From 2015 onward, CR has given the Mini above-average reliability scores. Based on CRs recent studies, we recommend the Minis 2015-2019 model years as the best to buy used.
How long does a Mini Cooper timing chain last?
Timing chains typically last more than 100k miles in other cars, but the affected Mini models often need them changed at 20-30k miles when they start making noise.
What sound does a bad timing chain make?
rattling noise Rattle in the Engine During Startup or Idling When the timing chain is loose, it can cause a vibration in the motor resulting in a rattling noise as the engine idles or when starting. If you hear a rattle, it means something is loose and needs to be fixed before it breaks.
What are signs of a timing chain going bad?
Common signs of a faulty timing chain include engine misfires, metal shavings found in the oil, and rattling sounds from the engine while idling....Engine misfires or runs poorly. Metal shavings found in the oil. Engine wont start or fails. Check Engine Light is on. Engine rattles while idling.12 Jan 2016
Is it worth replacing the timing chain?
Unless there is a specific problem, the timing chain normally needs to be replaced between 80,000 and 120,000 miles. If you drive an older vehicle, or one close to 100,000 miles, you should have it replaced or at least become aware of the symptoms of a failing timing chain.