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

I have owned three Beemers in the last 10 years and thought the MINI would be a fun addition to my collection. What is disaster. BigJames does not need this mess. The car looks stupid just a few days after you bring it home. BigJames's only good thing to say is that he should be able to unload it with minimal depreciation since it is so hot right now.

The only problem is the crowd.

5
kilian on 05/06/2002

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 fun to drive. It took a little while to get the hang of the folding seats when someone gets into the back seats. The headlights are great compared to my 1988 VW Quantum synchro stationwagen. Only 250 Miles so far. Wheel rims needed cleaning from brake dust after only 100 Miles. I hope it's just from the breaking in period. I love this car, and I hope to have it for many many years.

Attention Getter

5
Mini-drvr on 05/06/2002

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 corners like its on a rail! Go- cart-like handling and roomy interior. (For two passangers) While the front seats are very comfortable, there is little leg room for additional passangers. Gadgets! This car is so cool. Heated seats, headlamp washer jets, on-board computer, retro interior styling just to name a few. Don't purchase this car if you dislike attention. People love the way this thing looks. The 17" rims and low profile run-flat Pirelli tires with the wide stance gives it a bulldog appearance. The "S" model looks aggressive with the hood scoop to feed the super charger.

A thoroughly major disappointment

1.5
blairp on 05/04/2002

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

I should have not been fooled by the marketing hype. I am 6 foot and about 190 lbs. There is no easy way to be in the MINI. I guess if you are a short European or scrawny American is the only way it will make sense. A real man could never fit into this thing. The dealer kept telling me I would grow to love it. I should have passed. Now I have a Mini that sits in my garage waiting for my 10 year old son to become old enough to drive. Sadly, he will probably be to tall to drive in it as well. Like I said, if you are over 5 foot seven, make sure you will feel like a tuna trapped in a cheap tin can.

What a major disappointment!

1.5
timemoves on 05/04/2002

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

I feel that with all the positive reviews here, the MINI would be a great choice. A test drive revealed a few flawas, but I just thought I was being a little too picky. Well, three weeks with the car and it remains my biggest car purchase mistake ever. There is really nothing fun about this car. If you want excitement with this little amount of sheet metal, you might as well buy a motorcycle instead. That is basically what the car is like. It is something of a hybrid between a riding lawn mower and a motorcycle. Nice concept, but a very poor execution. Shame on BMW for putting this thing on the US market.

What was I thinking?

2
Madeline on 05/03/2002

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

I should have just bought a BMW instead of compromising with a Mini. I think I was deceived into thinking the Mini was simple a small version of a BMW 3 series. It is not. Do not get fooled as the novelty wears off quicker than any other car I have owned.

Fun to drive!!!!!

5
Big Don on 05/02/2002

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'm 6'6" tall and the Mini fits me fine.Plenty of room to shift without my knees hitting the steering wheel. Handles like a go cart. Rides like a 3 series BMW.

Mini Fun

4.8
Ro on 04/28/2002

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

Excellent performance for the small vehicle with supercharged engine. Definitely fun to drive and at present some exclusivity. The most talked about car I have ever owned.

I'm get a 2nd!

4.6
Miniowner on 04/26/2002

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

I've got about 2,000 miles on mine now - I have nothing but praise. Hi-way driving for extended trips is not what this car is about - but boy the daily commute is fantastic! I sold my Mustang Cobra for this little guy - no regrets! I'm now going back for an "S" - my wife equally excited. How great!

THE BEST

5
RON NORRIS on 04/24/2002

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

If you want a small sporty car with pizzaz, get one! The fit and finish is just about perfect. I used to work at the factory where they are made. They must have changed a lot of things, because the MG's we turned out were crap in comparison> Ron

Dont wait. GO get one!

5
NOSUV on 04/22/2002

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 Indi Blue Cooper for almost a month and its a superb vehicle. I consider it a sports car. Excellent handling, braking and visibility. Fantastic ride even with the optional 17inch BBS style wheels. GO GET ONE.

