2003 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Cons outweigh the Pros
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2003 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Cons outweigh the Pros
By MIssMyVW on

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2003 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

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I purchased this car used in 2007 and I didn't even get 5000 miles on it before the clutch went out on it the first time. Six months after that replacement, I had to have it back in the shop because the clutch pedal had a master/slave issue and I had to have the cylinders replaced. Then, just this past week, after approximately 21 months and 9,000 more miles on the car, I had to have the clutch replaced again. Seriously, while the car looks really cool and is sometimes fun to drive, it is *not* worth all the extra money it will cost you for ownership. I can't wait to pay this thing off and go back to driving a VW again.

Favorite Features

Exterior look and paint color (velvet red).

Suggested Improvements

Make the parts reliable and more affordable. And focus on creating a loyal customer base by building reliable cars instead of treating us (consumers) as expendable commodities by telling us we're all bad drivers (their excuse for the multiple clutch failures).
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