2003 MINI Cooper Review

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A broiling sun beats down on the sea of asphalt, the air itself quivering like a mirage. It’s the type of day you’d like to find a spot of gentle shade, stretch out in a hammock and sip a little lemonade. But this afternoon reverie is shattered by the squeal of tires and the smell of burning rubber wafting on the gentle breeze.

The original Mini Cooper might have been gone and forgotten were it not for a small cadre of performance fans who kept their old cars tuned and running—and racing. The pint-sized import was a legend on the autocross circuit, quick and surprisingly nimble.

The reborn Mini that hit the highway earlier this year seems to be generating a far broader appeal. In its first seven months in the U.S., it racked up more sales—about 10,000—than the original Mini did during a seven-year run back in the 1960s. To keep the momentum going, Mini’s new parent, BMW, is offering a range of kitschy options—such as a British flag roof decal—as well as what is likely to be an expanding range of models.

This makeshift track has been laid out to give us a chance to test the mettle of the Cooper S, the performance version of the new Mini line and the model that a generation of racers has been waiting for. Like Harry S Truman, no one’s really sure why the “S” designation was chosen back in 1963, when Mini first went racing. But words like “speed,” and “sporty,” quickly come to mind.

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April 20, 2015
For 2003 MINI Cooper

Does what it says it will

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My Cooper has been reliable and easy to maintain. Much more reliable and less expensive than both the BMW and Saab I had previously. Fun to drive, I use sticky tires in the summer and ice tires in the winter... + More »
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December 28, 2016
For 2017 MINI Cooper

Mini car Maxi Awesomeness

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This is my fourth Mini so you can guess how I feel about Mini Coopers!! I even owned the coupe and loved it! Although I'm a "senior" I feel so much cooler than my friends stuck with their SUV's and big sedans!!
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May 12, 2015
2015 MINI Cooper 2-Door HB

This car is very engaging and fun!

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For little more the $20k my MINI comes equipped with so much fun stuff that it makes anything close in features too expensive and anything close in price seem lacking! It's 3 cylinder turbo charged engine can... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 MINI Cooper 2-Door HB

FUN is the word for the mini.

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Not very roomy for more than two, small cargo area, not the most comfortable ride and kind of expensive, but its the most fun you can have on four wheels. Plenty of power with the turbo charged engine in sport... + More »
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May 28, 2015
2013 MINI Cooper 2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works

JCW: Great & Fun Mini to Drive

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The JCW is a great car, is a Reachable option of a sports car is agile and fun on winding roads. Will make you always wear a smile on your face
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February 7, 2016
2012 MINI Cooper 2-Door Coupe

Just picked up my 2012 Mini Cooper Base

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Very Happy! Owning a Mini has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I own a 2012 Cooper Base model in Ice Blue with the Style Package, Convenience Package, and Panoramic Sunroof/Moonroof. I'm in love. The... + More »
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October 17, 2015
For 2012 MINI Cooper

I love my 2012 Mini-cooper classic

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I lease a 2012 mini cooper classic brand-new, I didn't have any problems in the four years that I leased The car
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April 10, 2015
For 2012 MINI Cooper

Great little fast car.

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I love my Mini.Great gas mileage,good performance and fun to drive. A little rough riding,but I'm getting used to it..I would buy again
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May 25, 2015
2011 MINI Cooper 2-Door Coupe S

Very fun car to drive, have had some expensive repairs.

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I am just holding onto it until I can get an electric car. I have had to pay some expensive repair bills. And runflat tires are expensive to replace. And if you live in a snowy region you really should put on... + More »
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May 12, 2015
For 2010 MINI Cooper

I love the fuel saveings,handeling&preformance,fun to drive,my children are grown,so me and my mini hit the road for adventure,Love it

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Love my mini,I would buy another ,fuel saveings,quick awsome handeling.Sporty,fun,dependable.love it
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