2004 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: A great car if you have a spar

2004 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
A great car if you have a spare one and money
By hankmanz on


2004 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


It holds the road like it was glued to it and it is easy to drive, but after that it is all bad.
I have lost track of the repairs it has needed.
Three transmissions and four clutches with the first transmission and clutch at 10K so it isn't the driver.
The front air dam falls off it you even touch a curb.
The leather seats are falling apart.
Heat and AC haven't worked in two years.
The third stop light leaks and goes bad every couple of years.
The muffler failed at 21K. The key doesn't work if you are more than ten feet from the car.
I would never buy another even though the repair record on the newer models looks a lot better than the one for 2004.

Best Features

Holds the road. Handling is terrific. Acceleration is fine. Braking is fine. Seats are comfortable, but the stitching ripped out and now they are pretty much gone. The seat warmers are nice, especially since the main heater has been out for two years because nobody can figure out what is wrong with it.

Worst Features

There is so much it needs like a decent drivetrain. Get a key that can transmit farther than ten feet. Put locks on ALL the doors, not just the driver side. Put in decent seats. Put in speakers for the radio that don't fail in two years. Put in some decent cupholders and door pockets that actually hold things. Fix the cigarette lighter receptacle so American plugs fit it. Install bigger mirrors.
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