Questions RE: Secondhand Mini purchase - 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
New JCW Owner with a few questions.... Technik21 Second Generation Works 2 Jun 21st, 2013 09:49 AM
MINI newbie with some Questions Jackerman MINI in the Media 2 Feb 27th, 2013 06:04 AM
Mini Newbie with a few questions Jackerman General Discussion 4 Dec 21st, 2012 10:00 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Jun 16th, 2014, 01:31 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 2
Local Time: 12:18 PM
United Kingdom
Smile Questions RE: Secondhand Mini purchase

Dear All,

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read this.

Basically Iím looking at buying a petrol engine Mini, probably a 2007+ model Clubman (maybe cooper S probably cooper) with a maximum of 70k miles.

Unfortunately I have had (in the past year) horrendous luck with my cars. My (new to me) RAV4 failed itís MOT on a variety of undiagnosed and unnoticed issues (it ran absolutely fine..) that were quoted to be more expensive to fix than the value of the car and resulted in me losing 2.5k and now the gearbox in my partners Audi has packed up.

All of this spurned me to read up on my potential new investment and I quickly discovered a widely reported issue with the timing chains in some models. Upon reading some of the horror stories on this and other forums, my allusions to BMW reliability were quickly called into question and so now I ask you: Is there an outstanding issue with the cam chain in some miniís? If so, are these particular to a specific engine? Someone posted about some of the timing chains being manufacturered by 2 different companies and that one was slightly longer.. anyone care to comment?

I appreciate that searching for reliability issues on the internet is a bit like trying to self diagnose using WebMD, however itís all Iíve got.

I also understand that, owing to their renowned handling and youthful appeal, that Miniís are (arguably) more prone to having been driven aggressively than, for example, a Volvo. I certainly hope that this is a possible explanation to the previously noted cam chain issue.

Any advice greatly appreciated,

Kind Regards

Rob.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Jun 17th, 2014, 06:52 AM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 120
Local Time: 12:18 PM
United Kingdom
Go on a forum and you'll run away as people go to them to get help, those with no need can't be counted to put problems in to perspective.

For peace of mind when you find a car you want get an AA or RAC inspection, any reputable garage will not object.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Jun 17th, 2014, 07:41 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 2
Local Time: 12:18 PM
United Kingdom
Firstly, thanks for your reply. Secondly, is there any particular version of the mini petrol engine that is more reliable than another?

I've pretty much convinced myself that a Cooper rather than Cooper S would be more sensible given the likelihood that a MCS will have been drive more aggressively coupled with the fact that i'm not going for a particularly low mileage model.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Jun 17th, 2014, 01:11 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: East Sussex
Posts: 61
Local Time: 12:18 PM
United Kingdom
I have to drive my wife's Cooper harder than my JCW to get any decent performance out of it so, in some respects, the S could be seen as a better bet as it would be less stressed on a day to day basis.

Not all S or JCW owners will thrash them to death.
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
New JCW Owner with a few questions.... Technik21 Second Generation Works 2 Jun 21st, 2013 09:49 AM
MINI newbie with some Questions Jackerman MINI in the Media 2 Feb 27th, 2013 06:04 AM
Mini Newbie with a few questions Jackerman General Discussion 4 Dec 21st, 2012 10:00 PM

» Hot Topics This Week
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts - (21 replies)
Warning lights - (18 replies)
Carbon build up on inlet valves - (15 replies)
heat problem - (13 replies)
ABS Sensor - (13 replies)
» Recent Threads
What is this sound? R53
Yesterday 10:01 AM
by gmb
Last post by The Nun
Today 11:07 AM
3 Replies, 198 Views
Thought id play with lights coz I was bored
Today 01:54 AM
Last post by The Nun
Today 11:05 AM
1 Replies, 113 Views
Parking Sensor ECU
Aug 29th, 2014 09:59 AM
Last post by The Nun
Today 10:36 AM
4 Replies, 285 Views
57 Cooper S boot and passenger door
Aug 23rd, 2014 01:07 PM
Last post by ihughes
Today 09:28 AM
5 Replies, 530 Views
R50 Problems, how common?
Aug 10th, 2014 11:08 AM
by aypea
Last post by dsakko
Today 06:16 AM
7 Replies, 788 Views
What is this sound? R53
Today 12:04 AM
by gmb
Last post by SteveAus
Today 01:42 AM
1 Replies, 118 Views
Warning lights
Feb 25th, 2010 04:52 PM
Last post by Dave Elliott
Yesterday 11:28 PM
18 Replies, 6,737 Views
Runflat Light On?
Mar 31st, 2010 08:05 AM
by AlanJCW
Last post by Dave Elliott
Yesterday 11:26 PM
7 Replies, 1,622 Views
ABS Sensor
Apr 8th, 2010 09:58 AM
by Sealsey
Last post by Dave Elliott
Yesterday 11:25 PM
13 Replies, 6,484 Views
All wheel spin related warning lights are on after wheel bearing replacement
May 12th, 2012 11:29 PM
by suvnot
Last post by Dave Elliott
Yesterday 11:17 PM
9 Replies, 2,728 Views
Hey admins!
Yesterday 11:32 AM
by doxbike
Last post by timp
Yesterday 08:28 PM
4 Replies, 229 Views
2006 R53 vs 2009 R56
Yesterday 06:23 PM
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 07:05 PM
3 Replies, 181 Views
Spare key question
Yesterday 05:31 PM
by moblies
Last post by moblies
Yesterday 05:31 PM
0 Replies, 149 Views
Cannot see video or album artwork on visual boost
Yesterday 03:33 PM
by rich345
Last post by rich345
Yesterday 03:33 PM
0 Replies, 132 Views
R53 Cooper S starting issues.
Yesterday 03:14 PM
by D8DEL
Last post by D8DEL
Yesterday 03:14 PM
0 Replies, 144 Views
2015 Countryman
Yesterday 12:59 PM
by Sophia7
Last post by Sophia7
Yesterday 12:59 PM
0 Replies, 147 Views
2013 Hardtop 110v outlet
Aug 30th, 2014 06:33 AM
Last post by timp
Yesterday 09:16 AM
6 Replies, 374 Views
Jcw seats
Yesterday 09:02 AM
Last post by Kbizzle84
Yesterday 09:02 AM
0 Replies, 155 Views
MINI Reveals New Turbo 3-Cylinder
Sep 30th, 2013 12:03 AM
Last post by MaryJRuiz
Yesterday 06:52 AM
4 Replies, 8,276 Views
Vibration from steering wheel and braking
Aug 20th, 2014 04:02 PM
by MiniBoi
Last post by CCroker
Aug 30th, 2014 02:17 PM
4 Replies, 524 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Ľ Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:18 AM.



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