Here’s Why You Should Never Buy a Mini Cooper

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  • Published: 15 May 2019
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    Scotty Kilmer   5 months back

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    • Laguna beach California
      Laguna beach California  3 months back

      I’m in the process of getting a 2005 mini s convertible it’s fully loaded after market parts well maintained but has exactly 99 thousand miles I hear everyone talk negative about this car or should I get a Audi TT????? Not much better I think but trying to have some that’s all not as a daily driver it’s automatic by the way I need advice pls anyone????

    • Andrew Cheatle
      Andrew Cheatle  3 months back

      @Basel Arnouk
      Just don't buy the Fiat

    • MrJasonfromcanada
      MrJasonfromcanada  5 months back

      You think that fan belt it bad?
      Try replacing a starter on a 1991 “TOYOTA “ Cressida.

    • Uptin Sinclaire
      Uptin Sinclaire  5 months back

      Minis are pure garbage. We replaced the engine and turbo in my sister's 2008 with less than 60,000 miles on it. Two years later the gear on the cam slipped since it doesn't have a woodruff key. The valves hit the pistons. Now it's a very expensive lawn ornament. The valves were starting to get carbon buildup on it because it's direct injected. She also spent $800 to service the transmission because it was starting to have problems and it didn't fix the issue. You can't get parts or repairs done at a BMW dealer, you have to go to a Mini Cooper dealer 3 hours away. It has the trifecta turbo, direct injection and a CVT. I refuse to buy a vehicle with any of those three things.

    • Dean Madden
      Dean Madden  5 months back

      Quick release wiring harness in the Mini for a reason? Food for thought!

  • Tony A.
    Tony A.  2 days back

    Still better than any American car lmfao

    • node
      node  4 days back

      Mini's are like any other BMW. Lease them and let em go 3 years.

      • Unlucky Lucy
        Unlucky Lucy  4 days back

        In Brazil we paid 100k for one of theses, i know its bad but its also so cute. I can't hate theses cars.

        • CountryBoyShane
          CountryBoyShane  5 days back

          100% accurate. They're fun cars, but you've gotta spend serious money to keep it running, especially the 2nd gen BMW MINI!!!

          • Tommy !
            Tommy !  6 days back

            I have a BMW Mini Mini cooper, Here now before I take it my local garage, Overheating, Fans goes for 15 minutes after turning it off, Got to pull half the car apart to take the battery off, It's housed in a plastic shaped square box just big enough that the battery doesn't fit through it!
            The doors weight a ton though so you won't need to join a gym.

            • Donald D
              Donald D  7 days back

              People are pulling 500hp out of those old mini with the std gearbox.. and you complaining about a serpentine belt.. your funny in this one

              • joshua D
                joshua D  1 weeks back

                You’re talking about a car that is basically a decade old with some cheap stuff but making it out to seem like the current ones are bad. You have just about 0 credibility

                • J Park
                  J Park  2 weeks back

                  I’ve had two. My first was a 2002 and leaked oil like no one’s business. I have a 2012 Cooper S Coupe and I’ve had no issues so far. I love it and will definitely get another one in the future despite what some random dude with bad hair says on the internet.

                  • Big Show
                    Big Show  2 weeks back

                    lol, theres a Mini Driver joke id make, but that would be too easy.

                    also...you say this is bad...but all fun cars have bad design choices, like the first gen SHO. though im waiting on you to do the belts on a Lancia Delta Integrale..then we'll see which is worse

                    • Ciara Ali
                      Ciara Ali  2 weeks back

                      I’m just here for the comments.

                      • Barry Armstrong
                        Barry Armstrong  2 weeks back

                        My missus has got one.... they give crap a bad name.......

                        • Neil Cuthbert
                          Neil Cuthbert  2 weeks back

                          You are seriously irritating!!!!!

                          • Ender Rock
                            Ender Rock  2 weeks back

                            I only think of a mini cooper as a show vehicle

                            • LouieSpagooey
                              LouieSpagooey  2 weeks back

                              "Its got a little bitty 1.4 liter engine, barely gets out of its own way with an automatic transmission" Ahahahaha! Scotty you're too much!

                              • Ill Justice
                                Ill Justice  2 weeks back

                                So he says his neighbor bought a new mini. I might be reading the numbers wrong but why does it say that the car has 106,104 miles on it??

