The 3 cyl BMW engine is pretty much without fault. Most issues on present Mini are electronic hardware and software related, there seem to be lots of them.The only Mini i would want is the latest 3 door hatch. The problems people had were with the old engines. The latest BMW engines i believe are ok.
I Test Drove 4 different Mini Cooper automatics at different dealers and thought the cars were excellent. The reason i did not buy was because of the high prices and pathetic sales staff. My UP GTI cost thousands less and was just as good if not better. I am just forward planning for my next car as i never buy the same car again without something in between as i like a change being a car nut petrol head.
The best Minis were the original Rover Minis. There were around 20 of them in amazing condition at the Classic Car show i went to yesterday in Lytham St Annes. It was a great show with at least 300 cars including Morgan, Mustang, MGB, Austin 1300, Austin Cambridge, Austin seven, Austin A35, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Jag E Type V12, and a lovely Bright Red TR6 just like the one i owned. Made me very nostalgic looking at it and i was welling up thinking about the good times i had with the car and my family.