MINI Set the Bar in Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings

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  1. Nathan

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    Of the 28 Brands that Consumer Reports tracked for it's 2013 Reliability Ratings MINI has set the bar for all the others to beat. And they all did.

    It's because of the High Tech Carp they keep adding too.

     
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    And now they want to add even more breakable goodies with that driver assist system. Mitsubishi started running their ad with a lady driver watching the side of the road instead of traffic and the car stopped by itself. Won't it be fun when people start depending on that system and it fails just in time.
     
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    Consumer Reports hmmm :idea: This I'd from the same company / people that rates Microwaves and Washing machines.....:lol:

    Wonder how they rate EBC brake pads and ALTA products....???
     
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    Dave, Dave, Dave....:frown2: :ihih:

    I'm awaiting their take on the methmobile....
     
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    There's something fishy here ... :biggrin5:
     
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    That new high tech carp they keep adding is going to make driving even more dangerous due to people not paying attention as it is
     
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    But it will give them much more time to text with less distractions.....:screwy:
     
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    I have a great recipe for carp, which has really obtained an undeserved reputation as an undesirable culinary main entree:

    Glass pan
    Layer 1 lb of horse crap on bottom
    Place carp over horse crap
    Cover carp with another 1 lb of horse crap

    Bake @ 375 degrees for one hour

    Let stand for 30 minutes

    Eat the horse crap.
     
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    Anti-lock brakes and air bags made people more dangerous drivers. Now add all this other stupid proofing and the roads are going to be real dangerous.

    With all the complaints Ford has had with their sync system it won't let you do a number of things when the car is moving. So that is a plus.
     
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    #10 Friskie, Oct 29, 2013
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    This reminds me a little of something my grandpa used to say. "Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should."
     
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    Not sure airbags have made folks more dangerous drivers. I do know the vast majority of people don't know how abs works & will lift their foot off the brake when it starts pulsing. :crazy:

    My Ford stync is one reason Ford did not come out well in the consumerist reports testing. Folks expect the things in their cars to work I guess. I think MINIs odd ergonomics also play a role in their low scores. What is neat & quirky to many is oh so odd to the main steam. MINI is even changing this as to not shock the main steam buyer. Moved the window switches to the doors in the countryguy & look at the dash in the F'n56. Brings this question to mind. Did these car buyers not look at these cars & test drive them? :confused5:

    Rating cars the same way you rate toasters is a stupid idea, but that's consumerist reports way.
     
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    Consumer reports isn't the best car mag...But it does cull a ton of data, and there is something to be said for that. The bottom line is MINI has a poor reliability record since day one, always has, and BMW hasn't done enough to fix that. There will be a ton of apologists that will slam CR, especially on MF, happens everytime a report like this comes out, but CR isn't the only place where MINI doesn't do so well. It may not be the holy grail of car magazines, but there is some merit to their report, bashing CR puts the focus on the magazine, where the focus really should be on what BMW can do to make the MINI more reliable.

    Would I buy a MINI as my sole car? Probably not. I love the car, but if I needed something dependable, day in and day out, there are better choices.
     
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    #13 Crashton, Oct 29, 2013
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    Hope you didn't think I was apologizing for MINI. Their reliability sucks big time. If my MINI wasn't so damned much fun it would have left my garage a very long time ago.

    When I need a toaster I'll be checking out consumerist reports, not when I'm shopping for a car.
     
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    I wouldn't use them soley to buy a car--they don't really give a rat's behind about performance--but their reliability data for everyday drivers is nothing to dismiss.
     
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    A lower rating from Consumer Reports might be excusable, but it takes special talent to come in dead last below all other brands.
     
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    I have put 40+k miles on my r53 as a daily for the past 2 years with no reliability problems, my wife has put 25+k on her r50 as a daily over the past 1.5 years with no problems. The unreliable cars are r55+. Also depends in how you maintain your vehicle. I'm a stickler for mine and my wife's. The general public not so much.
     
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    That's good but most car owner today don't even know how to check the oil in a car.
     
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    R34king, that's great, but one car isn't a sample, it's a sampling error; when you take a single object out of thousands and apply it to the whole, no offense, but it's meaningless. If you owned 1,000 MINIs and had no problems, then we can talk. My car has been relatively problem free, but I know far too many people who have had issues, to the point that they'll never consider a MINI again. I've had good luck with my car, but I understand/sympathize with all those who haven't been as lucky. The fact is most MINIs will be reliable, so it's not surprising you haven't had any problems, but that doesn't take away from the fact that an unacceptably high number have.

    It's part of the MINI culture--defend the car to the death--I'm guilty of it myself at times.
     
  19. Friskie

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    That's called anecdotal evidence which has no standing for making judgment calls based on the findings of a large population sampling.

    "All Indians walk in single file. I know because the one that I saw, did."
     
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    Wait a minute...How can only one Indian be walking in single file? Technically, wouldn't you need at least two?
     

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