really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,602 miles

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2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Owner Comments

problem #10

May 242016

Cooper Countryman

  • 29,952 miles


My 2012 MINICooper countryman with 30,000 miles is requiring replacement of the thermostat and water pump - both of which were recalled and replaced on the 2011 MINICooper countryman. There are not any parts in the United States currently to fix the car. We will be without our car for nearly 3 to 4 weeks while we wait for these parts and we have been told not to drive our car on the highway. The dealer said tough luck.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #9

Mar 212016

Cooper Countryman

  • 112,000 miles
Timing chain stretched causing timing to be off by 75mm, this resulted in damage to the eccentric shaft and timing chain. Engine engine malfunction light illuminated, upon inspection at MINIdealer determined the above condition of vehicle.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #8

Jan 172016

Cooper Countryman

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 MINICooper countryman. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the engine sputtered and there was smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact powered off and restarted the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that oil was leaking. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the hose pipe and freeze plug overheated and melted which caused the engine to require to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Winston, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 052015

Cooper Countryman 4-cyl

  • 42,581 miles


Engine light came on so I went in for a diagnostic. I live 2.5 hours from a MINIservice center. The diagnostic at autozone just listed a bunch of misfires and nothing else. That explained the harsh sounding start and sputtering. As days have gone by, car will lose power in the middle of traffic, struggle up hills, fail to maintain speed limit, and struggle to start in the morning. All these events have occurred less than a month after being serviced at seattle MINII'm sure I'm under warranty, but I'm not happy about having to drive 2.5 hours if I can make it there, for something they seem to have been having complaints about.

- Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 192014

Cooper Countryman

  • 30,000 miles
Our 2012 MINICooper countryman was parked in parking garage. Within minutes of shutting it off the engine caught on fire which spread quickly. The car was completely destroyed. Other cars next to it were affected and the floor of the parking garage was closed due to damages. This is very serious and dangerous.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #5

Mar 022013

Cooper Countryman 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Only run 12000 mile less than year there is rattle sound on speedometer" specially navigation screen. They try fix the problem, and tell me, they can not fix, because it coming from speedometer. And print our one piece paper, which is MINIofficial paper as below" subject: Buzzing noise from speedometer situation: When the vehicle is deceleration the customer might experience a buzzing noise form the speedometer, when speedometer needle is between 0 and 12 miles per hour. General information: This is normal operation"???. what?? normal" this sound make me crazy, same sound everytime I run. I was talk to MINItec person, many people complain about this problem, but MINIU.S.a don;T recall anything. They should recall for this problem, since they agree there is noise form speedometer" I have printed paper from MINIAlso there is noise inside of car, they already fix the dashboard, and, side door noise.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 082013

Cooper Countryman 4-cyl

  • 14,240 miles


The driver side window motor died and needed to be replaced. The transfer case and drive shaft both needed to be replaced after only 14000 miles on a 2012 vehicle. The vehicle has been making a terrible grinding noise and rusting out from the axles but was told it was safe to drive until they could fit me in for an appointment. The grinding continuously got worse until when they took in the car today realized the problem was much worse than anticipated. It seems I am not the first individual to have such a problem with the vehicle as well.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #3

Nov 162012

Cooper Countryman

  • 16,100 miles
On a 2012 MINIcountryman S all4 with manual transmission, starting at 15500 miles on the car, began noticing odd response to the throttle when accelerating on the highway. The clutch would engage and engine increase revs (200-400 RPM) to accelerate while not depressing the clutch pedal. This worsened over the next 500 miles until the RPM difference was 2000-4000 RPM. Finally, the clutch gave completely, with smoke billowing from the hood and obvious smell of burnt plate, even though I had not engaged the pedal while traveling on the highway in high gear. After allowing the car to rest during the day, I managed to get moving for 1/4 mile before stopping at a light. Upon takeoff, the car shuddered violently, and then disengaged from 1st gear and would not re-engage. Had the vehicle towed to dealer for replacement.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062012

Cooper Countryman

  • 4,743 miles
On 3/6/12 (vehicle mileage 4,743) my wife and kids were driving in our 2012 MINIcountryman S and the engine suddenly went into limp mode with reduced power on the freeway and needed to be towed to the dealer. The engine computer was reset and the vehicle was returned to us. On 5/15/12 (vehicle mileage 9,318) the same issue occurred and the car again was towed to the dealer for the replacement of the valvtronic acutator. On 7/27/12 (vehicle mileage 13,140) the same issue happened again (engine went into limp mode with loss of power and my wife and kids were stranded on the freeway 100 miles from the dealer. The car was towed to the dealer and the vehicles computer was reset. I reported these series of incidents to MINIusa customer care as I do not believe the vehicle is safe to operate for fear of having my wife and kids stranded again and have requested a replacement vehicle or refund.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 282012

Cooper Countryman

  • 400 miles
My MINIwas stopped at a traffic light behind a Toyota 4 runner when I was struck from the back by a careless driver in a midsize sedan who had failed to see the cars in front of her stopped at a red light. The damage done to both the car that struck mine from behind as well as the damage done to the 4 runner were minimal by comparison. The MINIincurred irreparable damage to the front end of the car. My concern is that the airbags never deployed and the driver of the 4 runner pulled me out of the car due to fire he saw coming from under the engine of the MINIbefore long the whole front end was engulfed in flames. The car was declared a total loss. Should the vehicle have caught on fire" shouldn't the airbags have deployed with the gravity of the damage"

- Collingswood, NJ, USA

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