Hello everybody thank you for tuning in to Mike MD’s. My name is Mike. And today we’re gonna be talking about what is the most reliable MINI to purchase, used. So today we’re not going to talk about the about the “original MINI” from 1961 in British Motor Corps but we’re gonna talk about the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation. Starting in 2000, built by BMW. So basically, we’re gonna go over the pro’s and con’s for all 3 generations. Starting with the first generation built in 2000 all the way to 2006. So on this MINI they came in an S and non S. The S is a supercharger, so that’s what’s different. It’s the same motor, they just bolted on a supercharger which gives you extra power. So the main things you want to watch out for on that car are, you don’t want to get an automatic with a non-S. So they had the special transmission called the CVT and you definitely want to stay away from those. Uhm, they had a high failure rate… There’s some people that go out there for uh many many miles without any issues Uhm, but working at the dealership we did see a high failure rate on those and they are astronomically expensive to replace uhm about for a new one it’s actually more than the worth of the vehicle in a lot of cases. So either you want to get a manual transmission or uhm if you get the S with an automatic it has a different transmission than that CVT. And it’s a lot more beefier, it’s a regular styled transmission. Now, there are a a lot of other wear and tear items that normally go wrong on these cars like window regulators, the mechanism that lifts the motor uhm bushings, brakes the typical things that actually go wrong on on all cars, a lot of European cars. Uhm, but this main thing I’m going to try and focus on is uh issues that we see that are uh very costly and can actually leave you stranded so then the next thing on the MINI is gonna be the they did have some throttle body issues… Uh they had it’ll actually leave you stranded right in the middle of the street and it would be hard to start again and a lot of times you won’t be able to start it. And you don’t know when it’s gonna happen. And a lot of times, it’s intermittent and sometimes it is hard to diagnose. Uhm, but it’s either gonna be a throttle body or the wiring harness or the engine control module. So those two things on those cars were the biggest issue that we saw as far as costly things. So the transmission, and also that throttle body issue. And many of them did have it there’s not really a way around it. Some people like I said they go uh 200- 300 thousand miles of not ever having an issue on those type of things. But those are just the things we saw that came up. Otherwise, they’re really good cars. Uhm, the non-convertible is also a lot more reliable just because you don’t you don’t have to deal with squeaks rattles. Uhm there’s a lot of body twisting in there… and also you get a lot of wind noise. And then, uhm the seals, they just shrink over time… and you get a lot of uhm water leaks too. So when you wash your own car or send it through and on those cars some of the water would run down the windshield and go into the back of the dash and mess a lot of things up. So there’s certain uh-things you want to watch out for if you do get one of those cars try to wash it by hand. Uhm, instead of taking it to an automated machine. Ok, for the second generation, is a 2006-2013. Those days they were really fun and they also had more power because they swapped out the supercharger for a turbo charger. So it’s just a different way of providing extra power to the, to the engine. And that was only on the S models. Now the big issues on those cars and it’s all over the internet, is oil starvation. So you’ll do an oil service right, at the dealer wherever you send it and by the time the oil service is due next time, which it shows, on the dash when it’s due… uhm, you actually run out of oil. And it won’t let you know because there’s no oil level sensor in the car. There’s an oil pressure sensor and usually by the time the oil pressure sensor comes on it’s too late. So you definitely wanna uh watch out for that. And things to look out for are any kind of rattling noises coming from the engine and always ask for service records uh if available, if you’re buying it from a private party. They also had an issue with some of the fuel systems including a high pressure fuel pump which there is an extended emissions warranty on a lot of those. It’s VIN number specific. Uhm, and also some of the cooling items. Specifically the water pump they’re made out of plastic for some reason. But they did update that later. And there is also the thermostat for the car they tend to leak quite a bit. So the water pump and the thermostat are 2 big leaking issues. But, like I said on both they actually extended the warranty on a lot of the VIN numbers on the car. So you might luck out and uh get a mailer in the mail once you purchase the car. And if you already had the uhm- the repair performed sometimes they will, BMW will reimburse you for that. Going back to the oil starvation issue on the cars… uhm there’s no oil level sensor on there to let you know you’re out of oil. So what happens is uh the damage that actually occurs is uhm the engine will jump timing. It’ll, it’ll start running rough, you’ll start hearing a rattle. But, there is a repair for that, uh another thing that