Used 2008 MINI Cooper

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2008 MINI Cooper
List price range
$5,799 - $8,990

Pros

  • Retro British style with modern BMW engineering, incredibly fun to drive, highly customizable, excellent fuel economy, free scheduled maintenance for three years.

Cons

  • Hatchback's awkward interior controls, scant backseat legroom, squeaks and rattles galore, suspension may be too stiff for some, convertible's limited rear visibility.

Used 2008 MINI Cooper for Sale

MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
50,901 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
List$6,800
Est.Loan: $139/mo
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MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
87,000 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
List$5,799
Est.Loan: $119/mo
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$159 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
This MINI COOPER HATCBACK 6-Speed Manual LOW MILES is one that you really need to take out for a test drive to appreciate. The odometer can speak volumes on a vehicle's reliance and this COOPER HATCBACK 6-Speed Manual LOW MILES's low mileage will assure you of its solid dependence. For you non-smokers out there, the ash tray is whistle clean because it has been smoke free since it was new. We have the complete SERVICE HISTORY, since it was new so you can see for yourself that it was properly cared for and maintained. Driven by a determination to earn your confidence, we have taken this car through a painstakingly detailed MULTI-POINT INSPECTION to ensure your utmost satisfaction. We strive to give every vehicle a thorough inspection and can tell you with confidence that the structural integrity of this car exceeds the highest standards. Whether hauling a heavy load or accelerating up to highway speeds, the 1.6L 4 cyl engine is more than up to the task. You put in enough hours throughout the week, so why not have a car that does the same? Let the fuel efficiency of this MINI COOPER HATCBACK 6-Speed Manual LOW MILES's 1.6L 4 cyl engine work hard to keep money in your wallet. The precision handling that the sports tuned suspension gives will straighten out even the curviest of roadways. Check out all the power, convenience and safety options that are offered on this baby. You will not find another fully equipped MINI COOPER HATCBACK 6-Speed Manual LOW MILES like this at any price! This car has undergone a painstakingly thorough inspection ensuring it exceeds mechanical standards. Looking at this car, and you will have 'love at first site.' Its exterior is impeccable and ready to show off. The interior is in perfect condition without a spot on it anywhere. The road has been great to this one and everything is in proper working order. Want a CARFAX? Not an issue! We supply a free report with all of our vehicles. Our CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership is dedicated to ensuring that you not only drive away happy but confident that the vehicle you are purchasing stands up to CARFAX's rigorous standards. We have an optional extended warranty program available for an incredibly low price. Don't hesitate to ask. Credit hassles got you down? Get the credit you need right now with our BUY HERE - PAY HERE program and drive this car today at a payment that you can afford. We provide the best GUARANTEED FINANCING of any used car dealership around and back this up by actually getting you approved. Call us today at (703) 367-0402 to find out just how low your monthly payments can be with approved credit and low money down. We set this car's price well below its BLUE BOOK value because we want it to move fast. It is only a matter of time before someone snags up this great deal. the Best cars Best price at Best Auto. Not a single dent or scratch! Runs great and drives like new. Perfect first car! Hard-to-find model!
MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
37,527 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
List$9,000
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
96,255 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
List$6,359
Est.Loan: $130/mo
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Dealer Notes
One look at this Mini Cooper and you will just know, this is your ride. If you are looking for a great low mileage Cooper, you can't go wrong with this one. For you non-smokers out there, the ash tray is whistle clean because it has been smoke free since it was new. There is no evidence that this car has ever been wrecked or had any body work done to it at all. If getting noticed is what you are after, then this car is the perfect fit. One rev of it's superior 1.6L L4 DOHC 16V engine and people will know you've arrived. With the 1.6L L4 DOHC 16V engine you will get excellent fuel economy and have plenty of power for tough traffic. Grip the road like never before with this sports tuned suspension. Beauty is nothing if not matched on the inside. For every envious glance this Mini Cooper creates on the outside, an equal amount of joy and comfort has been crafted for those on the inside. Check out all the power, convenience and safety options that are offered on this baby. You will not find another fully equipped Mini Cooper like this at any price%2521 We have checked and double checked all of the major mechanical systems and know they are in great shape and waiting for you to drive it. Appearance can mean a lot. This exterior is free of rust, dents, and dings