MINI John Cooper Works (2015–)

What's good

Great fun to drive, with impressive performance and handling. 

Great exhaust note, complete with pops and bangs when changing gear or closing the throttle.

Impressively well made, with a stylish and well-made cabin.

What to watch out for

Cramped back seats are only good for young children.

Even up front the cabin feels a little tight.

Expensive to buy, especially when you factor in optional extras.

27-3-2017: Report of MINI John Cooper Works bought new in September 2015 and now with 22,000 miles suffering headlight failure warnings and needing a new main wiring loom. to be fitted under warranty.

14-8-2017: Report of problem with opening sunroof of 2017 MINI Cooper S. Opened, but would not close. BMW MINI replaced the enntire sunroof structure.

6-9-2017: Report of clutch of May 2017 F56 MINI Cooper S JCW burning out at 4,000 miles. Dealer blamed owner and estimated £1,300 for a new clutch including labour. We suggested a Small Claim against the supplying dealer.

30-1-2019: Report of cable for gearshift of 2018 F56 MINI Cooper jumping out of mounting so no reverse gear.

1-2-2019: Report of small issue with a 10,000 mile 2014/64 MINI Cooper S that developed into a big issue as a direct result of the MINI dealer's ineptitude. In October 2018, washer fluid showed low. Car was due for a service so owner reported it and saw the service manage write it down on the job sheet. Nothing was done. Owner booked the car in for the specific fault to be checked. Owner also noticed that right turn indicator was flashing faster and added that to the job sheet. Then, three days before it was booked in, the car showed a major alarm that its pedestrian collision warning system was at fault. Owner called the dealer, and was assured it was OK to continue driving the car and that they would add this to the job sheet for the following week. Diagnostics alone cost £400. The fault turned out to be a swollen wiring loom, caused by washer fluid leaking into the loom. The fix for that was a complete loom replacement costing over £2,400. Ordering and fitting the part took 3 weeks. Owner negotiated a reduced price for the fix.

1-2-2019: Report of small issue with a 10,000 mile 2014/64 MINI Cooper S that developed into a big issue as a direct result of the MINI dealer's ineptitude. In October 2018, washer fluid showed low. Car was due for a service so owner reported it and saw the service manage write it down on the job sheet. Nothing was done. Owner booked the car in for the specific fault to be checked. Owner also noticed that right turn indicator was flashing faster and added that to the job sheet. Then, three days before it was booked in, the car showed a major alarm that its pedestrian collision warning system was at fault. Owner called the dealer, and was assured it was OK to continue driving the car and that they would add this to the job sheet for the following week. Diagnostics alone cost £400. The fault turned out to be a swollen wiring loom, caused by washer fluid leaking into the loom. The fix for that was a complete loom replacement costing over £2,400. Ordering and fitting the part took 3 weeks. Owner negotiated a reduced price for the fix.

16-2-2019: Report of rear brake pads of late 2017 MINI Cooper S automatic needing replacement at 12,000 miles at a cost of £300.

22-2-2019: Report of "numerous faults" with 2017 MINI Cooper S froma round 9 months old including clunking noise on cold start, creaking noises going over bumps, and now a fully non functioning idrive system. MINI dealer seems unable to fix them.

26-5-2019: Report of clutch warning light illuminating in 2016 MINI Cooper convertible a 19,000 miles. Diagnostic trsts showed clutcdh was ok and fault code was deleted. Then brake pad warning light illuminated. Car taken to official MINI centre who said clutch was slipping and investigation would cost £600; replacement of clutch £2,000. Owner's driving blamed.

18-6-2019: Report of remote operation of boot lock seeming to release the electromechanical parking brake of a 2018 Mini Cooper JCW.

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