2007 MINI Cooper Long Term Road Test


2007 Mini Cooper S: Blasting Past 15,000 miles

May 07, 2008

Yesterday our 2007 Mini Cooper S zipped past the 15,000 mile mark. Considering there are still three months to go before it must be returned to Mini, I'd say it'll pass the 20,000 miles mark during it's 12 months in our fleet. And that means we like this little hatchback.

In case you haven't noticed, if a car doesn't make the 20,000 mile mark, it's for one of two reasons...

1) Nobody on our staff like driving it so the car sits in our parking garage like an agoraphobic.

2) It's liked, but has a flappy canvas roof which prevents its from being enjoyable on long drives and is called the Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited.

But back to Mini, which has yet to need a single unscheduled pit stop and never ceases to put a smile on my face. This car is dead reliable, stupid fun and it's averaging 26.5 mpg. If there's a better small car on the market I'm unaware of it.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 15,008 miles

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