Hi all! First of all I would like to say what a great informative community you have here. I have been lurking around for a couple of days gathering information but I think its time I ask my own q.s before committing to a mini.
I was swaying between the R56 08 and the R53 06 Cooper S. After doing extensive online research I have come to the conclusion that the first line of R56 MCS are somewhat problematic engine wise, with cam chain problems, carbon composite problems etc (I have also witnessed this)... I have also read about problems with the R53 (2002-2004) but have gained the impression that the 05-06 R53 are the ones to go for because most problems had been solved by then thus BMW finalized a more reliable car? I also prefer the look an feel of the R53.
Then again, a car is a car no matter what company or what reputation so I am to expect any problem from anything I buy
Is it true that the late R53 (05-06) models are the best models to go for when it comes to engineering and reliability (considering they still have their own problems but not as extreme as the R56)? I have also heard that the R56 models are somewhat more mainstream and were a money saving model for BMW whereas the R53's were more over engineered to give a good first impression of the the new MCS??
Also the getrag gearbox and Chrysler engine in the R53 tend to be more reliable compared to the Citroen|Peugeot prince engines of the R56?
Like I said, this is all based on info I have gathered on the internet. Any input is appreciated, thank you