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Fun if you like to pay for a toy
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By dshafie
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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This is an expensive car which should not categorized as a SUV. From a practicality POV don't even bother with this car, it's not practical. The mirror controls and placement of window, Sport Mode, ESP, and door lock buttons are idiotic at best. If you try to operate these toggle switches you better pull over as you will have to take your eyes completely off the road in order to operate them. No matter how you train yourself you can never access them while looking at the road. As far as noise goes, well its just slightly better than driving a convertible. As far as getting jarred over the smallest bump its like driving a old Jeep CJ7. Reliability is a joke. This is a TOY!!


Favorite Features

Handling on newly paved asphalt road. Great steering when driving on a race track.


Suggested Improvements

Where to start. They fixed the placement of the mirror and windows buttons in the newer generations. Kudos for that improvement. Next they need to improve the reliability. There is a reason its number One on Consumer Reports top ten worst cars of 2011. BMW please get rid of the RFTs; they are horrible, noisy, costly and I do not buy the marketing hype that they are safer. The use of RFTs was a business decision; w/o RFTs BMW would have to pay someone to come out and put on your spare as a part of Road Side Assistance. Now you have to drive to a BMW dealer and pay twice as much for a tire. Most tire outlets do not stock these RFTs.


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Thoughts after 6 months of ownership
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By uscdentist
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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It started out well as it is a fun car to drive. The legroom for someone over 6 feet is great. The sport mode gives a you a great exhaust note. The 6 speed Getrag transmission is the highlight of the car. The gas mileage as advertised I have not been able to achieve partly because of the way I drive the car. Best achieved MPG was 25. Not bad, not great either. Major complaint is that as good as the steering is, heaven forbid if you hit rut. Once that happens, the car skips and hops which is somewhat disconcerting. Never have lost control, however, some Southern California roads will have an abundance of defects in the roadway which makes you lose confidence in the handling of the car.


Favorite Features

The drivers seats. The manual transmission.


Suggested Improvements

The handling on rough road surface takes control of the car. For that reason alone, after six months, it is time to get rid of the Mini.


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Still having issues
9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By cjrios
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I have had this car since January. It has been in the shop three times with check engine lights. The first was at 2k, the second at 4k and currently it is in the shop at 7k. I have been told the parts are coming from Europe so it will take from 5-10 days to get the necessary parts. I am so frustrated. If you want a reliable car don't get this one.


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Zoom Zoom
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By jkglx
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I purchased the Countryman S approx. 2 weeks ago, and have put approx 1000 miles on it with no issues so far. This is a sporty little vehicle, that handles like a go-kart, with peppy get up and go. It is super easy to park, and great for manuvering around the city. It is well thought out, and the interior is spacious for the vehicle's size. This is not the vehicle to own if you like a cushy ride. The ride is stiff, and should be for this type of car.


Favorite Features

HK stereo, paddle shifters, dual moon roofs, styling!


Suggested Improvements

The cup holders need to be improved. They need to hold larger cups/containers, and need to be relocated, as they are too close to the controls. Also, when looking under the hood, Mini should make the battery more accessible and easy to replace. Looks like a project to remove the battery. One other improvement would be to add mudflaps as a standard option, as the sides of the car get dirty easily.


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Great Car!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By richw1
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I have 2K on the Countryman S so far. It is very roomy (I am 6'6"), a lot of fun to drive, and not one issue so far. I am a certified "car guy" and I love the Countrymany! I traded a 2002 5-series because I needed more space, and the Countryman definitely delivers that plus handling, performance, and reliability so far. Buy this car!


Favorite Features

Handling Performance/Acceleration Seats Overall packaging and interior space Easy to maneuver and park HK sound system


Suggested Improvements

Rear suspension "crashes" on potholes (I have the 18" rims which probably contribute)


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Mini Countryman S
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By cjrios
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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman Wagon S 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I wish I would have never bought this car. I bought it in Jan and it has already been in the shop twice. They keep having to replace the thermostat caging. That is not the worse of it. The front cup holders have some plastic spikes to keep cups in place and if you use a styrofoam cup it punctures it causing the liquid to spill out and drain into the shifter cables. This in turn causes the shifter to get stuck. The dealer and Mini USA told I was responsible for this even thought they designed those cupholders. It cost me $900.00. Those of you that have this car will eventually encounter this problem. Get ready to pay!!!


Favorite Features

Nice look.


Suggested Improvements

They need to recall all of the cupholders because everyone who owns these will eventually have this issue. We tried talking MINI USA to make them aware of this issue but they said there is nothing wrong with them. Basically there are cup holders that cannot hold cups or it will cost you thousands!!!


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