I'll start by saying I know very little about mini's, so please bare with me.
My wife is keen to get a second hand Mini as her car for commuting and general zipping about town. At the moment Im looking at 2009-2011 R56's, not looking for any special performance / tuned version that gives an extra 3 kw etc and bigger diameter exhaust pipes, but let me know if there is a reason I should be looking elsewhere. Id like to stay under $25k if possible but she has expensive taste .
Im looking for info that you as enthusiasts will be able to pass on that I wouldn't have any idea about
1. Would like something new-ish, so a R56 it seems is the go - is there any reason to go older? (ie - is there problems with the R56 that werent in the R53, or something that got watered down in the R56).
2. Are there engine options that I should be looking for? We'd like diesel but its maybe out of our price range and not a deal breaker, are there different engines over the year models at all - is there one that's considered to be the good one / bad one??
3. Has to be auto - are there different transmissions over the year models / trim levels etc - is there one that's considered to be the good one / bad one?
4. My wife loves brown leather seats, we've only spotted one with these seats - are they super rare, or do they only come in certain editions? (The one we saw was a Mayfair Edition and looks like it might have been perfect but we missed out )
4. Any recalls / software updates I should ask about whether they have been carried out?.
5. In terms of mileage - are there any backbreakingly large services that I should aim to avoid (ie- buy a car thats already had that service), and are tires super expensive for a Mini (What size are they? I can look that up I guess, scratch that one)
6. Lastly, we have a 4 and 2 year old, my car will be the main "family car" but you know at some point I'll have to put car seats in the Mini... I saw there's a whole section dedicated to this and I will check it out soon but can I get a short answer in the meantime... Am I going to be able to get two carseats in the back of a Mini? (I know there is two seats in the back but can you get carseats in through the doors, are there anchor points...).
Since you want an automatic, you can rule out the 1st Gen Cooper (R50) since the automatic used was a CVT transmission and these cost an arm and leg to replace (ie. you write off the car if it fails).
There's a 50-60 horsepower difference the Cooper and Cooper S models. Although less fuel efficient the engines in the 1st Gen Cooper S were far more bullet proof than the N14 engine in pre-LCI 2nd Gen Cooper S models.
A 2nd Gen Cooper will probably be the best choice ... you'll be able to get a higher optioned car for the money.
Just put a deposit down on an auto 2012 Cooper Green Park Edition
Doesnt have the tan leather that she was keen on but pretty plush interior.
Any other Green Parks on here? Is it just the colour combo thats different to normal? apparently it has the chilli pack also (whats included in that - is it just bluetooth and additional speakers or something?)
Guys i need your suggestion i will be 18 next week and therefore am looking for a first car to drive. If possible, I don't want some typical mundane civic or something that ,.,.What you thinks about it,.,.i am waiting for your ideas,.
As you are not sure what model to buy, why not go to a Mini dealership, try out a few models (new or used) with different engines, manual and/or auto, and then decide which type of Mini you want.
You don't have to buy from the dealer, but you will be in a much more educated position to decide what type of Mini you would like.
You will then be able to make a decision with regard to your budget on the actual car you can focus on looking for. You can then decide if you want to buy from the dealer or buy privately.
2009 R56 Mini Cooper S: Chili Red, Black Roof, Black Wheels, ASC+T, SatNav, Very Cute!
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