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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback

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Great car. I give it 5 stars but
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By Rapp1116
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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)


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Its noisy, the seats could be better, the bluetooth suck, the usb ports are awful. BMW dealers a [non-permissible content removed] - Pure and simple! T it has other flaws and the run flat tires are brutal. Switch the tires and ignore the rest of the sortcomings This car is F U N to drive. Nothing else to say!


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RUN!!! DO NOT BUY THIS CAR
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By amkzn
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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M)


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i type this as my clubman is sitting in the shop, where it has been for the past week with "catastrophic engine failure", this is apparently common in these cars and BMW refuses to issue a recall. Not even sure how that can be legal. I was just driving on the freeway and all of a sudden the engine started to blow. Basically the cost to repair it is going to be $12,000, aka, more than the vehicle is worth. Loved this car in the beginning, but after only owning it for a year and half, this is horrible!!!! RUN, DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!


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Avoid this model and year like the black plague. Catastrophic engine failures.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By lgrates
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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Owned this vehicle since 2 years old with 20k miles on odometer. On a long drive with 50k on the odometer, turbocharger imploded (always used synthetic oil) and destroyed entire engine. Was out of warranty but BMW North America replaced engine at no charge. A year later, brand new engine had a main bearing failure... paid out-of pocket. Super fun car, but not worth the cost. Shame on BMW for being associated with the 2008 model year.


Best Features

Pin-point handling. Car practically jumps out of its skin in Sport mode getting off the line. HID lights are an excellent safety feature.


Worst Features

How about some more reliable engineering, Mini? Should have stuck with a supercharger as opposed to a Turbo... Left me dangerously highway-stranded twice with major mechanical breakdowns. Repairs (in and out-of-warranty) approached half of the car's value in 7 years` time. Something is really, really wrong with this model year and it is not driven any further than 40-minute drives... confidence is zero.


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Must be a lemon
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By lagniapperob
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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This one must be a lemon based on what others are saying here (strange, 'cause on the MINI forums others report the same problems as we've had). 44K miles and we're on our 3rd clutch. And yes, we both know how to drive a clutch. Our other manuals haven't needed one yet. The plastic thermostat housing cracked and BMW was out of stock for weeks on end (new inventory system screwup). Never spent $800 to replace a thermostat before - that's crazy. The back passenger door has sticking issues from day one. Then it stuck open!! Thus making the car unusable. Time chain tensioner broke. Car has > $10,000 in repairs so far, plus the normal maintenance costs. That's simply unacceptable.


Best Features

None - the problems have tainted any joy this car could have brought.


Worst Features

Fire the engineers? Who makes a problematic thermostat housing out of plastic and then forgets to enter the item part number in a new inventory system. This forced owners to either pay 5x+ the normal, or let their car sit in the shop waiting for BMW to make the part orderable again. The tensioner is a known problem, and is the subject of a class action suit being discussed.


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4 Turbos and multiple other problems
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Mike LeViseur
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2008 MINI Cooper Clubman Hatchback S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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2008 Clubman S. Has almost every option on it and garage kept.Well cared for, one owner. I have had FOUR yes FOUR turbo's replaced. The fuel injectors replaced and the sunroof adjusted 4 times for excessive noise. I have had it in the shop in San Antonio,Houston and Austin. Customer service is terrible because they do not communicate with me. I have to call them to find out what the issue is.I have asked for some assistance from Mini and they will not help. They make it sound as it's my fault the car is always in the shop. I have not driven the car for 2 consecutive days since Sept 17th. Stay AWAY from mini!


Best Features

Look at sportiness


Worst Features

Overall quality,quality ,quality,noise control, customer service (dishonest).


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