"Owned car 3 months before CVT transmission gave out...110,000 miles. Overheating problems before that. Rebuilt transmission is $4,000 plus labor. More than the car is worth. Worst investment I've ever made."
Cons: "cup holders hard to use. Repairs are expensive."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my MINI and would buy another one to replace it in a heartbeat. This one is actually a John Cooper Works engine, which is like driving a little race car. So much fun. Also very easy to park in the city."
"I bought this car new and have enjoyed it for 12 years, It has been very reliable. It handles nicely on the Interstate with lots of power and is very stable- no issues with cross winds. The cabin is a little noisy but it is surprisingly roomy. I'll probably buy another MINI."
Pros: "Great experience to plan and build to order."
Cons: "moderately expensive to own and maintain"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The Cooper S is NOT an entry level economy car! What it IS, is a high performance sports car in a small package. They are not cheap. They are a good value for the investment. To match the performance level of this car with another brand requires a much higher investment. They are small but fierce competitors on and off the track. There were few reliability issues with the first generation (2002-2006) These purpose built to order fun machines are a worthy continuation of the iconic classic, only now as a BMW."
"If you want an enjoyable commute I recommend purchasing a Mini. It seats two comfortably, but three or four is a tight fit. I averaged 30MPG to the tank even with a supercharged engine. The manual transmissions are very reliable. Avoid CVT automatic transmisions."
Cons: "Big mechanical difficulties before 100k miles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I am the second owner of this car and have had it for about four years. The previous owner replaced the clutch and I am replacing the clutch again along with the flywheel, water pump, brake master cylinder and cooling fan. It was a tossup weather to total the car or fix it, but I really love the way it handles and drives so I am getting it fixed for about what it would cost to buy it off the lot again in good condition. A little disappointed that the water pump and fan have gone out so soon for such a supposedly good quality car. You can get around in the snow if you know how to drive in it but will have to buy a good set of snow tires and watch out for the deep stuff because of the low ground clearance."