2006 BMW Mini S 1.6 Supercharged from North America
Loved every minute of ownership
The only thing that went wrong with the car was the flywheel needed to be replaced at 15K as it was making a noise. Also, the steering seems to have made more noise then I liked.
I have to say that I absolutely loved this car. By far my favorite car ever. I have had everything to Mustang Cobras, Hondas, Mazda Miatas and the car I had before, A BMW Z3M Roadster. It was a great car too but not very practical in the Midwest Winters. It was parked most of the time in the garage.
So I traded it in for my black Mini with chrome package. This car gets excellent gas mileage and is pretty quick for a 1.6. It rode on rails. Very fun to drive. The seating position for me was great. It is comfortable, but long trips would show this cars limitation on that topic. I also had the sport suspension which was still. Long bumpy sections would really have my kidneys cursing me. I think the car was put together right.
I would caution that the service manual states oil changes every 10K which is absurd. I recommend 5k changes with full synthetic oil. Remember, this is a supercharged engine. Keep in mind that every oil change cost me around 110.00. Yes, that's right. BMW charged me this each time I had it serviced, although the oil changes during the warranty period were free. I still had it changed at 5K intervals.
The only issues I had were a noise in the tranny which turned out to be the flywheel which was replaced under warranty. Otherwise a perfect car. I would have never sold this but I got married and we both needed a car so I had to sell the Mini to get two Mazda 3s. :(
Another thing is that since it is supercharged, it requires the high cost/high octane gas so figure that into your buying decision.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2010