I just thought I would give another side to the often posted questions on this site;
" I am considering buying a MINI but I have heard that paint/steering/ electrics are unreliable and their are always plenty of faults on new MINIS"
I know people have suffered badly in the past ( Paul for one has had a bad time ) - but when it comes to new car reliability - mud sticks and more people will spend time detailing all their woes than people will be bother to say - "no my cars fine"
So here are the facts I have gathered from my colleagues who drive MINIs in my company - they speak for themselves.
I hope the same for you Paul!! Everybody deserves a car that functions without any faults. But specialy you, who's helped so many people regarding the mini through this site!
Currently driving my Mini Cooper and having alot of fun! +10000 miles and counting. MC VR/W, man Airco, SS+, alarm, profile leather, sportseats, spoiler, radio boost, chrome pack, white racestripes, 16" 5 spoke rims,
My boss took a walk at lunch and said he counted 7 new MINI's. I know only 2 of them. Both MCS's. One guy just had the Works installed. No problems that I have heard of. We are considering a club here at the firm. We certainly stand out amongst all of the pickups and SUV's, especially when we park next to each other.
So are we saying that BMW have produced over 200,000 Mini's so far, and by some quirk of fate, all 7 that were produced fault free got sold to people who work at the same company?!? WOW, what are the odds against that????
3 Mini's so far, all with some minor faults, a couple of major warranty jobs. Wouldn't change them for the world though. If I had wanted a fault free car, I would have bought Toyota/Subaru/Lexus etc....
Replacement car coming 1 September for my Cooper. Niggly little problems, mostly caused by the dealer when they've tried to sort something simple out... car now has vibration from centre console area ever since they changed the stereo, both rear light units have been adjusted to fix a rattle (which I think is coming from the boot and is still there!) and they are now not flush with the bodywork, front indicator rattling around in the bumper since it came back (still not fixed even after leaving it with them for a day to look at)... the list goes on and on. In short, all that has been wrong with the actual car which was not caused by the dealer sevice dept is an incorrectly fitting sun visor when it was new, poor AM reception on the stereo, a sinking lumbar support and a rattle from the boot. Unbelievably, the car has been back at the dealers 7 or 8 times and has been off the road for about 20 days because of failed attempts to fix these 3 things! In summary, dealer has looked after me well in letting me have a new car for next to nothing after 14 months, but the service dept I wouldn't trust with a lego set!
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