Compare Mini Vehicles

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Mini generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Why You Should Avoid the 1st Generation MINI Cooper S

From 2002 to 2006, the Cooper S accumulated an overall PainRank™ of 15.97. By our math that means it ranks last in overall reliability. See why it ranks so poorly.

Want to know now all 9 MINI generations rank?

Rank Model Generation Years Reliability PainRank
9th Cooper S Gen 1 2002—2006
8th Cooper S Gen 2 2007—2012
7th Cooper Gen 1 2002—2006