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#11 of 14 Re: Thinking of purchasing [tylonal]
Jun 08, 2012 (1:40 pm)
Nothing major at all. A couple of items such as the thermostat housing and right top motor mount were replaced. The thermostat housing was a problem with the 1st gen. Minis, but seems to have been re-engineered. The motor mount was around $200 IIRC.
Early model CVT automatics were questionable, but Mini doesn't use them anymore.
No clutch issues, but there are a few questions about the reliability of the dual-mass flywheel equipped Minis (S) models. Google "Mini dual mass flywheel clutch problems" and you'll see lots of issues, but I know several Mini owners that have high mileage S models and have had zero problems. I don't mean to scare you, just to make you aware of it. You decide if it's significant or not. BTW, every manufacturer using dual mass flywheels has complaints.... Not just Mini.
I would say that, if you generally haven't have problems with the cars you've owned in the past, you can expect the same from a Mini.
#12 of 14 Re: Asking for guidance from Mini owners [wendalinajolie]
Jun 28, 2012 (4:50 pm)
Thank you, everyone, for your help. I ordered a MINI with options suited to my needs, taste and budget and hope to pick it up around July 9th. I'll be on the lookout for brake issues after 30k BUT SINCERELY HOPE I DO NOT have issues with the dealership when it's time for maintenance. I bought the extended warranty for peace of mind. If nothing else, that was a huge take home message after reading.
Is there anything specail I need to know about repairs when I drive it off the lot? Some folks suggested taking it easy for the few hundred miles and keeping some oil in the trunk. (Which I found odd as aren't I supposed to get all work done at the dealership to keep the integrity of the warranty?)
#13 of 14 Re: Asking for guidance from Mini owners [wendalinajolie]
Jun 29, 2012 (8:28 am)
I got my 2012 MINI Countryman (base) in late May and I haven't had one single problem with it, including oil refills. Your Cooper will come to you fully checked out and detailed and they'll let you test-drive it before you leave as well as answer any questions you'll have.
I hope you enjoy your new ride as much as I do mine! They're great cars, really!
#14 of 14 Re: Thinking of purchasing [tylonal]
Jan 31, 2013 (8:47 pm)
Mini Cooper S 2006 ....
First 6 months new radiator and Thermostat ...Warranty
Run Flats ... Waste of money...changed out to non-run flats at 5k
At 35k new brakes ... I'm now at 50k ...
Power steering hoses leaking $580.00
Oil pan gasket leaking $515.00
Lower control arm bushings No estimate
Harmonic trans balancer $927.00
Right side engine mount $709.38
Some part I can't remember because I was in state of shock for $933.03
Basically a year of car payments In one shot ...please note I maintained and serviced regularly at the dealership ... what was my baby is now my un-wanted step child .