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MINI COOPER Used Car Review

In 2002, BMW gave the world a retro-inspired modern take on Britain's famous Mini. It was much bigger and not as cleverly packaged, yet it has proved to a huge success despite its premium pricing. It was more than a triumph of marketing, as the modern-day Mini Cooper very much imitated the fun, go-kart handling of the original. In 2014, a five-door hatch was added to the regular Mini range that had previously centred around a three-door hatch and two-door convertible.

Pros

Cons

  • Responsive turbo petrol engines
  • Five-door model (2014 on) added more practical element
  • Customisation options galore
  • Can be big money for a small car
  • Engine-dulling CVT auto of original 'new' Mini (2002-2007)
  • Small boot and limited rear-seat space
  • Firm ride of JCW (John Cooper Works) variants
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2017 Mini Hatch F56 Cooper S Orange 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 44393 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

4 Cylinder, 2.0L Turbo Efficient 5.9 L/100km 6 Speed Manual Rear Camera Push Button Start Low Km's Cruise Control + More Why Not Visit Perth’s Favourite Toyota Dealership? With Market Leading Prices To Make Your Pre Owned Car Purchase Easier Than Ever. FINANCING… Why Not Ask Us About Toyota's Personalized Rate? With Finance Experts That Are 100% Transparent With Every Application Tailored To Provide Each Individual Guest With Toyota’s Famous Oh What A Feeling. .. Book A Test Drive Today

$37,888
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

Top2013 Mini Hatch R56 LCI Cooper D Steptronic Baker Street Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 101705 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

TRADED FROM NEW CAR DEPARTMENT , MINI COOPER D BAKER STREET EDITION 2.0 LITRE TURBO DIESEL SPORTS AUTOMATIC 2 DOOR 4 SEATER COUPE, FINNISHED IN MIDNIGHT BLACK METALLIC DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER AND CLOTH INTERIOR LOOKS AND DRIVES GREAT, WHAT A GREAT LOOKING VEHICLE , PERFECT FOR AROUND TOWN GREAT FUEL ECONOMY AND PLENTY OF ROOM, FULL ON ART DECO INTERIOR WITH EVERYTHING THAT OPENS AND SHUTS , POWERFULL BUT ECONOMICAL 2.0 LITRE TURBO DIESEL ENGINE WITH AN EASY TO DRIVE SPORTS AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIO

$20,990Drive Away^
Mornington, VIC

Dealer used
10/05/2022

Top2012 MINI Cooper Countryman D R60 Turbo Diesel 6 speed Manual Wagon 36 month warranty

  • 167005 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

This is a really Stylish and just a very Cool Mini cooper Clubman R60 Wagon. It comes with a 36 months Warranty . This is really a tribute to the original Mini vans of the 60’s and 70’s this is a modern 4 seater 5 Door wagon and is packed with great features and has a fantastic retro look to it. It Drives and handles as good as it looks and is defiantly an attention grabber a great car to own as an every day family car but its very well suited as a company car to promote your business. This car

$17,900Drive Away^
Leumeah, NSW

Dealer used
19 hours ago

Top2015 Mini Hatch F55 Cooper S White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 66150 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

** Power 141kWand Torque 280Nm ** Fuel consuption 5.5L/100KM ** Please do not hesitate to contact us we understand that in tough times we have to change and adapt we offer no contact purchasing of a vehicle over the phone and internet through the form of thorough videos, pictures we can even face time you we have done it for years selling our vehicles to interstate purchasers. We have taken precautionary measures in upgrading our cleaning standards to comply with the current situation to ens

$32,989
Melville, WA

Dealer used
18/05/2022

Top2015 Mini Countryman R60 MY15 John Cooper Works ALL4 Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 70341 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

As one of Queensland's largest fixed price warehouse, we offer a dynamic range of stock for our customers. Ranging from Small Automatics all the way through to Prestige and Top End Commercials. All cars undergo a 110-point safety check prior to being considered for sale. All used vehicles come with a warranty and can be extended as you see fit. As one of Australia's largest wholesalers, we have an extensive network to secure the top price for your trade as well as an in-house valuations team co

$40,990
Pinkenba, QLD

Dealer used
18/05/2022

Top2016 Mini Hatch F55 Cooper Green 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 91600 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 3 cyl 1.5L

