The right-side access door, or Clubdoor, is a small door that doesn't open independently of the front passenger door and is meant to provide easier access to the third row. The John Cooper Works trims get a high-performance turbo 1. Two trim levels are available, the standard Cooper and the higher-performing Cooper S. Visibility, though, is an issue even in the ragtop; even without passengers, rear headrests and the folded top cut into straight-back visibility on the Convertible. Timing chain replaced warranty and cam lifter replaced warranty.
The engine was so hot I was surprised that it didn't catch on fire and as a result it has to be replaced. We strive to give you the best possible buying experience. Front wheel drive so no real need for that extra set of tires. Would have bought the one we went to see if we didn't change our minds on our needs. Step on the throttle and the engine delivers seamless power to the front wheels, without the lag associated with most turbocharged engines.
Let me look and drive without pressure but also provided information without being pushy. Both models do offer split folding rear seats, which allows the capacity to expand to a respectable 23. Told source is bad gas, and bad driving habits. Reprogrammed computer with new settings to better deal with problem. The convertible has less rear seat room and considerably less rear cargo capacity than the hardtop. Just replaced dead battery for the first time.
Audio controls have been moved from the center stack into the bottom half of the speedometer dial, and the heating and air conditioning controls have been compressed below it. The Clubman is available with a flat luggage floor system, which includes a covered storage bin. Visibility, though, is an issue even in the ragtop; even without passengers, rear headrests cut into straight-back visibility on the Convertible. The Mini was sporty and fun to drive. The standard Cooper and Clubman receive a naturally-aspirated 1.
Upholstery and trim is very nice and there is a wide range of options. Just replaced dead battery for the first time. The manual is a pleasure to row, much more so than the old gearbox. It's a little kitschy-the smiling grille, the wide patches of chrome, the bug-eye headlamps-and utterly endearing. Fifteen-inch wheels and tires are the standard rolling stock, but 16- and 17-inch wheels are options; the Cooper S has standard run-flat tires, which degrade its ride quality a bit, inducing some impact harshness and nervousness over rough roads.
The ragtop also has an Openometer, a gauge that keeps track of how long the car's roof has been down. The dealer-installed John Cooper Works kit raises the turbo's output to 189 hp and torque, at times, to 200 lb-ft; 0-60 mph times fall here to 6. The Mini Cooper survived multiple corporate mergers and disasters; and by the time production finally ended in the 1990s, its pioneering transverse engine mounted sideways, rather than lengthwise, to save space had been imitated by most automakers. For 2007 it was redesigned into the current-generation version. Kind of like a small station wagon, the Clubman has side-opening rear doors and, for entry to the rear seat, a single, rear-hinged door on the passenger's side. The Cooper S comes with a sport-tuned suspension, but its behavior is still much more refined than other cars capable of similar track speeds. Check too many options and the Mini's price can raise quickly from economy-entry to near-luxury levels, but all Minis are well for what you pay.
The low center of gravity helps the hatchback earn the agency's highest five-star rating in the rollover risk category. On the road, drivers will find the Clubman a little more comfortable than the base model. That's enough to accelerate the Clubman from 0 to 60 mph in 10. Even six-footers will find the driver's chair supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom. The front seatbacks get scooped out, but they can't help much when it comes to backseat room. The audio controls built into the speedometer dial are a bit too clever for their own good, in our opinion, sacrificing ease of use for design symmetry.
Still, only in the Clubman, with its extended wheelbase and third-door rear seat access, are the rear seats useable by adults on a regular basis. The extended-wheelbase Clubman offers the most composed, comfortable ride of the group. It's fine for puttering around town, with enough urge to merge deftly into highway traffic. We're traditionalists, so we prefer the hardtop over the convertible, but it's a matter of choice either way, and the Clubman offers a more spacious alternative to enjoy a Mini. The convertible has quite a bit less cargo space. And speaking of safety, the new Convertible features an electromechanically operated rollover bar behind the rear seats that's activated by the car's central safety electronics in the event of a rollover.
It is definitely a tough lesson to learn. It offers a broad range of cars, including the base Cooper that I tested, a higher-performance Cooper S, and a fire-breathing John Cooper Works version. Materials quality is high and most of the controls are easy to use, although some complain about the audio controls. Reviewers said the base Cooper is no slouch, however, and it gets the best fuel economy. We bought an extended service plan, and all maintenance was done on schedule. Nevertheless, not a single exterior panel is common between the two cars.