2000 BMW Mini Review

2000 BMW Mini Cooper 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance9000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106


A real letdown in quality despite excellent performance


Huge number of problems beyond comprehension for a brand new car. These are as follows:

Rear light collected condensation. Was replaced.

Creaking dashboard. All replaced yet still have problems.

Rattling seatbelt column. Yet to be fixed after three complaints.

Creaking A column. Took three trips to the garage to fix.

Both front seats have broken. Driver replaced, passenger to be replaced.

Gearbox failure. Had to be recovered, took over a week to be returned to me.

Seal around the front screen has come off. Replaced. Now this is coming off.

General Comments:

Great to drive, stunning looks and nice design. However the quality assurance must have lasted for about a week based on the number of problems and issues I have had with the car in 9000 miles. I find it a real shame that a very good, and fun car has in my opinion been ruined by a lack of testing of the car. A real disappointment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

16th Aug 2006, 10:08

I didn't think they made them on a 2000 plate.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 1 review