In its first seven months in the U. Adequate acceleration even without supercharging. Seats are comfortable and all controls in the car are within hand's reach distance. It comes standard with a five-speed gearbox and 15-inch alloy wheels. Mini Cooper was named 2003 North American Car of the Year by a jury of 49 independent automotive journalists. Indy Blue with Black top, Aero Kit, and Alta Performance products added.
It's been fun to drive and has been a solid car. Shortly after purchase, i had to replace the clutch and transmission 5 speed. The regular Cooper with cvt automatic is kinda pokey, but in stop and go city traffic the auto is nice. A British Racing Green Mini Cooper arrived in our parking lot in March 2003. Of course I had the problem with broken power steering motor a lot of money , the right window which works intermittently I have to hit the door really hard in a certain spot to fix this. The front seats slide and lift out of the way to allow rear passengers into the back of this two-door hatchback, and they return to the original position.
Sometimes that produced wheelspin and no forward motion or a stall at a stoplight; at other times, a quick dodge-'em in traffic could be downright dangerous if you forgot to downshift first and plan your avoidance maneuver with the deliberateness you might devote to 401 k contributions. There are no dents in the exterior, but there are scratches on the back bumper and a cracked lens in the right rear lighted side marker which works. The outside one, to gain entry to the rear seats, must be pressed. I offered 2 times to take deposit because of distance I was driving. In daily driving, it can mean shifting five times before settling in for cruising at 60 mph. Proper maintenance and care will make this last a long time.
Burnt an exhaust vale at 150,000 miles and the air conditioning compressor bit it 5,000 miles later. My Love — I owned the car since college in 2003 and it's still my favorite ride. The dealer checked it out and declared it functional. Why should this car be so torpid in traffic? Mini customers can build their car online at miniusa. The electric convertible tops are fitted with a heated glass rear window and innovative power-sliding sunroof. From the sport bucket seats, the Mini delivers pure driving enjoyment.
But for others, that is the desire! The Mini got another oil and filter change an astonishing 18K since the first one and numerous inspections, and again, there was no charge. The standard seats are firm and supportive. In the nine years that I have owned this car I have put 100,000 miles on it. Available only as a hatchback, the Mini Cooper is a stylish and functional update with a central audio system pod, tilt wheel, seating that has been modified to provide the ultimate in comfort and the new Mini is longer than its predecessor. The car rides nicely, handles well, gets good mileage, and is fun.
Could the tautly sprung Mini cut it on the third-world asphalt ribbons encircling Los Angeles? The hood is wide, but short in depth, the product of unique design and manufacturing techniques. The Mini is low, wide, and short, with short overhangs. It has plenty of juice for charging around on-ramps and can rocket out onto the freeway. Inconvenience is offset by a three-year, 36,000-mile free maintenance program. While the interior is comfortable seats, driving position it is not super convenient.
I found it a tad annoying, rather like a flight of stairs with one riser a little higher than all the others. The most serious of these is a failure of the 5-speed manual transmission, in the 2003 model. With six forward gears, the control directs power through a choice of manual or automatic. I've heard that they're not super reliable but I haven't had a bit of trouble. Rear seats are split and fold down for cargo versatility. No problems with the engine, the features work okay and the maneuverability is good.
In the first few months, Mini reports nearly every other buyer has opted for some for of customization. That toaster-body shape of the Mini is functional: it gives anyone riding in either back or front seats adult headroom, something that arch-shaped body designs such as the Beetle cannot do. The brand was transformed with a new 115bhp version of a 1. Front seats are very comfortable, you fit right in and feel like you belong there. The seats have recliner levers on both sides for convenience.