but does have some minor blemishes barely noticeable to the naked eye. While not totally new looking, the interior is quite nice and clean with no stains or tears in it and is very presentable. Want a CARFAX%3F Not an issue%2521 We supply a free report with all of our vehicles. All our vehicles are CARFAX CERTIFIED which means that each and every one of them have measured up to our high standards and are fully documented by an included Carfax history report. As with all our cars that we sell, this one has an optional extended warranty available. See a salesman for more information. Come swing by today and check out this great deal, we are only minutes from Manassas%2521 AM/FM Stereo,Adjustable Steering,Air Bag%28s,Air Conditioning,Aluminum Wheels,Anti-Lock Brakes,Auto Dimming Mirrors,Automatic Headlights,Electronic Brake Assistance,Front Air Dam,Interval Wipers,Rear Spoiler,Rear Wiper,Steering Mounted Controls,Telescopic Steering Column,Tire Pressure Monitor,Body Side Moulding,CD Player,Center Console,Cloth Upholstery,Disc Brakes,Fog Lights,Fold Down Rear Seat,Front Bucket Seats,Keyless Entry,Map Light,One-Touch Power Windows,Power Brakes,Power Locks,Power Mirror%28s,Power Mirrors,Power Outlets %2812V,Power Steering,Power Windows,Premium Wheels,Push Button Start,Rear Defroster,Rear Window Defroster,Rear Window Wiper,Remote Trunk Release,Security System,Side Airbags,Stability Control,Tachometer,Tilt/Telescope Steering Wheel,Traction Control,Trip Computer,Vanity Mirrors
MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
61,818 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
List$6,500
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Front Bucket Seats,Leatherette Upholstery,AM/FM/CD w/6 Speakers,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,6 Speakers,Air Conditioning,Spoiler,Tachometer,ABS brakes,AM FM RAIDO,18%2522ALLOY WHEELS,Brake assist,Bumpers%3A body-color,CD player,Delay-off headlights,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Four wheel independent suspension,Front anti-roll bar,Front reading lights,Illuminated entry,Low tire pressure warning,MP3 decoder,Occupant sensing airbag,Outside temperature display,Overhead airbag,Overhead console,Passenger door bin,Passenger vanity mirror,Power door mirrors,Power steering,power windows,Radio data system,Rear anti-roll bar,Rear reading lights,Rear window defroster,Rear window wiper,Remote keyless entry,Speed-sensing steering,Split folding rear seat,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Traction control,Trip computer,Variably intermittent wipers,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Display%3A analog
MINI Cooper 2008 S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
96,469 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
S
List$7,990
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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$220 Below Market
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Dealer Notes
Visit Auto Point Used Cars online at www.apointcars.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 410-918-1171 today to schedule your test drive.
MINI Cooper 2008 S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
85,977 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
S
York Volkswagen
79.1 mi away
List$8,990
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Dealer Notes
Wow Just Traded, 2008 Mini Cooper S With John Cooper Works Package, 6 Speed, Only 85,000 Miles, Rare color with color matched Alloy Wheels, Just Serviced and Inspected. Call and Schedule a Test Drive Today
MINI Cooper 2008 S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
62,289 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
S
(1)
Stafford Motors
36.8 mi away
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2008 MINI COOPER HARDTOP Front with powerful 1.6L OHC 16-valve turbocharged I4 engine and driven only 62289 miles! Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED**FINANCING AVAILABLE** Contact our Sales at 703-775-0393
MINI Cooper 2008 S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
143,015 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
S
BMW of Annapolis
54.2 mi away
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We are excited to offer this 2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop. This vehicle is loaded with great features, plus it comes with the CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. Stylish and fuel efficient. It's the perfect vehicle for keeping your fuel costs down and your driving enjoying up. There is no reason why you shouldn't buy this MINI Cooper Hardtop S. It is incomparable for the price and quality. More information about the 2008 MINI Cooper Hardtop%3A Few cars come as close to conveying the pure joy of driving like a MINI. From the more practical base model to the thrill-a-minute S, and with virtually every conceivable option under the sun available, the 2008 Cooper can be ordered to suit any driver. And though their price may seem high for what these cars are, try to find a MINI driver who regrets the purchase. This model sets itself apart with seemingly infinite level of customization, plenty of top-end options available., and Exceptional driving experience We look forward to seeing you soon%2521 Please call us for more information. Rear roof spoiler|Black trim-inc%3A side sills, bumper edges, flared wheel housing|Auto rear window wiper|Heat insulated green glass|Body-color pwr mirrors|Body-color tailgate handle|Front fog lights|Chrome