2007 Mini Cooper S: A Passenger's POV
January 02, 2008
OK, so it seems no one in my family likes to be a passenger in our 2007 Mini Cooper S. My brother rode shotgun with me for the trip up north to Sacramento and then back to L.A. and complained about the Mini's stiff ride the entire time. Actually, he's a complainer so it was really annoying, not only did he suffer but I suffered, too... But when we were in Lane #1 on the I-5 going south, we felt every imperfection of the road. Lane #1 on this highway is kinda beat up, I'm assuming because it's the most traveled by the semis, so it had lots of cracks and holes. My brother whined so much that I switched over to the "fast lane" most of the time; something I hate to do especially if there are faster cars behind me and I feel it makes me more of a cop magnet there.
My brother also complained when I took turns too fast or when I floored the accelerator. He felt that the Mini was "out of control." So my fun in the Mini was somewhat spoiled as I had to be extra aware of my ultrasensitive passenger. I even tried to shift ever so carefully so that he wouldn't feel the transition from 1st to 2nd gear.
After this experience, it made me think that maybe the Mini S is more of a lone wolf's car. If you have friends and family you have to haul around, ferget it.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 9,136 miles