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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback

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By skip2211
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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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I bought my 2006S in October 2010. i get about 27 mpg city and 30-34 mpg highway. Sunroof will bake the driver as there is no shade ! I am having it limo tinted. Performance is great but ride is VERY stiff. Potholes feel like craters. Great handling and fun to drive. Oil change at Mini dealer is over $100.. Had to buy a bra for it as the front attracts all rocks. I am 65 and feel like a kid again! Holds resale value well but Mini dealers are few and far away and costly. Get rid of the run flat tires but then you have no spare ! It turns heads wherever I go and is bright red.


Best Features

Performance , fun to drive and fuel economy. Seating is very comfortable and accommodates tall drivers easily.


Worst Features

Sun Shade needed for sunroof. Spare tire needed.


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Almost as fun to drive as my Porsche
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Steve
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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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Bought w/15,000 miles on it. Now has 37,000.6 spd manual. Unusual instrumentation with smaller speedo and tach mounted side by side on steering wheel. Love driving the car. It's almost as fun to drive as a Porsche 911 I had. Supercharged engine has plenty of power. Handling is very good, although ride is more unforgiving than the Porsche due to the run flat tires. If you don't know, minis don't come with a spare tire, thus the run flats. Repairs that I had to deal with include a leak around the thermostat (twice), a leaky hydraulic motor mount, a minor oil leak, and a faulty passenger airbag sensor that required replacing the passenger seat cover ($1200, but covered by warranty).


Best Features

Engine power (I have the Cooper Works air intake and exhaust) Looks Driving fun It doesn't take long to wash it!


Worst Features

Water collects in doors after washing or rain, causing windows to get REALLY messed up when you roll them down and up. Build quality, particularly on interior could be better. Taller 6th gear to get RPM below 3000 at 80 mph.


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Failed at only 23,000 miles
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By Trevor
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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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Driving the Mini Cooper was fun. I think everyone already knows this. Ownership wasn't so fun. The trim around the windows is poorly done, I was going on my 3rd windshield due to previous windshields cracking and the main computer command board failed. It could no longer tell the automatic transmission what to do. At only 23,000 miles! Not good. I got rid of it. Oh, the dealership claimed the car wasn't wired properly either. On the 4th visit? Yikes!


Best Features

Gas mileage of course. Paint was very good-a glittery blue. Heated seats! Handling.


Worst Features

Windshields, somehow body flexing caused cracking, trim around body of car and surrounding windshield needs to be made more sturdy. Inside of car seems cheesy and cheap.


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Almost Perfect
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By Suzanna
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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)


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A lot of fun, but lacks some practicality. Got rid of the run-flat tires to improve gas mileage and my dog kept stepping on the reset button anyway. Warning: no matter how considerate of a driver you might be, there are other drivers who are outright hostile to Mini Coopers (I've had other people confirm this). Maybe it's jealousy. Either way, watch out for it.


Best Features

The extra driving lights are great for back roads, the toggle switch controls are always fun, and the mileage/trip computer is addictive.


Worst Features

I think they already fixed the cupholder. Better chrome plating- it keeps peeling. Relocate the run-flat reset button to the toggle switch area. What IS that empty space for, anyway?


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The all mighty MINI
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By E-money
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2006 MINI Cooper Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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This car is a lot of fun but it comes with a lot of quirks too. The overall design (in and out) is smooth and pleasing to look at. We have the Racing Pulley accesory which adds horsepower and creates an intoxicating turbo sound when u punch the gas. The only real complaints I have with this car is the fact that with the run flat tires it rides severely stiff. The second is the reliability, from one day to the next the car will act strange (engine sounds, random jumps in electric). But never the less if you are looking to buy one I would highly reccomend it!


Best Features

Looks,Engine(with Racing Pulley), Bumpin' Sound System, Turns Heads :)


Worst Features

Ride stiffness, UNRELIABLE, A little more Torque/HP


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