you don’t notice right away which you’ll probably notice in the next 5-10 thousand miles is because that oil starvation it does cause irreversible damage to some of the components, not right away specifically the turbocharger. Just because the turbocharger it has oil galleys that lubricate the turbocharger and what it does is if it’s starved for oil it kinda overheats. And like I said a lot of times it doesn’t fail right away it’ll be later down the road. And that is also a pretty expensive repair. Overall, the cars are pretty good they do have a lot more power compared to the first generation. And uhm bonus on 2011, they actually updated the motor and they fixed a lot of those issues that the, that the previous cars had. so, uh including uhm they added variable valve timing or actually variable valve lift that which they call valvetronic. And basically what that does uhm what the issues is that it solved were it totally eliminated the carbon build-up issue that the cars have. It made a little more responsive a lot more smoother. Also, a lot more fuel-efficient. So, overall it’s a really good motor and I would actually shoot for that, so 2011 and newer on that. So the third generation MINI is from 2014 to present. And, its all BMW now. So the previous ones were all collaborations, mainly BMW. They use different motors from uh from different manufacturers. And, they’re both, the S and the non S are both turbocharged. So the non S is a 3 cylinder inline 3 cylinder motor, turbocharged. The S is an inline 4 cylinder motor, also turbocharged. And I haven’t seen a lot of too many issues on those yet, just because there’s still a lot of them out on the road with very little mileage and a lot of them still under warranty. But, like I said it’s all BMW now the motor’s BMW, everything is BMW. So you can probably expect the cost of repairs going up a little bit, just because of uhm parts and labor and uh things like that because it is all BMW. I would say it’s probably the equivalent of servicing a uh like a bottom line or a lower line model of a BMW. Possibly, like 3, BMW 3 series. Probably would be equivalent to the uh cost of servicing that car. So what it comes down to in what we see is across the board. Is basically is gonna to be these few things. Which you’re gonna be is stick with a manual transmission if you can. They’re a little more fun, unless you’re in a traffic-y area you can’t help it, or you have a young one. And or you just prefer an automatic, that’s fine. Just do not get that first generation CVT, which is only in the non S. Also, a non S in general is pretty reliable just because you don’t have that extra bolt-on things that help the motor have that additional power like the supercharger and the turbocharger. Those just sound like one item there’s a lot of other other items that are bolted on to make those systems work. And each one of those things that can fail and it’s extra, just extra things that cause potential hazard in the future and also if you can help it, stay away from the convertibles. Like I said, it just causes leaks, wind noise… the body isn’t as rigged so you get a lot more squeaks and rattle and feedback. It’s just my personal opinion what we see. The tops themselves, they’re pretty reliable as far as operation goes. Another one, is you wanna definitely stay away if you can help it uhm from any modifications. If you’re purchasing a used one, private party, try to stay away. And ask them, are there any modifications to this car? The reason being is because a lot of people do certain things that can actually lower the reliability of the vehicle. And then also, if they have those additional things you can bet they were driving the car a lot harder because they’re seeking that extra power in pushing the car to it’s limit. So obviously- so obviously, the car has been worked pretty good. So, my choice if I were to purchase a used MINI, I would personally get a second generation which is from 2011 to 2015, with that updated motor that we we’re talking about earlier. And S, the reason I’d get that S is because uhm you get the best of both worlds on that car. That motor is a lot more reliable than the previous one. And you get that extra power so it’s a really good balance trade off. As far as performance and reliability, I think that’s your best thing for your buck, if you can, if you can pull that. And as far as transmissions go on that one, you can go either automatic or manual they’re both actually pretty reliable. Generally, a manual transmission will always outlast the automatic, mechanically speaking. There are, there’s a service item in there called the clutch. Everyone’s heard that pretty much. And that’s a general across the board, on any other car. If it has a regular clutch it’s gonna need to be serviced, so that’s not a big deal. Alright guys, so I tried to keep this as simple as I could. Uhm, I’ve done a video like this on a BMW… it’s it was a little long (chuckle). And, it was -can get a little technical so I just try to keep it uhm easy for you, guys. I hope this really helps you guys out. Uhm, I’m going to make a link to the video of uhm “How to purchase a car like a PRO” So, hopefully that helps you out. And I really hope you enjoyed this and I appreciate you watching. And I’d really appreciate if you liked, and subscribed and shared. Thank you so much have a wonderful day and happy motoring to you.