I've been searching for a mini cooper s for a few weeks now and couldn't find anything I liked. Last week I drove 200 miles for the damn thing to actually break down on the test drive. But now I've bought a gorgeous 57 plate mini although there's a fault on it.
The heater won't work on the 1-2-3 settings, it only works on full power! This means I either get foggy windows in this weather or blasting air. Any ideas what this could be and how much to fix? I have the chilli pack on it but the manual control one. The fan seems to be working perfectly well apart from that.
Also I was a little concerned that the engine was a little 'tappy' under the bonnet certainly not as smooth as I thought it would be and now looking online it seems there's something called the timing chain death rattle. It's annoying because I checked out loads of 'what to look for' articles when buying a Mini and none mentioned this problem. Although I think maybe I'm being paranoid how much would a replacement cost if it did cause a problem?
*just found the sticky post about this chain problem
*actually the engine sound like this youtube video '2009 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Start Up, Exhaust, Test Drive, and In Depth Review' so presume all minis sound like this?