1980 Leyland Mini Clubman 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Very unreliable, but has moments of brilliance
Indicators stopped working, faulty hazard switch to blame.
Rotten sills, floor pans and wheel arches both sides.
Distributor prone to moisture, resulting in backfiring and a choked air cleaner.
Interior light stopped working despite changing the bulb.
Loose contacts in fuse box means sidelights sometimes don't work.
Brakes require constant attention and adjustment, pulls to one side and squeals very loudly.
White cream on inside of rocker box.
Accelerator cable rusted through and snapped. Pedal bulkhead mountings also rusted so pedal is loose.
Synchromesh on 2nd gear wearing out.
Exhaust snapped suddenly at the front downpipe.
Rev counter faulty.
Water leaks into car leaving the floor wet.
This car presents a new fault every time you fix it. It's very uncomfortable and noisy, but you'd expect that from a car of this size.
Performance is disappointing, with a maximum of around 85mph from the 1275 A series engine, and fuel consumption is not especially good either, at slightly under 30mpg.
The only advantages to this car are the handling, and ease of parking and maneuverability.
Only a fully restored version could be relied upon as a daily driver.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th February, 2009