2008 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Short lived love affair

2008 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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

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Short lived love affair
By Family Guy on


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


I custom ordered my Cooper S manual last spring, and sold it after only 9 months of ownership. It was certainly fast (one speeding ticket), nimble and fun to drive, but even my 8 year old daughter complained that the rear seating was too small and that "she didn't feel safe". I regularly drive 2- 3 hour trips and found this car to be harsh riding, noisy and rattley. The small tires and wheels were simply no match for the rough roads around Ohio and Michigan. My full-sized buddies complained bitterly about no leg room when they rode with me, whether in the front or back seats. Buy it for the city and only if you don't have kids.

Best Features

Extreme power to size ratio, dual sunroof, very customizable, great styling, fit and finish.

Worst Features

It is what it is. Realize it is small and drive a few before you buy. Don't just fall in love with the looks, power or trendiness. Engine can be noisy on cold start-up. They need to do a better job sorting out the items that can rattle.
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