Thinking of changing my cooper, now do i go late 2006 supercharger or 2007/8 turbo my thinking is most of the issues have been ironed out on a supercharged car and keep hereing things like 'death rattle' on turbo cars.
Here's my 2 bobs for what its worth.
I can't speak for the 07 (and later) models, will leave that to others comment. I'm sure many will have positive comments to offer about the capabilities of the turbo versions which is a good thing.
We have had an 02 S and recently bought an 06 Cooper S.
Only bought it about 12 months back - was in immaculate condition inside & out, a full service history, it had 120,00klms on the clock when I bought it and only has about 130,000klms on it now. Its been pretty reliable but its had its share of problems to iron out too.
I'm glad I bought both the 02 and the 06 R53. Both have been great cars and no major issues.
Love driving with the window right down & radio off so I can drink in the music of the supercharger whining as you accelerate down the street.
Some love the sound of the whine and some don't. One mans joy is another mans poison.
Am sure the 07 and later models have their own unique musical note when you gas them too.
Whether you buy an 06 supercharged or any of the later turbo versions be aware you will likely have some sort of issues with the car to sort out at some time after you buy it as you are buying second-hand. Every model seems to have its share of common issues - but that doesn't mean you are going to have the same issues. Your car may be different.
My suggestions are:
Test drive at least 2 or 3 different year models of the S (both the turbo and the supercharged version) before you commit.
You're gut (and wallet) will quickly tell you which model you really
enjoy driving the most.
IMHO driving enjoyment is what its really all about, not the technical details of what's under the bonnet unless you plan to get your hands dirty and mod it.
Come back and tell us your thoughts on what you've seen and test driven.
Once you've narrowed down your choice to something a bit more specific I am sure you'll have no trouble getting feedback from this forum about the specific model you are leaning towards.
Good luck with your purchase.