• Jun 16, 2006
Here's the best look yet at what the MINI Cooper S will be wearing come the 2007 model year. Though the MINI's appearance seems to have hardly changed, what is apparent is that the next model will be longer than the current one. Autobild is guessing that BMW has added an additional 25 centimeters to the car's length. The front end has been worked over and appears more flush than the current model with larger, flatter oval headlights illuminating the road ahead. Out back the center-mounted exhaust pipes remain but are flanked by larger taillights.

[Source: Autobild]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      TJID - you are right on target.

      maz - I owned one for two years (one of the first S's off the boat) and can say that it was extrememly reliable. I had the overheating issue but once fixed. It's was pretty much flawless and one of the best handling cars I've ever driven.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jamie Kitman (Automobile/Car) has one too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares! It still looks the same, small and no power. But since BMW owns it the car mags will say how great it is. I bet no one from a car mag owns one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny you should mention that. Here's just a quick list of car magazine writers who own (or have owned) one:

      Brock Yates (C&D)
      Jamie Kitman (Car/Automobile)
      Peter Egan (R&T)

      I would recommend test driving one before throwing out obviously uninformed opinions. There's few cars made today that are more immediately fun to drive than the MINI.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I own an S, one of the very first (technically an 02), a version that should be the most trouble-prone. No problems of any substance."

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      As an '02 owner, I think you are fortunate to be able to say you had no problems of any substance. Even the dealer I spoke with admitted that the early cars were headaches for owners and dealers. And he is an informed source.

      I'm happy you had a good experience, but MANY did not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very glad to see they haven't changed the formula too much. If those 25 centimeters go to the rear seats, that will address one of my few concerns about the car. Usable rear seats in a MINI? That's unpossible!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the cars are overpriced, trouble prone toys. Too bad, the S model is an absolute blast to drive. The criticism of no power doesn't apply to that car.
      John McWhirter
      • 8 Years Ago
      My Mini Cooper s has been great for one year but the engine has just cut out on me twice with no worning. A diagnostic check revelled nothing.Has anyone any idea what may be causing it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While there are many people who haven't had a lot of problems, there seems to be a higher than usual number of horror stories. I know people usually comment only when there are problems, but the MINI forums have such a huge variety of issues. Now, many owners are seeing rust under door weatherstripping - on one year old cars. The car seems like an expensive gamble. I think they are ideal for people who change cars every 2-3 few years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own an '05 Cooper S, and can report no problems at all so far (at 14,000 mi.) This car is handling the abuses of NYC roads and drivers and has stayed tight, rattle & trouble free.

      I agree with #16 tbyron, I wish the suspension was softened a little bit (and I have the 16" run flats!) Although, I wouldn't want to compromise that razor sharp handling...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wasn't considering another FWD but gave the mini a look because all the autocrossers around here love them (and they keep winning), and I thought it looked pretty good and I love hatchbacks. I thought it was a blast to drive and felt great. But the interior seemed cheap and gimmicky, and the yearlong wait to order one and high prices just made it a no-way. I ended up with a 2000 BMW M Coupe. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4. No, I meant precisely "ghey" and "evar".

      Basically, you suck at teh interw3b.
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