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Mini Hardtop vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2014 - 2017 Mini Hardtop Reliability by Generation2014 - 2017 Mini Hardtop
42% Best 111% Worst
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2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI
50.5714285714% Best 126% Worst
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2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
42% Best 111% Worst
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2007 - 2013 Mini Hardtop Reliability by Generation2007 - 2013 Mini Hardtop
60.2857142857% Best 143% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
60.8571428571% Best 144% Worst
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2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
31.1428571429% Best 92% Worst
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2002 - 2006 Mini Hardtop Reliability by Generation2002 - 2006 Mini Hardtop
45.4285714286% Best 117% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2015 The Mini Hardtop, the VW GTI, and the Ford Fiesta all have been the subject of more than their fair share of owner horror stories. At this point, all three models are too new to know how they'll hold up in the long run. As I write this, though, the 2015 GTI is better than average, the 2014-2015 Hardtop is about average, and the 2014 Fiesta is somewhat worse than average (we don't have enough participants for the 2015). full 2015 Mini Hardtop review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2006 Mini Hardtop review
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Less than stellar reliability...mostly little things but the costs add up. Seems to be much more challenging to work on than other cars in this segment full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2003 Mini Hardtop review
Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2011 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2009 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2007 Mini Hardtop review
2005 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Too many repairs, dealer WAY too expensive. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
2002 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
over $2000 in repairs in 2 years, 20K miles full 2002 Mini Hardtop review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2015 The Mini Hardtop, the VW GTI, and the Ford Fiesta all have been the subject of more than their fair share of owner horror stories. At this point, all three models are too new to know how they'll hold up in the long run. As I write this, though, the 2015 GTI is better than average, the 2014-2015 Hardtop is about average, and the 2014 Fiesta is somewhat worse than average (we don't have enough participants for the 2015). full 2015 Mini Hardtop review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2006 Mini Hardtop review
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Less than stellar reliability...mostly little things but the costs add up. Seems to be much more challenging to work on than other cars in this segment full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2003 Mini Hardtop review
Mini Hardtop Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2011 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2009 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2007 Mini Hardtop review
2005 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Too many repairs, dealer WAY too expensive. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
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. full 2005 Mini Hardtop review
2002 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
over $2000 in repairs in 2 years, 20K miles full 2002 Mini Hardtop review