I've got some potential job opportunities soon, and would have some cash to get a nice DD so the Miata can be relegated to fun duty. I'm looking at '05-06 Cooper S models. How are they really on reliability? I've done a good bit of research over the years, so I know a bit about the quirks and whatnot.

I've thought about a Mk5 GTI, but the Mini is about a foot shorter, and a good bit lighter than the GTI. My priorities are lightweight>small size>power. I'd love a Toyobaru or Abarth 500, but they cost too much. Especially since I want to keep the Miata.


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