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Cute Sexy but not for everyone
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By minime
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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Forever contemplated getting a brand new VS. used. Found a used on Craigslist for a reasonable price so took the plunge. Mine is a decked out Mini Cooper S convertible with all the options and JCW package (except the nav system). Quick & nimble but harsh and jolting ride (17" run flats + stiff suspension = good looks+performance but uncomfortable) While no match for a hardcore RWD sports car, it has a very good vehicle dynamics characteristics for a FWD. Neutral steer with a hint of tail-out oversteering when pushed. Overly intrusive ESP (but you can turn it off). Not recommended if this is going to be your one and only car. Not many 4 seater convertible that can match fun factor as Mini Cooper


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I hate people saying "GO-KART handling" while they have never even been on a GO KART. GO KART is rough. Bumpy. Uncomfortable. Just like Mini Cooper S with 17" run flats and sports suspension. So in a sense, it IS like a go-kart, and that's what I like. Don't expect 3-series-like ride. Great 2nd car.


Worst Features

Everything is just about perfect when it's working as it should. It has some electrical quirks, but not as deadly as sticky gas pedals. Stock rear suspension setup has too much camber (Typical BMW setup) and it'll wear out rear tires if not rotated frequently. Horrible dealer price on service.


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Poor Quality
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By riverbendmike
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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had nothing but trouble with my 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible. I have spent thousands of dollars in out of warranty repair bills. My problems have been. 1. Convertible mechanism cable replacement. 2. Oil gasket replacement. 3. Power steering failure (safety issue) 4. Trunk latch replacement. 5. Shift mechanism replacement. The car is at the dealer and the oil issue is being looked at again because I've had to add oil too often. So that may need to get done again. I'm seriously thinking of just leaving the car there. There is a reason it has go-cart handling. - It's built like a go-cart.


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Build a better car.


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Love after test drive
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By LoveMINI
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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I spent extensive time researching MINI models and years, contacting dealerships, and ended up finding the perfect MINI from a private seller down the street. I spend an extensive amount of time driving due to work and a long-distance relationship, and have never been disappointed. I am a careful driver and take good care of my car, but made the mistake of using summer performance tires throughout the Wisconsin winter...still handled fabulously! There really is nothing this little car can't do; I read through thousands of reviews before purchasing, and while the dealership inconvenience and fairly high prices for repair remain true, I have had little to no problems otherwise


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Style, size, go-cart maneuverability, amazing reliability in all sorts of weather and conditions, LOVE the supercharger (although speeding tickets suggest a little less love may be appropriate)...I have put a TON of miles on it, and no decrease in quality, no problems. Fantastic MPG


Worst Features

Like everybody else, cupholder placement and size is a bit inconvenient. Tires are expensive and wear down quicker than I would like (my front ones lasted about 40k miles), premium gas is obnoxious, but expected, only one (but one more to come!)service center in the state, back seats are cramped


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Love the Look, Spotty Reliability
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By UnsureMini
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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Ordered our MINI back 2004 to exact specs.. We paid MSRP but we got exactly what we wanted. The MINI was nearly perfect with Free oil changes and normal maintenance until 36K. The exception of around 29K, AC unit was replaced. Around 60K the engine mounts and bushings ($700) had to be replaced and then around 100K the oxygen sensor went out with some other parts around it. MINI refused to pay even though it was a known issue ($900 we paid) Later, Clutch 114K ($1700), 114k Cylinder #1 died on the freeway ($2700.) If you keep this car over 100K, find an independent shop, the cost is half. The dealers charges $300 for an oil change, some areas $400.


Best Features

The styling, the interior, no real big rattles still at 114K miles. Car still looks new, materials inside are great and solid. Really, really, really fun to drive. And of course the gas mileage - freeway 38 average.


Worst Features

Stiff ride, dealership's prices are laughable ($300 for an oil change? $4,000 for a clutch replacement?) Engine reliability can greatly be improved. My perfect car is a MINI with a Japanese engine.


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A Nightmare from Start to Finish
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Molly B
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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One good thing about my Mini - it's sexy and fun to drive. Well, that's two good things. And that's where the happy story ends. My Mini has had engine recalls, indicator lights fall out (left and right sides), 3 windshield cracks, radiator thermometers explode (twice), random signal lights signaling (i.e. flat tire, check gas cap, service engine) for years on end ("bad computer circuitry"), oil pan leaks, emissions tubes cracked, the metal decal on my steering wheel pop up (twice. who knew that the entire steering wheel has to be replaced when that happens), vanity mirror covers fly off their hinge, battery failures, and more - but I've run out of room. In short, my Mini's been a nightmare.


Best Features

It's a good looking car - too bad the performance hasn't lived up to the appeal.


Worst Features

How's about a car that works and doesn't cost loads of money to fix? i.e. $3K in the past 2 months to 'fix' random indicator lights saying "check gas cap" and "service engine soon" (these lights are still on after being "fixed"), full tire replacement, rear break replacement, and random car stalling


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