2003 BMW Mini Cooper S 1.6 from UK and Ireland
A smile with every mile
The boot release is intermittent and will need to be repaired. Apparently this is a common fault and is easily rectified.
This is a lovely car to drive. The handling and performance are excellent, but the engine is still very smooth and easy to drive around town. The supercharger provides the performance without having a highly-tuned engine.
The Chili package was a bargain, although you still don't get essentials like the glove box.
The Sports Suspension Plus and 17" wheels on the Chili package make for a hard ride, so watch out for pot-holes.
17" run-flat tires are pretty rare and expensive, and can't easily be repaired. Expect to pay £140 for each one. That thought keeps you from throwing it around corners as much as you'd like to.
Rear space is limited, for passengers and luggage. However you can fit a 28" television and packaging in the boot with the seats down so it has some practicality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2004