AR Are pleased to offer this stunning British Racing Green Mini Cooper for sale. FIND US; now with TWO convenient locations; * TRADE-ins welcome. * BUY with confidence; best price guarantee on new & used cars. * INSTANT finance with competitive rates ( * INSURANCE we can arrange. * GUARANTEE of clear title & safety certificate provided on all cars for your piece of mind. * STATUTORY warranty with the option of extended warranties up to 3 years. * CAN deliver anywhere in Australia * PLEASE S

$29,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
19/05/2022

2013 Mini Hatch R56 LCI Cooper S Steptronic Beige 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 86509 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2013 MINI COOPER S 1.6L TURBO CHARGED 4 CYLINDER SPORTS AUTOMATIC. THIS AWESOME RETRO COOPER S HAS ONLY TRAVELLED A VERY LOW 87,000 KMS AND PRESENTS IN LOVELY CONDITION BOTH INSIDE AND OUT AND LOOKS STUNNING FINISHED IN RARE PRISTINE PEPPER WHITE DUCO WITH A GLOSS BLACK ROOF, MINI RACING STRIPES AND BIGGER 17 INCH SATIN BLACK MINI SPORTS RIMS! Boasting many factory upgrades with Factory SAT NAV GPS, electric sun roofs, plush leather sport seats, sporty features with the sought after 6 speed a

$27,999
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
13 minutes ago

2007 Mini Hatch R56 Cooper S Chilli Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 203268 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

*Australia wide, interstate transport options available *3 years parts and labour warranty available *24/7 Road side assistance available *Great trade in valuations offered *Over 200 vehicle in stock *Test Drives & Trade-Ins Welcome *Price is exclusive of $395 dealer admin fee *W e s t e r n S y d n e y ' s #1 Vehicle Wholesaler! *We are located in YARD 5 , 591 C A R L I S L E A V E M I N C H I N B U R Y N S W 2 7 7 0 *Call our Sales Team + 6 1 4 9 9 8 5 8 7 7 7

$10,800
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
13 minutes ago

2013 Mini Cooper R55 MY13 Clubman Blue 6 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 64237 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2013 MINI Clubman R55 LCI Cooper Wagon 3dr Steptronic 6sp 1.6i Rel. Mar in blue with blue tooth, alloys, air conditioning, central locking, airbags, These are just a few of the features associated with this vehicle, for more information, please dont hesitate to call our professional sales team directly. Our Used Car Division, is headed by Robert Wright, and his team is committed to making your next purchasing experience, an easy peace of mind decision. We are an award-winning 5-star customer

$23,990
South Nowra, NSW

Dealer used
38 minutes ago

2016 Mini Clubman F54 Cooper S Steptronic Red 8 Speed Sports Automatic Wagon

  • 68468 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

** Since 1994 our family run business has been specialising in prestige European car sales from our indoor warehouse in Sydney ** ** WINNER of the 2020 Local Business awards for Outstanding Automotive Services** - 2016 Mini Clubman Cooper S wagon F54 2.0T - Red with Black leather interior - Parking sensors - Satellite navigation (GPS) - Multi-function control screen - Bluetooth for music and phone - we are extremely thorough about the sort of cars we buy and go over them with a fine- tooth

$38,950
Rydalmere, NSW

Dealer used
43 minutes ago

2006 Mini Cabrio R52 MY05 Cooper S Blue 6 Speed Manual Convertible

  • 188910 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2006 COOPER S CONVERTIBLE MANUAL # ONE OWNER SINCE NEW, # ALWAYS GARAGED AND SERVICED # IMMACULATE CONDITION # TURBO MAKING IT A FUN CAR TO DRIVE # ROOF IS PERFECT OPERATING CONDITION # WORKSHOP TESTED # SPOIL YOURSELF AND BOOK A TEST DRIVE TODAY Call Dave on..... Call Ryan on..... Call Jay on..... ?? Hunter Wholesale Cars is a family owned and operated business. We have extensive experience in the motor industry and love what we do. We are passionate abou

$11,990
Mayfield West, NSW

Dealer used
43 minutes ago

2013 Mini Hatch R56 LCI Cooper Steptronic Baker Street Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 67484 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

LOW KM's hatch with FEBRUARY 2023 REGO looks great with partial black LEATHER seats, factory SAT-NAV, factory black 16"alloys, fog lights and and tinted windows. Comes with rear parking sensors, factory bluetooth, push button start, trip computer, Aux / USB / CD input, paddle shifts, cruise control, side airbags, remote central locking and all the power options. Includes log books with FULL service history throughout and BONUS 3 years warranty. Has to be seen to really be appreciated... wi

