Too expensive to maintain
2009 MINI Cooper
I would not recommend this make or model. It's incredibly fun to drive, but the maintenance costs far exceed the enjoyment. BMW likes to profit from maintenance costs. During the seven years I owned mine, it cost aprox. $14,000 in maintenance and repairs, for things that didn't happen on other makes I've owned. Struts, leaking thermostat, idler arm leakage, valve cover gasket, water pump, brakes, brakes and more brakes, battery, air conditioning, tires are a expensive, they lasted less than 38,000km from new, with replacement cost approaching $1,700. Even the sun visor broke. Enjoy the ride, but be wary of repair costs.