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2006 Mini Hardtop Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by rjmann

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Reviewed: 2006 Mini Hardtop

2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Why the 2006 Mini Hardtop?

Powertrain performance

3.5 years of ownership. Great little car. Supercharger is very responsive, unbelievable torque for a 1.6 liter with decent, if not stellar fuel economy.

Fuel economy

Average over the cars lifetime is 26MPG. Not stellar, but damn good. Credit the light weight for positives on this and the handling and performance categories.

Reliability & durability

3.5 years of ownership, only serious problem was a leaking thermostat housing, apparently a common defect on this vehicle. Covered under warranty. Full brake and rotor job was just performed with only 35K miles, that is my only complaint.

Why Not the 2006 Mini Hardtop?

Price or payments

Looking at the current cost of an S, it is far less of a value then when I bought mine. A comparable car to mine has risen in cost by roughly $3K+. Today at 28k with options lsd, xenons, leather and a few babbles it simply is too dear.

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