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Old 06-05-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Mini cooper question!

I'm looking to buy a used Mini because i really like how they look but have no idea if its a reliable car and if there's some problem with these cars. I'm mainly looking at the 02-05 manual and not the supercharged one because of the insurance.
So if anyone has had experienced with them or know some story please share .
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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I'd stick to 05+. They're generally reliable cars and are fairly cheap to maintain. Common issues include thermostat leaks and misc. minor oil leaks around the engine.
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Old 06-30-2010, 11:10 PM   #3
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I have an 03 Cooper (non S) since new. Its generally been pretty reliable. I can attest to the thermostat prob (mine corroded). It was a cheap fix though, at around $100 bux, including labour.

Maintenance like typical european cars is pricier compared to japanese rivals, especially if you take it to the dealership. BMW / MINI will try to gouge you in every which way possible.
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