Based on MINI Hardtop Cooper
The Mini Cooper Hardtop was redesigned last year, marking the third generation of the two-door that started — actually restarted — it all in 2002. (We'll just consider the classic Mini sold overseas for decades a different model altogether.) As happened with its second generatio... Read Full Report
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Editor's note: This review was written in February 2014 about the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2015, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. There may not be a more iconic car on the road than the Mini Cooper, which returned to the U.S. for the 2002 model year. Its comple... Read full review for the 2015 MINI Hardtop
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I've owned and S Class Mercedes...A Jaguar XK8..still do..a KIA Sportage..still do..they're all nice cars but the MINI 2dr hardtop is just plain fun to drive...nice to look at...and the experience of ... Read Full Review
Roadside Assistance Coverage
Free Scheduled Maintenance
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.