2006 MINI Cooper S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
After much research I purchased a used one with 35k miles for local commutes.It's a go cart on steriods. Whole family loves it. It handles as well as anything I've ever driven in the twisty hills we have here and I've driven about every sports car out there. However, at speed on interstate( say 80-90 mph) it gets squirrely. Primarily as a result of torque steer, tight steering and fact it's a square box.I've put 7k on it and have had no maintenance issues except radio. Top is wonderful and surprisingly quiet but you're blind in rear quarterpanels when it's up. Mileage has been so so (24 cty-26 hwy) but pedal has been to floor since I've had it.I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
Smooth transmission (6spd), engine and braking. Very roomy for a tiny car and an engineering marvel. Sunroof function on convertible is fabulous. Non-leaking roof.