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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 Hatchback 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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ROAD HUGGER
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By HappyMINI
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2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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I've driven many sport cars, BMW, Porsche, Mercedez and Lexus....but this MINI is right there with them when it comes to ROAD HANDLING and CORNERING IS AWESOME!!! And not mention fuel efficiency. I get lots of smiles from my neighboor whenever I cruise. Just being lucky to have one of these. Keeping this one for long time!!!


Best Features

Cornering speed upto 50mph - road hugger. EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD!


Worst Features

RECARO SEATS


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I am going to miss my MINI !!!!
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By Happy MiniOwner
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2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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I've had my MINI since it was a pup, straight from it's mother teat! But after 4 years, it's time to get an automatic since the wife can't drive a stick. This has been one of my favorite cars I have owned, being in my forties, that's been a lot. It is a blast to drive. I agree the seats could be a little more comfortable, but they're not that bad. The cup holder situation is bad, very bad. Mechanically, I have only had an O2 sensor fail. and those ridiculously expensive tires were replaced too early with normal high performance tires (it is also a weird size had to special order them). The passenger seat has stopped reclining. I will miss waving at other MINI owners and being in the family.


Best Features

The Zippyness! parking anywhere, head turning, driving my "roller skate"


Worst Features

get ride of the run flat's and give the S model a spare tire. Add cup holders that are accessible to a normal size drink. give a longer warranty.


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Needs better quality control
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By big john
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2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


Review

04/20/2006 Passenger door reflector fell off, passenger seat spring loose, clock runs very fast (new speedometer assy. required to repair) 06/29/2006 Passenger seat airbag sensor not properly installed 09/17/2006 Driver window would not operate 05/17/2007 SES light. Replaced oxygen sensor 01/23/2008 Replaced heater thermostat housing. Front tires needed replacement at 26,000 miles 06/09/2008 Replaced ignition switch & control unit for electronic drive away protection 07/15/2008 Replaced power steering fan and grille


Best Features

Lots of fun to drive. Attracts a lot of attention. Love the moon roof. Excellent air conditioner. Great lighting inside and outside. Full maintenance coverage for three years - no arguments.


Worst Features

Needs general quality improvement. Outside trim is not well fastened. Hard ride. Very high tire wear for such a light car. Needs bigger brakes to help stop fast pad wear.


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Fun, Fast, And Darn good looking
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By 2008GLI
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2005 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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I love the s-model, ive owned it a year and have never had any problems, it is good on gas, quick in traffic, i always get compliments on it, but the interior design stinks, seating is not to comftorable, but overall this car is very quick from point a-b, and it has been very reliable, services are pricey though, If your looking for a small hatchback thats quick and good looking get the Mini cooper, another Good one is a 2006+ Gti, looks better, alot smoother and interior design is way better, not to mention its good on gas and very comfy, but overall mini is king.


Best Features

Big sunroof, soft suspension, and very nimble in the corners.


Worst Features

Needs a whole new interior redisign from top to bottom, change how the hood opens, and maybe some new types of oem rims.


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