how reliable are older minis? - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > All Models & Variants > General Discussion


General Discussion Use this forum to discuss MINI topics which are not related to other forums. Posts may be moved from here to alternative forums by the moderators without notice

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Older Minis sopu General Discussion 3 Mar 24th, 2014 11:43 PM
Little squirts to the rescue! Firefighting MINI's mab01uk MINI in the Media 2 Jan 10th, 2014 06:11 PM
IMM 2013 where Minis, people and nations come together mab01uk Mini Events 0 May 19th, 2013 10:07 PM
Mini: Re-Born In The Netherlands mab01uk MINI in the Media 3 May 11th, 2013 11:07 AM
Minis at the Pavilion 19th August 2012 mab01uk Mini Events 1 Aug 19th, 2012 11:09 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Mar 26th, 2014, 01:26 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 27
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom
how reliable are older minis?

Hi guys,
so i am debating at the moment whether to buy a brand spanking new mini on finance, or just to use my 3000 to buy an older one.
What i want to know is, is there any point in me buying an 03/04 plate mini?
I currently have a ford ka 02 plate, and i really don't wanna trade in for a more expensive car that will not be as reliable. I would like the car to last 5/6 years before dying, is this unreasonable?
also, what repair bills can i expect?
as always, any responses are greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Mar 26th, 2014, 03:48 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,118
Local Time: 06:17 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
The transmissions in 1st Gen Cooper and One models had problems ... manual (Midlands) transmission in builds prior to July 2004 and automatic (CVT) transmission in all years.

The power steering pump in all models built prior to February 2005 also had problems.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Mar 26th, 2014, 04:15 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,029
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom Male
My friend has an early one, and its very reliable, unless it breaks down, reliable in between the breakdowns shall we say, mind you he never looks at thing and his bucket hasnt ever been used, its brand new with the stickers on still.
You have to wait until the fish and chip wrappers get out before you can get in, its got the rat look to it, er and so has he.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Mar 26th, 2014, 04:33 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 27
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom
thank you for the messages guys. so do you think i should look into finance and invest in an 05/06 one? also, does mileage matter on minis? i know some have minis that have been going for 200,000+ miles, but i'm guessing they've had these since new?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Mar 29th, 2014, 03:59 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 27
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom
any advice is appreciated!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Mar 29th, 2014, 07:03 PM
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: South london
Posts: 1,187
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom Male
Hi ya

Most important thing is service history and a record of all work done make shore it lines up.
If you are un shore of what to look at on the car the AA, RAC can do an inspection and HPI check.
TBH they are a good car if there looked after all cars have problem, just take your time don't rush in to anything.

The minis come with so many different configurations (options) try to get the biggest spec you can, my advice is stay away from Harman Kardon stereo don't get me wrong there good but the amps are always going and are a lot to replace. And as said before anything after July 2004 is ok :-)

Everyone here willing to help so just ask good luck
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Mar 31st, 2014, 10:38 AM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 61
Local Time: 05:17 PM
United Kingdom
See my reply to 'Looking to buy my first mini' a bit further up for the costs I've had since I had my '05 mini convertible.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 2 (1 members and 1 guests)
shrugbutt
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Older Minis sopu General Discussion 3 Mar 24th, 2014 11:43 PM
Little squirts to the rescue! Firefighting MINI's mab01uk MINI in the Media 2 Jan 10th, 2014 06:11 PM
IMM 2013 where Minis, people and nations come together mab01uk Mini Events 0 May 19th, 2013 10:07 PM
Mini: Re-Born In The Netherlands mab01uk MINI in the Media 3 May 11th, 2013 11:07 AM
Minis at the Pavilion 19th August 2012 mab01uk Mini Events 1 Aug 19th, 2012 11:09 PM

» Recent Threads
Palo Uber Rear Wing Extension
Nov 7th, 2008 08:01 AM
Last post by Yads
Today 02:32 PM
6 Replies, 2,001 Views
Need advice on what a mechanic "said "
Sep 24th, 2014 05:55 AM
Last post by djcheezy
Today 02:15 PM
7 Replies, 2,114 Views
Bought 2003 after 5 yrs of sitting; help!
Yesterday 06:59 PM
Last post by megatars
Today 02:10 PM
4 Replies, 225 Views
Mini Cooper S Parts program
Yesterday 02:46 AM
Last post by djcheezy
Today 12:46 PM
2 Replies, 249 Views
Engine Noise / Resonance
Feb 4th, 2004 07:21 PM
Last post by vlado.rekso
Today 11:17 AM
16 Replies, 1,605 Views
$105 @ Willow Springs Big Willow October 11-12, 2014
Today 08:36 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Today 08:36 AM
0 Replies, 75 Views
Window faulty? Help
Today 03:07 AM
Last post by m3ntal_l2
Today 03:07 AM
0 Replies, 133 Views
Window weird noise
Today 03:07 AM
Last post by m3ntal_l2
Today 03:07 AM
0 Replies, 117 Views
Exhaust on R53 '05 'S'
Sep 19th, 2014 07:28 PM
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 10:19 PM
6 Replies, 603 Views
MINI Breakers.....
Yesterday 10:15 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:15 PM
0 Replies, 162 Views
Serpentine belt tensioner
Sep 19th, 2014 01:36 PM
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 10:06 PM
1 Replies, 318 Views
Timing Chain Tensioner
Sep 27th, 2014 03:15 PM
by TonyR53
Last post by ExclusiveWorkshops
Yesterday 10:01 PM
3 Replies, 523 Views
2015 Countryman
Aug 31st, 2014 12:59 PM
by Sophia7
Last post by Jenna704
Yesterday 08:21 PM
2 Replies, 627 Views
headlight problem 😕
Aug 7th, 2014 11:30 AM
by gadger
Last post by sharpster74
Yesterday 07:53 PM
1 Replies, 410 Views
tempremental xenon headlights
Aug 29th, 2014 08:38 PM
Last post by sharpster74
Yesterday 07:45 PM
2 Replies, 572 Views
Which rear wiper
Sep 25th, 2014 07:14 PM
by moblies
Last post by Wheelnut3104
Yesterday 06:55 PM
1 Replies, 368 Views
2011 mini clubman temperture sensor
Yesterday 06:33 PM
by S17cky
Last post by S17cky
Yesterday 06:33 PM
0 Replies, 127 Views
Resonant noise - Mini One D 2006
Yesterday 02:04 PM
Last post by vlado.rekso
Yesterday 02:04 PM
0 Replies, 306 Views
2006 1.4 Mini One D Idle Knocking Noise Just purchased.
Mar 4th, 2013 08:20 PM
Last post by vlado.rekso
Yesterday 01:46 PM
1 Replies, 1,852 Views
how do i reset the airbag light?
Sep 1st, 2006 08:43 PM
Last post by jamesslittle
Yesterday 01:43 PM
7 Replies, 40,652 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 04:17 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2