Beware - Mini is a cool car, but breaks constantly
By realreview on
2011 MINI Cooper Clubman S 3dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I own a 2011 Mini Clubman S.
After 12 months of use I've concluded that the build quality and engineering design of the Mini Clubman is poor.
The fuel pump broke driving off the lot, the airbag system has been repaired 3 separate times, the water pump failed, an oil pump solenoid leaked and has been replaced twice, and the rear cargo 12v outlet came apart.
The runflat front tires needed replacement at 12,000 miles (told by dealer this is "normal", which of course is silly), and now there is a recall on the electric coolant pump for the turbo (can cause engine fire).
Car developed rattles within the first month, and I can still barely use the radio as the controls are so poorly designed.
My wife loves the Mini, even though it's constantly in the shop.
The styling and size is perfect for her, and she loved the way she could order and customize it from the dealer and track its shipment over the Atlantic.
With the S package and the high end wheels, the car looks pretty good.
The power of the turbo engine is very adequate, and the performance/handling of the car is very good.
My daughter and her teenager friends love the style of the car.
Basically, the Mini is all style and nothing more.
Build reliability into your vehicles, specifically the ancillary engine systems - your engineers should be embarrassed over the poor reliability.
Come on, you can have a cool radio interface and make it usable as well.
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