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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 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 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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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 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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It's a love/hate relationship
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By bebonic84
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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Since I bought the car in Nov I've had to make the trip to the dealer four times. They had to replace the hood latch, headlights, seatbelt and power steering pump. When the power steering pump started to go it made this tremendously loud noise. So loud I'd have to turn off my car in the bank drive thru. It's on its way into the shop this week actually to have the front end looked at. The tires were so incredibly expensive that I had to go out and buy run of the mill tires just to make it through this winter.


Best Features

Handling, acceleration, and being a part of the Mini community. Only some of those people don't even wave back. Styling of the Mini is the best. The fact that you feel like you're in a fish bowl there is so much glass.


Worst Features

Whats up with the cupholders? I'm an avid coffee drinker and it's just not practical. No Mini dealers in my neck of the woods. I have to drive an hour to get to my dealer. More comfortable seats too please.


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Love hate relationship
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By Loosenut
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2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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The car is so much fun to drive it's addictive. It corners smoothly and accelerates well. The front seats aren't the most comfortable but are very adjustable. The biggest problem I have had is with the new gas containing ethanol. Seems the gas companies add more than the 10% they say they do and the Mini runs lousy because of it. At least that is what the dealer says. Oh yeah, and now the CD player died.


Best Features

Awesome handling, fun power, fun, fun, fun.


Worst Features

Need to do something to allow the car to run on today's fuel. Some remapping of the ecu or something to make it run properly is needed. As it is now I'm ready to get rid of it.


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