fuel filler cap cover|Chrome bezels-inc%3A rear lights, headlights|Speed-sensitive front intermittent windshield wipers|Halogen headlights-inc%3A follow-me-home function, beam throw control|Hood scoop air intake|Chrome-plated window trim|Chrome-plated handles|Black honeycomb grille|Rear fog light preparation|Chrome-plated side air inlets w/S lettering & white indicators|Brake pad wear monitor|Checkered interior trim finishers|Cargo tie-downs in luggage compartment|On-board computer-inc%3A outside temp, average fuel consumption & speed|Door panel storage pockets|Lighting-inc%3A front map/reading, luggage compartment|Instrumentation-inc%3A tachometer, center-mounted speedometer w/digital actual speed indication, date/time, trip odometer, engine oil level indicator, brake fluid level|Rear storage trays|Front sun visors w/vanity mirrors|Air conditioning|50/50 split-folding rear bench seat|Roof-mounted grab handles|12V auxiliary pwr outlet in luggage compartment|%281%29 rear cup holder|Remote keyless entry-inc%3A central locking open/close, liftgate unlock feature|Metal-look door sill finishers|Stainless steel driver footrest|2-spoke leather tilt/telescopic steering wheel|Sport button w/accelerator & steering programs|Central locking system-inc%3A fuel filler cap release|Pre-wiring for alarm system|Engine immobilizer|Pwr windows-inc%3A one-touch up & down, automatic window lowering when door is opened, trap release|Leatherette front sport bucket seats-inc%3A manual seat adjustment, seat height adjustment, seatback easy-entry, backrest memory|Color-adjustable ambient lighting|AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc%3A %286%29 speakers, CD changer preparation, auxiliary input jack, auto speed volume control, satellite radio prep|Climate controlled glove box|Center console-inc%3A storage compartment, %282%29 cup holders|Flat tire monitor|Side sun visor for driver|Rear window defogger|Pwr locks|Front seatback storage nets|6-speed manual transmission w/OD|16 x 6.5 S-Winder alloy wheels|Cornering brake control %28CBC%29|Electronic brake force distribution %28EBD%29|Traction control w/automatic stability control %28ASC%29|Engine start/stop button|MacPherson independent front suspension w/single-joint spring-strut front axle|Front wheel drive|Electric engine-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering|Multi-link rear suspension w/multiple-control-arm rear axle|Ventilated front & solid rear disc brakes|Brake assist|Twin-pipe exhaust system-inc%3A chrome covers|1.6L OHC 16-valve turbocharged I4 engine|4-wheel anti-lock brakes %28ABS%29|P195/55R16 performance tires|Dual stage front air bags -inc%3A passenger occupant sensor|Front/rear side curtain air bags|Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags|3-point seat belts for all positions w/belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tightener, belt limiter|Traction control w/automatic stability control %28ASC%29|Electronic brake force distribution %28EBD%29|Brake assist|Cornering brake control %28CBC%29|Twin horns|4-wheel anti-lock brakes %28ABS%29|ISOFIX child seat attachments w/%282%29 rear anchorages|Crash sensor-inc%3A fuel cutoff, activate hazard lights & interior lights, doors unlock, airbag deployment
MINI Cooper 2008 S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
80,227 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
S
List$8,000
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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%2AMANUAL SHIFT%2A, 16%2522 x 6.5%2522 Bridge Spoke Alloy Wheels, ABS brakes, English Oak Interior Surface, Remote keyless entry, Traction control. Recent Arrival%2521 %2A%2A All Pre-Owned vehicles go through a rigorous Multi-Point Inspection & all Necessary Maintenance & Reconditioning Items are Performed. CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. Odometer is 11904 miles below market average%2521 %2A%2A%2ACheck our %2522Live Market Pricing%2522 and you will see we price to the market to ensure you get the best car for the best value. Call us at 240-238-1200 or visit us at www.miniofmontgomerycounty.com for more info. LET'S MOTOR%2521 2008 MINI Cooper S Sparkling Silver Metallic 6 Speakers,AM/FM radio,AM/FM/CD w/6 Speakers,CD player,MP3 decoder,Radio data system,Air Conditioning,Rear window defroster,Power steering,Power windows,Remote keyless entry,Four wheel independent suspension,Speed-sensing steering,Traction control,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,ABS brakes,Dual front impact airbags,Dual front side impact airbags,Front anti-roll bar,Low tire pressure warning,Occupant sensing airbag,Overhead airbag,Rear anti-roll bar,Brake assist,English Oak Interior Surface,Delay-off headlights,Front fog lights,Bumpers%3A body-color,Power door mirrors,Spoiler,Driver door bin,Driver vanity mirror,Front reading lights,Illuminated entry,Outside temperature display,Overhead console,Passenger vanity mirror,Tachometer,Telescoping steering wheel,Tilt steering wheel,Trip computer,Front Bucket Seats,Front Sport Seats,Leatherette Upholstery,Split folding rear seat,Passenger door bin,16%2522 x 6.5%2522 Bridge Spoke Alloy Wheels,Rear window wiper,Speed-Sensitive Wipers,Variably intermittent wipers,%2AMANUAL SHIFT%2A
MINI Cooper 2008 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
58,241 miles
Used 2008
MINI Cooper
Base
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Replete with British charm and German engineering, the 2008 Mini Cooper is a stylish, affordable go-kart for adults.

