The manufacturer was not made aware of the failures. And of course, they are all jealous of the pseudo-'60s lines and German engineering. The Good A combination of transmission, handling, and horsepower makes the 2006 Mini Cooper S a joy to drive. Leatherette upholstery is standard, and cloth or leather is available. The dealer diagnosed that the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The backseats are very usable for a coupe and can be folded down to increase cargo space substantially. This system keeps oversteer under control.
Mini says the Cooper S can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds. Before this incident, gear would shift up and down on it's own while I'm driving. However, this lower number may well be attributable to our fascination with the tach and attempts at high revs and fast launches. Our test car's Premium package included an onboard computer a useful option and a panoramic sunroof, which we didn't care for--it runs all the way back over the rear seats, which don't see much use in coupes, so all that glass goes to waste. All the gears are useful, with second and third perfect for city maneuvers, while fourth through sixth easily take the car from the freeway on-ramp into the fast lane. The 2006 Mini Cooper S's climate-control system on the center stack isn't particularly advanced, but it does have a one-of-a-kind control interface, with the temperature-set display occupying the center of a dial.
Front end of car is completely burned. Exhaust sound is much more noticeable and can hurt sensitive ears. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. A limited-slip differential is optional; for some reason, it isn't part of the Sport package. A navigation system is optional.
All the gears in the six-speed manual are useful, from the lower three for city driving to the upper three on the highway. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the power steering pump was replaced however the failure recurred the next day. The car has a total of 18 of these lash caps and at least 12 are clearly cracked. Mini continues to offer the high-performance John Cooper Works tuning kit, but it now comes as a factory-installed option, complete with a sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. For 2006, a new Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with decals and hood stripes.
When the belt shreds or breaks the car dies and only moves at below 5 mph, only warning is a battery light. And the quality of the premium Harman Kardon audio system means that it sounds as solid as it steers. The engine was replaced at a different time. Compared to a regular Cooper Convertible, the big difference in engine response comes when passing or on upgrades. The Cooper S comes with standard 16-inch run-flat tires or optional 17-inchers. Mini continues to offer the high-performance John Cooper Works tuning kit, but it now comes as a factory-installed option, complete with a sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. The Cooper S comes with standard 16-inch run-flat tires or optional 17-inchers.
Emissions ratings aren't all they could be, and an ill-designed cup holder gets in the way and ruins the interior look. Pulled car onto shoulder and started with white smoke under hood, progressing to black smoke and flame. The police came, then a friend. For those who enjoy stick-shift driving, the ability to downshift from sixth to fifth when approaching slower traffic will satisfy. The manual gearbox is so much fun to use and makes up such an important part of the Mini driving experience that we can't imagine anyone ordering the optional automatic. The backseat is quite comfortable and offers abundant headroom; however, legroom is minimal when the front seats are positioned rearward. Exited car at first sign of smoke.
The failure mileage was 74,000. Minis come in regular Cooper and Cooper S trim levels; the S model holds a higher-powered supercharged four-cylinder. A Mini Cooper S Convertible went on sale in September 2004 as a 2005 model. It produced an even, rich sound, without painful bass or treble, even when turned up loud. The placement of the tach makes playing with the six-speed manual informative and fun.
Fog lamps, Dynamic Stability Control and an exclusive wheel-and-tire package are also included. I veered over into a median in the middle of six lanes of high-speed traffic. Short overhangs result in a wheelbase that's only about 4 feet shorter than the entire length of the vehicle. The kit includes a higher-speed supercharger compressor with coated rotors. An oversize center-mounted speedometer, although traditional and cool-looking, requires the driver to glance away from straight ahead when cops appear in the rearview mirror. If it's rubber it rots or rats eat it because they can enter car engine without issue.