2007 Mini CooperDerek A. - Long Beach, CA03/17/2017
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.
Cute but cramped and complicated.
2015 Mini CooperB Casagran - Los Angeles, CA12/21/2015
The controls are not intuitive; it is too cramped; the design has a lot of uncomfortable flaws-- for example, I have to move the seat forward so far to be able to push the clutch far enough down, that I cannot unfold the side visor because my seat back is in the way. I don't like having to sit so close to the wheel and never had to do this before, though I am short. Reverse is right next to 1st-- Several people, including myself, have shifted into reverse by mistake when trying to shift into 1st quickly. It is no where near as good on gas as my previous car which was a Prius, even though it is so much smaller and cramped.
2011 Mini CooperRJCToca - Miami, FL11/29/2012
The Countryman is quite a little car. I am surprised at how comfortable and zippy it is even without the turbo (S). The handling is excellent and the interiors are quite nicely put together in terms of the quality of product. The gauges are a bit quirky but I guess that is part of the Mini culture. It rides quite rough over bumps so be prepared for a semi-tough ride. The run-flat tires are too noisy, I may change to conventional tires when I replace them. I suggest the S model if you require more power, can afford the upgrade.
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