Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mini Hatchback hatchback?
Most Minis will have been used enthusiastically so check the bodywork for any car-park scuffs and dings to the wings, as well as the alloy wheels for any kerb damage.
What are the most common problems with a used Mini Hatchback hatchback?
For early vehicles made from the start of production until 30 September 2014, the emergency spare wheel (if fitted) may work loose from the underside of the car.
Front seat backrest
The front seat backrests on Minis produced between 1 August 2014 and 30 September 2014 could have some play in the mechanism. This could, in the event of a collision, lead to injury because the seat may not remain in an upright position.
There could be an issue with airbags that might not deploy in a collision on vehicles produced between 14 September 2016 and 21 October 2016. Check with your local Mini dealer to see if your car is affected by any of these safety recalls, because new airbag modules will need to be fitted.
A problem with the crankshaft sensor fitted to some diesel models manufactured between 22 May 2018 and 12 June 2018 could result in rough running and an engine malfunction warning light to illuminate. The engine could also stall, too. Speak with your local dealer if you think your car is affected, because it will need a new sensor if it is.
Is a used Mini Hatchback hatchback reliable?
The Mini hatchback didn’t do quite as well in our latest What Car? Reliability survey, having fallen down the rankings to 14th place out of 25 in the small car class. Mini as a brand finished in 8th out of 31 other car manufacturers; a marked improvement on previous performances.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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