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"...The biggest change from old MINI to new: a Peugeot-sourced, BMW-fettled, 1.6-liter turbo four. The new engine’s a more powerful lump than the old supercharged Brazilian mill (172 horsepower and 177 pound feet of torque vs. 168/162). As a result, the zero to 60 time is slightly quicker (6.7 versus 7.2 seconds) with better fuel economy (29/36)"
 

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The girl really wants to get a 2006 Mini Cooper. She loves them. I think they are funny looking, but I've always liked the front end of them. Switches are kind of neat too. It's different.
 

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They're a blast to drive (if you don't mind feeling the ground moving below you) I really enjoyed my Cooper S test drive. I wouldn't screw around with the base model not enough oomph to enjoy.
 

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They're a blast to drive (if you don't mind feeling the ground moving below you) I really enjoyed my Cooper S test drive. I wouldn't screw around with the base model not enough oomph to enjoy.
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I've consistently made fun of them for quite some time...until I drove a QUICK little mini - really fun! I've gotten used to the looks a bunch more now and my sister in law just got one, so now there is one in the family that I can get my hands on every once in a while. Overall, pretty solid little car under first inspection.
 
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