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"Monster"
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By MonsterMINI
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2002 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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."


Best Features

I love the shift knob, road feel (grip) around corners, dual sunroofs / moonroofs, and radio controls on the steering wheel


Worst Features

nothing!


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Mini and Me
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By Holly Bell
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2002 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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.


Best Features

I like how easy it is to fit into tight parking spots in this car. Another nice feature is that both back seats go down and you can fit pretty big items back there.


Worst Features

Give it better cup holders that can handle tall coffee cups. Different levels of heat control for the seats instead of high and low would also be nice.


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Excellent Car, Too Bad...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tomas N
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2002 MINI Cooper Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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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 Features

Sharp and edgy styling, Ferrari-like attention for the price of a bag of milk, and most importantly of all performance, performance, performance!


Worst Features

This car is incredible, but unfortunately it's also very, very unreliable. In short, it's more like dating a woman with issues than like being a stable long-term relationship. As great as things can possible be, when it rains it pours, and it's awfully frustrating...


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Best Small Car in the World
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By st13scott
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2002 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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.


Best Features

The handling.


Worst Features

Give the car better interior pieces.


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Booo for Mini
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By CIndy
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2002 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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!


Best Features

The cute design.


Worst Features

Better quality!


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