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Even though I am 6'2", I easily fit in the Mini. Now, no one can sit behind me so basically I have a three seater. Driving a Mini is a blast. It's kind of like driving a sports car. Wait... it really is. I loved my F1 50 until I had to go to the store and park it in the parking lot or in the garage, go to the gas station, pay the monthly bill, or go slowly around corners.
I went in pretty much knowning I wanted a mini cooper. I was able to find a nice 2004 with what I wanted. One of the main things is I had to get a manual transmission as I heard the CVTs from that year are notorious for going out early. I'm able to get around ~350 miles per tank if I'm doing a lot of highway driving. One thing I like is the on board computer will calculate your average MPG as you drive. Straight, flat highway I can get about 36 mpg. Overall my mix of driving leaves me at ~30 mpg through the life of a tank. It is a mini cooper so the trunk space is pretty limited. I'm 6 ft 1 though and driving it is still plenty comfortable. It has pretty tight suspension and you feel every bump in the road. Whether or not that is a pro or con is open to interpretation. Shortly after I got it I had some issues with the power steering going in & out. They weren't able to reproduce the problem when I brought it in but has been holding up since so I'll just keep my fingers crossed on that one.
Both my wife and I fell in love with this car. We have a 2008 Cooper Clubman S. Given its light weight, small size and turbo engine it performs well. It can be used as a daily driver given its gas economy. It really is the best of both worlds. Do get the S rather than the standard as we drove both and noticed a significant performance difference between the two models Pros- Performance, Really fun to drive (like a go kart). gas economy, clubman has decent storage room and rear leg room, both versions have decent front leg room, due to the fact that minis are customized you'll be hard pressed to find two of a kind Cons- rough ride (we have the 18 inch rims which adds to the roughness), the turbo lag is very noticable in the older models (our 2008 is noticable), BIGGEST ONE CON IS THE COST OF SERVICING THIS VEHICLE so do your homework on what it will cost to own this puppy after you drive it off the lot.