My Cooper S is under-powered - why?
I just bought my first Mini and chose a nice 2003 manual Cooper S.
When i test drove it i did notice it felt sluggish, but was in a bit of a hurry and just went ahead and bought it (private sale).
Having just driven properly for the first time, something is not right!
I timed a 0-60 and it took 11 sec. Aircon was off, flat dry road, and no strong winds. Now that is bad! The Cooper S is supposed to be 7.7 sec.
Apart from that, the car drives fine:
* Cruises at 95mph (although took longer than expected to get there!)
* No strange noises
* No unusual temperature
* No unexpected fluctuations in revs
I read that sometimes the Catalytic Converters can go wrong and restrict exhaust flow. Maybe this is the problem?
Any help and suggestions much appreciated.