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What year Mini Cooper should be avoided?

Last Updated: 26th March, 2021

2005 - 2006 is the sweet spot most of the early problem are worked out by then and you end up with a more reliable ride in the end and go with 6 speed (S,r53) or 5 Speed (base,r50) Avoid the ones that are heavily modded can be slightly dangerous.

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Similarly, it is asked, which year Mini Cooper is the most reliable?

As you are seeing in the replies, the answer is “It depends.” Personally, I love the R53 (the first generation new MINI sold in the US from 2002 to 2006 as a hard top and a few years longer as a convertible). It's small, nimble, fuel efficient and fun to drive.

Secondly, is Mini Cooper a reliable car? The Mini Cooper is a fairly reliable vehicle, but it does have its share of common issues. Here are some that can be frequently seen. Clutch Failure: This was a fairly common problem with first and second generation Mini Coopers. The usual cause was hard driving, and it could occur as early as under 20,000 miles.

In respect to this, what are the common problems with Mini Coopers?

Here are five problems owners of Mini Coopers built between 2000 and 2006 need to know about.

  • Clutch Failure.
  • Automatic Transmission Failure.
  • Power Steering Pump Fails.
  • Water Pump Leak.
  • Loose Timing Chain.
  • Freds Foreign and Domestic Car Repair Blog.

How many miles will a Mini Cooper last?

its as long as you have money in your wallet, willing to spend at the shop. Just kidding. With general upkeep and making sure you keep up with major services and regular oil changes, it should last you well over 100k miles.

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