Written on: 24/12/2012 by Nonegiven (2 reviews written)
I would like to know what other cars the reviewers have driven? I have never driven a car that handles so badly in my life and I have driven lots of cars. I would not risk my life taking a mini round the corner at high speeds. A ford focus zetec mk2 handles 100% better than a mini. The perfmance is fantastic but it is of no use with such poor handling. Some cars handle better than they perform but others like the mino perform better than the handle and that is the worst thing a car can do… Read Full Review
Written on: 28/04/2012
I LOVE this car.. the only thing that bothers me is the hesitation I'm finding between gears (automatic). I'm used to a 6 cylinder so that may have something to do with it but EVERYTHING else is GREAT. I also splurged on the cooper connect (which is the new iphone connection with nav screen on the center counsel). It was well worth it (since i'm an iPhone addict). I have had the car nearly a year now and filled it up probably once... JK! I love the milage on this thing... i went from the… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/02/2012
Don't get me wrong I love driving my 2010 mini clubman S and I love the way it looks. I have to say a major deterrent for repurchasing the same model is to never get the performance package !!!!! The front bumper is soooooo low that when I pull out of my driveway which is very low, the bumper has come off 3 times and one time pulled the sensor completely off so I was not able to get any airconditioning. I went over a pot hole and the entire front bumper cracked in half and I had to pay $750.00… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/04/2011
Bought my brand spanking new 2011 mini cooper s 2 months ago (R56). Live in Cape Town, South Africa. Pity our fuel is so expensive...this car wants to be driven. It shouts at me for cruising about and screams to drive it hard. Though rather fuel efficient if driven conservatively, but who cares, it brings about a smile when i approach it, when i enter the cockpit it yells at me to start it and when i drive it, it asks to embrace the fear factor, cause it sticks to the tar on bends, on tight… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/10/2009
I love the Mini Cooper S. I race it and it can keep up with the high hp cars on the turns and even pass them. It does lack on the streight aways though. That is something you should work on. Many girls at my school think it is "cuite" and "great size". If you are looking for a car that gets great mileage, take turns like a gocart, and a great price. Mini Cooper S is your choice. Watch "The Italian Job" and you will know what a Mini cooper S can handle. I love this car and I will never… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/09/2009
Purchased my '05 convertable one year ago, and I have absolutely loved it. The roof started leaking this week, and sadly the warranty expired two weeks ago. I hope that I still love this car after I get an estimate for having the roof fixed!… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/05/2009
The best car I've ever driven.period. I've driven lots of sports cars but the MINI Cooper S is the only car which you can drive with confidence whilst travelling at speed. The handling is just amazing, the steering works as quick as you can move your arms. I've driven cars with crazy accelaration, much faster than the Cooper S, but I would still choose a Cooper S; its good on fuel, quick, low road tax, stylish ..and above all, fun… Read Full Review
Written on: 01/04/2009 by nintendonut (1 review written)
The mini cooper S is a great car for those who want to have fun driving down country lanes and also want a practical commuter car. The build quality is great although the centre console does creak when cold.
Mini's aren't cheap but the residuals mean that when you do come to sell it you aren't going to lose a great deal. With BMW build quality bits aren't going to fall off along the way either.
This is the Mk1 BMW mini so it is the supercharged version. Whilst this gives you great performance… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/03/2009 by WORKSS (1 review written)
When I was much younger I owned a 63 Morris Cooper S and when BMW built the new Mini it was love at first site for me.
I bought my Works Cooper S in May of 2004 and now have approximately 80,000 trouble free and totally enjoyable miles on it. I have had a 17 % under drive pulley fitted and still manage to obtain a constant 30 MPG. The only problem I have had is keeping tires on the front of it due to a lead right foot. As we have other larger vehicles we removed the rear seat and made a flat… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/02/2009 by speakout (86 reviews written)
Had my Mini Cooper S now three years and it has been a great car to drive and nothing has gone wrong with it (so far). It's handling is the best thing about it and I liken it to a big go-kart as it does take corners superbly. Long journeys are great in it which I was a little sceptical about it when I first bought it as I though I might feel cramped etc but the seats provide excellent support.
