Is the 2013 Mini Cooper Clubman S worth buying?

Have they improved the turbo and transmission issues from the last few years? I hate to buy an endless problem.

Scott B., Redding, Calif.

Consumer Reports magazine suggests avoiding Mini Cooper S models in favor of the non-turbo base versions and predicts the latter will be more reliable. Based on surveys of subscribers who own Minis, the magazine says reliability on the Clubman S will be below average and on the base Clubman it will be well above average.


Consumer Reports doesn't cite the turbocharger or transmission on S models as a particular trouble spot, but its surveys show that owners have had a high incidence of engine, cooling and fuel system problems in recent years.

Mini as a brand has earned poor ratings in J.D. Power and Associates' owner surveys. In the Initial Quality Study, which measures problems in the first 90 days of ownership, Mini ranked 32nd out of 34 brands in 2012 in the number of problems reported. In the 2011 IQS it ranked 28th out of 32 brands.

In Power's Vehicle Dependability Study, which measures problems in the third year of ownership, Mini was dead last among 34 brands in 2011. Mini improved to 22nd in the 2012 VDS, though that was still below the industry average.

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Answered by Rick Popely on March 21, 2013 in Mini , Mini Cooper , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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