                                • Peter Bustin
                                  Peter Bustin  2 weeks back

                                  Is there something wrong with the air there in Texas, or is it the water ?

                                  • moriah martinez
                                    moriah martinez  2 weeks back

                                    Too late, it’s my favorite car

                                    • Chris Walker
                                      Chris Walker  6 days back

                                      I thought so too after the engine in mine blew due to a common issue with these engines. Fixing these last few things and getting a Challenger. I spent 16k on repairs with mine...and I got it Feb this year...

                                    • moriah martinez
                                      moriah martinez  6 days back

                                      Sihang Shao maybe

                                    • Sihang Shao
                                      Sihang Shao  7 days back

                                      my favorite car is jaguar f type..... maybe we shouldn't be here lol

                                  • Aleid van Dijk
                                    Aleid van Dijk  2 weeks back

                                    I've heard a lot of retarded Americans but this trump's the lot...

                                    • Chris Dixon
                                      Chris Dixon  3 weeks back

                                      Great video.. I've got a 2008 Mini Cooper, with 107K on it, and knock on wood, no major problems. Now that I've seen this video, I'm going to be paranoid.

                                      • Scatterbraindad
                                        Scatterbraindad  3 weeks back

                                        I just bought one lol

                                        • Grey Cat
                                          Grey Cat  3 weeks back

                                          Britain has always built junk just like France and Italy.

                                          • Ryan Mickels
                                            Ryan Mickels  3 weeks back

                                            Why would you tape yourself in front of your hoarder garage? Clean that thing out!

                                            • Laura Zelinski
                                              Laura Zelinski  3 weeks back

                                              Welp to late now my mom bought one already

                                              • Matthew Newland
                                                Matthew Newland  3 weeks back

                                                I’m a Brit, and I have a mini and I have to say I agree entirely with this video and I’m also over the moon that Scotty is pro Brexit!! <3

                                                • John Montana
                                                  John Montana  3 weeks back

                                                  Matthew Newland do you think Boris will be able to pull it off? You guys have a swamp as deep as ours it seems...

                                              • Gerrit _
                                                Gerrit _  3 weeks back

                                                Also, the design is just a load of crap. It's not a handsome looking car by any meaning of the word.

                                                • Sandy
                                                  Sandy  3 weeks back

                                                  It's a BMW, what did you expect?

                                                  • Nikola2016m
                                                    Nikola2016m  3 weeks back

                                                    Damn, if Scotty was my neighbor I would go and ask him to go with me and to advise me what car I should buy.

                                                  • Eastern Cowboy
                                                    Eastern Cowboy  4 weeks back

                                                    Never ever buy a mini with a automatic transmission since their know for failure.....

                                                    • BatmanOfSanAntonio
                                                      BatmanOfSanAntonio  4 weeks back

                                                      Oh Scotty you are breaking my heart. I have and love my Mini. I do routine maintenance on it, check all fluid levels. Never gives me any problems. Now I had a Nissan Xterra and Toyota, they were crap.

                                                      • Zz R56
                                                        Zz R56  4 weeks back

                                                        My R56 JCW will pass your rundown Celica. The mini is meant for the modern day mechanic... not some old head who drives slow in the passing lane.

                                                        • Alexandru *
                                                          Alexandru *  4 weeks back

                                                          you are just crazy about fools

                                                          • Mike Kitterhing
                                                            Mike Kitterhing  4 weeks back

                                                            Absolutely right Scotty, im a Brit, and i just got rid of a mini convertible, most unreliable car i ever had, except for a crappy old jaguar i had years ago

                                                            • Gaston Venne
                                                              Gaston Venne  4 weeks back

                                                              I rather have any car including a Mini than having an American car,. I had a few and they are junk

                                                              • Diablo
                                                                Diablo  4 weeks back

                                                                the mini is better and lasts longer than the crap yanks make

                                                                • john bunyan
                                                                  john bunyan  1 months back

                                                                  I am English and am sickened how our car companies built so much rubbish in the 1960s and 70s.
                                                                  All our famous names have been bought up by other countries.
                                                                  I drove a new mini courtesy car, while my Volvo was being repaired and the automatic gearbox was very poor. Each time that drive was engaged and dis- engaged there was a clunking noise.
                                                                  The rearward visibility was dreadful, also.

