Lovely car, too many teething troubles.! Poor support.!
Poor quality plastics.
Drivers seat replaced.
Gearbox replaced after 16,000.
Disk worn below minimum after 1 set of pads (16,500).!!
The car was purchased mainly as a marketing tool for my new business. This function it has performed very well. It did although need to provide a 'very light' commercial function, carrying small boxes. I did find that the plastics used on the seats, doors and dash did become scratched quite easily and would not buff out.
The car is used by a number of people, but after a short while (3 month) the front seat began to creak when cornering. This took 4 visits to the dealers and a new front seat to sort out.
The car has recently been taken in for a noisy gearbox. This was so bad the dealer refused to let the car go before the gearbox was replaced. (16,000m)
During the same inspection they informed me that the clutch was 70% worn. This I thought was quite excessive as clutches have tended to last me 40-50k miles..!!
During the same time the dealer informed me that the front pads were worn and required replacing. Fair enough. But the disks themselves were also below minimum and needed replacing. Never known disks to wear this quickly. Would have expected 2-3 sets of pads for 1 set of discs..!!
Mini customer service UK quite adamant that this is 'fair wear and tear'!!
Pursuing this further at the moment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th January, 2004