Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mini Clubman estate?
The barn doors may be neat, but it’s easy to forget how far back they extend when you open them, so check that the inner edges haven’t been scuffed against a wall; if the paint is damaged, it could lead to rust problems later on.
Lots of models came with big wheels and will have been used in tight urban environments, so make sure you check these for kerb damage. Light grazes aren’t too much of an issue, other than cosmetically, but larger scrapes, especially with chunks taken out of the wheels, could point to significant suspension damage. While you’re there, check that there are no scuffs or scrapes to the car’s extremities.
Inside, you’ll want to examine the interior carefully for signs of abuse at the hands of a less-than-careful family; have a look at the plastics for cracks or scrapes and check the seats for stains.
If you're looking for information on the older model, click here for our used review of the 2007-2014 Mini Clubman.
What are the most common problems with a used Mini Clubman estate?
Engine crankshaft bearings
The 1.5-litre petrol engine has been subject to a recall to deal with excessive crankshaft bearing wear; this problem is serious and could lead to considerable engine damage if not remedied. It’s therefore worth checking with your local dealership whether the car you’ve got your eye on is affected. If it is and the work hasn’t been done, get it booked in as soon as you buy. Better still, get the vendor to get the work done; it should be carried out for free.
Is a used Mini Clubman estate reliable?
The Clubman did rather well in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in joint 7th place with the BMW 1 Series and ahead of other premium rivals, such as the Audi A3. In the same survey, Mini finished 8th out of 31 manufacturers.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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