2006 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Some issues, but a joy to driv
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2006 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

2006 MINI Cooper

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Base Convertible (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Some issues, but a joy to drive
By driverone on

Vehicle

2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I was at the dealership taking advantage of the 36,000 mile maintenance warranty more often than I'd like. First 36,000 miles: ball joint wore down, three sets of front tires (too much fun to drive), thermostat went out, front brake rotors replaced, tailgate sensor replaced, cd player skipped (radio replaced). After all is said and done, the MINI was a great car to drive. Even the convertible is faster than most cars on the road. It's easy to play leap frog in traffic with this little go-kart. Too bad they went to turbo, because hearing the whine of the supercharger was very comforting. I will miss the MINI, but not its potential for high maintenance costs and the small cargo area.

Best Features

remote convertible top, sunroof feature, manual shifting for automatic transmission, heads-up tach, great Harmon-Kardon stereo system, sport suspension is phenomenal, reverse alarm sensors, xenon headlights, headlights rise with hood (find cats in trees), tailgate nice for a seat (up to 150 lbs.)

Worst Features

tranny has problems shifting in high- rpm range through middle gears (I manually shifted to keep rpms low), needs armrest, more horsepower, rollbars behind rear seat greatly affect visibility, headlights powerwash never worked properly, conv. top creaks when opening/closing
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By meganalain
on 02/07/12 08:44 AM (PST)

You said the convertible top creaked. Other than that did you have any mechanical issues with the convertible? I'm considering buying a used (2004 - 2006) model but I'm concerned about having issues with such an aged convertible.

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