vehicle overview

The 2008 Mini Cooper is a "but…" car. It's tremendously fun to drive, but its taut suspension can be jarring on a daily basis. Its compact dimensions make parking and maneuvering through traffic a snap, but transporting four people and their stuff can be an iffy proposition. The modernistic interior is a design student's dream, but an ergonomic specialist's nightmare. The convertible is a whole bunch of fun in the sun, but rear visibility is poor regardless of whether the top is up or down.

All of these "but" scenarios would seem to indicate a car filled with compromises. However, like a good marriage, those compromises bring beautiful rewards. Since its North American reintroduction for 2002, the Mini brand has been in constant demand by a growing, loyal customer base. It is simultaneously a cultural icon, a sales success and a car enthusiast's plaything.

Despite this success, parent company BMW didn't rest on its laurels, completely redesigning the Cooper hatchback last year to address areas of weakness and reduce build costs. The result is a car that rides more comfortably, has better performance and has a friendlier driving position, all without losing the friendly and frisky nature that makes a Mini a Mini. The Cooper convertible maintains its previous-generation architecture for 2008, but its overall goodness goes to show that BMW probably could've waited a few more years before it conducted its redesign of the coupe.

The changes made on the new-generation Mini coupe (they'll eventually show up in a redesigned convertible) are best seen in the engine bay. A pair of new engines are more refined, more powerful and substantially more fuel-efficient. The base hatchback engine is a particularly impressive improvement and as such, most buyers should now find the regular Cooper to be more than adequate for their daily driving needs. The excellent turbocharged engine in the Cooper S is practically overkill. The convertible is a different story, and with the drop top we'd stick with the supercharged Cooper S.

Regardless of the generational differences between body styles, we wholeheartedly recommend the 2008 Mini Cooper. Although the Saturn Astra, Volvo C30 and VW Eos and GTI are worth a look, the Cooper oftentimes defies rationality and is a car almost without equal. There are plenty of "but" compromises surrounding the 2008 Mini; however, there's one attribute that's undeniable: It's a blast. No ifs, ands or especially buts about it.

trim levels & features

The 2008 Mini Cooper is available in two body styles: a hatchback coupe and a convertible. The hatchback coupe was completely redesigned last year, whereas the convertible carries over on the same platform introduced for 2002. Both body styles are available in Cooper and Cooper S trim levels.

