2008 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Great Car - but here's what yo

2008 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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

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Great Car - but here's what you need to know
By watermelon4 on


2008 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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

Best Features

Great looking car and drives great especially with the softer replacement tires. If you live in Florida where the roads have no expansion joints, then you will probably be ok with the OEM tires. Great design interior and exterior but not 100% sure if the big speedometer in the middle is that great of an idea for function. Lots of room in the front seats and head room, so taller people can actually use this little car. Better legroom than my old Cadillac but person in back seat has to be a kid. Gas mileage is decent at about 30 mpg with mixed use, but mainly highway.

Worst Features

Softer tires for sure. Also, the dealer will offer to replace your W/S wipers at about the 24 month mark & will ask around $80 to do it. Buy them yourself at Walmart for $15. Mini should provide a manual on how to get into the computer module and reset items for those who want that ability, but a lot of that stuff is on line on videos on Youtube. Windshield will collect very small rock chips through the years, maybe get some sort of wind deflector? Apparently Mini will charge $300 to replace the battery. I replaced it for $99 after watching some videos on Youtube. Seems like Mini is trying to make the maintenance non-owner friendly purposefully $.
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