considering buying my first cooper diesel, many many questions! - 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
Buying a Cooper * please help* scottgilliland2003 Mini Events 2 Mar 6th, 2014 07:47 PM
Looking at buying a 2007 (07) cooper s dsjonesy Welcome New Members 2 Jan 13th, 2014 02:40 PM
Cooper Clubman Diesel Speck1965 Welcome New Members 0 Nov 18th, 2012 06:10 AM
Advice on buying an older Cooper S? Colly-S General Discussion 7 Sep 14th, 2012 04:18 PM
Buying a high mileage cooper s r56 - what to look out for? Minimoos Second Generation MINI Cooper S 1 Sep 14th, 2012 06:44 AM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 09:59 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
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!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 06:36 AM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 433
Local Time: 07:12 PM
Luxembourg Male
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.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 06:55 AM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Suffolk - UK
Posts: 445
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
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.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 10:07 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
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
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 03:38 PM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Coast
Posts: 590
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
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).
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 04:54 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 5
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
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.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 06:29 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,897
Local Time: 06:12 PM
United Kingdom Male
Never fall in love, they always end up costing you a fortune.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
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
Buying a Cooper * please help* scottgilliland2003 Mini Events 2 Mar 6th, 2014 07:47 PM
Looking at buying a 2007 (07) cooper s dsjonesy Welcome New Members 2 Jan 13th, 2014 02:40 PM
Cooper Clubman Diesel Speck1965 Welcome New Members 0 Nov 18th, 2012 06:10 AM
Advice on buying an older Cooper S? Colly-S General Discussion 7 Sep 14th, 2012 04:18 PM
Buying a high mileage cooper s r56 - what to look out for? Minimoos Second Generation MINI Cooper S 1 Sep 14th, 2012 06:44 AM

» Recent Threads
MINI Trailer project?
Yesterday 06:27 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Angib
Today 04:39 PM
3 Replies, 202 Views
Body Flex - roof wont raise !
Yesterday 08:52 PM
Last post by Angib
Today 04:30 PM
1 Replies, 179 Views
First Left-Hand Drive Driving School
Yesterday 06:46 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Angib
Today 04:25 PM
2 Replies, 190 Views
Mini JCW buying advice needed!
Today 03:57 PM
Last post by Sidisking
Today 04:04 PM
2 Replies, 49 Views
DIY catalytic coverter questions
Today 03:38 PM
Last post by Burkee52
Today 03:44 PM
1 Replies, 49 Views
Mini Cooper Clubman Power Loss
Jul 19th, 2014 04:14 PM
Last post by marque
Today 03:09 PM
2 Replies, 354 Views
Strange Braking Noise
Jan 28th, 2014 08:27 PM
Last post by kushil
Today 02:46 PM
9 Replies, 1,362 Views
opening the boot - am i being special??
May 4th, 2014 12:20 AM
Last post by Richard of the Hills
Today 01:45 PM
14 Replies, 1,201 Views
Missing fuse
Today 06:55 AM
Last post by mayburyds
Today 08:18 AM
2 Replies, 131 Views
2007 Cooper S "Timing Chain Tensioner Defect"
Feb 14th, 2014 09:49 AM
by igooba
Last post by minifr3ak
Today 08:01 AM
8 Replies, 1,963 Views
Cancel Sat Nav instruction
Yesterday 06:05 AM
Last post by The Nun
Today 07:52 AM
4 Replies, 278 Views
Speedo and tach gauge face plate change
Today 07:29 AM
Last post by karlos9191
Today 07:31 AM
1 Replies, 117 Views
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts
Apr 14th, 2014 12:56 AM
Last post by AutoTrackDay
Today 03:23 AM
14 Replies, 2,062 Views
2007 mini cooper s block repair
Today 01:58 AM
by jsroyse
Last post by jsroyse
Today 01:58 AM
0 Replies, 164 Views
Finding Final Stage (Hedgehog) Resistor
Yesterday 08:48 PM
Last post by crackernibbles
Yesterday 08:48 PM
0 Replies, 174 Views
GTI vs Cooper S True Cost to Own?
Jul 21st, 2014 03:39 AM
by hkyktms
Last post by beken
Yesterday 08:43 PM
4 Replies, 833 Views
2009 Radio Software Update
Yesterday 03:30 PM
by Tom_P
Last post by Tom_P
Yesterday 06:27 PM
2 Replies, 207 Views
2nd hand JCW Sytner Coventry
Jul 16th, 2014 06:38 PM
by LA3195
Last post by David T-H
Yesterday 06:10 PM
11 Replies, 1,070 Views
Car bucket list
Yesterday 04:11 PM
Last post by SeanC
Yesterday 05:43 PM
1 Replies, 166 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:12 PM.



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