The current Mini, now in its third generation, has become more mature and has more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character are ever present. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity is welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Cooper will be less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Climate System
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"The rear brake warning came on at about 30,000 miles due to brake pad wear. Very odd that it came on so soon. Of course this was not covered by the warranty. I don't brake hard at all so this was very unexpected."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"I needed to replace all four tires and brake pads before hitting 20k miles! Not to mention, two of the tires were only 4 months old. The car was just over 2 years old and has gone through 6 tires and brake pads!? That's absurd."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Mini Cooper Base Unsure)

"Although there were no operational difficulties with the brake system, the onboard system notified me that rear brakes needed to be change after less than 14,000 miles. Having been a mechanic, I questioned the need with the dealer. In the end the cost was about $550. for a set of rear brakes + incidental needed? parts."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Mini Cooper S Unsure)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Quality control issues. Leaks due to not all body welds were crack free & grommets not installed properly"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After a couple of heavy rainstorms I noticed the trunk was filling with water"‿ 2 to 3 inches after every rain. It was still under warranty and Mini replaced the weatherstripping around the trunk which was defective"

Anonymous, (2018 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Sun roof twice developed severe wind noise and once water leakage. Both times warranty covered replacement of seal. Last fixed in the fall, no problems since."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Did not recognize voice controls."

Richard W., SC (2018 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"refrigerant line leaked under passenger side carpet"

Anonymous, (2018 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Drove off the lot and airbag light came on within 5 miles. Had to accept a rental car until it was checked. I was sure I bought a lemon. Has functioned well since."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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