$21,990
Beverly Hills, NSW

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2016 Mini Countryman R60 MY15 Cooper Black 6 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 212958 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2016 MINI Countryman R60 Cooper Wagon 5dr Man 6sp This compact small SUV - comes in a with an economic 1.6L -4 cylinder engine. Excellent service history with highway kms And A long list of extras:- Black Metallic Paint White Roof 5 Seats Navigation automatic climate control, cruise control, ambient interior lighting, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, push-button ignition, Bluetooth connectivity Black Alloys We offer competitive Finance and Insurance Products and can deliver to y

$15,750
Somerton Park, SA

Dealer used
48 minutes ago

2002 MINI Cooper Auto /🎁Rwc✔️Rego✔️Warranty✔️

  • 211000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

🎁RWC✔️Rego✔️Warranty✔️ Finance Available/ Trade ins Welcome 🙏 ✔️🎁 •• 05/2002 Mini Cooper Auto sport Green 🏁 😊 ✔️ •Reliable// looks Great// Very Clean// Drives great/ ✅Odometer: 213xxx kms/ Log book/ Serviced already/ ✅ Leather seats 💺/ Alloy Wheels/ Freezing 🥶 air con/ Central Locking/ clean/ CD/ AUX/ USB/ Bluetooth/ ✅RWC Safety Certificate; Yes ✅Registration: yes ✅Mechanically Exellent ✅4 Cylinder//1.6 L petrol // ✅Transmission; auto ✅Tyres; Almost New// ✅Power steering/

$8,500
Archerfield, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2007 Mini Cooper R56 White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 175937 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

Great value 2007 Mini Cooper Hatch! This sporty Mini drives well and has a powerful 1.6L Engine, Power Steering, 6 Speed Manual Transmission, Alloys, Airbags, Low Kms and much much more! Priced to sell very quickly. Hurry in for a test drive today! This Vehicle is located in Perth, Western Australia! Extended Warranties and Competitive Finance Packages available, Top trade in prices offered, all less than 20kms North of Perth CBD! We are a Western Australian, family owned/operated business. We

$11,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2006 Mini Cooper Cabrio Cvt Auto 6 Sp Sequential 2d Cabriolet

  • 164558 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

For sale is a 2006 Mini Cooper Cabrio Cvt Auto 6 Sp Sequential 2d Cabriolet. Condition: Pre-owned but is still in decent condition. Rego expire on 06/10/2022. No RWC. The speedometer is not working probably, sometimes the metet doesn't tell the speed. Please refer to the photos for more details. Contact for more details.

$8,799
Prahran, VIC

2 hours ago

2017 Mini Cooper F55 S Grey 6 Speed Automatic Hatchback

  • 69916 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This 2016 Built/2017 Complied MINI COOPER S 5 DOOR HATCHBACK is a 2.0 Litre 4cyl Turbo with a 6 Speed Automatic and has travelled 69,000kms. This Mini is finished in Moonwalk Grey with Black Leather Interior and features: + Black 17 Inch Wheels + Panoramic Sunroof + Sat Nav + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Heated Front Seats + Keyless Start + Cruise Control + Dual Zone Climate Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Much More. The 5-Door Mini Cooper S offers added pra

$39,800
Rozelle, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2013 Mini Coupe R58 Cooper White 6 Speed Manual Coupe

  • 196000 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2013 Mini Cooper Coupe 4 Cyl Petrol 6 Speed Manual 196000Kms Log Books Alloys Freezing Cold AC Too Much Extras To Mention First To See Will Buy Comes with 6 Months Qld Rego RWC and 36 Months Extended Warranty $16990 Driveaway No More To Pay Easy Finance Available tap Trade Ins Welcome Auto Sales Redcliffe 18 Snook St Clontarf Ph Kerri visit us www.autosalesredcliffe.com.au

$16,990Drive Away^
Clontarf, QLD

Dealer used
2 hours ago

Mini Cooper Cabrio S R52

  • 73000 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual

All works. Aluminum coolant tank,led side lights,low kms 73000kms,personalise plate (Coop 52) denotes the model r52. First generation with super charge .drives like a gold kart. Family growing out of it. Need a larger convertible for our summer drive. Two keys. One modified with remote. Just serviced.

