2005 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: It's a love/hate relationship

2005 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. Supercharger 6-speed Manual)

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It's a love/hate relationship
By bebonic84 on


2005 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


Since I bought the car in Nov I've had to make the trip to the dealer four times. They had to replace the hood latch, headlights, seatbelt and power steering pump. When the power steering pump started to go it made this tremendously loud noise. So loud I'd have to turn off my car in the bank drive thru. It's on its way into the shop this week actually to have the front end looked at. The tires were so incredibly expensive that I had to go out and buy run of the mill tires just to make it through this winter.

Best Features

Handling, acceleration, and being a part of the Mini community. Only some of those people don't even wave back. Styling of the Mini is the best. The fact that you feel like you're in a fish bowl there is so much glass.

Worst Features

Whats up with the cupholders? I'm an avid coffee drinker and it's just not practical. No Mini dealers in my neck of the woods. I have to drive an hour to get to my dealer. More comfortable seats too please.
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