We are in our third MINI now. Never had a single repair - just the scheduled maintenance. To me they are the most reliable family of cars I've owned, and I've had 9 Toyotas, 3 Fords, a Suburu, 2 Chevys, a Plymouth, a VW Bug, and 2 GEO Metros. For a small car it is amazingly comfortable provided you get rid of the run flats. For my wife and I it has ample room for groceries and most things we get at Home Depot. What I really enjoy is the camaraderie among most MINI owners. Dealerships organize driving events and giveaways on a fairly regular basis. And the local MINI clubs seem a lot less clannish than the BMW owners' groups. The only beef I have with MINI and why my wife traded in her 2008 S convertible for a BMW 128i is that MINI is rapidly losing its cachet - there are too many of them out there now.
I'll be keeping mine at least until the elections this year - 500+ miles on a tank of gas is kind of necessary in today's economy.