The base Cooper hatchback comes standard with 15-inch alloy wheels, a selectable Sport setting for steering and accelerator response, full power accessories with auto up/down windows, air-conditioning, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, multicolor mood lighting, a tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Cooper S hatchback adds a more powerful engine, 16-inch wheels with run-flat tires, firmer suspension tuning and sport seats (optional on the base Cooper). The Cooper and Cooper S convertibles differ from the coupes mostly by offering a power-retractable soft top (with a sunroof function) and rear parking sensors, but do not come standard with an auxiliary audio jack, while the telescoping wheel and Sport settings are not available.

The options list is substantially larger than the car itself, with features available both à la carte and within packages. Mini is one of the few brands that encourages its customers to customize and special order their cars. These features include different wheel designs, a panoramic dual-pane sunroof (hatchback), xenon headlights, cruise control, rear parking assist (hatchback), front and/or rear foglamps, automatic climate control, leather and/or cloth upholstery, multiple interior color schemes, heated seats, heated power-folding mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, rain-sensing wipers, keyless ignition/entry (hatchback only), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an integrated navigation system, a portable navigation system, HD radio, satellite radio, iPod connectivity and a variety of dealer-installed features and styling items. Each body style is also available with its own upgraded audio system: an eight-speaker Harman Kardon system in the convertible and a 10-speaker Hi-Fi system on the hatchback. The convertible can also be fitted with a Sidewalk Package that bundles numerous optional items with special exterior and interior styling elements.

2008 Highlights

All Mini Coopers add long-awaited auto up/down windows for 2008.

performance & mpg

The Mini hatchback and convertible come with completely different powertrains. The Cooper hatchback comes with a newly designed 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 118 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S hatchback features a turbocharged version of the same engine that produces 172 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Both come standard with a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional.

In performance testing, the Cooper S sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. As for the base coupe, Mini claims it'll do the 0-60 drill in 8.5 seconds – but it feels even quicker, especially compared to the previous coupe. Fuel economy with a manual transmission is 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway for the Cooper and 26/34 mpg for the Cooper S. The automatic drops fuel economy by 2-3 mpg.

The Cooper convertible also comes with a pair of 1.6-liter four-cylinders, but they are older, less refined designs. The base engine makes 115 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque, while the Cooper S has a supercharged 1.6-liter that makes 168 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The base Cooper comes with a five-speed manual, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The Cooper S convertible has a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is accomplished in around 7 seconds in the Cooper S convertible, while the base Cooper is about 2 seconds slower. Fuel economy with manual transmissions is 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the Cooper convertible, and 21/29 mpg for the Cooper S.

safety

All 2008 Mini Coopers come with antilock disc brakes and side airbags. The S model also includes traction control, while stability control is optional on all models. The hatchback also comes standard with full-length side curtain airbags. The Mini Cooper convertible features fixed roll bars perched just behind the rear seat. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset crash testing, the Cooper hatchback achieved the best rating of "Good." The previous-generation hatchback, upon which the convertible is based, also achieved a rating of "Good."

driving

They may look alike, but under the skin, the two 2008 Mini Cooper body styles are drastically different. The hatchback's new engines are much more refined and efficient, and provide more useful power. Despite its modest power numbers, the base Cooper hatchback's engine provides more than enough gusto for most buyers. The turbocharged version found in the Cooper S, meanwhile, is terrific, providing particularly strong acceleration when the special "overboost" mode is active. In contrast, the base convertible's engine is unimpressive (especially when attached to the CVT) and we'd suggest sticking with the supercharged Cooper S.

Although steering and ride are fairly different between body styles, all Mini Coopers are characterized by their phenomenally fun driving experience. Responses to driver input are quick, and the Cooper sucks its driver into the experience, delivering lots of feedback through the steering wheel, driver seat and pedals. The hatchback's electric power steering makes turning at slow speeds less of an arm workout, while its standard Sport feature tightens it up to match the convertible's constantly stiff, go-kart feel. This sporty nature comes at the expense of a somewhat stiff ride quality, particularly on models equipped with the sport-tuned suspension. But no matter what Cooper you choose, prepare to have fun.