The stereo provides great sound. When I bought the car I had the iPod connector fitted which has… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/11/2008 by adrenalin123 (2 reviews written)
I have owned a lot of cars and this is definately the most enjoyable to drive. For it's size it is a little on the thirsty side. You can't fit a bike rack on it easily (minor point). Mine is 4 years old but it still feels rock solid… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/11/2008
Comfortable, not as bad as people have previously said it is on fuel (and I do not drive slow), great looking car and can leave a lot of cars standing"!
Love the car looks great really fun to drive and very fast… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/07/2008 by cm101 (1 review written)
Love it! The Mini Cooper has good steering, great handling, amazing feel inside and out, great accesories and is fun to drive!… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/04/2008 by socram13 (9 reviews written)
As a lifelong Mini enthusiast, I suppose I am biased, having always had at least one Mini since early 1963. These have covere every thing from the Minivan, through modified 850cc, 998 Cooper and highly modified Cooper S - original type. Though that rip-snorting original S was a wonderful car, the modern S is so much morecompetent.
Brakes are just stunning with local tests showing a stop from 100kph to zero in about 26 metres.
Unfortunately, local speed limits and traffic reinforcement means… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/03/2008
Best car I have owned and I have owned quite a few. I bought my Cooper S with loads of extras on it in Belfast and saved a couple of grand and BMW taxed it for 6 months and paid for the ferry travel over so I was well happy. I think the car is expensive and I actually never set out to buy one, I just came across it whilst working in Belfast, test drove it and it would have been rude to leave it behind. I didn't have a clue how much the insurance was and my dad insured it for me at the beginning… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/01/2008 by booths (1 review written)
The mini is a great car to drive and I may have been unlucky with the amount of problems experienced in the first few weeks of ownership but did have the opportunity to test drive three courtesy cars while mine was in for repair a cooper, coopers and diesel and all had dash rattles.
Feel now that mini is over hyped and over priced being much cheaper to buy in America even though being assembled in the UK ,and the build quality and customer service poor in my experience,you may be luckier but… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/07/2007 by Mini Man 07 (1 review written)
This is the first Mini Cooper I have owned, I have loved their style ever since watching "The Italian Job" for the first time. It has lived up to all my expectations. I had rented one a little over a year ago, except it was a 2005 Mini Cooper S Diesel and even then, it had plenty of power. The handling and power are awesome, I have only had the wheels slip once and that was at a take off on wet pavement with the Sport button engaged, and it was a little more than normal acceleration. Parking is… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/01/2007 by tonybelcher (1 review written)
Just over a year ago I changed my BMW 545 4.5 litre for a Mini Cooper S with all the extras including Sat Nav, Bluetooth telephone etc. - It cost £22,000 in all and was worth every penny.
The car certainly has the GRIN factor - I've done 22,000 trouble free miles and enjoyed every minute. The BMW 545 was obviously faster, more comfortable and performed very well but it didn't have that man with machine feel, in fact it was a bit like driving a fast feather bed. WOW the Mini is great.
