For July 2, 2020, our used car find is this 31k mile 2006 Mini Cooper, which is listed on Autotrader by a private seller in Victor, Idaho, for $6700.

Here’s what makes this car special.

Introduced in 2001 (as a 2002 model year), the Mini Cooper reimagined the classic Mini for the modern era. It was a hit, with demand outstripping supply for more than a year after launch, which led to notable dealer markups. This example comes from the final year of the generation, dubbed R50, which many consider truer to the original than the larger and heavier versions that followed.

The car offered here is pretty much exactly what you’d want from an R50 Mini: very low miles, a great color, a manual gearbox, and a clean two-owner history report. It also has an unusual number of options for a “base” Mini, including the Sports and Premium packages, the upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo, plus leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.

Though it would be preferable in S trim, which adds a supercharger to the mix, upping the power from 115 to 168 hp, the naturally-aspirated four cylinder present here can be plenty of fun if you don’t mind working the shifter.

The asking price of $6700 is reasonable for a Mini in this condition. In fact, with the exception perhaps of a Miata, it’s hard to imagine a more distinctive or enjoyable car for the money.

We don’t expect it to last long.

Vehicle Details

  • 2006 Mini Cooper
  • 31k miles
  • British Racing Green on black leather
  • for sale by owner for $6700
  • Victor, Idaho
  • link to Autotrader listing HERE
  • WMWRC33506TK72446

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Notable Replies

  1. Looks like the seller upped the price to $7100.

  2. Haha – another price hike. It’s now up to $7400!

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About Mark Holthoff

Before joining Klipnik, Mark spent eight years at developing and running their Live Advice and Consumer Reviews programs. His first car was a 1974 Triumph TR6 in Sapphire Blue, which he bought with his life savings of $2000 and kept running with a combination of spare change, duct tape and dumb luck.


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