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Mini Hardtop Reliability

You won't find Mini Hardtop reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Mini Hardtop truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mini Hardtop reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mini Hardtop was a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Mini Hardtop has been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Mini Cooper 40 Coopers, 8.1 months of data per Cooper, average 8300 miles7
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mini Cooper 28 Coopers, 8.6 months of data per Cooper, average 15100 miles

Common problem with thermostat / temperature sensor. Past model years had the same common problem over a year ago, so they're no longer reflected in the stats for those years.
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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mini Cooper 39 Coopers, 9.0 months of data per Cooper, average 29300 miles44
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mini Cooper 34 Coopers, 10.2 months of data per Cooper, average 39100 miles38
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mini Cooper 43 Coopers, 8.3 months of data per Cooper, average 44900 miles54
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mini Cooper Hatchback and Clubman 26 Cooper Hatchback and Clubmans, 9.8 months of data per Cooper Hatchback and Clubman, average 50600 miles38
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mini Cooper Hatchback and Clubman   19 Cooper Hatchback and Clubmans, 7.9 months of data per Cooper Hatchback and Clubman, average 72800 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper 34 Coopers, 8.4 months of data per Cooper, average 72200 miles76
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mini Cooper 25 Coopers, 9.4 months of data per Cooper, average 72300 miles56
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mini Cooper   14 Coopers, 7.7 months of data per Cooper, average 99700 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper 26 Coopers, 7.6 months of data per Cooper, average 94800 miles

Includes 2002s (spring intro).
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mini Hardtop

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What Our Members Are Saying about Mini Hardtop Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Mini Hardtop: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
3.5 years of ownership, only serious problem was a leaking thermostat housing, apparently a common defect on this vehicle. Covered under warranty. Full brake and rotor job was just performed with only 35K miles, that is my only complaint.
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
After the inital problems when I picked up my car, the car has been nearly bullet proof. Only routine maintenance.
2003 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
So far (6 years) it has been pretty good and better than most of my other vehicles.
Reliability and Durability of the Mini Hardtop: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hatch turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
In two years of driving, I have not experienced any mechanical breakdowns with my MINI. Even then, I still have reservations regarding its reliability. So far, there have been two recalls on this particular year and model, one involving a failure that could result in a fire! In addition, an intermittent problem with the low oil pressure sensor and an unexplained check engine illumination has caused me to loose sleep at one point. While these have all been fixed under warranty, I worry about the out-of-pocket cost of maintaining this baby.
2009 2dr Hatch turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
60k miles and I'm looking for a new car. Love the car but it can't go woot constant repairs. 2 timing chain repairs fuel pressure pump, carbon buildup, clutch replacement, nav DVD drive.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have had the car for 4 months and it has spent 3 weeks in the shop. 3 warning lights, a fog light, intermittent whippers not working, etc. Way to many issues for a new car and the service is only average at best.
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Reliability and durability , especially during the first couple of years was spotty. A number of transmission and motor problems were experienced. 2005 models and later appear to have the vast majority of these bugs worked out.
2005 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Too many repairs, dealer WAY too expensive.
2002 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
over $2000 in repairs in 2 years, 20K miles

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