10 Worst Cars Consumer Reports

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  1. N2MINI

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    Worst Used Car: Mini Cooper S

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    Mini Cooper S

    When it comes to choosing a used car, you can put the odds on your side by choosing a model that performed well when new and has a great reliability track record. Of course, reliability hiccups can happen with any used car, but the Mini Cooper S has the worst history among all cars we have tracked over the past decade. Sure, the car is cute and delightfully entertaining, but year after year, the likelihood of having a problem that requires a repair is heartbreaking. And among the 17 trouble spots we track, engine major, engine minor, engine cooling, fuel system, body integrity, and body hardware have issues at an alarming rate. Although Consumer Reports often recommends skipping an extended warranty, the Mini Cooper S is a case where the investment would be a good hedge against potential problems. Joining the Mini Cooper S as among the worst used cars are the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T and Ford Fiesta—although these models have fewer model years to anchor their position among the worst of the worst.

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  2. wmwny

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    #2 wmwny, Apr 1, 2015
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    Those guys live in a bubble. When are they ever going to look at REAL cars and reality? Of course things happen...bad things, but that does not make a car bad. Take care of a car correctly and it WILL last. I have 3 MINIs...all Generation 1...an R50CVT and 2 MCSas. None are going anywhere soon. Two are daily drivers and the other is only driven for recreation. All are between 9 and 12 years old.
     
  3. ZippyNH

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    Let's see...
    Cars that are driven by young folks that tend to have turbo's, then sold after a couple months break?!
    Stop the presses!!!
    Then again....
    Anybody have a spare timing chain or some walnuts?!
    My car, a gen1 has been reliable enough to start scaring me that it is due for some $$, but then again, I drive it responsibility, and just push it on ocassion...I don't "race" around town all day like some folks.....do that and ANY CAR will die fast....
     
  4. Dave.0

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    Just take your BMW / MINI to the Dealership the are the best. :lol:

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  5. cct1

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    That'll buff right out.

    We really need an emoticon for that...
     
  6. N2MINI

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    Dumb a?? probably had it on the lift just fine, till he dropped the engine and all out of it and then it tilted back. Probably happened in slow motion while the guy is freaking out knowing what is going to happen but can't do anything but watch!!! Wish that was a video...
     
  7. mrntd

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    True Delta provides better data on cars than CR. As in any gathering of statistical data you have to look at the source of the population. Only CR subscribers.
     
  8. Dave.0

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    People used to buy MINI because they were unique looking and FUN to drive.
    Remember "Go Cart handling", yeah that's what every 1st Gen has in spades.

    We did not care about MPG or Techie crap like Bluetooth and BMW oops MINI connect and interior mood lighting.

    We knew it was a great drivers car and the build quality was "meh" and that meant maintenance, lots of maintenance, but the cars are lots of FUN to drive and still are unique.

    Do I give a rats A$$ about Consumer Reports or JD Powers, nope and that's why I own a well maintained unique 2005 MINI and not a Toyota Camry.

    People that have a passion for cars should never be confused with people that base decisions on Consumer Reports or JD Powers.
     
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    I would never buy a MINI for it's reliability. CR is heavily weighted towards that, and it's the major reason it scores low. CR has it's place--it's for people who aren't car fanatics who's priorities are different than 99.8% of us on these boards.

    As for car falling off lifts--this has happened on more than one Lotus--there are 6 lift points, you're only supposed to use the back 4 if lifting the entire car. Problem is the back two are difficult to get at if the car is stock, so places go the easy route and use the front 4, the car becomes a teeter totter and winds up like Dave's pic.
     

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