i would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for something different. As you can probably guess, minis are small but they are a smooth, fun ride and you can park just about anywhere! So far I have had no problems with the convertible except that sometimes the hatch on the roof doesn't deal properly and makes a small whistling sound over 50 MPH and id also like to point out that there is a slight blind spot towards the back ends of the car while the top is up. Overall, it is a fun, zippy, easy to drive car that will definately add a little something to your life.
You have to be ready for an old car to have a few problems no matter where you get it. After a few months the Mini came up with some major problems with the oil pressure, and engine light notifications. The fixes weren't cheap either, but this is what you sign on for with any used car. Once the car was repaired it went back to being one of the most fun and exciting cars I've ever driven. Just like any car, keep it maintained and you will have a reliable vehicle to take wherever you need to go. I recommend a Mini Cooper S if you want to have fun while younger there. Fast fun and safe, with a great stereo to listen to along the way.
This car is continuosly surprising me with some of the convenience items it has. I never knew you could start it without actually placing the key in it - I just never tried - and the valet (I rarely ever use) pulled up with the key sitting in the cupholder! That is how I found out... Also, I never have had to get into the back without actually leaving, so had never pushed the trunk only button - it opens the door for you. So awesome! It is responsive, and zippy. I do miss the sound of the supercharger from the '06 MINI S I had - this one only has turbo and is much quieter... that could be a PRO to someone else. This is a sports car though, so you do feel every bump in the road. A taller person (6'2"+) can get claustrophobic in it.