I'm thinking of buying an 05 S , but have reservations , I'm in Australia and this really isn't a country to get caught in with a cranky Euro car.
Having had a couple of WRX's and an R34GT-t without any issues regarding gearbox's and stuff generaly or parts availability in a moment of dribbling dementia I bought a Colt CZC Turbo , in my defence I assumed it was made in Japan---ha silly me , designed by the Italians and made by the Dutch , who really should stick to cheese, flowers and dope if this car is anything to go by.
The only Japspec thing in the car is the engine , which, I'm pleased to say, goes reliably and like a scalded earwig on steroids.
Aaaah but wait , to offset the engine goodness the gearbox is a Getrag 5 speed , the same model as the Mini , near as dammit is to swearing - and this gearbox has caused me to swear plenty.
Point being how much stuff on an 9 year old Cooper S, one owner, service records, no apparent mods, 65000miles, is likely to just break and give problems ?
For example stuff like the rear quarter light window regulator on the 2007 CZC that just fraked up for no apparent reason today and is costing me 400 quid , yep AUS$720.00 just for the regulator and thank Christ I'm handy enough on the spanner to be able to change it myself so no labour.
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