It's a piece of history with modern underpinnings, BMW-engineered suspension and steering, chock full of comfort and safety features, hatchback utility, free scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles.
Not enough horsepower in base model, questionable seat comfort, not much room for passengers and cargo, some low-grade interior materials.
What's New for 2004
Both 2004 Mini Cooper trims offer a new three-spoke leather sport steering wheel. A rear power socket returns as a standard item, and…
by soldier73 on Mar 3, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I bought it with 128K miles 5 months ago as a comuter car, I drive 100 miles round trip daily to and from work in Germany.
I beat this car up, over 100 mph on the autobahn all of the time and it hasn't missed a beat yet and I've put over 11K miles on it. Ok, I've had to add oil here and there, but that's true with many turbo/super charged car.I'm a little bigger than the average guy, 6'2" but to my surprise the car is just right. I've even made trips with my family, wife and two boys 10 and 11 y/o in it and haven't had any issues with space.
I've owned multiple BMWs, to include the E46 M3 and this car is on par with the best of them with better fuel economy.
by hankmanz on Aug 29, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
It holds the road like it was glued to it and it is easy to drive, but after that it is all bad.
I have lost track of the repairs it has needed.
Three transmissions and four clutches with the first transmission and clutch at 10K so it isn't the driver.
The front air dam falls off it you even touch a curb.
The leather seats are falling apart.
Heat and AC haven't worked in two years.
The third stop light leaks and goes bad every couple of years.
The muffler failed at 21K. The key doesn't work if you are more than ten feet from the car.
I would never buy another even though the repair record on the newer models looks a lot better than the one for 2004.
by ksunshine11 on Apr 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I bought a 2004 base cooper with 90,000 miles on it and I couldn't be happier! Getting 36-38 mpg average, and I don't drive like a grandma! I did my research beforehand, learned cvt transmissions and standard automatic transmissions have major problems, but standard manual is fine. Also the supercharged have water pump and cooling system issues, they do have 60 more horsepower (but only .2 sec faster than base, wth?) Repair cost are about the same as any other car, just dont take it to the dealer! But DO stay on top of maintenence. Go for the base manual, you won't be disappointed!
Both 2004 Mini Cooper trims offer a new three-spoke leather sport steering wheel. A rear power socket returns as a standard item, and beige leather sport seats are now available. A digital speedometer readout has been added to the electronic display, and an instantaneous fuel-consumption function has been added to its on-board computer.