2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman
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Great car with great gas milage

by from Chicago, IL on May 7, 2008

The Clubman S is what Mini needed. It is functional enough now to put golf clubs in the back, go to grocery store, or fit 4 people in the comfortably. As a commuter car...one word, fun. It has the per...
The Clubman S is what Mini needed. It is functional enough now to put golf clubs in the back, go to grocery store, or fit 4 people in the comfortably. As a commuter car...one word, fun. It has the performance when needed, and am getting 33 mpg with about 70/30 mix highway to city. BMW quality is throughout and one of the most pleasant cars to own and admire.
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The most STREET LEGAL fun you can have!

by from Independence, MO on January 4, 2013

We have owned this car for about a year and it just gets better. We bought it pre-owned from a Mini dealer and can't find much that we don't love about it overall. It can be a bit difficult to get in ...
We have owned this car for about a year and it just gets better. We bought it pre-owned from a Mini dealer and can't find much that we don't love about it overall. It can be a bit difficult to get in and out of, since it's so log to the ground, but that is the worst I can say about it. The turbo is "blow your hair back" fun, the keyless access (no key needed to start it) is awesome, I love the panoramic sunroof, and the rear barn style doors are so convenient. We get great gas mileage, even when driving a little more, ah... agressively... than might be normal.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Fun & Economical

by from Lancaster, PA on July 3, 2013

This is my first Mini Cooper and I'm in love. I bought this as our families 3rd car and one I use to commute for my sales position at work. It is a great fit for what I needed. I can buzz the kids to ...
This is my first Mini Cooper and I'm in love. I bought this as our families 3rd car and one I use to commute for my sales position at work. It is a great fit for what I needed. I can buzz the kids to soccer or I can drive to upstate NY for business. This car handles like nothing I've ever driven before. The turbo charged engine picks up faster than my V6 3.5L Nissan Maxima. Fuel efficiency is better than I imagined. I do about 50/50 city and highway driving and am averaging 31 mpg, and I've been driving kind of "aggressively". I'm impressed with the space in the back seat as well. Much more legroom than the standard 2 door model. Also the fact that you can fold down the back seats is a great addition. I can fit golf clubs, 2 snowboards, groceries etc all in the back. So, to sum up, stop thinking about it and just buy a Mini.
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Uses car for Work

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the best and the worst of my Mini.

by from Portland, Oregon on October 23, 2008

With a 2 years old son and a pregnant wife I needed more space. I upgraded from a Convertible Mini to a Mini Clubman. I love it!!! It runs great in the hwy and in the City. Cheap maintance. You only c...
With a 2 years old son and a pregnant wife I needed more space. I upgraded from a Convertible Mini to a Mini Clubman. I love it!!! It runs great in the hwy and in the City. Cheap maintance. You only chance the oil every 15,000 miles and the dealer would do it for free once a year up to 5 years. Tires are flat run but I rather the old school tire so at least they could be fix. Upgrades could cost you and eye and a ear but if you install your self the easy upgrades you would save big bucks!
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Great little car - terrible tires!

by from Gulf Shores, Al on April 18, 2008

Tires are expensive and they don't last. I have had my Mini Cooper S for two years and have numerous issues with the tires and alignment. Fun to drive and great gas mileage. Just know that you will sp...
Tires are expensive and they don't last. I have had my Mini Cooper S for two years and have numerous issues with the tires and alignment. Fun to drive and great gas mileage. Just know that you will spend a lot on tires.
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Total Disaster

by from DC on March 28, 2011

I bought this car from a private party when it was only 12 months old with 12K miles. The car's first problem was a fuel pump failure, which left me stranded late at night. Then there was the timing c...
I bought this car from a private party when it was only 12 months old with 12K miles. The car's first problem was a fuel pump failure, which left me stranded late at night. Then there was the timing chain/tensioner. It was downhill from there. The check engine light was a chronic problem (it recurred 10 times in a year and a half). Each time I brought it in, they'd spend days/weeks on it and then promise that the issue was resolved. Then, inevitably, the CEL would come on again, forcing me to go back. In all, after 16 months, the car had been in the shop for 65 days. One point mentioned by the service tech at the dealer was that the Peugeot engine is not designed to run on ethanol. This is obviously a problem, given that there is some ethanol in even "approved" Mini/BMW gasoline brands. The other point made was that my driving environment -- the city -- is not good for the Clubman's turbo. I was told that the car really needs to be driven on the highway. Since I live in the city (DC), this was a significant problem. All in all, this was a miserable experience. SO, I traded the car in for a BMW, taking a 10K loss. Very happy now with the Bimmer.
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Uses car for Commuting

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