2007 BMW Mini Reviews - Page 3 of 3

2007 BMW Mini Cooper S Turbo from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance12506 miles

Summary:

It is the best and most fun car I have ever driven

Faults:

Basically I have never had problems with my Mini Cooper S; it is great and fun.

General Comments:

I love this car and it handles like a go-kart. I find its performance to be outstanding, and quick to the touch. It is really reliable and gets good mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2007

2007 BMW Mini Cooper S 1.6 liter turbo from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance2200 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Highly recommended fun go kart

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Exterior Appearance:

Metallic Silver paint is stunning and changes color in different lighting conditions. It looks good from all angles. Very hard to tell the new model from the old model. We got black bonnet stripes and highly recommend them.

Interior:

We got redwood leather lounge seats. They are extremely comfortable and hold the driver in place well. Interior and controls are quirky. The Speedometer is pie plate sized and in the center of the dash, but this does not matter, as the speedometer has a digitalized display in front of the driver so is okay. The toggle switches, turn signal, radio controls, AC controls are confusing until you figure out which one you need, than they makes sense. None of this matters as the vehicle has lots of style and personality. Lots of luggage space with the seats down. It fits front passengers comfortably and I am over six feet tall.

Performance:

Outstanding acceleration and handling. Very very quick when accelerating from just about any speed in just about any gear. I rarely down-shift to accelerate around a situation. The steering is even more telepathic than the 3 series BMW that we also drive. No detectable turbo lag. It corners and steers far beyond any possible speed that I would want to drive it at. Very safe vehicle. Highly maneuverable to avoid other traffic or potentially bad situations. They tell me it handles like a Go kart and I believe it. The only possible issue is the firm suspension, but with sports suspension is as expected.

Summary:

The vehicle is very BMW like in both performance, controls and quality feel. A great second vehicle. Don't get this vehicle is you have more than two people in your household and plan to make this your primary vehicle. Don't get it if you live or have to often drive on unpaved or badly paved roads as it has no ground clearance and a very stiff suspension. Don't get it if your driving style is inattentive to problems, as most other cars and trucks are bigger than a MINI. Do get it if you want full involvement in the driving process and like a vehicle with high performance good lucks and 30 MPG (observed).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2007

12th Oct 2008, 08:17

I'm own a 328i and I'm going for a MINI too. Your comments help a lot, thanks.

28th Nov 2009, 18:25

I am the original poster of this review. The vehicle now has 32,000 miles and remains flawless. The build quality is flawless. No trim pieces have fallen off. No buzzes squeaks or vibrations. The only work done is brakes and oil changes all covered and paid for by BMW.

The run flat tires finally wore out and were replaced with non run flat performance tires. Now the car rides and handles much better. Wind and tire noise are less and the vehicle is even more of a joy to drive.

It is a terrific highway car and is easy to manouver easy to park. Best of all, I still look for excuses to drive it. The only negative thing is the total inability to fully utilize its handling and performance on American roads.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews