I don't think there were any changes before the switch to the BMW engine in 2010, but the Peugeot/BMW one in your wife's love is a fine one anyway, if marginally less economical and with slightly lower power/torque and higher emissions.
Salt, Pepper and Chili packs were available; mine here has the Chili, plus some other bits and pieces. Any MINI dealer should be able to tell you the Chili details for that year.
It has been faultless over the three years I've had it and is only going because I'm getting a similarly-specced Countryman All4D.
I found mine to be quieter, smoother, and more responsive on BP Ulitimate diesel so your wife may like to try that too if she gets the car. (I don't think the slightly better economy covered the higher price though!)
I bought a new clubman last december with the bmw unit and it is wonderful to drive and fuel economy is also very good.
Having the extra space as well is brilliant.
I have had the old classic mini's in the past but these are so much better .
we bought a clubman last week, we ended up going to a dealer as it was quite hard to find one privately, was also wary of spending a fair amount of money privately with effectively no come back if something was wrong. try to get one with a hi as spec as possible because we have costed up some upgrades as retro fits but they want silly silly money but then all the stealers seem to be charging £100ph for work.
the one we ended up with was an 09 plate clubman cooper D with chilli pack with 17" wheels, adaptive lights and some other bits and pieces, it only has 13000 miles on the clock but it was a little more than your budget. car seems to go well though and is used driving on the motorway to get to work and back - one of the reasons we changed to a diesel, we are getting a steady 70mpg and are more than happy with the car.
Hello, I'm considering buying a new mini as a car for moving around the city. Well, I know I can just buy used one, but I prefer it to be new. I was looking at some dealers here in Ireland and found a new Mini Clubman here. There is also a review which actualy almost convinced me to buy it. I would also want to take my family out of town sometimes, and I want to know if it can survive on "harder" terrain, when for ex. riding into the forest?
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