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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm am 19 years old and I'm currently looking to buy a mini. I was just looking for some advise on what to lookout for when buying a mini. I am willing to spend a max of 4500 on a mini and was wondering what model would be best for me. I cannot get insured on a cooper s. I would like to get a sportier model. Are there any age minis I should miss or look out for?
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These MINI Buyers Guides are a good starting point:
Buying guide : MINI 2001-2007 - AROnline

MotoringFile MINI R50/R53 Buyers Guide

I would suggest the post mid-2004 facelift R50 MINI with the stronger Getrag gearbox. MINI One for lower insurance or Cooper if you can afford the insurance for a sportier performance but both are fun to drive.
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Thanks for the advise. I wanna try to get a cooper. The coopers I have looking at for the amount of money I have are like 53/03 plates.
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Earlier pre-facelift Cooper/Ones are fine, I have one myself but do check the gearbox very carefully for any bearing noises in any gear (with the radio turned off!) and change its gearbox oil once you find a good one as it is not part of any official service. Look for a well cared for example with a good service history from new.....there are plenty on sale so be choosy.
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is there alot of difference between the pre face lift cooper/ones? I been looking on autotrader and most of the 2004 onwards are cat c/d. for the money i have there alot of 2001/03
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