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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 23rd, 2014, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Pre 2004 models

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Is there anything particularly wrong or different from the 2004 onwards models to the 2003 model?

My budget is 5k
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2004 facelift onwards Mini One and Cooper have stronger 5-speed Getrag gearbox.

2001-mid 2004 pre-facelift Mini One and Cooper have troublesome 5-speed Rover Midland gearbox.

All Mini Cooper S 2002-2006 have bullet proof 6-speed Getrag gearbox.

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Models built July 2004 onward were "facelift" models.

These are technically 2005 models.
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All Mini Cooper S 2002-2006 have bullet proof 6-speed Getrag gearbox.
Good to hear, I just picked up a 2005 yesterday, clutch feels pretty heavy tho, do they have a heavy clutch?
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