                                                                  • Gobble De Gook
                                                                    Gobble De Gook  1 months back

                                                                    The BMW Mini is NOT a British Made Car !
                                                                    1) BMW is German.
                                                                    2) the Components are Very CHEAP & Nasty, Shoddy Badly Made in Various 3rd World Countries i.e: East Europe, South America, Asia etc = NASTY !
                                                                    3) the Mini is Only ASSEMBLED in the UK (Thrown Together FAST)
                                                                    the Majority of the staff are on Agency Gig Contracts. They can be " let go " at a minutes notice.
                                                                    East Europeans: Polish, Romanians & Bulgarians, Russian + just a few British Workers, Who Gerneraly Do NOT want to Work at (Stalag BMW) the Mini Plant.
                                                                    ENJOY !

                                                                    • Graham Stanton
                                                                      Graham Stanton  1 months back

                                                                      That engine is French ! Say no more

                                                                      • becca faye
                                                                        becca faye  1 months back

                                                                        I don't even like cars but I love this guy's videos.

                                                                        • Duane White
                                                                          Duane White  1 months back

                                                                          This is why retarded people should not do videos

                                                                          • Michael Schofield
                                                                            Michael Schofield  1 months back

                                                                            The mini was fine until the German’s took over !

                                                                            • Matteo L
                                                                              Matteo L  1 months back

                                                                              When Scotty refers to a serp belt as a fan belt I question my reality.

                                                                              • Tom Adams
                                                                                Tom Adams  1 months back

                                                                                i almost bought a manual transmission mini

                                                                                • Obsession wax
                                                                                  Obsession wax  1 months back

                                                                                  Your looking at the mini with the Peugeot engine... The original R53 with the Chrysler engine was an awesome car. I have one that's 17 years old with 120k on it and it's still going strong...

                                                                                  • CarStuffetc
                                                                                    CarStuffetc  1 months back

                                                                                    Not disagreeing on the design being a PITA to service... but here is why it was done that way: On European models of the Prince Engine (due to EU requirements for emissions and what not) the friction wheel has an electronic servo and it is computer controlled. When the Prince engine starts the friction wheel is kept disengaged so that the water pump isn't turning to bring the engine temperature up faster so closed loop operation (using the o2 sensors) can occur quicker. Once the programmed temperature is achieved the friction wheel is brought up engaging the water pump pulley. US requirements are not so stringent so in US models the friction wheel is engaged all the time. BMW wasn't going to redesign the Peugeot Prince accessory drive design due to cost just for US models so the only difference is US friction wheels do not have a servo and the plug to the computer. Now while there is a debate to be had on why BMW would use a french engine in the MINI, the main reason was gas mileage which improved over the previous Tritec motor by 4-8 MPG, and BMW was still developing their own engine for the MINI which didn't come out until 2014.


                                                                                    Keep up the good work Scotty.

                                                                                    • Glenn Zanotti
                                                                                      Glenn Zanotti  1 months back

                                                                                      I love my 2007 MINI CooperS. Twelve years old. Starts everyday. Get's 30MPG. Aftermarket parts are easy to find, and reasonably priced. BLAST to drive. I maintain it properly, keep it washed and waxed, and park it in the garage when I am at home. It looks like a new car. And, did I mention it is a BLAST to drive? Yeah, it's bit quirky, but at least it isn't boring.

                                                                                      BTW, my 2007 MINI has a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine that produces 172 HP -- that's 107 HP per liter. How many other cars produce that kind of power from that kind of size.

                                                                                      • Jake Boyd
                                                                                        Jake Boyd  1 months back

                                                                                        Welcome to Peugeot. That's how they used to be. Also new vehicles nowadays aren't meant to be worked on by people that aren't trained to work on them. Way to be helpful and specific in the model year you're trashing. Yes BMW, germans, owned MINI at the time of production. However Peugeot (a FRENCH manufacturer) actually made the one you're "working on".

                                                                                        • Steve Dickson
                                                                                          Steve Dickson  1 months back

                                                                                          ..all new modern cars out now are a pain to work on ! Open the bonnet and..theres just a lump covered in plastic and plug ins for engine analysis!