What are some common problems with the MINI Cooper?

Ever since I saw that chase scene in The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg, I’ve always wanted to own a MINI Cooper. I know they don’t make that particular model anymore, but used ones are surprisingly affordable. This makes me a bit apprehensive though. Are there any common problems with the MINI Cooper?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Jun 15, 2022
If you decide to buy one anyway, watch out for these common problems with the MINI Cooper:
  • Failure of the clutch on manual versions if you’re repeatedly in heavy traffic
  • Faulty power steering pump, which can make turning difficult if not impossible
  • Leaky water pump
  • Failure of the automatic transmission in only about 50,000 miles
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