Nuts over it

4.9
Anne on 04/22/2002

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

This is a head-turning car, SO fun to drive. Great handling, feels really solid on curves, smooth acceleration, and a ride that is much quieter than you would think for such a small car. Lots of power for my needs, and besides, if you want an S, looks like you'll be on a long wait list and miss the fun of driving!

Fun happy car to drive

5
Beany on 04/22/2002

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 won't be disappointed in the Mini. It is a great car to drive and it feels like a sports car! The car is best suited to drivers using the back seat for occasional passengers. If you will be seating more than two people on a regular basis you might be well to size it up for all concerned before purchase.

MINI ME

5
tripower on 04/18/2002

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 plain FUN! Every time you get into or get out of the MINI you can't help but smile!

The Best Car In The World!!!! Hands Down

5
Mr. Mini on 04/14/2002

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 Funnest and Bestest car i have ever droven. That exterior is unique and the interior is roomier than a house. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

brg mini

4.9
rmarks1602 on 04/10/2002

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

test drove the "s" first handled great.i did not see the need for the $3000 upgrade to the supercharged "s". the mini cooper had plenty of power even up hills. i will take delivery of my new loaded up mini cooper with cordoba leather interior.

Fun Ride

4.9
cool guy on 04/08/2002

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

Great little car

Perfection?

5
Tollag on 04/06/2002

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

When I first sat in the Mini Cooper, in the mid 70's, I was blown away at the abundance of space! When I first heard it was being re-designed, and introduced into the U.S., I had to order it! After waiting 3 months, to that final test drive, I nearly had a heart attack. The low end power was incredible! Then, when I got behind the wheel of the "Big Dog" the Mini Cooper S, I knew it was for me. Everything fromt he ample space to the incledible German Engineering made me fall in love all over again, and all for a moderate price! It truly is an amazing car! I wish the "Fun to drive" column didn't end at 10!

The New Mini

4.9
Neo on 04/01/2002

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

Having previously owned a few BMW's and a SAAB SPG I can honestly say that this has got to be one the best handling cars ever seen here in the US. BMW has outdone itself. My expectations were high and they were far exceeded. You won't be disappointed!

Can't Stop Driving It

4.9
RLP on 03/28/2002

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

Unlimited fun-haven't driven my 530i since I got the Mini. Superb design and build quality for the price.

Just got one

4.9
Carla on 03/27/2002

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 was one of the lucky few to get one right after launch. It is a fun, feisty little car. It drives tight, quiet and perky. Accelaration is reasonable, albeit coming from a 6 cilinder motor it feels low powered.

Chili Red Head Turner

3.9
spkr4tdead on 03/25/2002

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

I picked this car up on Friday the 22nd. And as expected, it was makred up by the dealer over 20%, and they still tried to make tou feel like they were doing you a favor by letting you buy one of their cars. I had been on the list to buy one since May of last year. Took over 7 hours to get out of there. And when that time came, they didn't even bother to clean the car, just handed me the keys, and sent me on my way, without ever even letting me test drive a single one.

Drive both models!

4.8
n/a on 03/22/2002

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

The S is better, but even the base Cooper sticks to the road like glue! It has absolutely zero problem taking corners at high speeds with no lateral movement or need to decelerate.

Hotes car ever made

5
miguel gonzales on 03/22/2002

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 great , very powerful and runs like a race car , very roomy and hoping tha bmw doesn't change much the way the hatchback cooper looks like. BMW did a good job building the new cooper and hoping that will stay 4 person car not a 2 sitter car so far so good i highly recomend this car for every one is the best.

Mini is a great car

5
Eamonja on 03/06/2002

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

When I got the Mini I did not think it was powerful enough but I was sure wrong not only is it powerful enough it is the most luxurious car I have ever steped into. It's not like BMW luxurious its like leather couch luxurious. It is a very good choice to buy the Mini Cooper.


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