The first justa coopers had transmission issues, they rectified this a couple years after US launch. The second generation (R56) was bigger and softer, but still really good...and quicker then the R53 (which is still my favorite) this next one looks even bigger, though the rumor is it is no heavier and offers at least the same performance. For me it all came down to the styling and how good the fiesta was for the dollar. I still think the Justa Cooper will be the dominate H Stock Auto cross car and Mini still gets a lot more aftermarket love. Plus the fit and finish on those cars is in a different league, but you do pay for it.