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Comparison Build Quality MCS vs JCW

I've been scouring the web and doing some intense research on the 2009 model year Minis. I'm planning on buying a 2009 JCW and I'm curious if the problems that plague the regular MCS are as or more prevalent in their JCW counterparts.

My thinking was that being the flagship JCW with premium sticker meant they didn't cut any corners in producing a car worthy of such a legendary name (John Cooper). Is my thinking flawed?

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The 2nd gen engine especially the n14 are riddled with issues.

Timing chain guide rails failing

Carbon coking

Oil pump failures

Vanos issues

Excessive oil consumption.

Only a few

If you want a good solid mini get an r53 jcw the r56 in petrol format is very unreliable.

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They both went down the same production line, nothing special for the JCW.

its all about maintenance to be honest.
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Like Mark says they were both built in the same factory but the R53 (in my opinion) is the better car in terms of reliability
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Thanks guys I appreciate it. I realize that it's going to come down to maintenance and luck. I'm not apposed to some issues as an offset to the thrill of driving a Mini. This will be my first and I've done 80+ hours of research and I'm still not running in the other direction. I thought I read somewhere they did a bit more to reinforce the engine for the larger turbo with some different components.

Either way I'm ready to take the plunge.
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Thanks guys I appreciate it. I realize that it's going to come down to maintenance and luck. I'm not apposed to some issues as an offset to the thrill of driving a Mini. This will be my first and I've done 80+ hours of research and I'm still not running in the other direction. I thought I read somewhere they did a bit more to reinforce the engine for the larger turbo with some different components.

Either way I'm ready to take the plunge.
The JCW had upgraded engine internals and has the larger brakes fitted to them.

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I done 5 minutes of research and realised that the R56 was a pile of pish......
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I done 5 minutes of research and realised that the R56 was a pile of pish......
Says the man with 2 r55s

Luckly they have the hdi !!

And not the shyte petrol

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Says the man with 2 r55s

Luckly they have the hdi !!

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2 reasons why I purchased them 1) they are Clubbys and I love the look of the Clubby 2) they have a proven engine unlike their petrol counterparts. I also have the R50 for when I want to drive a petrol
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