I guess what you have to bear in mind is that the MINI was a brand new product only three years ago. Many early ones have had lots of problems and some later ones have had lots of problems. I think its fair to say that on average the later ones have had less problems than the early ones because BMW are modifying things as they learn more about any shortcomings. I reckon as time goes on there will be less and less MINIs with the sort of problems that have been experienced so far and more and more MINIs that go many miles without problems.
For the record, our MINI Cooper was new in March 2004 and has so far covered 10,000 miles with no problems at all.
Seriously, I hope it goes many hundreds of thousands of miles. Our MINI is the only car (of 4) that we have with less than 150,000 miles. I like to hold on to my cars. I really hope the kids get to drive this one some day (ages 7 and 4).
Someone on northamericanmotoring.com has over 100,000 miles. I've got 68,000 miles. Lots of early problems, but everything has settled down now. Except for extra grumpyness at the -10F temerptures this morning. No accelleration below 3k RPM. Things got better as the engine warmed up. But, I don't remember it being that bad last winter.
I owned a Golf Mk2 and it got written off with 220,000 miles on the clock. It was my dads then got passed onto me. I used to do a lot of miles in those days. Someone actually bought it and got put it back on the road. I saw it not so long ago, it was looking a bit worse for wear, but it was still going. They were amazing cars.
Mk1 & 2 Golfs were indestructable, & VW must of thought it was bad because people were keeping them too long & not buying spare parts so they made them crap - Mk3 & 4 - Built far worse
Mk5 - we will see
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