In Edmunds braking, various Mini Cooper S models with 17-inch wheels stopped from 60 mph between 112 and 115 feet -- excellent results. Window switches, seat belt labels, transmission shift mechanism, plastic trim, oh well. The timing chain failed while the vehicle was in motion on the highway, causing the vehicle to lose power. We again took it back after owning it a year to mini of Arlington who again rejected any claims of recall work. Meanwhile we traded her 2001 Honda Civic with a little over 200k miles and in all the time she had it, all it ever needed was oil changes and a new timing belt. The rear seat, however, is very cramped due to a virtually nonexistent amount of legroom. Original review: July 26, 2018 Since March, 2018 I have been attempting to resolve an issue with the timing chain in my 2008 Mini Cooper S.
The base engine is a 118-horsepower, 1. Do not buy this car! We went to the dealership we had visited about a year ago and had the opportunity to test drive a Mini. Furthermore please be aware that a vehicles performance may deteriorate over time. I have been so upset by this experience it has taken me several months to calm down to report it. Unfortunately, I keep having issues and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. I don't know which one of the 2 was the worst, they both spent more time at the repair shop than on the road.
I took a day off work, traveled 150 klms and took it to a Mini dealer. Oil housing gasket needed to be replaced. Took it to dealer and they replaced thermostat. I've had the car 2 years and the thermostat sensor has went out on me 2 times. That weekend we visited the Kitchener location and had an okay experience.
I had no problems with this car, in fact I put 64k miles on it in under 2 yrs with no issues. The check engine light came on and we were back and forth to the dealer in Texas- Mini of Arlington multiple times and they kept resetting it doing no work. As the car aged I had to stay on top of the oil consumption which eventually got tiresome. This time I replaced several sensors. Timing chain replaced warranty and cam lifter replaced warranty. For such a good looking car they turn out to be one of the worst cars on the road.
Reprogrammed computer with new settings to better deal with problem. Two years of unbelievable headaches. A overheating issue came up and coolant was leaking. Not the quality at all. The Convertible has a cargo pass-through and a dual-piece tailgate that opens wide to carry a reasonable amount of luggage. A dealership has confirmed that the timing chain is in fact the problem with the vehicle it may also be the case that the timing being off is causing issues with the valves. I have had many recalls to my new Mini, two of which I needed to be towed to the dealer.
As for the car's styling, it looks virtually identical to the old Mini inside and out, although the car does have different side panels and slightly larger taillights. The engine light was constantly going off. Visibility, though, is an issue even in the ragtop; even without passengers, rear headrests and the folded top cut into straight-back visibility on the Convertible. In government crash testing, the Cooper hatchback received a frontal crash rating of four stars out of a possible five. A six-speed manual is the only available transmission. At the time I purchased my Mini, they were fairly new on the market, and it was the unique look that love it.
Mini added a bit more head and leg room both front and rear, but the back of the front seat still rests against the front of the rear seat, rendering the back seat little more than a place for packages or small amounts of luggage. Interesting to note the first car we test drove was at the back of the shop in amongst other cars. The rear seats fold and lock down to boost cargo space from 6 cubic feet to 23. To be sure, it was cold. I went to the dealership and from the get go, they made me feel like they had no interest in dealing with me at all. I contacted Mini and there is nothing they are willing to do besides sell me another one. For enthusiasts, the turbo engine's the obvious choice; it's far livelier, with a rorty induction growl, as well as turbo whine and thrust on demand.
Vehicle drove nice during the testing drive. I'm interested in this car. The 4-door Mini Hardtop is about six inches longer than the 2-door, but neither car is ungainly around town. Fuel economy is impressive at 33 mpg overall, but it requires premium fuel. I'd rather buy a car from a jerk that was a quality product, designed for performance, reliability, and longevity.