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Old Mar 30th, 2014, 08:01 PM
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Looking to buy my first mini... loads of questions

Hi all!

As the title says, I'm looking to buy my first mini. Well, first 'new' mini anyway

I do around 18k miles per year so my first question is.... petrol or diesel? I think I'm definitely leaning towards a cooper so what sort of mpg should I expect to get from both, and how different do they feel to drive power/handling wise? I'm in my 30's so not necessarily looking for something fast. Also, are there any differences in what extras are available between the one and cooper? I don't mind paying a bit extra on fuel if its more fun to drive

My budget is around 8k but can stretch up to 10k if it's really necessary. I've driven a few over the last week or so, but every one I look at seems to have a different array of extras. I was under the impression that the extras were just different packs.... but it appears not. Is there a list of what each pack includes and what other extras are available for each of the models?

I've noticed that some I've driven have the current mph showing in the top display and others just show time/temperature. I casually mentioned it to the guy I was test driving with and he said that it's an optional extra to show mph in there - is that true?
One thing I would really like is an aux port for the radio, is that an extra, part of a pack or standard?

I'm looking for late 2007 onwards... Are there any differences in the models from 2007? Basically am I ok looking for cars this old or should I look at more 2009-2010?

Are there any other things I should be looking out for when test driving?

Anyway, thanks for reading and if anyone can shed some light on my questions then thanks a lot in advance
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Good Luck with that and I am also in a decision mode to buy or not to buy a mini. There are lots of reports say avoid mini but I still see so many Mini Lovers.
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They say only have a diesel if you do over 14000 miles a year so it looks like you'll be ok on that one anyway.
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Old Mar 31st, 2014, 10:24 AM
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The only caveat I would mention is the cost of parts. I'm not sure how they compare fully to other makes but I find the parts are generally quite expensive. New exhaust for example 270 (excluding the CAT). Mine's an '05 with 90k on the clock - when I bought it 2 years ago and the mileage was less it already needed a total overhaul of the gearbox and clutch. Might be worth just comparing spare part costs with other vehicles that you may also be interested in if cost of repairs would be of concern to you. Don't know what others think about the price of Mini parts, I can only recount my own experiences/thoughts.
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Quote: Originally Posted by smokeyjoe (original)

My budget is around 8k but can stretch up to 10k if it's really necessary.
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I'm looking for late 2007 onwards... Are there any differences in the models from 2007? Basically am I ok looking for cars this old or should I look at more 2009-2010?

I am not in touch with car prices but try your best in getting into the facelift model, a number of engine tweaks took place and I think the interior is a nicer place to be because they ditched a lot of the crap*py grey bits!

Quote: Originally Posted by smokeyjoe (original)

I've noticed that some I've driven have the current mph showing in the top display and others just show time/temperature. I casually mentioned it to the guy I was test driving with and he said that it's an optional extra to show mph in there - is that true?
One thing I would really like is an aux port for the radio, is that an extra, part of a pack or standard?

Im sure the aux in is standard on the facelift models onwards, as is USB interface and the trip computer features... someone correct me if I am wrong.

MINI have shifted and changed packs and standard features around so often I can't keep up!
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I have a 2010 Cooper D Convertible, I would say it is fun to drive but I have not driven a Cooper petrol, just a Mini One which was OK.

If I am on my usual commute to work, A roads, plenty of traffic but not many hold ups, doing about 50-60 mpg I they'd to get about 64mpg on that run (according to the on board computer - press the BC button on the end of the indicator stalk and it should scroll through the options if the car has it).

When I drive up from London to Norfolk, motorway and A roads I tend to stick the cruise control on at 75mph and I have done that trip on a few occasions when there was no rush to get I to work and returned just on 60mpg.
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i hope you don't mind me asking a question on your thread :-)
I am also looking to buy my first mini, and have already posted a few questions on here, so asking on here seemed to make more sense.
I am looking to buy a mini, and the petrol or diesel question keeps coming up. For my job, i do a lot of short journeys, and as a result, i do around 15k miles per year, but these miles are made up from 5-10 minute journeys. i know this wears the car down, and theres not a lot i can do about that, but do people think i am better off getting petrol or diesel?
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Thumbs up Just traded my 09 HardTop for 2014 Countryman......

The info you got about the display does not sound correct...... Unless the UK Mini's are that different. My 09 you could display digital speed on the guage with the tachometer, you just had to program it in threw the button on the blinker stalk or just use the analog speedo in the middle that Mini is famous for. I had very small maintenence issues and only at 55'000 (was a water pump and drive belt) other than that just did regular maintenance. The Oxygen Blue (non turbo) is my 09 the White Countryman S All~4 next to it is my newbie they were changing plates for meClick image for larger version

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Quote: Originally Posted by catzisme (original)
i hope you don't mind me asking a question on your thread :-)
I am also looking to buy my first mini, and have already posted a few questions on here, so asking on here seemed to make more sense.
For my job, i do a lot of short journeys, and as a result, i do around 15k miles per year, but these miles are made up from 5-10 minute journeys. i know this wears the car down,

Lots of small journeys like youre doing will mean the car needs servicing a lot more often, hence extra costs that way, as the computer decides when it needs doing not the driver, working of number of starts, fuel consumption, mileage and time etc. Stop starting/mainly short distances is classed as arduous duty.
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Lots of small journeys like youre doing will mean the car needs servicing a lot more often, hence extra costs that way, as the computer decides when it needs doing not the driver, working of number of starts, fuel consumption, mileage and time etc. Stop starting/mainly short distances is classed as arduous duty.

what does this mean sorry? Would i be better off in a petrol or diesel, and will i do undue damage to the car by driving it this way? Am i better off keeping my ka for work etc, and using the mini on the weekends? Although this seems a bit of a waste, as i rarely drive my car outside of work.
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Quote: Originally Posted by catzisme (original)
For my job, i do a lot of short journeys, and as a result, i do around 15k miles per year, but these miles are made up from 5-10 minute journeys. i know this wears the car down, and theres not a lot i can do about that, but do people think i am better off getting petrol or diesel?

diesel short trips
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