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Hey, everyone, I'm new to this site, and I've been looking around at the threads on here to try to see how well the MINI Coopers hold up over the years. I don't own a MINI Cooper- right now, I drive a 5 speed manual 1998 Volkswagen Jetta TDI- but I've always liked the body stance and style of them. I was thinking that since I'm only going to get about a 1-2 more years out of my car that it might be nice to get a used MINI Cooper as my next car (I couldn't afford to buy a new car no matter if it was a MINI or not, as I'm in college right now.). I live in the USA, so I won't be able to get a MINI in diesel and manual, so I was looking at just getting one in manual. However, I don't know as much about them, so would any of you mind giving me some input about your experiences- particularly how well they hold up over the years?

Also- would I be able to just buy parts from the dealer and do any of the work myself if anything needed to be replaced? My father has a small workshop on our farm, and he's always done all of the repairs for my Jetta and most of the cars in our family. We've rarely had to take them to the dealer.

Any help/thoughts/experiences would be extremely appreciated. Thank you so much. :S
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hi and welcome to the good old usa

i have owned a 2004 face lift cooper for the last two years and in that time i have had to replace most of the common faults thermostat,gearbox, and power steering pump, i have owned jags and e60 bmws and i have got to say the mini is the most fun to drive not the most comfortable over long journeys. they are good cars and resale they do hold there price, also they are no harder to work on than any other car
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From many threads I've read on this and other forums there seems to be a pretty strong opinion that S models and JCW models require a considerable amount of maintenance while the base Mini requires less than average maintenance.
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From many threads I've read on this and other forums there seems to be a pretty strong opinion that S models and JCW models require a considerable amount of maintenance while the base Mini requires less than average maintenance.
Depends on whether you're talking about the 1st or 2nd Gen MINI.
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i have owned a 2004 face lift cooper for the last two years and in that time i have had to replace most of the common faults thermostat,gearbox, and power steering pump [...]
Hello! And thank you for your help! And that problem exists even with the manual (the gearbox)?

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Depends on whether you're talking about the 1st or 2nd Gen MINI.
Not to be smart, but how would I find out if it's first or second generation? Would a dealership (if I bought used from them) have access to that information?
Sorry, MINI is completely new to me, and I'd like to learn as much as I can about them.
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