Join Date: May 2013
Location: Adelaide, Australia
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New to the Forum, but we are on our second BMW Mini. The first was Cooper in 2003 and the current is a Cooper S, bought new in 2009. Both are Chilli Red with Black roof.
The Mini Cooper ran flawlessly for 6 years before we swapped it for the Cooper S. This was my wife's first new car, and she loved it.
I made an executive decision to upgrade to a Cooper S and wife was not happy to start with, but now loves this Mini as much (if not more than the original). Apart from one issue this Mini has been very good, and I particularly love the extra power and the brakes (I was driving a BMW E46 M3 at the time and I still loved driving the Mini).
We've had one issue with this car. Last year we went through a period when the car would take about 6 attempts to start it in the mornings. Once started for the day, it would run fine. The Dealer told us it was a problem with the thermostat and we had it replaced. Unfortunately, the dealer's diagnosis was not correct and we had to have the High Pressure Fuel Pump replaced, even though the car had travelled only 7500 km.
Apart from this one problem, the Cooper S has been a great toy for bombing around town and through the hills.