Constant problems with my R50. Should I keep it or replace? Need advice please
Long time lurker here, first time poster. I just wanted to say that this is a great forum which offers many great info from all our users. I first bought my 2002 R50 Mini Cooper in November 2013, since then I've had some issues with it within the short 3k miles in 5 months of owning it, which I have repaired. I only used the car on weekends/leisure. These are:
Ball Joint/Control Arm Replacement: £350 (done at 75k)
Control Arm Bushes: £100
Overhaul Gearbox and Clutch: £750 (done at 77k)
I originally bought the car for £1500 with the mileage being 75k. With all the expenses its come up to around £2500. Right now I can sell it and make all my money back. The problem I have now is I'm starting a new job for the summer at an airport which will require me to drive 40 miles there and back everyday (motorway journey). I am worried my car is unreliable given its previous expenditure and want to know whether I should keep it or sell it and maybe downgrade? The issue here is reliability. I am unsure whether I can find a more reliable car for around £1000?. Is there a cheap reliable car I can buy temporary or would it make more sense to keep this car? I don't want to run this car to the ground because I want to at least make most of my money back at the end of another 7 months. Right now I can sell it and make all my money back.
I am now having another problem with my coolant leaking from the radiator or head gasket. I'll have to have a mechanic take a look at it but this is yet again another major issue. I know this post is a little confusing but can anyone advise me on whether my car is reliable enough to be driven 40+ miles everyday from the summer onwards? Or will I be more invoices?
Really appreciate the reply and I will reply to any questions to make things more clear.