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2008 MINI Cooper S Convertible

2dr S

Starting at | Starting at 21 MPG City - 29 MPG Highway

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  • $25,400 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2008 MINI Cooper S Convertible

The 2008 MINI Cooper convertible continues to be one of the most popular low-cost convertibles on the market, mainly due to its charismatic image, its nimble handling, and its long list of standard items that most of its competitors offer as optional equipment. The MINI's compact package can seat four people, and the supercharged S model produces a lively 168 horsepower, which outdoes a number of its heavier peers.

What's new for 2008?

The MINI Cooper convertible awaits a redesign for the 2009 model year to put it in line with this year's coupe, so it remains largely unchanged for 2008.

Model Strengths

  • Inexpensive, top-down fun
  • highly customizable.

Model Review

The 2008 MINI Cooper convertible is again offered with a normally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower and a supercharged version of the same engine that produces 168 horsepower. The supercharged S is outfitted with a six-speed Getrag manual transmission while the base model has a five-speed standard. The base Cooper can be ordered with an optional continuously variable transmission, while the S has an optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic paddles. Both models have a go-kart feel that is unlike just about anything at this price.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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MINI Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

*MINI NEXT Warranty Program provides coverage for 2 years or 50,000 (whichever comes first) from the expiration date of the 4 year/50,000 mile MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty.

Although the MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty is pretty comprehensive, it is not an extension of the MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty. The MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty takes over when the original MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty expires and provides somewhat different coverage.

*See your local MINI Dealer for complete details about MINI NEXT Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty coverage.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Less than 5 yrs (60 months) and under 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Each MINI NEXT car has been inspected bonnet-to-boot by a MINI trained technician. We like to think of it as a massage. It is a process carried out by some of the most dedicated technicians in the business meant to refresh your MINI and ensure that the first feelings you experience out on the open road are ones of pure and utter goodness.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance **Coverage for 2 years/unlimited miles starting at the expiration of the 4 year/unlimited mile MINI New Passenger Car Roadside Assistance Plan
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty The MINI NEXT Protection Plan is fully transferable from the original MINI NEXT purchaser or lessee to subsequent owner(s) or lessee(s)
Warranty Deductible $50

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