2006 MINI Cooper Consumer Reviews

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2006 Mini Cooper
4.6
Average based on 25 reviews
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Bad Experience

by from Toronto, Ontario on May 13, 2008

I bought a brand new 06 Cooper and have already been in for service twice. Once was for regular Maintenance. The second time was because the Thermostat sprung a leak and I was loosing Coolant like cra...
I bought a brand new 06 Cooper and have already been in for service twice. Once was for regular Maintenance. The second time was because the Thermostat sprung a leak and I was loosing Coolant like crazy. Now I'm having electrical problems (rear door lock malfunctions every time it rains) and the Clutch or Transmission is making some kind of funny noise. I'm definitely going to trade this one in before the warranty expires and I will not be buying another Mini.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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You don't just buy a MINI - you Join a Movement!

by from South of Boston, MA on January 17, 2007

I own a 2006 Mini Cooper with a CVT. I also own a 1967 original Mini. The new MINI is a modern car that is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage, but don't buy it because it is small. If all you ...
I own a 2006 Mini Cooper with a CVT. I also own a 1967 original Mini. The new MINI is a modern car that is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage, but don't buy it because it is small. If all you need is a small economy car, buy a Nissan Versa or Honda Fit. But if these cars bore you, as they will - and a car is more than just transportation to you - then buy a Lifestyle - buy a MINI. Nothing at the price point handles as good as a MINI. The build quality is excellent, truly BMW quality, as it is the smallest BMW you can buy in the US. It compares well to the original Mini, designed in 1959, with modern updates - large interior for being only 12 feet long - handling like a go-kart and straight line stability all the way up to where the speedo won't go any higher! Once you drive one - if you can't see the reason for wanting one - don't buy it. You must make the connection, join the club, enter the MINI lifestyle. It's not just a car! It's a MINI!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Took A Chance On A Mini Cooper

by from Dayton, Ohio on April 12, 2011

I've always kept an eye on a Mini Cooper, but would never move any further. In Dec. of 2010, started searching the internet and found a number in my region. Did the research, compared pricing and narr...
I've always kept an eye on a Mini Cooper, but would never move any further. In Dec. of 2010, started searching the internet and found a number in my region. Did the research, compared pricing and narrowed the field to an '06 Cooper. Drove it, loved it, bought it... I'm a very satisfied Mini Cooper owner :)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love love love the Mini!

by from Virginia on August 8, 2011

Drivers seat adjusts very well so that long trips do NOT cause any back ache. Love the way the car responds. The only minus is the position of the front air vents. I average 30 mpg still after 5 years...
Drivers seat adjusts very well so that long trips do NOT cause any back ache. Love the way the car responds. The only minus is the position of the front air vents. I average 30 mpg still after 5 years. The sun roof is massive, and more than compensates for not being a convertible. Fun to drive and surprisingly roomy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Most fun on four wheels

by from Pleasant Hill, MO on March 21, 2012

It isn't the car for everyone, but it has more room than you would think (I'm over six foot, and about 240lbs). The mileage is great, still about 32 on the highway. The fun factor is the best part. I ...
It isn't the car for everyone, but it has more room than you would think (I'm over six foot, and about 240lbs). The mileage is great, still about 32 on the highway. The fun factor is the best part. I did have to get rid of the run flat tires; too hard.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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LOVE MY CAR

by from Orlando, FL on July 24, 2012

I love my Mini so much. The exterior styling and overall performance are both outstanding. I upgraded the interior as I do not like the base trims. There are so many options. The car drives like no ot...
I love my Mini so much. The exterior styling and overall performance are both outstanding. I upgraded the interior as I do not like the base trims. There are so many options. The car drives like no other (although, I do not recdommend run- flat tires as they provide a rough ride). I suggest getting the interior chrome package, double sunroofs and upgraded radio. I prefer leather or cloth seats, not vinyl. -- As soon as I am able - I am going to buy another one.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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So much fun... it should be illegal

by from Washington D.C. on August 8, 2006

It's a cliche, but also true: the Mini handles like a go-kart. Make no mistake this is a driver's car. One can take corners quickly, and the suspension keeps the car absolutely flat. Pretty amazing ...
It's a cliche, but also true: the Mini handles like a go-kart. Make no mistake this is a driver's car. One can take corners quickly, and the suspension keeps the car absolutely flat. Pretty amazing stuff for a relatively affordable car with a modest size engine and tires. I would certainly recommend against buying this car if: * you don't like a harsh suspension (due mostly to the run-flat tires) * you want an automatic transmission (this robs the car of most of its fun) * you need to transport more than two adult passengers (the back seat only has enough space for small children) This car has turned my daily commute into a pleasure, and has not yet failed to leave me with a grin after each drive. Spring for the Cooper S if you can afford it... the extra power is worth it.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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too many electrical issues

by from LI, NY on August 24, 2006

unlike Japanese carmakes, my has had constant electrial problems. Air Bag light warning and car worked on several times and 3 years to fix. Might it be the problems of a new model car ? Mine is an ...
unlike Japanese carmakes, my has had constant electrial problems. Air Bag light warning and car worked on several times and 3 years to fix. Might it be the problems of a new model car ? Mine is an 02. Very expensive to repair at the dealership after the waranty is off. A Mini owner need not be of the same spending bracket as that of a BMW owner.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Funnest car... EVER!

by from Denver, CO on August 30, 2011

All the bells and whistles my 2006 GT Mustang DIDN'T have. What a sheer pleasure it is to drive this car! I didn't get the turbo 'S' model, but am happy with the 34 mpg and the pep it has to get up th...
All the bells and whistles my 2006 GT Mustang DIDN'T have. What a sheer pleasure it is to drive this car! I didn't get the turbo 'S' model, but am happy with the 34 mpg and the pep it has to get up the mountain. The only thing that 'bothers' me, if you will, is the narrow seating. Otherwise, it's a dream car. Everything I need to haul things back and forth to my business too.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Good buy

by from Washington DC on February 2, 2011

The mINI Cooper handles well. It grips the road on turns and does not guzzle gas. Cool looking and fits in any parking space. I love the car but tweaking the price would be nice for it being such a sm...
The mINI Cooper handles well. It grips the road on turns and does not guzzle gas. Cool looking and fits in any parking space. I love the car but tweaking the price would be nice for it being such a small car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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