"I have owned this vehicle for about a year and a half now. Everytime i take it into the dealer for an oil change, they quote me about $10k worth of repairs that need to be done.. And issues keep coming up such as:
Engine noise due to timing chain (which i have replaced 2 times in <40k miles
Airbag light on and off for no reason whatsoever
Dashboard just pops open and doesn't go back up
Strut mounts crack and break
Engine mount cracks
Power Steering failure
and the list goes on....
I am a die hard BMW fan and thought to invest in a MINI but stay away. I would much rather spend 2-3k more and get a decent older used 3 series. My second car is e90 335i and it is a beast in sheeps clothing. It puts a smile to my face everytime i see it. The cooper s convertible on the other hand...."
"I bought my 2004 Works Cooper S new in mid-year and have had a blast driving it. The only real problem I had was the power steering pump but a few years later I was re reimbursed the full amount by BMW. I knew when I bought it, it wasn’t really an ideal four seater so I removed the rear seat and made a flat floor so now it’s like a small van. I have made quite a few modifications to the engine but still get an average of 33 mpg. I would recommend a 2004 Mini Cooper S but not the newer models due to all the recalls. I'm now 70 years old but my baby makes me feel like a teenage."
Pros: "A sports car with a back seat, for driving enthusiasts"
Cons: "Harsh suspension; no spare tire; expensive parts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The Mini Cooper S is basically a sports car with room for a buddy & golf clubs. You must LOVE to drive. Otherwise the harsh suspension, the compromise for space, constant new tires and the parts expense will overwhelm you and will not turn into a good experience.
I own a 2006 S with nearly 150,000 miles. I've only had one thing go bad that wasn't normal wear n tear (water pump). I've been thinking of selling it, but also might put in a Cooper system and keep it just to drive the canyons on weekends!
I can't speak for the newer minis. I'm sure there are models now that offer more comfort during the ride. But do a little auto soul searching first or you will not be happy."
"I have loved this car for its looks and driving dynamics. But, it has been a MONEY PIT. We bought it with 10,600 miles on it in 2004 and I thought great, just in time for the engine to be broken in. We were told by the dealership that it was rated at a 300,000 mile plus car. That's what personally sold me. We have made sure to take it to the dealership for all repairs for documentation purposes. Thousands plus dollars we've put into it over the years, only to be told that they want another $3200.00. Part of the repairs include a minor leak in the seal to the engine. SERIOUSLY! The car has less the 85,000 miles on it and has been driven with tender loving care. I'm told that Honda doesn't even want to see you for the first 150,000 miles. This car doesn't even rate at American car standards and that's just bad. Disappointed.....to say the least!~"
Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, sporty cute car"
Cons: "mechanical stuff breaks a lot and is expensive."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"This car's cute looks and driving dynamics convinced me to purchase my Mini.And while it is super fun to drive, it is expensive to keep up. About 2 weeks after purchase, the car began to need service and replaced parts. WARNING: unless you are willing to spend more for service simply because a car is made by BMW, its not worth it. All parts are more expensive and so is the labor. Also, it only has one cup holder that fits an american sized beverage and it is in the back seat (its annoying)."
"I bought my mini with 100k on it. I knew it would need bushings, struts etc., because of its age. Aftermarket parts are easy to find, and not any more expensive than any other car. The car is built with ease of service in mind. Im not a big fan of turning wrenches, but this one makes it fairly simple. If you take your car to the dealer for simple repairs, I would not recommend this brand. If you want a fun little sports car, and don't mind an enthusiasts level of involvement, this one certainly fits the bill. My Cooper now has all new front bushings, struts, brakes, ball joints, and an AC compressor and dryer all for under $500, and it handles like a Porsche."