With so many MINIS on the road i cant understand why people say they are unreliable. Surely there would be an outcry if all the owners had problem cars. Perhaps they are talking about the older models, not the latest new MINIS.
I will probably look to change my UP GTI in 2024. I do fancy a Mazda MX5 soft top, but i do not want another manual. I only want automatics. Its only available on the top of the range RF and too expensive.
I will have a look at the POLO GTI auto and even the GOLF GTI auto, but if you can get a MINI COOPER auto at one year old for the same price as the POLO GTI auto i would prefer the MINI.
My next car after that in 2029 ( yes forward planning ) which will probably be my last car before i give up driving, could be something different like a BMW 320 auto or a Jaguar XE auto. As an OAP i would like comfort.
If the price comes down a lot i could look at an electric car in 2029. All electric cars are automatic so perhaps a MINI E, HONDA E, RENAULT ZOE or SMART FOR TWO E.
Then again with the low mileage i do, i could keep my UP GTI for many years as my final car until i give up driving. At the moment i am enjoying my UP GTI. I have had it for 6 months and only done 400 miles in it, so it looks like it will do 1000 miles a year or less just like my SMART did, so i could keep it and look after it for the next 10 to 20 years.I have plenty of time to decide, so we shall see.
It is a while since we had Minis but the two we had we’re dreadful. The first one was returned under rejection, We then had another because they would replace not refund. That one event was also rejected and they refunded. No point in trying a third one ..
I have a Mazda MX5. It’s quite old but very low miles and exceptional condition. Great was a weekend toy but hopeless as a daily driver.