Detroit, MI MINI Cooper Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
Overall
4.2
Value
3.9
Performance
4.2
Style
4.7
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.3
Reliability
3.7

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2003 MINI Cooper - It's cute, quirky, has good fuel economy and turns heads.

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Belleville, Michigan
Overall
5.0
Value
3.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
I like the Mini's styling and quirky features, such as its unusual speedometer and dash layout, as well as its roof, which is a different color than its body (black and red respectively, in my case). It's fuel economy is good, averaging about 31 mpg, and it has proven to be very reliable, never needing any major repairs eve after 80,000 miles. However, oil changes can be very expensive at the dealership. Regular maintenance of my Mini can cost about $250 as is required twice a year. Resale value of my car remains high, thankfully, as the whole vehicle line is in high demand and somewhat short supply. I actually had to get my Mini from a dealer 200 miles away because there wasn't one I wanted anywhere in Michigan.
Story
I remember being asked about it by an employee at a fast food drive-thru, lol. That's when Minis were very hard to find on the road. It was nice to have someone be interested in what I was driving, though it caught me off-guard at the time.
Pros
My favorite features include the two-tone body colors, the unusual dashboard, which features an oversized speedometer, its 31 mpg fuel economy and compact "cute" size. It's high-quality and reliable too.
Cons
Maintenance costs can be very high because synthetic oil is recommended. It can cost $500 a year just for preventative maintenance alone. Its fuel economy could also be a bit better, considering the vehicle's small size.

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