I've just bought a JCW
's with 64000 miles on the clock. My advice would be:
- try to view as many as you can.
- buy on overall condition and with a complete service history.
- If the car has been serviced properly, all of the most common mechanical problems.....power steering pump etc should have been fixed already especially if it has a high mileage!
If you are looking specifically for a JCW
's it is worth contacting some of the MINI specialist/Motorsport people; they are likely to know of a customers car that might be for sale. Also, highly tuned JCW
's usually have loads of £'s spent on extras like suspension & brake mods.
Also, make sure you get the original dealer/John Cooper garages conversion certificates. If these have been lost, or the seller doesn't know what you are talking about I'd walk away. Without them and some other checks, it is really difficult to tell if you are buying a real JCW
's or a fake with some badges and maybe just the exhaust system.
I bought a Sept 2003 JCW
's with the official 225bhp conversion, 6 pot caliper brakes from the Cooper Challenge spec racing cars. It had been well looked after by the previous owners and serviced/maintained by one the ex JCW
engineers. I ended up paying about the market rate for an ordinary MCS
with the basic JCW
(210 bhp) conversion but ended up with something quite special.
PS: don't worry too much about the tyres especially if it still has Run Flats on it. You should consider changing to non-runflats asap and these are considerably cheaper than runflats to replace; although I agree its worth negotiating on the price if it needs new tyres.