You might get lucky, I didn't. Wasn't worth the trouble
1. Reverse light didn't come on. Turned out to be the switch, electrical problem. $200.
2. Windscreen wipers - seized up in a storm on the highway. Motor need to be replaced $900.
Mini service - $1400, ouch.
3. Boot wouldn't open, faulty switch. This began as an occasional thing, until finally the thing just wouldn't open at all. About $200 or more.
4. (I hear this is a common problem) Power steering - was faulty for a long time (would randomly fail and require restart of car). Finally the motor continued to run after the car was turned off - New power steering motor (was melted inside). Can't remember, probably about $1500.
4.5. Soon after, one of the hoses was leaking - $200. And that was with a replacement hose made by the mechanic.
5. New brake discs - general wear and tear.
This is when I traded the stupid thing in!
It is great, EVERYONE comments on it. It is fun to drive, everything is round and pretty, and it has all the gadgets. Problem is, all the gadgets break, and are really hard and expensive to fix.
Not a lot of people will fix Mini's, you have to find certain people who know what they are doing. The windscreen wipers were ridiculously expensive, because they had to dismantle almost the whole engine to get to the wiper motor.
Space wise, I can actually fit a lot in with the seats down; it's the same size as a Swift.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th December, 2010