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Old Mar 31st, 2014, 04:16 AM
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Hello Guys
Well I am planning to buy a used Mini cooper or Cooper S for my wife. She loves the look of Mini. Plan is to buy 2008 to 2011 model years. We live in Michigan so lots of Snow too.
While doing some research there are many studies saying AVOID it but I am hardcore BMW driver. It is hard for me to believe BMW can make such un-reliable car but it is tiny too.
I would really appreciate for any advice, buy it not, which model or anything else.
Thanks in Advance.
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Old Mar 31st, 2014, 07:58 AM
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I live in the West Midlands here in the UK, so mid-north location. Moderate snowfall sees me stuck on the drive - I can't even back out the drive and you can forget getting up the slight slope on my street to make it to a main road - I'm stuck with the Mini whenever the snow comes down!

I have an '05 Convertible, petrol. I've had it about 2 years (it's now at 90k miles) and since then have had to do the following (with prices wherever I can recall them):
fully refurbish both gearbox and clutch - despite warranty this cost me £600
- repair leaking water coolant system £60
- replace bushes £40
- replace leaking radiator (dealership picked up that cost)
- replace exhaust (all of it excluding cat portion) - £275 incl. fitting
- repair passenger door which was nearly impossible to open using the door handles from inside or outside - £35
- replace stereo which just stopped working £35 for the replacement, £35 for fitting
- had to replace one of the cables that runs from the gearstick as it was completely loose £200
Total £1,280

Advisories to replace:
track rod ends
corroded brake pipes
replace corroded water pump - list price around £225 excl. labour

So that's 24% of the value of the vehicle (based on purchase price 2 yrs ago). That total obviously doesn't include servicing or MOT which is on top.
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Thumbs up Mini's in the snow.......

The wife and I have a 2009 Mini HardTop we live in NNJ, it always did ok in the average snow 3, 5, 7" but a about 2 months ago it snowed aprox 11-12" my Mini got stuck 4 times going to work (I only have about a 7-10 min drive) all back/town roads. So we decided to go AWD, we built online and ordered a 2014 Countryman S All-4, if your wife doesn't like the 4 door SUV look take a peak at the Paceman S All-4, same inside as the Countryman with 4 seats and good cargo room just 2 doors.

We also like the idea that we wont have to rent an SUV when going to Quebec, Canada anymore.

Check out the Countryman/Paceman on YouTube in the snow etc. I think your wife may change her mind???????
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