I bought my manual Mini Cooper S convertible new in 2005. I absolutely love it. I call it my bumble bee, but the guys i work with have nicknamed it the "El Diablo"
because i've had a new cool air intake filter, a new pulley, a heavier rear sway bar put in plus a few more mods done to give me the same power as the John Cooper Works just minus the price tag
and no warranties voided
Its a great car to drive, easy to just floor the accelerator when you need to get out fast, i love how my seats are height adjustable (very important for short people like me!), i have a colour co ordinated interior, half leather seats with built in heaters (also very important for driving with the roof down in a crisp cold morning). Love the Harman Kardon stereo, i've got added stereo controls on the back of my steering wheel so i can change tunes/volume without moving away from the wheel or looking away from the road and with the mini BMW ipod interface it means i can listen to all my playlists through my car stereo!!! I have never had any issues with transporting other people in my car, i can fit 6'2" in it relatively confortably they're just not allowed to complain about leg room
The only thing i hate about it are the run flat tyres, i've got no room to carry a spare tyre with me, so these allow me to drive around for an extra 500km with a hole in my tyre, but replacing the tyres costs me $500 each :cry: