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Old Jan 21st, 2005, 12:01 PM
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Will these cars ever get to 200,000 miles!

I know of many Golf GTI Mk1 models that have reached and exceeded well over 200,000 miles, many with the original engine. And they are still going strong.

Reading about numerous MINI owner experiences like, "I have covered 600 miles and no problems," or "my car has been back at the dealer 6 times in its first two months begs the question."

Are these cars durable? Can you honestly see some of these cars hitting 100,000 miles never mind 200,000?

I wonder what the highest mileage MINI is - and what went wrong with it?

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Old Jan 21st, 2005, 12:17 PM
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I guess what you have to bear in mind is that the MINI was a brand new product only three years ago. Many early ones have had lots of problems and some later ones have had lots of problems. I think its fair to say that on average the later ones have had less problems than the early ones because BMW are modifying things as they learn more about any shortcomings. I reckon as time goes on there will be less and less MINIs with the sort of problems that have been experienced so far and more and more MINIs that go many miles without problems.

For the record, our MINI Cooper was new in March 2004 and has so far covered 10,000 miles with no problems at all.
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Old Jan 21st, 2005, 12:38 PM
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350+ miles and going strong!!!!

Seriously, I hope it goes many hundreds of thousands of miles. Our MINI is the only car (of 4) that we have with less than 150,000 miles. I like to hold on to my cars. I really hope the kids get to drive this one some day (ages 7 and 4).
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MCS only 8 months old but with 22,000 miles on clock. Not one problem...
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at 37.000 now, still going strong, love it I drive about 30.000 a year
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40,000 fantasticly good fun miles on a Jan 2003 model without a single mechanical problem...

Other than a few interior rattles, and a slightly unhealthy appetite for tyres i've no complaints whatsoever. Everything still feels tight and like new.
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My 02 Cooper (now sold) rattled like mad and was back three times in the first month. I could never see nor wanted to be in that car when it reached a reliable high mileage.

My 03 ONE Auto was sold after only nine months - although a terrible screeching noise had been evident in the last week I had it.

Am I brave enough to get another?

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Old Jan 21st, 2005, 01:57 PM
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Someone on northamericanmotoring.com has over 100,000 miles. I've got 68,000 miles. Lots of early problems, but everything has settled down now. Except for extra grumpyness at the -10F temerptures this morning. No accelleration below 3k RPM. Things got better as the engine warmed up. But, I don't remember it being that bad last winter.


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Quote: Originally Posted by rainbowdreamer
I know of many Golf GTI Mk1 models that have reached and exceeded well over 200,000 miles, many with the original engine. And they are still going strong.

I owned a Golf Mk2 and it got written off with 220,000 miles on the clock. It was my dads then got passed onto me. I used to do a lot of miles in those days. Someone actually bought it and got put it back on the road. I saw it not so long ago, it was looking a bit worse for wear, but it was still going. They were amazing cars.
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I think it's a safe bet to say there will be quite a few 200,000+ MINIs. The MINI is following the typically BMW quality scale: first year watch-out, second year almost, third year gotta have one.

And you know how many older BMWs are still blessing the roads today... Chances are very good.

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I just hit 70,000 miles on mine and no sign giving up yet.
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Yep, I think they will be okay. Ordered a new convertible this afternoon.

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Quote: Originally Posted by LMB
I owned a Golf Mk2 and it got written off with 220,000 miles on the clock. It was my dads then got passed onto me. I used to do a lot of miles in those days. Someone actually bought it and got put it back on the road. I saw it not so long ago, it was looking a bit worse for wear, but it was still going. They were amazing cars.

Mk1 & 2 Golfs were indestructable, & VW must of thought it was bad because people were keeping them too long & not buying spare parts so they made them crap - Mk3 & 4 - Built far worse
Mk5 - we will see
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I've had 12,000 trouble free, smile filled miles on my 2005 MCS

I also have a 1997 Ford Contour with 225,000 miles, which only went to the garage for non-scheduled maintnence twice (water pump and timing-belt bearings)!
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There are cars built in 2000 , before launch which are used everyday by different drivers where I work, 100,000 + miles on some and they still look and run like almost new
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