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Old 08-08-2018, 03:10 PM
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We presently have a 2014 VW Jetta Sportswagen TDI, 6 sp manual with a malone 2.0 tune, and a 2017 Jaguar XE TDI. The lease on the Jaguar will be up next year and I'm searching for a replacement vehicle for my wife's daily driver. She wants a standard transmission and I think she would really like the Clubman or Countryman. I believe I can get either with a 6 sp manual and the more agressive 4 cy turbo engine. So I'm going to be browsing through this forum to get feedback from current owners and get ideas for how owners are feeling about their Mini's.
 

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Old 08-19-2018, 09:13 AM
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Unreliable, thanks for the information. I've got to think that you have an unusual situation with your unreliable Mini. Mini is owned by BMW and has the same engines that are put into BMW's, so I've got to think that they're reliable for the most part. Which engine do you have?
 
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:05 AM
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It sounds like Unreliable had an unfortunate experience, there should have been multiple indications that the cooling fan had failed and the car for sure should have posted a warning indicator once a certain temperature threshold had been crossed. It sounds to me like the first failure was caused by the same issue, and the shop missed it. Overall they are very reliable vehicles. Any manufacturer is going to have some vehicles with issues. Unreliable's issue could have been just a small inconvenience if the servicing shop would have paid attention. In his case MINI and the servicing dealer should pay for his repairs in my opinion. The head gasket blew the first time because of a cooling issue, and they fixed the head gasket, but not the cooling issue. Back to skromfols, MINIs are more reliable now than ever since they have moved to the BMW Twin Power modular engine architecture. Th 2011+ MINIs are also pretty reliable with their revised PSA Group + BMW Prince engines. The 2007-2010 MINIs can be extremely reliable too if properly maintained and a good eye is kept on the oil. What killed a lot of the 2007-10 vehicles was MINIs original recommendation of 15k mile oil service intervals. Generally those who chose to service sooner had little issues with these MINI's. Hopefully you will find a MINI the suites your wants and needs!
 
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