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Buying a Mini Cooper?

Any thoughts on what one should look for in buying a fairly new Mini Cooper (not the S) for a daily drive to work?

My wife wants one, not me.

Lots of the smaller cars she has looked at are distinctly under-powered for the hills she needs to negotiate on the way to work.

Any other ideas - she was thinking of a Renault Clio but it would have to be a new/almost new one and they're pretty pricey.

She has no interest in an Audio or BMW as she thinks most of them are driven by T*ssers (and to be honest, she has a point).

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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

As long as she knows that Mini is owned and made by BMW...

I don't think I've heard a good thing said about the mini. It won't be cheap to maintain either cause it's basically a BMW anyway!
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

I owned the cooper s, never again, lots of issues inc new engine, dealers suck, mini help desk suck. I've also owned a Suzuki swift (the mini replaced it) big mistake, the swift was a great car, not a single issue in 4 years of ownership
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Old 11.06.2015, 12:46
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

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As long as she knows that Mini is owned and made by BMW...
Yes, I think most people are aware of that...
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

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Any other ideas - she was thinking of a Renault Clio but it would have to be a new/almost new one and they're pretty pricey.
Same to slightly higher price:
Alfa Romeo Mito
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Honda Civic (Type R if you want to borrow it sometimes )

Cheaper:
Toyota Yaris

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Old 11.06.2015, 12:54
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

An Alfa for years of reliable cheap motoring
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

Peugeot 108 looks rather nice.
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

It's French, enough said
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

Golf Blue motion - job done.
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

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Yes, I think most people are aware of that...
Yes well then she is apparently interested in a BMW.

I've owned a Ford Focus for 3 years now and had 0 problems except a door which needed lubricated.

You can get some stonking deals on a Fiesta I'm sure. I got the 1.0L ecoboost and had to climb from 400m to 1000m every day and it was more than man enough for it and returned less than 6.0l/100km
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Old 11.06.2015, 13:00
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An Alfa for years of reliable cheap motoring
Yes Alfas always come out low in surveys like JD Power.

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It's French, enough said
I like French cars. The Citroen DS3 (also quick pricey) gets great reviews.


But to be honest, there's not much difference between reliability and if one is going to stick to the surveys then the cars to avoid are those from Audi and BMW....
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Is it really? I always thought that Alfa Romeos were just another Saab, but of course I know f.all about cars

I second anything Toyota - we had a Yaris back when we did not have kids - easy for parking , cheap maintenance and a good car. Of course it did not have the vavavoom, but if the wife needs it for driving to the office, then perhaps a reliable car is fine.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 11.06.2015, 13:04
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

The engine that gave minis so may issues (which they have now replaced) is the one Peugeot still use the 1.6 petrol. Ive owned French cars and they deserve there reputation for reliability and quality, the look good from new and go well, love Renault engines, but age very quickly and have very large repair bills.
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

Go for the Mini.

I really really wanted one - because I like the look, I'm not ashamed to say - but allowed my husband to talk me into a more 'sensible' car.

I still have a twinge of 'Mini-envy' everytime one passes me by as I plod along in my sensible kennel-on-wheels.

Do it.
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Old 11.06.2015, 13:10
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

I should not be commenting since I am trying to sell one on the forum (albeit an S).

My wife has one since April 2014 and she loves the connectivity and size of the car, in general, all the design, interior lights etc. I am on the other hand rather unfit for such a car; had been hitting my head at the door frame whenever I was trying to get into the car; me being fat does not help of course. For me the interior is rather cramped and even our 2.5 years old prefers the 4x4 though her bigger sister is happy like her mother. But the car drives and handles well

We did not have any issues with the car/engine or service but then drove the car only for short distance (took the car to service only for seasonal tire changes). My neigbor who drives an older model (also s) had some issues with the service however.
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The engine that gave minis so may issues (which they have now replaced) is the one Peugeot still use the 1.6 petrol. Ive owned French cars and they deserve there reputation for reliability and quality, the look good from new and go well, love Renault engines, but age very quickly and have very large repair bills.
Their reputation based on a large consumer base or the reputation you give them?

When was the Mini engine replaced? I could google it but I'm sure you'd know!
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

I have a mini clubman and love it for what it's worth, it's responsive and drives well and easy to park usually.

I have never liked any of the French cars
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

I have a Mini Countryman 4x4 and I love it. Yes it's more expensive than the small French cars... but they get very expensive after a few years, I used to have a Citroen Saxo that cost me an absolute fortune to maintain after it was 3 years old.
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

Bought my wife a cooper S (in germany) three years ago. She LOVES it. Maintenance was included in the purchase price, so not surprise bills there. Fun-to-drive factor is terrific. I'd recommend it.
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Re: Buying a Mini Cooper?

The latest version of the mini is the new engine, so 18 months ago or so
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