The thrill of owning a piece of history with modern underpinnings, BMW-engineered suspension and steering, chock full of comfort and safety features, hatchback utility, scheduled maintenance on-the-house for 3 years/36,000 miles.
Not enough horsepower in base model, questionable seat comfort, not much room for passengers and cargo, price goes up quickly with options, limited supply encourages dealer mark-up.
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2003 mini cooper Hatchback Gas Mileage
2003 mini cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 25 combined MPG 22 city MPG/31 highway MPG
2003 mini cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M), 5-speed manual, premium unleaded (required) 28 combined MPG 25 city MPG/33 highway MPG
Used 2003 MINI Cooper Hatchback Overview
The used 2003 MINI Cooper Hatchback is offered in the following styles: S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M), and 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M). Pre-owned Cooper Hatchback models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2003 Cooper Hatchback comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual.
What's a good price on a used 2003 MINI Cooper Hatchback?
Price comparisons for used 2003 MINI Cooper trim styles:
The used 2003 MINI Cooper Base is priced around $5729 with average odometer reading of 93799 miles.
The used 2003 MINI Cooper S is priced around $5500 with average odometer reading of 97801 miles.
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Vehicle S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Review Just starting from the time I got the car- I Purchased my mini last year (in 2014). The seller did not do any maintenance to the car since he owned it (for 3 years) and no record of what was done to the car. I could tell there was something going on with the belt at the time I purchased it. (ended up being belt tensioner) We have done tons of maintenance that was overdue along with preventative maintenance to keep it running strong.I literally drove my mini from Florida to California, then from California to Iowa, then from Iowa to Florida and had no issues. Not to mention the little car was weighted down most likely beyond its capacity as I was moving around the country a lot at the time. Here is a list of typical things that need to be replaced for higher mile minis and I highly suggest you look into these parts for replacement if you do own a mini: *Bypass valve *PC Valve *Spark plugs and wires *Coil Pack (usually rusted connection causing acceleration issues) *Map Sensors (preventative not really needed at the time) *Timing chain tensioner *ATI super charger damper crank pulley (highly suggest you go with a higher grade crank pulley- the stock ones are known to not last) *Power steering pump (always known to eventually go bad) Oil pan and seal *replaced belt *fuel filter *Suspension bump stops *Engine Mounts (mine were literally done for falling apart- i went with poly mounts however it will make the car more rigid so more vibration) I am a mother with a 3-year-old son. I have a large Recaro Car seat that fits in my car. I drive my car daily and I make road trips in my car. You have to decide personally why do you want an older R53 mini? My husband and I work on our own cars so we don't pay for a mechanic; We only pay for the parts. I highly suggest Way Motor Works or ECS Tuning they have the best deals on parts from what we have found for my mini. The car is small and rigid so the ride is not as smooth as our 335Xi BMW. If you want something that drives like a Cadillac then think about getting a different car. This is a fun little car that I enjoy modding and driving and I plan on replacing the engine when it comes to that point. I don't plan on ever getting rid of my mini. Is there some maintenance sure what car does not have maintenance especially once you hit 100k miles. Mini coopers are not your Toyota Camry or Honda Civic standard car they are for the unique few who find an interest in the silly character and the up and down pro and cons of what all involves the mini.
What options are available on the 2003 MINI Cooper Hatchback?
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Available MINI Cooper 2003 Hatchback Trims: John Cooper Works, Base, S
Exterior Colors: Pepper White, Midnight Black Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, Volcanic Orange, Horizon Blue Metallic , Pure Silver Metallic, Hyper Blue Metallic, Iced Chocolate Metallic, Moonwalk Gray Metallic, Ice Blue, Spice Orange Metallic, Laser Blue Metallic, Thunder Gray Metallic, Astro Black Metallic, British Racing Green II Metallic, Dark Silver Metallic, Highclass Gray Metallic, Lapisluxury Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, Sparkling Silver Metallic, Eclipse Gray Metallic, Velvet Silver Metallic, British Racing Green II, Hot Chocolate Metallic, British Racing Green Metallic, Hot Orange Metallic, Liquid Yellow, Caribbean Aqua Metallic, Chili Red, Electric Blue Metallic, Indi Blue Metallic, Interchange Yellow, Jet Black, Mellow Yellow, Oxygen Blue, Reef Blue Metallic, Space Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Checkered Carbon Black/Black cloth, Black Pearl leatherette/cloth, Carbon Black Cross Punch leather, Carbon Black SensaTec leatherette, Double Stripe Carbon Black premium cloth, Carbon Black leather/sueded microfiber, Carbon Black leatherette, Checkered Carbon Black/Carbon Black cloth, Carbon Black leather/cloth, Black/Panther Black leatherette, Lounge Carbon Black leather, Grey/Carbon Black leatherette, MINI Yours Carbon Black Lounge leather, Diamond Carbon Black leather/cloth, Panther Black/Panther Black, Black/Panther Black, Black Pearl leather/cloth, Cordoba Beige, Gray/Black, Gray/Black leatherette, Panther Black Leather, Punch Carbon Black leather, Satellite Grey Lounge leather, Dark Truffle Cross Punch leather, Gravity Tuscan Beige leather, Pacific Blue/Carbon Black leather/cloth, Panther Black leather, Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth leather/cloth, Carbon Black Lounge leather, Dark Blue leather, Diamond Satellite Gray leather/cloth, Gravity Tuscan Beige/Tuscan Beige leather, Gray/Carbon Black leatherette, Lounge Redwood leather, MINI Yours Satellite Grey Lounge leather, Malt Brown leather, Panther Black Leatherette, Red/Carbon Black leather/cloth, Rooster Red/Carbon Black leather/cloth, Sunrise/Dark Blue, Tech White leather/cloth
Popular Features: Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Aux Audio Inputs, Stability Control, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Bluetooth, Auto Climate Control, USB Inputs, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Soft Top, Parking sensors, Heated seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Headlights, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Post-collision safety system, Rear Bench Seats, Upgraded Stereo, Navigation, Keyless Entry/Start, Alarm