I purchased my 2009 Cooper S brand new (7 miles on it) in January 2009 from Brian Harris in Baton Rouge. It has needed various major repairs on SIX occasions in a 15 months of ownership. It has also needed an additional two tows 90 miles away (from New Orleans) to have the run flats changed. The repairs have involved mechanical and electronic defects. Perhaps this model is defective, but the car is utterly unreliable. And if you don't live near a dealership, forget about this car. It is cute and fun, but for the cost in time and money of dragging it in to a dealer time and again (and they never seem to know how to fix this model definitively), please save yourself the aggravation.
I have owned many cars, from two seater roadsters to luxury sedans and I have to say the Mini tops them all. Excellent build quality, reliable, great gas mileage and pure driving excitement. I traded in my two year old Mercedes Benz for the Mini and I haven't regretted it a bit! If you have been thinking about getting a Mini, do yourself a favor, test drive one and you will be sold.
Traded in my 06' Miata due to warrenty issues with Mazada.Test drove the Mini S and was hooked and I mean hooked bad. I have owned several 3 series BMW'S so my expectations were High. The Mini didn't disapoint. Every aspect of this car's performance is excellent and is superior in every way as compaired to the Miata.
No it's not a 911, but it is surprisingly more fun. The quirky character starts with the handling and interior, and goes all the way to the company propaganda (love the 'always open' mantra and the crazy ads that go with it). I can pull more g's in the corners than i could with my 911 or boxster even on stock suspension & tires (love the incredulous look as i pass them on the curvy on-ramps). incredibly easy to manage the manual transmission - heel-toe downshifts are easy, rev-matching is much easier than the supercharged minis. averaging 29MPG with spirited driving+some stopngo.
Sport Package ($1,500 -- includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Traction Control, xenon headlights); Premium Package ($1,250 -- includes multifunction steering wheel, anti-theft alarm system, chrome trim, automatic climate control); Interchange Yellow Cloth Leather ($1,000); Cold Weather Package ($500 -- includes heated power-folding mirrors with washer jets, heated front seats); Rear Park Distance Control ($500); Bluetooth and USB/iPod Adapter ($500).
1,598cc (98 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
172 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 @ 1,600
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.044, II = 2.371, III = 1.556, IV = 1.159, V = 0.852, VI = 0.672, R = 3.193, Final Drive = 3.685
Tricky to launch effectively with so much tire grip and so little torque. Easy to A) bog or B) light the tires. Best technique abuses the clutch. Shift throws feel long, but gearbox doesn't mind being hurried. Shift knob came off in my hand on one 1-2 shift (yikes).
Short, straight, confident. A lot of brake-induced suspension windup where the rear of the car "sinks" when releasing the brake pedal after a full-ABS stop.
Skid pad: Exemplary balance (nearly identical in both directions) and crazy levels of grip. Steering loads up, but it doesn't feel natural. ESP on breathes the throttle to maintain a smooth arc. Slalom: Amazing and trustworthy grip! Aggressive but not spooky turn-in. Adjustable rotation/attitude with throttle. Neither under- nor oversteers unless "told" to do so by driver. Plenty of power at the exit to pull it out of a four-wheel drift. Way more athletic than expected.