Previous Mini Park Lane (c7 years ago) owner here. Didn't own long due to awful dealer experience and desire to drive a Focus ST
Soon plan to ditch my Scirocco GT with DSG gearbox due to highish miles i'm doing in a new job (c20k pa).
Fancy a change but want to stick with auto, preferably a dual clutch. So could any Auto owners (i'm thinking of a Cooper S auto / cooper s sidewalk auto) give some feedback on the mini auto experience?
Also, convertible owners - how good is the roof / roof mechanism? Anything i need to be looking for?
Cooper S - i've read about the 'death rattle' - sound like it should be easy to spot?
My budget will be up to about £13k. Obviously i'll want as low miles and as new as poss. It looks like at Cherished Mini this will just secure a 2008 with c40k miles. Obviously this comes with a 12 month warranty, but warranties are only as good as the small print. How good is this one? Any specialists out there offering warranties?
Independently £10k secures the same and I can get perhaps 2009 under 20k for my £13k. Any suggestions?
Finally, TLC: can I add it if it isn't currently in place? If so is it only if i buy through cherished or can it be purchased from any approved dealer for any used mini?
All advice gladly received.
ps There's a stunning white/choc brown cooper S conv on autotrader for just under 15K atm. If the owner is on here, do me a favour and take £13K!!!