Read our Mini Cooper S Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

interior

Since they technically represent different Mini generations, the hatchback and convertible Coopers feature much different interior designs -- although actual interior space is about equal. While the redesigned hatchback features a much snazzier, modernistic control setup, it's a prime example of something looking great on paper, but working terribly in practice. The audio controls are bunched confusingly into the huge center speedometer, and both manual and automatic climate controls are also poorly designed. The convertible's, on the other hand, are much simpler and user-friendly, even if they don't look as cool. Otherwise, the hatchback's seat comfort and driving position are far superior to the convertible. Although numerous squeaks and rattles seem to be a Mini hallmark, materials and build quality do seem better on the hatchback.

Despite its small size, the Mini Cooper is actually surprisingly spacious for a wide variety of driver sizes. Even those taller than 6 feet will find a comfortable seating position. (The hatchback's telescoping wheel is a big help.) With those tall folks up front, though, rear seat leg space is practically non-existent, even if headroom is ample. Trunk space in both body styles -- especially the convertible -- is rather limited, but folding down the 50/50-split rear seat creates a rather useful cargo area.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 MINI Cooper.

Great Car - but here's what you need to know
watermelon4, 1/20/2014
Great car but the S models tires & susp R harsh except on smooth roads. When time to replace them, buy softer tires & the car will b so much more enjoyable. U feel every bump w/OEM tires. Recall for timing belt tensioner & they replaced w/main crank seal, no charge. Paid $60 for new timing belt. No chatter anymore like it did on really cold starts. The auto trans is a worry. Seems to not know what gear it wants when U slow & then accelerate-bucks like a horse - I expect it will fail one day but so far at 55k, ok. The computer tells you 2 have service at like 40k & dealer charges $200 just to check the vehicle over, no maintenance -I wouldn't recommend it if you can find someone else 2 check
Too many problems, excessive oil consumption
bill_jones, 6/14/2014
I owned a 2008 Mini Cooper S, until recently when I traded it in with 75,000 miles. I bought it new and it was a fun car to drive. It had lots of leg room for my 6' 4" body, but in terms of maintainability it was the worst car that I have ever owned. After 36,000 miles, I was continually plagued with either a "CHECK ENGINE" or "SERVICE" light and as a result I was forced to bring it to the dealer/car repair shop to get it analyzed. Furthermore, it had "run flat" tires...a terrible experience! To summarize my MINI experience: after 50,000 miles it turned into a lemon. To the future owner...stock up on SYN 5W-30 motor oil...you're going to need it!
Fun to Drive, lots of limitations
jasonbum, 8/15/2012
I bought this car used and I am perhaps the wrong demographic to own such a car. If it wasn't so fun to drive, I would hate it- if that makes any sense at all! Noisy on highway, base engine strains when pushed. Automatic trans is clunky on downshifts and has trouble making decisions. This car had some type of solenoid problem before I bought it and found that out later. Very finicky about fuel- Mini will almost spit out anything less than 93 octane. Carbon buildup problems exist and on such a tightly built engine, that becomes worrisome. The Mini, for me, is like someone that you just date but wouldn't marry.
Fun to drive comes with a Price!
theminicooper, 2/6/2015
I purchased this car brand new! My dream car back then! Today, I am regretting it. Now at 100 000 miles, I already had a few major issues. Twice I had a coolant leak! Which cost near the 1000$ mark to get repaired. Now I have an engine had gasket leak. This car leaks from everywhere basically. Very expensive car to own! You need a special tool to remove sparkplugs! I also had electrical problems! Driving along and all of a sudden, Windows goes down and doesn't want to come back up, Headlights flashing like a police car.. car alarm going off as I unlock car... Very fun to drive!! Looooooove the driving experience but problems are becoming "unforgivable". Would NOT recommend!!
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Features & Specs

MPG
26 city / 34 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
172 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed manual
Gas
118 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2008 MINI Cooper Overview

The Used 2008 MINI Cooper is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M), S 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M), and 2dr Convertible (1.6L 4cyl 5M).

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