I've had my mini since February and even before I made my first payment in April the fuel pump went out. I had ran out of gas with a quarter tank left in the tank. Had to wait a month since the part was not avaiable and they had to get it from Europe. They finally got it fixed and the car was working great till I ran out of gas again! They replaced the fuel pump again and also the water pump. They say that they are working out the kinks on this new model but give me a break. Shouldn't they do that before they start selling to the consumers? Can't wait to get rid of it
I love our Mini...when it's running! We bought it in June and it's been in the shop 3 times. Two weeks after our purchase, the trim peeled off below the windows. It took 3 weeks to arrive from Europe. Trim peeled off again 2 months later, trim on backorder. Our second issue was an engine light at 10K miles. The thermostat was out, re-placed. Third issue, at 14K miles, the car would not start. Had it towed to dealer. "DME error?" The car is still in the shop day 8. Said the "main communication circuit board" is bad, they think? Took 5 days to arrive from Europe. Still not sure if a new circuit board has fixed it, more to follow. Will hopefully get warranty extended. I love it when I have it.
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.
Well i really didn't want this car at first. But my gf and i at the time choose it together because she was handycap but and could only drive an automatic. But i must confess i later fell in love with the car. Rule of thumb, is to wait a few years to buy the model you like so all the dumb [non-permissible content removed] is taken care of and the constant 2 hour trips to the dealer are about non existant. The only problem i had was an oil sending unit. Was under warranty, and i dislike the plastic trim in and out. But i will take care of that soon. I immediately removed the run flats, bought a spare rim. I looked up potential problems and bought all the parts i need just in case, and have videos of installation process. But i never had to replace a thing yet myself. I changed my oil every 4.5 k. About to do tranny fluid. Even though the car drives perfect. I replaced all suspension parts for heavy duty ones, by choice, because i was bored, And aliment is rock solid. I lifted my mini so i may have higher clearence and threw lt tires on it. This is year two of ownership , and i have already put 30k on top of the 40k i got it with. And i beat the snot out of it. So im sorry, but im happy with the car, and its reliable.
This car is one of the most fun to drive I have ever owned. Yes it is a little noisy on the highway, but town driving is one of the best times to have fun driving. It is an all around great car to drive, and even is ok for long trips. My issue is that both the alternator and fuel pump have needed replacing on my car. This is the first car I have owned that needed this. These are very expensive, look out wallet! What they also do not tell you is that the spark plugs need to be replaced periodically and will cause the car to literally not run if your dealer overlooks this. I have never experienced this with other vehicles. I do not mind that it needs premium fuel to operate, but I do mind the costs of repairs. If you get this car, make sure you have also bought the extended warranty for the maintenance & tire repairs. Very expensive option, if you do NOT get this.
Crystal Silver Metallic Paint ($500); Premium Package ($1,750 -- includes front power glass sunroof panel with tilt and slide, rear power glass sunroof panel with tilt, automatic climate control with cabin air filtration, Harman Kardon sound system; 480-watt amplifier with 5.1 Surround Sound, 10 speakers); Convenience Package ($1,250 -- includes universal garage door opener, Comfort Access, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone pre-wiring, iPod adapter with USB cable); Sport Package ($1,000 -- includes 18-by-7.5-inch Turbo Fan design alloy wheels with 225/45R18 run-flat performance tires, xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with auto-leveling, retractable and high-intensity power washers, white turn signals, black or white hood stripes are no extra charge with this option); Parallel Lines Cloth/Leather ($1,000 -- includes cloth and leather interior upholstery with contrasting color parallel lines on seat seat inserts); Cold Weather Package ($750 -- includes heated washer jets, heated exterior mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors, heated front seats); Park Distance Control ($500 -- includes rear bumper-mounted sensors); 18-by-7.5-inch Five-Star Double-Spoke Design Anthracite-Finish Alloy Wheels With 225/45R18 Run-Flat Performance Tires ($500); Center Armrest ($250 -- includes center armrest for front seat occupants); Cargo Net ($250 -- includes storage net in rear cargo area).
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
181 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 (192) @ 1,600 (overboost)
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Unfortunately, the only way to launch this AWD Mini is by slipping the clutch, which already has a very high engagement in the pedal's travel. No wheelspin possible. Nearly identical runs with traction control on/off because they both require the same launch technique. Shifter has long throws but well-defined gates. Some sort of clutch/throttle damping prolongs shifts. Power delivery is reasonably linear and does not taper as redline approaches.
Very, very consistent; zero fade or pedal softness, little dive, and straight across five stops.
Skid pad: Despite non-defeat ESC, when "off" it doesn't intrude at all on the skid pad. Instead, the car remains neutral, even gets a little "loose" with drop throttle. Steering weight (in Sport mode) is on the heavy side, but not awful. With ESC on, first the throttle closes to slow the car, then brakes start to grab occasionally. Slalom: Non-defeat ESC is pretty lenient and stays distant as long as the driver in on the throttle. As a result, best run was slow-in, fast-out with progressive throttle. Crisp turn-in, takes a set well, but grows a little reluctant to transition when trying to "flick" it. Steering also grows a little syrupy the more aggressively you drive it. I could sense (and use) the AWD only at the exit at wide-open throttle. Still, this is an impressive performance. Very good.