I have… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/10/2006 by Australiafelix (1 review written)
The Mini Cooper S convertible is without doubt the most hilarious car I ever owned. When I hit a kangaroo in my SL600 it cost me $28000 to fix. In the Mini you just steer around it no matter how fast you're going. Not rip snortingly fast in a straight line, but plenty fast enough, and if you can find a better handling car for under a hundred grand, let me know. Oh, and the roof doesn't leak. (Porsche, take note.) Also, note To Mini - how about a 3 litre V6 and four wheel drive? Your first… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/08/2006 by Chriswise (1 review written)
"My other car is a Lotus" - as they say. An Elan S2 to be precise. And while I didn't expect the Mini to match the fun of driving that, I have to say I've been in the Cooper S every day since I bought it. It's very easy to live with - but still fun to drive. And even though there are thousands of them on the roads, there are zillions of accessories and options to ensure you can still have a pretty unique vehicle - or at least one that suits you down to the ground. The ONLY thing that lets it… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/07/2006 by decy (1 review written)
When we did have the Mini Cooper S, being a bloke, I thought I'd take it for a spin without the girlfriend. This is a very fast car and I've always driven fast cars. I owned an Audi Coupe and this is a faster car, It isn't that hard on fuel but then again we haven't had it long enough to give it a good long test drive. It's still with the dealership, it was overheating so they have replaced the water bottle, a sensor, the radiator, head gasket, thermostat, so at the min. not sure if it is… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/05/2006 by goohamonsta (1 review written)
I always enjoy making grocery runs in the Mini Cooper S, just to get behind the wheel. The interior is pretty neat, like a retro spaceship, but as said above, it has a lot of rattles. If necessary, you can fold down the rear seats, and the little MINI can actually hold a fair amount of cargo. Ive been able to fit an entire drum set in there. We had a warning light on the dash, and drove it down to Bob Smith BMW/MINI in LA. It was supposed to take less than an hour to fix the light, but we… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/04/2006 by jonboydavies (1 review written)
I bought a Dark silver Mini Cooper S with the Chilli pack through the Mini cherished scheme at Rydale Cardiff with 28500 miles on the clock this March. Overall very happy with it although it costs a bit more to run than my previous N reg Mini Cooper! Rydale Cardiff offered an excellent car at a competitive price, gave me a great part ex price and 6 months tax. A very pleasing deal all in all. The car has developed a few faults in the 3 weeks I've owned it, a rattling noise that turned out to be… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/02/2006 by rickmate (1 review written)
I have had my Mini Cooper S for 4 weeks now. I'm very impressed by the handling and the drive, and the feel of quality. Before this I owned a Lotus Elise so the change was very different, but I was not disappointed. The car is great fun and quick(ok not Elise quick but good)so far nothing has gone wrong. Hopefully to stay that way, my company does a lot of work for Lotus cars so I have a good understanding of good cars. The only down thing I would say is the price of a Mini Cooper S, also how… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/12/2005 by jeclarke (1 review written)
Having happily run a 2003 Mini Cooper S for 2 years we've just bought a 2006 model and it is the most unreliable vehicle we have ever owned. Of the 80 days since registration it has been at the dealers almost 40 days with assorted mechanical, electrical, trim and paint problems. The most serious faults resulted in the car cutting out at speed on the motorway due first to a faulty engine module and then (2 weeks later) a failed oil recirculation valve. We're now selling the car as we just… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/12/2005 by shopdog (1 review written)
Being a 'seasoned driver' - I've owned (1st car) 66 Triumph Spitfire, 3 Alfa Romeos (2 Spyders, 1 Berlina), 2 Nissan 280 Zs, 3 Mazda RX7 (including 93 twin turbo), 3 Miatas, Beck Spyder (Porsche 550 clone but faster), Porche Boxter, and now the 06 Mini S.
The Mini is the best buy for the buck. The fun factor of this car is extraordinary. It is a small, torquey, quick as a racing kart (which I did for years) fun car. If it holds together, I'll keep it forever. These cars are not for… Read Full Review
Written on: 23/08/2005 by mrockrat (1 review written)
I had a boxster before my Mini Cooper S, and I thought that handled well. For sheer grin factor, my mini knocks spots off the porsche. Not as fast in a straight line, but in england we don't have many straight roads anyway. And I can leave it in the car park without having to worry about someone keying it… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/08/2005 by gingerbap (1 review written)
I am writing this review of my Mini Cooper S 163bhp (2002) having a good platform of comparison. An Audi Quattro, Mk1 VW Golf GTI, 2 x BMW 325i sports, Subaru WRX, BMW E34 M5 and Corrado VR6 are some of the cars I have owned in the previous 5 years.
I bought the Mini Cooper S some 4 months ago and have mixed feelings on my choice. The first thing that jumps up and quite literally smacks you in the face is the lack of performance... I am amazed to read other reviews online that continually… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/08/2005 by lbbuk (1 review written)
We just bought our used Mini Cooper S and have been very pleased with it, the performance is very good and will be even better when we get the works kit.
The handling is brilliant and the car just looks great.
