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2012 Mini Cooper S Goodwood Review

Inspired or not? Four years on and I still love this car. It has traveled just over 10,000 km in that time, and every time it's taken out from under its cover it is a joy to drive. It has never been a daily driver, with its role being a weekend and club run car. I love that it is understated from the outside, however from the inside it is like no other Mini...

2008 Mini Cooper Review

A cold, winters morning at the nation's action track, Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria. Thankfully it's dry as I'm here for another weekend in my favourite car. The car in question is a fully race prepared, fire breathing MINI. This MINI is unlike many other MINIs in Australia...

2002 Mini Cooper Review

I must admit that I did get a little carried away with the whole driving in the UK thing. After driving every day since I acquired my drivers licence on the morning of my 18th birthday in my native Melbourne, the 3 months of travelling that halted all driving experiences here in Europe, around some of the best driving roads in the world mind you, was enough to get me to run straight into the shiny arms of an R53 BMW Mini Cooper S...

2007 Mini Cooper Review

I've had this car for approximately 2 years and am a very happy and satisfied owner. It's a 2007 R56 (2nd gen) MINI Cooper finished in "Sparkling Silver Metallic" (A light champagne gold colour) optioned with the Chrome Line package. This car is a testament to the philosophy that a car does not have to be powerful in order to be fun to drive...

2009 Mini Cooper Review

Go-kart handling, many car makers promise it but rarely do they deliver on that promise. When BMW bought the Mini brand, car enthusiasts were sceptical but had high hopes that the purveyors of the Ultimate Driving Machine would bless the rebirth of the iconic hatch with similar traits. And boy, did they deliver...

2011 Mini Cooper S JCW Review

It's honestly hard to say in numbers what I can recommend, but I will mention I have been inside the 2011 JCW hardtop for a year now. I've owned: an AP1 S2000, 2 mk3 supras, have driven: a 2011 135i, 2007 s2000, and several 350z's. This hatch is indeed impressive in its acceleration. As previously mentioned by others, it may seem a bit dull on a straight line 0-60...

2014 Mini Cooper SS Review

Purchased new in October 2014, the second I jumped behind the wheel of the Cooper S I knew it was the one for me. After having driven a few other 'hot hatches' (RS Clio Cup, Abarth 500, Peugeot 208 GTI) none compared to the thrilling performance the Cooper S offered...

2012 Mini Cooper S All4 Countryman Chilli Review

Having posted the original user review on this car, I feel obliged to reveal my ownership experience since. In short, a nightmare. I have had a water ingress issue that required the whole interior to be stripped, countless rattles, faulty fuses always blowing for auto lights etc, oil leaks, coolant leaks, water pump failures, drivetrain failures, etc etc...

2011 Mini Cooper SS Review

I am the first owner of a 2011 Mini Cooper hardtop. I've loved mini for years, and was excited to finally get one of my own. While it is a great car to drive, don't underestimate the amount and cost of maintaining this vehicle. My car is just over 3 years old, with 60K miles on it...

2007 Mini Cooper Chilli Review

I've had this car for approximately 1.5 years and am a very happy and satisfied owner. It's a 2007 R56 (2nd gen) MINI Cooper finished in "Sparkling Silver Metallic" (A light champagne gold colour) optioned with the Chrome Line package. This car is a testament to the philosophy that a car does not have to be powerful in order to be fun to drive...

2007 Mini Cooper Chilli Review

I've had this car for approximately 1.5 years and am a very happy and satisfied owner. It's a 2007 R56 (2nd gen) MINI Cooper finished in "Sparkling Silver Metallic" (A light champagne gold colour) optioned with the Chrome Line package. This car is a testament to the philosophy that a car does not have to be powerful in order to be fun to drive...

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