Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mini Clubman estate?
Not all Clubmans came with parking sensors, and in many cases it was an expensive option, so look out for dents and scratches to the bumpers and bodywork. Also, watch out for poor-quality paint repairs, because these could lead to future rust issues.
Timing chain rattle
On Cooper S models with the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, listen for a loud rattle upon start-up from cold. This is due to a weak timing chain tensioner that fails to maintain tension over time leads to the rattle. It could be a case of just performing a service and replacing the tensioner or replacing the entire chain and chain guides.
Some owners have reported that the clutch can wear out quite quickly on a Clubman, so do some checks before you buy. Make sure it doesn’t slip when you put your foot down in a high gear. Also, try pulling away in a high gear from rest; if it stalls, the clutch is probably fine.
The stop-start system has also been known to malfunction and stall the car at junctions, and dealers often struggle to diagnose the fault. The system has also been reported to stop working altogether, leaving an error message on the dashboard, which can only be fixed by a dealer.
The interior and dashboard have also suffered from rattles and creaks. Some owners have insisted on having new dashboards fitted, but this doesn't always solve the problem. The speakers can also rattle and distort, and in some cases they can fail completely, so will need replacing.
The Clubman's windscreen is very susceptible to chips and cracks because of its upright position. Check carefully for big chips, because these could develop into a crack that will require you to replace the screen, and if they’re in the immediate area in front of the driver, they can cause an MOT test failure.