The only downside is that there is not a lot of room in the back, but that's not realy a big problem for us anyway… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/07/2005 by chelsea1 (1 review written)
I have just puchased a secondhand Cooper S after trading in my Audi TT against it. At first I was very worried I had done the wrong thing but one week down the line you can't get the smile off my face. This car delivers in all areas and BMW should be very proud of itself. They have created a modern classic. The performance is as good as my 180 TT and I am confident that it handles just as well if not better (takes me back to my kart racing days). My advice to anyone thinking about buying a Mini… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/01/2005 by GoldenJoystick (1 review written)
IMHO the Mini Cooper S is the most fun I've had in a hot hatch since the R5 Turbo.
Very solid build, brisk accleration from 0-90, u can almost get 50mph out of 1st gear if you ask it nicely!
I did a lot of research before buying this car and was confused at the varying perfomance stats from mags/websites claiming 0-60's from 7.8-6.9.
The mini drivers manual states 7.4 seconds & i'd have to say I agree when comparing it to other cars i've had the pleasure of racing - ibiza cupra 2.0T, focus… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/11/2004 by leemondo (1 review written)
Having craved for a Mini Cooper S since it's launch, I finally took the plunge 3 months ago and bought a Mini Cherished Cooper S from a Mini Dealer.
The past 3 months have been the worst case of car ownership I have ever experienced. Poor cabin build quality with sqeaks and rattles, oil leak from the supercharger, humming noise at 60mph that Mini can't seem to repair under the warranty, smear marks on the passenger and driver door windows and all the Mini dealer can do is remark that 'they are… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/07/2004 by artemc (1 review written)
I'm a car nut and when the new Mini Cooper S first came out I didn't really like it, but now some 3 years later I own a Mini S. A couple of changes added a lot to the performance, first the Magna Flow exhaust and then the smaller pulley. For me thats about it as I don't want to have to purchase stock in a tire company. The results are great, highly recommend both additions, only have to be careful of the local enforcement guys… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/07/2004 by fitz70 (1 review written)
Well I am a 3 day expert ;)
I was lucky enough to get a ex-demo model Mini Cooper S which meant that the car was kitted out with HK Stereo, Xenons, Climate control, Aero kit, JCW kit and bonnet stripes (I got the Union Jack flag removed as being an Aussie I just couldn't live with myself!!).
All this for $14K below the list price. As I said the worst thing about the Mini is the cost. However it can also mean that a car now like mine is a bit of a rarity. The resale value (when and if I do… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/05/2004 by nig6 (1 review written)
I have had my Mini Cooper S for 1 month now and was amazed by its acceleration and handling
Yes its heavy on fuel, but there again I had a 1.2 corsa before so its not really a fair comparison.
The main thing that impressed me with the mini is the build quality is amazing I suppose thats the BMW influence.
Yes its expensive, mine was £17k with chilli pack etc. but currently their holding their value so well and the new waiting lists are very long so they are still quite in demand… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/04/2004 by tommy224 (1 review written)
If anyone is willing to spend money on getting the works tuning kit fitted to their Copper S, then they'll be willing to spend money on getting the West Tung kit fitted.
The west tuning kit costs around £5,500, I know that does sound a lot but you get 240 bhp 207 lb of torque.
0-60 time drops to under 6 seconds and top speed over 150 mph, if there is a kit to get this is it at the moment… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/03/2004 by Shooter 1000 (1 review written)
I am flabbergasted by the 18 slams on Mr. Oneill.
I don't own the Mini Cooper S due to my extended test drive of one and of the of various alternatives some with much more enthsiast appeal and the feeling that the S fell far short of what it could have offered the enthusiast. Cars are a big investment. Time should be spent testing as many alternatives as possible to be able to make a really informed purchase. Reading auto magazines will not help if they are receiving huge advertising… Read Full Review
Written on: 01/03/2004 by wobert (1 review written)
As an Automotive Engineer who previously worked at Lotus, I'm probably in a better position to qualify how the MINI handles relative to other cars available.
The finest front wheel drive car ever produced was the FWD Lotus Elan ('89-'95). The MCS is probably the closest direct rival to that car, in terms of entertainment, safety of road-holding, grip and pure chuckability.
