your biggest choice is to get the old super charged mini cooper s OR the new turbo mini cooper s
i prefer the new just cuz i prefer a turbo over a s/c
i drove in one of the older S/C minis and it wasnt even close to being fast compared to me 02 vw gti 1.8t
there cool i love the body but dont think i'll ever get one, i cant stand the interior!
Can anyone tell me what they are like (especially newer versions), if they have one, and if they like them? Are they good cars?
- If you're in the States, there is no Mini One or Mini D.
I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S with the John Cooper Works, and I love it. Fantastic car.
I purposely wanted a 2006 because I like a supercharger better then the 2007 turbo version. I like a continuous power band, and no turbo lag, which is death in autocrossing.
I loke the looks of the 2006 a lot better than the 07 also.
Here's a great site to go to for tons of information:
Also a magazine called MC2.00
- They are great cars! Especially if you live in a city.
My bf & I have a 2003 mini cooper s that we just love. it is a great car - it's zippy and fun to drive, it always attracts lots of attention, for such a small vehicle it has plenty of leg room and a reasonable amount of cargo space.
We also have a Lexus SUV, but we always take the mini and we fight about driving it!!
It's also a good car in the sense that we haven't had any problems with ours since we've had it - and they have a good warranty, so any problems that you might come across should be covered anyway.
I would definitely recommend getting one.00
- I honestly have owned the two a MINI Cooper and, at present a Cooper S. They the two look after avaerage in snow and ice. they're front wheel rigidity, so they look after extra suitable than a rear wheel rigidity sedan. The S has decrease clearence, consequently isn't as stable interior the snow. As for gas milage. the actual gas milage of a MINI Cooper is approximately 32 MPG the actual gas milage of a Cooper S is approximately 28 MPG. you wont do extra suitable than 29MPG with a Cooper S, and that i've got had as undesirable as 25 MPG standard. The Cooper S is approximately one hundred circumstances extra relaxing to rigidity. bypass with the handbook. The 6 speeds is staggering.00
- Overview: All Minis are three-door. The One is the entry-level version with less power than the Cooper, but still with that cross-culture appeal, although they have the same 1.6-litre four
New: Don't let all those estate agents put you off. The Mini is a brilliant little car. It recently had a minor facelift, with new clear headlamps and revised bumpers, plus a few tweaks here and there to further improve the quality of the cabin.
A new gearbox is fitted and the engines have been tuned for more torque, although power isn't altered except on the Cooper S. Inside, there's good space for driver and passenger, although knee room is rather tight in the rear. The boot is also very small.
The driving position is as adjustable and comfortable as in a 3-Series and standard fare on even the basic Mini One is pretty good, with electric windows and mirrors, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Cornering Brake Control and four airbags, plus remote locking and an engine immobiliser all included. Aircon, leather and an assortment of electronic extras can all be specified.
The two variants of the 1.6-litre engine - a 90bhp effort in the One or a 115bhp version in the Cooper - are refined and eager. But we'd steer away from the diesel.
The Mini makes a remarkably relaxing motorway cruiser. And every other aspect of the driving experience is just as tasty - from the superbly weighted steering and nimble handling to the powerful brakes and remarkably good ride quality for a small car.
It's a real cracker.
The Mini Convertible is one of the most desirable drop-tops out there, building on the hatch's huge popularity.
The roof can be slid partially back to let a bit of sun in or folded completely, and it's all done electrically to save you the bother.
With the roof up or down, the view out of the back is hindered by the roll hoops behind the rear seats. Roof up, the rear seats can feel claustrophobic and there's little space in there for anyone other than children.
Never mind, the Convertible drives with the same flair as the hatch and feels very solid for a car with a fabric roof.
Mini Cooper S
Sticking a supercharger on to the Mini Cooper's 1.6 litre engine helps the S version realise 170bhp and also brings with it a distinctive whine that reminds of the original 1960s Mini Cooper.
Performance is suitably brisk from the S and it does a fine job of putting the power through the front wheels and not forcing them to scrabble around for grip. You will notice the rear wheels can skip a little during hard braking on bumpy roads, but it adds to the Cooper S's character rather than detract from the driving fun.
Direct, fluid steering actions and strong brakes help make short work of switchback country roads, while the snicky six-speed gearbox has a ratio for every situation.
As with all Minis, the suspension is set on the firm side and the Cooper S leaves you in no doubt as to the state of the road you're travelling along, but it's not excessively harsh and the S can handle long trips without leaving you drained.
The interior looks the business and comes with a few goodies that are optional on lesser models, but you'll still have to spend out to get a full complement of the right kit.
Space and comfort for the front passengers is good, but the rear seats are strictly for kids. You can also forget filling the boot with anything more than a few shopping bags.
Mini Cooper S Convertible
Possibly the most desirable car in a range where even the duff models have buyers drooling, the Cooper S Convertible has the performance, looks and jaw-drop factor to leave all other rivals weeping into their handbags.
The fabric roof is good at sealing out noise when raised and, once folded electrically, leaves a clean profile, though it does limit even further the already tight boot space when lowered.
Used: From Fulham to Falkirk, the Mini has become the car to be seen in around town. Its image is so high it's through the roof, as are used prices due to continued demand for the Oxford-built BMW take on the city car theme. And not without good reason.
It's just like the original Mini in many ways: chic, charming and thoroughly classless. Personalisation and a bespoke approach to adding optional equipment means there's just one important thing to remember when buying a used Mini - pick one with as many options as possible. A car with the Chili pack plus other extras like leather and bigger alloys could very well add another couple of grand to the value of a basic Mini.
Incidentally, the shrewdest buyers, keen to get the most value out of their purchase, will get hold of a gadget-laden Mini One or Cooper as opposed to the somewhat overpriced Cooper S. The new 1.4 diesel is also now out.
Predictably, Mini build quality is good, though early examples were dogged by minor irritations including rattly trim and the boot not closing properly. There was also a recall concerning an earth strap on the filler cap, so check that this has been sorted.
Used prices are still holding incredibly well, but ultimately they have to start falling. The waiting list for a new Mini is such that second-hand examples holding the prices firm.
Mini Cooper S
The Mini Cooper S is a sound used bet, but watch early cars for weaker build.
The Mini Cooper S has not succumbed to being a victim of its own success and its popularity has done little to depress buyer demand or used prices.
Take the time to study any car's equipment levels as not all come with a CD player or air conditioning as Mini is tightfisted with standard trim. These are essentials for your enjoyment of the car and make selling it on a whole lot easier too.
Also avoid anything in gaudy colour schemes, but this is more to do with public decency than resale values as Minis seem to sell well regardless of what crimes against taste were perpetrated by the original owner.
Expect a full dealer service history and look for a car with the remainder of its TLC package that provides free servicing for the first five years' of the car's life.
Early cars suffered from patchy reliability and the front seats' tipping mechanism is fragile, so be sure this works.
Convertibles pose no problems, but check the hood has not been vandalised by jealous yobs.01
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