October 21, 2011
While I was running some errands, the Mini's odo rolled by 15,000 miles. I was on the freeway at the time hence the slight overage. Thus far, the Countryman has been dead reliable and low maintenance, requiring nothing more than a single routine oil change. Yes, we replaced two tires, but that was not the car's fault -- both had developed a mysterious sidewall bulge without any evidence of tire/wheel trauma having occurred.
At 25 MPG, our maximum Mini's average fuel economy is the same as the EPA's city estimate. The EPA estimates the average at 28 MPG. But considering our lead-footed, Sport-mode-only staff and L.A.'s horrendous stop-and-go commuter traffic, that's not bad at all.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 15,008 miles
February 03, 2011
Oh, what have we here? The back of our long-term 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman, and it looks like the hatch is firmly closed. In fact, it's so firmly closed that no combination of unlocking the car (via the remote or the universal switch on the center stack), hitting the hatch release button on the remote and pushing on the VW-style Mini-badge release latch, will open the hatch. It's stuck shut.
But the Countryman doesn't know anything about that.