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Old 02-28-2018, 05:46 PM
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New to the mini world. Lookin for somthing for college thatís fun and reliable. I found a 2007 with JWC and itís a Cooper s. Has only 43k miles. In my budget of 7500. Itís a female owner. Was wondering if this is a good buy. To me it looks great, very well taken care of but I donít know enough about minis just think they look good along with their gas millage. Help please!!



 
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Old 02-28-2018, 05:53 PM
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College kid? No offense but you would rather purchase a car that needs less work. These cars aren't really the best when it comes to reliability due to timing chains, coils, thermostats, high pressure pumps, oil leaks and a bunch of other common issues these cars have. The later R56 are a little less problematic. But its still probably going to give you issues. I have one, but I also am able to do my own work at a shop and am able to get a parts discount on OEM bits. If you believe you can afford the parts and labor then by all means I'd recommend a later year R56 with the N18 motor. But until then, get something a little more economical.
 
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Old 02-28-2018, 05:57 PM
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College kid? No offense but you would rather purchase a car that needs less work. These cars aren't really the best when it comes to reliability due to timing chains, coils, thermostats, high pressure pumps, oil leaks and a bunch of other common issues these cars have. The later R56 are a little less problematic. But its still probably going to give you issues. I have one, but I also am able to do my own work at a shop and am able to get a parts discount on OEM bits. If you believe you can afford the parts and labor then by all means I'd recommend a later year R56 with the N18 motor. But until then, get something a little more economical.
Iíd much rather have somthing dependable thatís proablem free. I was considering a Chevy Cruz. Itís just hard to figure out whatís good out their with everything being two sidded. Thank you!
 
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Old 02-28-2018, 06:01 PM
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I do love my car as a daily. It is a great, fun car. But they do come with their issues. I'm looking past that lol. Hopefully it doesn't bite me in the end.
 
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