I had an 06 MINI Cooper S, and it was my absolute favorite car I've ever owned. I only had it a year and a half and had to let it go for financial reasons (couldn't afford the new car payment) but i would own one again. I had ZERO issues with the car. The MINI is actually one reason i thought i would like the FIAT. It created my love of small Euro cars. The 2 are VERY similar but the FIAT seems a bit more modern looking and updated. Not to mention its a lot cheaper. But don't think i haven't considered a used 05-06 MINI instead of the FIAT 500 that im looking at.