2003 BMW Mini Reviews - Page 6 of 6

2003 BMW Mini Cooper 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance250 miles
Previous carLand Rover Freelander

Summary:

Just the best fun possible

Faults:

Nothing, first impressions are this is going to be a great relationship.

General Comments:

The Cooper is just a Rocket on wheels.

Very early to come up with any bad comments, but will keep you informed.

Could you please post any good accessory sites that you may know of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2003

9th May 2003, 15:32

This is just a update on my wee wean!! She is still my pride and joy, still getting washed twice a week. She has now done 2000 miles and had her 1st visit to the garage, the drivers seat was sticking when tilted forward to allow access into the rear seat, it was put right by my local mini agent, New seat back frame fitted.

That's all for now, will keep you updated.

P.s.

Still looking for mini accessory sites and any ideas where I might locate a tartan roof decal?

19th Dec 2003, 05:35

To the last commenter. If you put after market wheels on with low profile tyres you obviously will find a harder ride whereas with the original wheels the ride is quite comfortable.

30th Mar 2004, 12:04

Here is a link to a pretty good performance site to upgrade your Mini.

http://www.mini-madness.com

2003 BMW Mini One 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Beautifully designed car at a good price

Faults:

One of the rear light-clusters had condensation inside when I came back from two weeks' holiday.

Steering wheel very slightly off-centre on delivery.

Steering pulls very slightly to the left.

General Comments:

The MINI is everything I hoped it would be.

Very refined and quiet on the motorway.

Suspension is a little firm at lower speeds, but this does have its advantages when it comes to handling.

Styling is superb.

Although the base MINI One is a little short on extras (no CD player, air-con or alloy wheels as standard, for example), the little thoughtful design touches are great.

For example, when you open the car, the interior lights come on. When you start the engine, after a short delay they go off. When you turn the engine off at the end of your journey, they come back on again.

The car's aerodynamics means that it does tend to get dirty very quickly, especially at the back, which is unfortunate considering that the screen-wash reservoir is rather small.

The MINI is surprisingly spacious. Front passengers need have no worries, while rear passengers should be OK for short journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

25th Oct 2005, 12:33

I have just sold my mini one as for the past 2 years I have had nothing, but trouble. 2 new gearboxes 2 new clutches all new electrics and faulty brakes.I've bought a honda hoping it will be reliable. good ridence I say.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 21 reviews