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considering buying my first cooper diesel, many many questions!

So I have been a loyal peugeot fan since passing my test, currently on my second 206 and I have fallen completely in love with the mini cooper.

Now i'm 21 with a couple years no claims discount and can afford insurance on bigger engined cars. I mostly drive on motorways to and from uni and so have opted for the 1.6 cooper diesel and have a few questions.

1. What should be the highest mileage considered for 6,000- 7,000? Every now and then there are 2010 models with 30,000 -ish miles up for sale, but these are few and far between. With peugeot I always felt as soon as a car was past 90k i wouldn't touch them as they aren't known for ageing well, but the majority of minis i'm finding are around the 110k mile mark. is this still high or do minis tend to last longer?

2. I have read that light output is poor at best, does the chilli pack include better lighting? i am reading mixed answers on this.

3. Is the car as fuel efficient as claimed? My 206 1.4hdi is brill on fuel and i would hate to buy a car which claims higher mpg's but doesn't deliver.

These are just some questions i can think of from the top of my head. there is no one in the area with a diesel cooper and so i can't ask around. Please help, i have my heart set on one of these beauties but need honest reviews of the diesel variant before spending such an amount of money!
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I have a 2009 1.6HDi Clubman D. The 1.6 HDi engine in the 2008-2010 models is the same 1.6HDi you find in the Pug 307's, Citroen's, Ford Focus TDCis, Volvos, etc... I've done regular services on it since I bought it and it's been a decent car. I have almost 130,000km on mine and intend to keep it for much longer.

I changed out the stock headlight bulbs for Osram Nightbreakers and find the Osram's are much better. Interior lighting is fine and I have no issues with light levels. I get 4.7L/100km which is as claimed and that is mixed highway and city driving. I get about 650km from a single tank and that costs me about €42. Bigger engines will use more fuel. Power is good, this engine drives like a petrol.

Hard to advise you on mileage/cost as I'm not in England.
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Hi there, I have a 2010 Cooper D Convertible. Cant really comment on high mileage as I don't do more than average miles per year and my car only had 4k on it when I got it.

MPG I think is good, you are not going to get the 80mpg or whatever is quoted unless you are driving in a vacuum. When I use mine for work I get about 60-64 mpg, that is over 26 miles and on A Roads doing between a steady 50 - 60 MPH. When I drive back from London I tend t stick the cruise control on at 75mph and I seem to be getting just on 60mpg - all according to the on board computer.

When I first got my MINI I was disappointed with the mileage as I seemed to be constantly filling it up compared with my Corsa but then realised the tank on the MINI is smaller. The MPG has also improved over the time I have had it, now that it has done just over 30k.

As for the lights - if they are not the xenon's then yes they are crap and when I get my next MINI I will try and get one with xenon's. Motorway driving generally is fine, as is city driving, the worse bit for me is when I am driving unlit roads and country lanes, the output just doesn't seem adequate. I too have changed to Osram Nightbreaker, they are marginally better but still not brilliant, saying that though, for me it would nto be a dealbreaker to put me off a MINI.
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Thanks for the replies!

Yeah i have heard about them having small tanks, as long as the mpg's are good though that's okay

Do xenon lights come as standard with the chilli packs? cars being advertised at the minute don't say one way or the other when they are being sold with chilli packs in the title.

Thanks again, Jamie
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Had a late 2009 Cooper D (PSA engine) - excellent mpg - usually managed 70+mpg on a 25 mile commute - although to get that you need to drive like Miss Daisy - have some fun and it dropped to mid 60s. Even managed to get 82 mpg on a couple of occasions and the onboard fuel computer was pretty good too, so suspect it was at least the high 70s.
Don't think back then the Chili pack came with Xenons (it does now) and even with Xenons the lights weren't brilliant.
Dealer should be able to tell you the actual spec and I think there was a link here where you could put in the reg no for more info (might have been VIN number though).
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I've just phoned the dealer, the 2.0 litre SD model comes with xenons with the chilli pack, but the 1.6 Diesel doesn't unless the car has been modded by a previous owner. Driving like miss daisy won't be a problem for me anyhow! But if you're having fun in the mid 60's its still a good enough efficiency for me.
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