$20,888
Adelaide CBD, SA

2 hours ago

2009 MINI Cooper

  • 141077 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

full log book service history covered only 141077kls immac presentation in smart red duco and white roof all extras power steer air cond power windows alloy wheels credit to its previous owner first to see will buy family owned and operated business since 1989 finance available t.a.p

$10,998
Klemzig, SA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2015 MINI Hatch John Cooper Works

  • 124000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2015 MINI Hatch John Cooper Works 124000kms travelled. Full Service history Powerful 2.0 litre turbo engine Six speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, Sunroof Navigation Recaro styled sports seating, Adaptive cruise control Premium Harman Kardon sound system and much much more… – Finance, Trade In & Extended Warranty Available – Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details about the car – Adelaide Based Imports & Used Car Dealer – Willing to assist interstate buye

$34,990
Melrose Park, SA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2006 Mini Cooper R52 Cabrio Blue 5 Speed Manual Cabriolet

  • 154331 km
  • Convertible
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2006 MINI COOPER CABRIO R52 1.6L 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION** Only $9,990 Or Finance From Only $45 P/w ** This Vehicle Is Absolutely Immaculate! This is Sensational Value! **Service History ** CONVERTIBLE ** ! Stand out from the crowd in this head turner Mini Cooper ***Credit to the previous owner, this car is amazing** Powerful yet Economical 1.6L Motor with smooth 6 Speed Manual Transmission. Loads of great features as standard. -Dual Front Airbags Package -Anti-lock Braking -Air Con

$9,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman 6 Sp Automatic 4d Wagon

  • 105400 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

Please don’t buy this car. I absolutely love it. I’d keep this luxury European go kart for the rest of my life given the chance, but we have one too many cars for the amount of CBD parking spaces we’re allowed. I’ve got a beautiful blue and white, car-shaped decision to make and you’re getting to drive away in it. Life isn’t fair. Let’s address the differences between the standard MINI Cooper and the MINI Cooper Countryman: The MINI Cooper Countryman is the “SUV” style MINI, which means i

$27,000
Carlton, VIC

4 hours ago

2012 Mini Cooper R56 MY12 Blue 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 83123 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

FITTED WITH FACTORY OPTION 7KP(P) JOHN COOPER WORKS CHILI PACKAGE & OPTION 3A1 JOHN COOPER WORKS AERODYNAMIC KIT. PLUS MORE SEE ATTACHED BUILD SHEET. This car is competitively priced with CLEAR TITLE & documentation. IF IT'S ADVERTISED it's available. Please only enquire if you have a genuine interest in this vehicle. We are located 15 minutes north of the city of Adelaide, South Australia with easy parking. FAST & EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED We have been established for over 30 year

$23,990
Blair Athol, SA

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2009 Mini Hatch R56 Cooper D Steptronic Mayfair Cream 6 Speed Sports Automatic Hatchback

  • 109899 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO We are proud to offer this magnificent 2009 MINI COOPER D AUTOMATIC DIESEL HATCH STUNNING CREAM DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION ELECTRIC PANORAQMIC SUNROOF WONDERFUL POWERFUL AND ECONOMICAL 1.6 LITRE DIESEL ENGINE 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 3026 3 INDOOR SHOWROOMS-100+CARS ANOTHER MAGNIFICENT RARE FIND BY TCB BESPOKE LOVINGLY LOOKED AFTER

$19,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2007 Mini Cabrio R52 Cooper Convertible 2dr CVT 6sp 1.6i [MY05] Blue Constant Variable Convertible

  • 157049 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

2007 Mini Cooper Cabrio, Automatic with only 157,049km's! Finished in Metallic Purple (rare colour)! Convertible soft top! Vehicle is in great condition inside and out! A true credit to previous owner! -Alloys -Auto headlights -Reverse sensors -Aux input -On board multi function computer -Multi function steering wheel -Climate control -Paddleshift tiptronic +MUCH MORE Take advantage of our wholesale to public pricing scheme today. Finance, comprehensive warranties are available upon r

$8,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
6 hours ago

Mini Cooper John Cooper Works

  • 200900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

Full log book service history with receipts. Great condition inside/out. New Brembo brakes/rotors. Timing chain recently replaced. Car is registered in ACT however car is currently in Sydney. More photos on carsales

$17,990Negotiable
Gymea Bay, NSW

6 hours ago

2012 Mini Cooper R60 MY12 S Countryman Green 6 Speed Automatic Wagon

  • 93674 km
  • SUV
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.6L

What a Sweet Sporty Automatic 1.6L Economical 4D Hatchback!! Great Condition! Stunning in Oxford Green!! Full Log Book Service History!! Complete with Air conditioning, cruise control, brake assist, multifunction steering wheel, parking distance control, rear, power mirrors, radio cd player with 6 speakers roof rails, rain sensing wipers, sport seats, traction control, SAT NAV, Bluetooth, tinted windows, and more!! Rego August 2022!! BMW Safety & Engineering!! Cannot over emphasise how good thi

