2008 BMW Mini Review from UK and Ireland

2008 BMW Mini Sidewalk Convertible 1.6

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Distance when acquired200 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle


Plenty of faults


The Mini Sidewalk is two years old, and already required a new gearbox at a year old. It had new front wheel bearings, and now a new clutch needed. Mini don't appear too interested. The only good thing is that it is under warranty, but as soon as that has got 3 months to go, the car will be sold as it is too costly to keep repairing.

My advice to anyone considering buying a 2008 Mini Sidewalk, is that I would not bother unless you have plenty of cash for a hire car and repairs, as Mini won't be interested once it is out of warranty.

General Comments:

Plenty of faults. Mini are not keen to exchange the car or recall, so have plenty of spare cash for your repairs and road side recovery, if you're buying a 2008 model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2011