2004 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I bought my Mini Cooper S used with 17,000 on it for a fair price. It is one of the best cars ever driven. People stare, smile, and ask questions wherever you stop. This car is fun, fun, fun. That's all you can really say. Downside - this is not a family car, but it is perfect for two and the occasional three or four. At 20,000 miles, I had to have the slave cylinder replaced (leaking). This was all taken care of under warrenty.
The acceleration and gas consumption are great. I am getting over 35 mpg with 'very' careful driving but that can go down consiterably with a heavy foot. This car corners like it is on rails. I would buy another one.
Change the cigarette lighter position (obviously this car was designed by a non-smoker). Give it more cup holder room. Relocate the 'heated seat' switches - they can get turned by accident.