2005 BMW Mini Cooper S Convertible 1.6 Supercharged
Engine failure, brought about disintegration of main bearing at 34K miles.
Great fun to drive, especially in the summer with the roof down. The engine made a lovely sound, especially with all the pops and bangs on the over-run, and the distinctive sound of the supercharger. Throttle response in the mid-range was very good, and the car was very quick if you're prepared to change down a couple of gears every time you want to accelerate hard.
Running costs were high due to poor fuel consumption (28MPG) and cost of repairs. I was originally charged £6200 after the main bearing failed. BMW UK stepped in and I only had to pay £1500, but it was still enough to make me fall out of love with the car. Run flat tyres were also a major running cost, especially as they can't be repaired after a puncture and cost a fortune.
The accommodation inside the car is OK, in that you can fit two small children in the back, but there's just not enough space to take them any distance, because their feet were very cramped.
The folding roof worked well, but did add a lot of wind noise, on top off all the engine noise and tyre noise!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th December, 2010