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Mini FAQs

Q: Who owns the Mini car brand?

A: Although Mini is historically a British brand, it has been owned by German automaker BMW since 2000.

Q: What are the different types of Mini?

A: There are a number of Mini cars available, including hardtop two- and four-door models, convertibles, and the larger Countryman and Clubman wagons. The high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) is another popular Mini for sale. The JCW Mini has even more power behind the wheel, and is named after the original designer of the iconic Mini Cooper.

Q: Do Mini Coopers have BMW engines?

A: Yes; while Mini models produced before Mini's acquisition by BMW in 2000 were equipped with British O-Series engines, newer models are outfitted with BMW-sourced engines.

Q: Do they still make Mini Coopers?

A: Yes, although the Mini Cooper is no longer a standalone model like it originally was. The last "classic" Mini Cooper model rolled off the assembly line in 2000. Since then, Mini has continued to produce "Cooper" trims on each of its vehicle models, and the used Mini remains a popular vehicle.

About Mini

While not officially established as a company until 1969, the Mini brand's history dates back to the late 1950s, when the British Motor Corporation (BMC) committed to designing and building a simple, inexpensive vehicle for getting around town. To the BMC's surprise, the unique design of the Mini Cooper drew the attention of many celebrities, including Peter Sellers, George Harrison, and even Paul McCartney. From there, it didn't take long for Mini to become a globally recognized brand.

Today, Mini continues to produce its popular two-door hardtop, as well as four-door and convertible versions. The 2017 Mini two-door hardtop, for instance, is equipped with a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine at 134 hp and comes with such standard features as automatic dual-zone climate control, smartphone integration, simulated leather upholstery, and HD radio, making it a popular Mini model. The same features and powertrain are also standard on the four-door hatchback Mini for sale.

The 2018 Mini Countryman is another popular used Mini; it is larger than the original Mini hatchback, featuring a wagon-style design evocative of a small crossover SUV. Its base Cooper trim is powered by the same turbocharged 1.5L engine at 134 hp as the Mini for sale in two- and four-door models, with all-wheel drive is optional. Base equipment on the 2018 Countryman is generous and includes run-flat performance tires, a panoramic sunroof, automatic dual-zone climate control, and ambient cabin lighting.

From the classic two-door Mini Cooper to the more spacious Countryman and Clubman models, Mini has made quite a name for itself over the years. With cars that are as eye-catching as they are fun-to-drive, a used Mini could be a great choice for your next vehicle purchase.

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Mini reliability rating (by RepairPal)

Above Average
RepairPal gave Mini an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mini 25th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Mini models is $639, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Mini owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.6 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% across all Mini models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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