$25,990
Port Macquarie, NSW

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2006 Mini Cooper S Blue Convertible

  • 133032 km
  • Convertible
  • 4

This vehicle is AVALIABLE, Located at 4127 Springwood Showroom 23kms to Brisbane CBD FIXED PRICE and ready for delivery 2006 MINI Cabrio R52 Cooper S Convertible 2dr Spts Auto 6sp Chilli, Good service history, 133032 Kilometers 1.6 Turbo Engine, Chilli Pack, Harman Kardon Premium sound system, Rear Parking sensors, Hill Holder, Led lights, Usb-Aux input, Cruise control, Ice cold Aircon, 17" Chilli alloy wheels, Tinted Windows We offer great customer experi

$14,990
Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2017 Mini Hatch F56 Cooper S Orange 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 44393 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

4 Cylinder, 2.0L Turbo Efficient 5.9 L/100km 6 Speed Manual Rear Camera Push Button Start Low Km's Cruise Control + More Why Not Visit Perth’s Favourite Toyota Dealership? With Market Leading Prices To Make Your Pre Owned Car Purchase Easier Than Ever. FINANCING… Why Not Ask Us About Toyota's Personalized Rate? With Finance Experts That Are 100% Transparent With Every Application Tailored To Provide Each Individual Guest With Toyota’s Famous Oh What A Feeling. .. Book A Test Drive Today

$37,888
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

  • Common FAQs
  • The Mini Cooper Sport Package is not available on cars sold in Australia. In other markets this package included bigger wheels (16-inch or 17-inch), fog lights, traction control, a spoiler, sport seats and racing stripes.
  • With the original Mini discontinued in 2000, the Mini Cooper S is now produced by BMW at Plant Oxford in Cowley, UK, or VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands. Development takes place at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany.
  • The second-generation Mini Cooper S was capable of hitting 202 km/h, with 0-100 km acceleration of 9.1 seconds, while the 2018 model can reach 235 km/h with a 0-100 km time of 6.8 seconds.
  • Both. The Mini Cooper Sport was introduced to Australia in 2002 with a 1.6L supercharged engine. This was replaced with the second-generation update in 2007 with a 1.6L turbocharged engine.
  • When the BMW-produced Mini Cooper S hit Australian shores in 2002, it was fitted with a 1.6L supercharged engine, but in models from March 2007 onwards this was replaced by a twin-scroll turbo-charged engine.

Overview of the Mini Cooper

Overview of the Mini Cooper

In 2002, BMW gave the world a retro-inspired modern take on Britain's famous Mini.

It was much bigger and not as cleverly packaged, yet it has proved to a huge success despite its premium pricing.

It was more than a triumph of marketing, as the modern-day Mini Cooper very much imitated the fun, go-kart handling of the original.

In 2014, a five-door hatch was added to the regular Mini range that had previously centred around a three-door hatch and two-door convertible.

MINI COOPER GENERATIONS

2002-2007

2007-2014

2014 on

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (2014 on)

1.5L 3-cylinder turbo diesel: 3.7 to 3.9 litres per 100km

1.5L 3-cylinder turbo: 4.7 to 5.3 litres per 100km

1.2L 3-cylinder turbo: 4.9 to 5.1 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo: 5.5 to 6.9 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

Contact your nearest Mini dealership for servicing enquiries. Mini Cooper parts and accessories can be found on Gumtree.

SIMILAR MODELS TO MINI COOPER

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: MINI COOPER (2014 ON)

Biggest potential for tears with a Mini Cooper is one that has been neglected by a previous owner with regard to servicing.

Serviced properly, these can be durable engines, but skipped oil changes won't be tolerated.

The first problem can be failure of the variable valve timing system which gives the engine its flexibility.

If oil has been allowed to become old and dirty, the little oilways that control the valve timing can clag up, wrecking the mechanism and leading to mayhem internally.

A mist of oil around the front of the cam cover is a bad sign, too, and suggests problems in the same area. But don't confuse a valve-timing oil leak with a failed rocker-cover gasket which is much easier and cheaper to repair and has been known to occur on these engines.

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