2007 MINI Cooper Consumer Review: Cute but designed to fail

2007 MINI Cooper - Consumer Review

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S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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Cute but designed to fail
By garyenum on


2007 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


The time chain self destructed at 40k miles and the engine has to be replaced. The technician said that the parts how that there was a problem for a while, judging the wear marks on certain parts. He also said that timing chains only last 30 or 40k miles. Don't buy a Mini. If you own one sell it before the timing chain breaks and screws up the internal parts such that the engine has to be replaced to the tune of $8,000. Dumb design, I was a dummy for buying it.

Best Features

Fun to drive, but the fun ends quickly.

Worst Features

Design an engine that does not self destruct to help keep your service department running.
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