4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Great style, poor reliability
By michaelben on
2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I own two MINIs: both S, one hardtop and one convertible. Both are stylish and a hoot to drive. I am a gentle driver - the convertible averages only 4,000 mi/yr and the hardtop about 9,000 mi/yr. And yet... I have had to replace the transmission three times on the hardtop, the AC failed twice on the hardtop, the AC / heat system failed once on convertible, the ASC light comes on/stays on in both, they have various serious rattles - that MINI knows of - they have had to be serviced. MINI service has taken care of everything, but I am spending most of my highway driving just taking both cars in for service. I am regretting having two MINIs that have so many service issues. Hate to give up the style, but...
Styling can't be beat. But it doesn't make up for low quality/reliability.
The 2005 convertible has a horrible blind spot over the driver's right shoulder.