I needed a car in a hurry after I totaled my previous car falling into a ditch and I wanted to buy a car with the insurance pay out and not have car payments. I spied this blue Mini Cooper in the used car lot and fell in love with it. The Carfax showed no problems and it had only 75, 000 + miles on the odometer which I thought was great for a 2005. The steering was stiff and creaky but the dealer promised to fix it. However after several attempts by his mechanic he sent me to a Mini dealer who diagnosed a strut problem which I have yet to fix and the problem has diminished over time. It runs great for a 13 year old car. One thing I was concerned about was the small trunk space, and that it is a 2 door, but by folding down the back seats I can load a lot of stuff. I was unaware that Mini Coopers were made by BMW when I bought it and that all maintenance has to be done by the Mini Cooper dealer because it requires proprietary tools which other repair shops find not cost effective to purchase. However despite all that I love my mini and will buy another when this one "dies" but next time i'll get a 4 door.
Mini coopers are reliable, safe and easily affordable.
The vehicle's performance is very well when kept up to date. Gas mileage is amazing! It only takes about 25 to maybe 30 dollars to fill up the take and you can travel about 400 miles without having to refill maybe once. The only thing I see as a problem is that you can't really work on the vehicle yourself. You have to take it into a shop to get fluids filled and changed. I prefer to do that by myself. The vehicle is very reliable. I have a 2005 and it has not let me down yet. Changing out parts on the vehicle like a cv axle was fairly easy and had no problems. The vehicle itself is comfortable. The seats are able to be adjusted and put how you would like and still be able to fit a babies car seat in the back with room. The features are a little basic but that is because I did not get a fully loaded, all out expensive mini. The sound system is great even though it is stock.
It is really fun to drive, can't remember to use the manual mode, not just the automatic mode.
I love the handling of the car (it is like a race car.) I l love the overall style (it is a convertible), the hot orange color, and that the roof opens part way. I enjoy that it can be driven in manual mode as well as automatic. I dislike that acceleration is poor in automatic, that it does not have power seats, is noisy, and the stereo is not wireless. In addition, being a 2005, it does not have all of the new safety and "self-driving" features of newer cars.
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008. Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.
An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger's risk of injury.
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 1, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.
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