1966 Leyland Mini Austin 998 cc


Good enough car for it time, probably not suitable for conditions, but tough enough if driven well


Very little.

Exhaust bracket broke on extremely rough roads on trip to Namibia from South Africa.

Other than above normal wear and tear CV joint boots, replaced cross ply tires with Yokohama radials.

General Comments:

First car, did a road trip in this car from South Africa to Namibia in late seventies about 500 miles of bad dirt and heavy sand total distance over 1000miles.

Mini did not miss a beat 22 hours non stop.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2008

1976 Leyland Mini 1.0


A fun car with character


Speedometer cable broken and repaired but jumps around a bit.

Both outer door handles broken, so open door from inside through small 1/4 window which haven't got locking clips any more.

Petrol gauge doesn't work.

Windows leaks.

Little power going up hills.

Driver's seat springs broken.

Doesn't like to start in cold weather.

Interior roof light melted when door left opened.

Leaks oil.

General mechanical problems throughout 22 years of ownership.

General Comments:

Who cares about all the faults I have listed. I've had this car over 22 years, and its just a ball of fun to drive. I've named it ABBA. It gets me from A to B, and hopefully back from B to A!

I never drive over 80km/h, though one day I got it to 100km/h going down hill in neutral.

Its great for parking. When I had to go to hospital for 6 weeks of daily treatment, I parked in the Motor Cycle parking area.

I've had this car over 22 years, as a second car. I've had 8 other first cars. My wife hates it - I love it.

Other drivers seem more courteous to Mini drivers, often waving to you to let let you change lanes or enter onto an intersection.

Little kids are always yelling to you "Mr Bean"!

Due to fading, and re-touching, the one colour paint work is about 3 shades - shiny, dull, and very dull.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2008

1976 Leyland Mini Clubman 1.0


Awesome fun to drive and cheap to run!


Blown head gasket.

Broken engine mount.

Need new clutch master cylinder.

Speedo needed recalibrating.

Passenger door window regulator broken.

General Comments:

All the problems listed above were present in Mini when I bought it. I am slowly fixing it up at the moment. Usual rattles exist as with all older cars.

It unfortunately has no radio but soon to be rectified.

Absolutely awesome car to drive, and surprisingly has some grunt. Great for parking, as it can fit into pretty much any tight space.

We get a lot of positive comments from people while out and about, and it is much admired by friends and family.

Unbeatable on running cost value. $20 fills the fuel tank and lasts me ages!

I would definitely recommend this car to others.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

1976 Leyland Mini Clubman 1.0


Great for the price


Front suspension needed full overhaul.

Interior wiring had to be rewired.

Windows are badly scratched.

General Comments:

The car has very good handling, 80kms through tight round abouts.

However when on a long straight stretch of road the little engine has a pretty hard time.

With the 1-3/4" exhaust system it has a really nice note.

And with 12" super-lite wheels it looks great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

1977 Leyland Mini 1 litre


Small, cute, top fun to drive and cheap!!


Clutch slips in 3rd gear going up any reasonable incline.

Front wheel bearings have made noise since purchase - still to be fixed!

New noise at front, sounds like brakes worn, only when wheel is turned. Not clicking, so I don't think it's the universal joints.

Door hinges have dropped slightly.

Rust can be a problem, this one has some in the A panel (behind front wheels) but the rest is reasonable, apart from some older previous repairs which are coming "unstuck".

General Comments:

I've always wanted a Mini - small, cute, top fun to drive! When the wife said I should get a small second car, I didn't hesitate. The kids love it too!

Although quite punchy with no passengers, it knows when someone else climbs aboard, especially when faced with a hill. Have given though to "improving" the power, but it would cost me more to run.

It actually has more legroom than the Datsun 1500 flat tray I had previously - although not quite as versatile. We got a trailer for the family wagon instead!

Low slung standard web seats are quite comfortable, the only negative though minor, is getting out of the thing because it is so low (and I have long legs).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2004

1st Nov 2004, 17:01

I have since spent $1200 on mechanics - new clutch, brakes, slave cylinders, wheel bearings, tires, service etc., and it runs like a dream!

The brakes failed on me twice after that - rebuilt master cylinder twice. They are spongier than before, but haven't failed again.

I run it on ultra unleaded with valve lube - goes better than lead replacement fuel. I also discovered under the seat there are 3 adjustable wing nut settings, and I now have an extra inch of legroom!! Took out the carpet & door panels to reduce weight (no rust there!!)

Took it on a Tas Mini Fest (125 Minis!!). Awesome fun, and now it seems to go even better!!

31st Mar 2005, 02:04

I am restoring my 1977 Leyland mini s and have rust in the common places (behind the front left wheel to right to the back left wheel) and bits around the car, also minor dimples around the car just from everyday use. I am getting all the rust cut out and replaced and then a full respray. while in the precess of doing that I would like to make the engine a bit more powerful, but don't know what to do... can anyone give me ideas of what to do to give it that little more power??

29th Aug 2005, 23:19

My family have restored about 11 Minis, three of which I owned. My last Mini was a Clubman Estate. It started with the 1100 big bore motor (the 11H), which I later changed for the 1275 from an Austin Apache - Same A series motor as the Mini 1275. I now have 2 Austin 1800's because I couldn't find a Mini. They are essentially just BIG minis, using the B series motor. Same layout, trans in sump, east/west engine and so on.

Mini's are the best!