To get a more responsive car, you would need to go to a mid engined vehicle, but you would then lose out in terms of… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/02/2004 by lcmorris (1 review written)
I absolutly adore my Mini Cooper S, it is without a doubt the most fun car on the road. Its nippy and quick and it always attracts attention from other drivers, passers by and fellow mini owners. You can make it your own with various extras and colour combinations, which is good for those who like to be individual. Apart from its few trips to the garage it hasnt been problematic at all. Fab car, I would recommend it to anyone!!… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/02/2004 by kraaylandis (1 review written)
Mini Cooper S:
I've never really owned a car that was worth dedicating words to;
but growing up on the lesser side of a wealthy family, and being a risk taker,
could not resist sneaking one of my uncles babies out when not a creature
was stirring. Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari; if but only for 3 hours at a time,
I have tasted ..driving joy.
My personal string of mundane machines never touched me like uncle's
toys. Then I bought a MCS. Now, I won't kid you, and exotic it is not,
I can… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/02/2004 by martinoneill (4 reviews written)
In low gears the Mini Cooper S is embarrisingly slow off the mark. Not what you after splashing out the cash. It is like the fuel supply is limited until the revs reach about 3500. Then it's woosh
Also the handling is poor for a racer - far too spongey and unresponsive.
I hated it and sold mine… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/12/2003 by SpeedFreak19 (2 reviews written)
The Mini Cooper S is a sweet ride, supercharged which is very cool, has the capability to produce 200+ bhp, small with lots of power = very quick which is very sweet, aint too keep on the kit or one of the kits anyway. Nice set of big rims twin centre exit exhaust n roarin engine is all you need. A turbo would make the car so so much sweeter… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/12/2003 by pdivizzle0112 (2 reviews written)
I love the Mini Cooper S, no doubt about it. The suv backlash starts now baby… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/12/2003 by gordongreig (1 review written)
The Mini Cooper S looks good, comfortable to drive, nice interior,handles excellent. It could have been better… Read Full Review
Written on: 13/12/2003 by nimini (1 review written)
I,ve owned my Mini Cooper S for just over a year and still can't get the smile off my face. Awesome in the twisties, all it does is keep on turning. A Go-Kart with A/C and a CD Player is how I describe my Mini Cooper "S" when asked what it's like. It is so much fun to drive that it should be illegal!!! From the day I test drove one until even today the Smile hasn't left my face. My old Drag Racing hand loves the gear shifter, and the car responds incredibly when the shifter is stirred just… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/12/2003 by adamlondon69 (2 reviews written)
I have just ordered the Cooper S last wednesday, and am counting the days till the dealership hand over the keys to my new car (about 6 weeks to go). The day before I took the Honda Civic Type R out for a test, and whilst the car was very fast, it had no character or charm. The mini is about half a second slower getting to 60, but for comfort, smooth gearchanges with a short 6 box, and efforless clutch, this is the better car. I've also opted for the Harman Kardon stero, which, if its anything… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/11/2003 by Taren Kapel (1 review written)
Going from an MX-5 to the new Cooper S, I was amazed by the handeling capabilites and stop-start responsiveness. I loved the car from 30 minutes in my test drive, and within a day of taking delivery, I was able to take cornering ability of the S to it's limit (not that I am that good at driving, but the car is so easy to drive, and forgiving). The traction control is a great improvement over my old Morris Mini 'K', and coupled with the ABS, means I have not yet got into trouble (and I… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/10/2003 by ANTHONY WATKINS (1 review written)
Having waited 11 months for delivery of our Mini Cooper S from time of order my wife and I hoped it was going to be worth the wait, It was. My wife Dee drive for a living (she's in sales) so cars don't do that much for her untill she drove the cooper s, It has loads of smile factor.
Handling is superb (you will bottle out befor the car will) ride is very firm but thats what you would expect from a performance car, Fuel economy is good, build quality is what you would expect from BMW well put… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/10/2003 by quaddawg (1 review written)
I test drove a loaded Mini Cooper S at my local dealership. By the end of the ride (with my helpful salesman doing his spiel from the rear seat) my 8 year old son and I were grinning from ear to ear, and my S is on order this week... Really, my cheeks are still a little sore… Read Full Review
Written on: 18/09/2003 by rscossieboy (2 reviews written)
Really i hate it, dont even know why the Mini Cooper S was made really, it's so slow that even a fiat uno 1L had to under take me. why oh why was the mini ever made. such a shame really, cause they could of made a much better looking bean can. better luck next time… Read Full Review