Originally Posted by keep it simple
I can't speak for the general brand reliability, but I had one of the very first "new" Cooper S models (supercharged) in the UK. Ran it for 3 years & over 120,000 miles without fault outside of service components. Great little point & squirt car. I recently drove the new turbocharged version, & found it to be a little boring by comparison, & a touch on the bulky side too.
Wow, Andy, 40,000 miles a year! I thought my 30K/yr was a lot.
Don't know anything about the mini-cooper sorry, but it looks like a practical buy.