2005 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Great style, poor reliability
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2005 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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S Convertible (1.6L 4-cyl. Supercharger 6-speed Manual)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Great style, poor reliability
By michaelben on

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

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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...

Best Features

Styling can't be beat. But it doesn't make up for low quality/reliability.

Worst Features

The 2005 convertible has a horrible blind spot over the driver's right shoulder.
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