I have owned this car for 8 years. In that time, I have spent a small fortune on replacing mechanical components to ensure the car was reliable. I have kept all the receipts for work done. Some of the parts replaced in the last 8 years include: Start motor Alternator Wiring loom Engine mounting Exhaust Accelerator cable Primary gears Handbrake cable Brake cylinders Fuel line Complete brazing of the fuel tank New nearside door sill Spare tyre RAC long life 5 year guaranteed battery with 4 years still on it Wiper motor And much, much more This car took me to Bangor, North Wales (200 miles each way) and back 6 times in 2016/2017 with no problems at all. It has the obligatory oil leak which all minis have, but as long as you check it regularly and keep it topped up; it’s not a problem and actually keeps your oil pretty clean. It has a JVC stereo/CD player wired in which works and it has two speakers on the back window sill. Not bad sound for the little car. The heater and the heated back window are in full working order.