Curves are best treated in the same headbanging style. The harsh environment of the engine compartment caused it to crack along this seam. I did a triple flush of the fluid and that corrected the problem. Compared to a regular Cooper Convertible, the big difference in engine response comes when passing or on upgrades. The six-speed gearbox is a key reason the 2006 Mini Cooper S is such fun to drive, particularly because the car drops into each gear with the precision and smoothness characteristic of European engineering. Apparently the control is within the fan so the entire fan has to be replaced.
Equipped with a heated glass rear window, the fully insulated top opens in 14 seconds. For 2006, a new Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with decals and hood stripes. A deep front chin, profiled rockers, and unsubtle rear wing together cut the drag coefficient from 0. The oversize speedometer tops the stack, which includes stereo, climate control, and plastic toggle switches. The kit includes a higher-speed supercharger compressor with coated rotors. Would like a bit more acceleration, so will by the S version for the next mini. The Checkmate interior includes uniquely patterned cloth and leather sport seats and a high-gloss dashboard panel.
The backseats are very usable for a coupe and can be folded down to increase cargo space substantially. Very expensive to repair at the dealership after the waranty is off. All the gears in the six-speed manual are useful, from the lower three for city driving to the upper three on the highway. The sun roof is massive, and more than compensates for not being a convertible. The six-speed gearbox is a key reason the 2006 Mini Cooper S is such fun to drive, particularly because the car drops into each gear with the precision and smoothness characteristic of European engineering. On the other hand, we also found it useful for anything larger than a 12-ounce can, which is all that the cup holders under the stack can hold. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are optional, and many Minis are sold with a contrasting-color roof.
I could barely park my vehicle in the parking spot in the parking lot because the steering wheel was so hard to turn my vehicle at such a low speed. For 2006, a new Checkmate package features an exclusive exterior appearance with decals and hood stripes. Aluminum roll hoops behind each rear seat feature integrated head restraints. We wanted that satisfying click, which can be achieved only with a metal toggle. Yet its ride, if anything, is no worse than that of a Cooper S of recent memory. Exhaust sound is much more noticeable and can hurt sensitive ears.
The cabin is well-finished, the vast central speedo is even bigger and the quirky toggle switches remain. About two dozen chips on the hood from stones. So it's a more relaxing drive, better able to whisk along the motorway in reasonable comfort. The key change is the engine. The manual gearbox is so much fun to use and makes up such an important part of the Mini driving experience that we can't imagine anyone ordering the optional automatic. Minis come in regular Cooper and Cooper S trim levels; the S model holds a higher-powered supercharged four-cylinder. All the gears are useful, with second and third perfect for city maneuvers, while fourth through sixth easily take the car from the freeway on-ramp into the fast lane.
Safety All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags are standard in the hardtop Cooper S. Dynamic Stability Control is optional. Besides an excellent-sounding stereo and an untested navigation system, cabin electronics are generally left to dealer options. Click here for a Chip Color Codes Color Description 668 Jet Black 850 Pepper White 851 Chili Red 859 Solid Gold Metallic 895 British Racing Green Metallic 900 Pure Silver Metallic 902 Liquid Yellow A24 Purple Haze Metallic A25 Astro Black Metallic A28 Hyper Blue Metallic A47 Solar Red Metallic A48 Royal Gray Metallic A49 Space Blue Metallic Why The Two-Step Paint System? I believe this is a combination of problems relating to the power steering pump cooling fan, and the power steering pump itself. Leaving it on the speed option is a good strategy to avoid having to look over to the center dash. Shorter drivers can leave the telephone books at home. The kit includes a higher-speed supercharger compressor with coated rotors.
Our test car had the English Panther Black Leather option, which felt nice on the seats. The Cooper S Convertible feels a lot like a go-kart. My question is why was the 2006 Cooper not included since it is also first generation model, and it is the same power steering unit used from 2002 thru 2006 atleast on the base models - not sure on the Cooper S model. Dynamic Stability Control is optional. So just chuck the thing in, reveling in its balance and huge confidence.
Until now I have never had a car get 30+ mpg both city and highway. Shorter drivers can leave the telephone books at home. The switches look slick and retro but unfortunately are made of plastic. I appreciate the honesty and the no gimmicks or pressure. Not even the dealer's paint came this close to matching the exact color. The Good A combination of transmission, handling, and horsepower makes the 2006 Mini Cooper S a joy to drive.
Issue returned and now affects the car most of the time while driving. The combination makes it fun to try pushing the revs in different gears and optimizing shift time. We weren't able to test out the Bluetooth cell phone integration, which is available only as a dealer install. The Mini has a system called corner brake control, which detects when the brakes are applied during cornering and pumps extra braking force to the outside front wheel. Fog lamps, Dynamic Stability Control and an exclusive wheel-and-tire package are also included. It has now happened multiple times including while driving.
Mini continues to offer the high-performance John Cooper Works tuning kit, but it now comes as a factory-installed option, complete with a sport brake kit and a limited-slip differential. The Sport package, with which our test model was equipped, includes a stability program that further enhances the car's handling. This system keeps oversteer under control. We found the handling very responsive, with no understeer or oversteer. The Bottom Line The 2006 Mini Cooper S is a ton of fun to drive and makes its mark with retro exterior and interior features. The vehicle was not repaired.