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2005 MINI Cooper

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i luv my mini*
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By mini-bmw
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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i bought my mini s when he was 5 years old w/65k on him. no problems w/ole mini, 10k miles & 8 months later. we seem thirstier than usual in regards to drinking oil & water-no leaks found. the mini people are more expensive than others, but it's German. the BMW feel is felt throughout- quality, handling, throttle, & performance overall. its true w/the German autos; the harder you drive em, the better they perform. the kick down is nice-no problems passing others. holds the road well, rain or shine. i've had none of the issues others have mentioned. i dont think the mini was meant for stop & go traffic, it likes to run the roads. unlike others, i keep up on my maintenance. more than oil changes.


Favorite Features

ELECTRIC BLUE paint color. better mileage than epa estimates & I'm sure i drive more aggressive than most. excellent 3 mode transmission. great traction control, almost too good. wonderful cornering abilities. the sound of the supercharger when really being spun. impressive braking from 80. road hold.


Suggested Improvements

when in manual shift mode, dont let the computer up shift when nearing red line. work on the cup holder situation. delete the "leatherette" option & the dash top vent. improve cabin sound isolation. add a volt & boost gauge to the chrono pkg.


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Cute Car, Expensive up keep
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By redthirteen
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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I love the look of the Mini. I love driving the mini it actually makes driving in traffic fun. But once you have to fix something on your mini, it can be very expensive. Once your car is out of warranty, Mini USA refuses to take any responsibility for their cars. They will not fix even a manufacturers defect, and cover themselves by saying it is out of the 3 year warranty. They are cute cars but are not made to last.


Favorite Features

The exterior look, how it drives and the speed.


Suggested Improvements

Mini USA needs to back up their cars and take responsibility for making mistakes. I have had the worst customer service with every mini employee I have worked with.


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By opusiam
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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Perhaps, the 2nd worst vehicle I have ever owned. Too many warranty fixes from one previous owner and myself to list but include everything from water leaks to fluid leaks to repeat seat cover replacements, front seat replacement, loss of compression, etc. Compared to my previous vehicle, a Miata, it shifts like a truck. Handling is no where close to the Miata's. It would make a cute 3000 lb. paperweight.


Favorite Features

It's "cute."


Suggested Improvements

Prototypical German car-if you get a good one they can be terrific, unless of course it's a BMW 7 series or an Audi 6 or a V.W. Over-hyped with a host of reliability issues. Suggestion: put a Japanese or Ford engine in the thing with a Miata transmission.


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Auto transmission
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Ron
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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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This car was a gem when we first got it however in year 4 at 30,000 km the ac went and recently the CVT has developed a clunk when cold and put into drive. Have just sold it as the transmission is poor and have no intention of putting another 7k into the dealers pocket.


Favorite Features

Styling and design are ever improving


Suggested Improvements

BMW needs to issue a recall for those transmissions as they have an inherent flaw


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Fun to drive when I can
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By JaeC
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


Review

First off, this is a very fun car to drive. The wheels always sticks to the road and the supercharger helps with instant push on road. BMW has done a great job putting the car together but also failed horribly on some parts. German engineering is seen and felt every where, for better or for worse. (See 'Suggested Improvements')


Favorite Features

The interior design is just amazing. Tiny car but big room inside.


Suggested Improvements

O2 sensor failed at least once a year. EML and Service Engine light came on due to vacuum leak. Three times already on the same spot! Any repair is an arm and a leg due to German engineering. Even my mechanic who only works on mini and BMW hates working on the mini.


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