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Default Countryman Common Issues - 10th February 2014, 03:40 PM

Hi Everyone,

Had my countryman just over a week and really enjoying it so far

Just out of interest though are there any common things to watch out for on the countryman? Reading this forum there doesn't seem to be many faults being mentioned?


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Default 10th February 2014, 09:45 PM

Most issues were on the earlier model years 2010 to 2012 (these are the models which don't have the window switches on the door),

- Heavy clutch wear on ALL4 models. All ALL4s built from November 2012 have a more durable clutch assembly.
- Power hesitation on Cooper S models.
- Chrome has a tendency to peel on the belt line.
- Rusty components, especially, surface rust on the water pump and wheel nuts.
- Reading lights have a mind of their own by switching on when the car is locked.
- Corrosion on ‘two tone’ alloys.
- Unhappy 'oncoming' motorists blinded by those CMs which have xenon lights.


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Default 11th February 2014, 03:40 AM

Long-term reviews of earlier CMs noted that the interior was prone to rattles. Has this been resolved in later builds?
  
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Default Countryman Common Issues - 11th February 2014, 07:19 AM

My Sept 13 one has no rattles my old Nov 2010 one had a few initially but bedded in after a year or so - the build quality seems improved
  
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Default 11th February 2014, 07:30 AM

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Hi Everyone,

Had my countryman just over a week and really enjoying it so far

Just out of interest though are there any common things to watch out for on the countryman? Reading this forum there doesn't seem to be many faults being mentioned?
Congrats on your new car!

What year/model did you get? If you purchased your CM new then there aren't any major known issues. It really does seem that Mini has worked out most of the issues in the recent CM's. Being a new CM owner myself (and being new to Mini) I was a bit worried about the reliability thing at first too but the more I read on this and other forums the more confident I feel. I guess we will know in a few years.

Some early 2011 model year CM S suffered from surging or hesitation under acceleration, but this was addressed through a software update (there is a TSB for this). I believe this is the power hesitation that zf44 was referring to.

It's probably good to be aware of the timing chain tensioner problem on earlier non-Countryman Cooper S using the older N14 turbo engine. Now this doesn't directly apply to the Countryman S as it used the revised N18 engine from the beginning when it was introduced in late 2010 (as a 2011 model). I also have not heard any reports of this problem with the Countryman S but how closely related the N14 and N18 are, as well as the consequences of this failure (engine replacement if caught late - $$$$$), it is good to be aware of the tell-tale signs (the "death rattle" on cold startup).

There is also a water pump recall for 2011 Countryman S, at least in the US:

MotoringFile Archive (Updated) MINI USA Announces Water Pump Recall Affecting 89,000

One piece of advice is to check your oil regularly and don't let it run low (many have recommended getting the Craven dipstick as the factory one is poo). Also getting the oil changed more frequently than what Mini recommends is probably a good idea, and if you purchased your CM new you may want to think about when you will do your first oil change. Finally, it goes without saying to use a good synthetic oil if you own the S model.

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There is a TSB for some 2012 CM for leaking coolant pump - http://www.northamericanmotoring.com...1-01-13-a.html

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Default 11th February 2014, 07:31 AM

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My Sept 13 one has no rattles my old Nov 2010 one had a few initially but bedded in after a year or so - the build quality seems improved
That's good to hear, I would definitely be annoyed by rattles on a newish car.

By "bedded in" you mean the rattles went away?
  
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Default Countryman Common Issues - 11th February 2014, 07:34 AM

Either the rattles went or U stopped hearing them ! The drivers door rubber surround used to rattle/ squeak in the old one until the rubber wore . New one doesn't have the issue
  
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Default Countryman Common Issues - 11th February 2014, 08:06 AM

Mine is brand new so is the LCI / facelift. I'm coming from a 12 plate 116i which I had from new and was one of the early ones, never again!!! Will only now buy an LCI!


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Default 11th February 2014, 10:33 AM

Mines was new June 2013. Wax in dealers for a few rattles, 9 visits to fix. Most are centered around the glovebox and centre speedo. That's what happens when you put hard plastic on top of hard plastic. Still got one buzz/rattle from seat area but can't locate it yet!


  
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