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Old Jun 3rd, 2014, 02:02 AM
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Hello all, looking at a Mini Cooper S and have a couple questions

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New to the forum, and new to the Mini brand. My wife is looking at a 1st generation Cooper or Cooper S. They seem like pretty solid cars overall. We have driven both and the S is definitely a sportier ride. However the S we drove had a high pitched ring/rattle that sounded like it was coming from the supercharger. Are they trouble prone or was this one we had out just an anomaly? Also how does the standard Cooper and the S compare for fuel economy and reliability? Would I be better off getting her a second generation standard Cooper vs a first generation S?

Thank-you in advance and looking forward to being part of the community when we finally pull the trigger on one.

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Drive another S and compare noises. The S will have a throw-out bearing rattle which is a small annoyance but not a problem. You will find on this site Ss that have travelled 200K miles or more. Check for maintenance schedules and what major work has been done if any. As for fuel, I get 12 mpg at the track and up to 35 on hwy.

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I've been on several Mini forums since this past January and it seems the majority agree that there are less problems with the base model than there are with the S of JCW.
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I've been on several Mini forums since this past January and it seems the majority agree that there are less problems with the base model than there are with the S of JCW.

That may be true for the 2nd Gen MINI but not the 1st Gen.
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Thanks for the info guys. I have had a chance to drive a couple now, and the one with the noise definitely had a problem. Glad to see that some are getting that kind of mileage!
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Well picked one up today, a 2003 S with 63000 miles on the clock. I have a few items to address but overall a solid car. Looking forward to learning more about these cars and becoming part of the forum.
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Just picked up a R53 chilli pack mate with 54k, 2003 plate with a few mods and I tell you its fantastic!
Full service history and a folder of receipts. I was a VAG driver but thats now over, fantastic cars mate! buy one.
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