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