Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don't Be A Fool, Avoid This Car

Mini Cooper S
Everyone who is in the market for a next car should encounter a dizzying array of factors to consider such as, road-test performance, fuel economy, safety, reliability, and price. These objective measures can help winnow down a field of prospects rather quickly, identifying a select few standout models.

However, there are a few castaways that should be filtered out due to their exceptional shortcomings like the Mini Cooper S.

When it comes to choosing a used car, buyers can put the odds on their side by choosing a model that performed well when new and has a great reliability track record. Of course, reliability hiccups can happen with any used car, but the Mini Cooper S has the worst history among all cars we have tracked over the past decade.

Sure, the car is cute and delightfully entertaining, but year after year, the likelihood of having a problem that requires a repair is heartbreaking. And among the 17 trouble spots tracked, engine major, engine minor, engine cooling, fuel system, body integrity, and body hardware have issues at an alarming rate. Although Consumer Reports often recommends skipping an extended warranty, the Mini Cooper S is a case where the investment would be a good hedge against potential problems.

Joining the Mini Cooper S as among the worst used cars are the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T and Ford Fiesta—although these models have fewer model years to anchor their position among the worst of the worst.

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