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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 01:39 AM
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Hey everyone i need help i've been looking into buying my first used Mini cooper s, manual of coarse. i wanted to know what mini year is considered better than others, or what is a majority problem with the cooper s (break downs, failures, recalls etc) what should i look for when shopping around for one good or bad. it would be very appreciated =)
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Two different generations to consider:

1st Gen 2002 -2006 Hatchback and 2004 - 2008 Convertible models have supercharged engines.

2nd Gen models have turbocharger engines.

The two generations have different characters ... 1st is raw and 2nd is refined. 2nd Gen gets better gas mileage but N14 engine in 2007 - 2011 models had quite a few problems.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Caveman (original)
Two different generations to consider:

1st Gen 2002 -2006 Hatchback and 2004 - 2008 Convertible models have supercharged engines.

2nd Gen models have turbocharger engines.

The two generations have different characters ... 1st is raw and 2nd is refined. 2nd Gen gets better gas mileage but N14 engine in 2007 - 2011 models had quite a few problems.

Thanks for replying!, ive been told to look at the 2006 cooper s but wasn't sure of the differences in the others. is the problems in the 2 gen major expensive problems or minor problems that are just annoying?
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... is the problems in the 2 gen major expensive problems or minor problems that are just annoying?

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Quote: Originally Posted by robertperry (original)
ive been told to look at the 2006 cooper s ...

Sounds like good advice
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This R53 (up to 2006) Buyers Guide should help:
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Thanks A lot guys i appreciate it!
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last question i know it matters how well maintain u keep your car, but do mini's last with high mileage or is it when u hit 150,000 miles get rid of it?
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