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Anuual Costs?

Hello,

I'm thinking of taking the plunge and getting a second gen cooper S

I was wondering what the real world costs were - does anybody know, roughly how much you spend a year - Are they expensive to run? It's been a while since I had to run my own car!

Any help much appreciated.

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Thats a bit of a how longs a piece of string question, no one will have the same answer.
Depends on lots of variables, distance, speed, types of road, using the full performance at every opportunity, using it everyday all year round, weekends only, main car or second car, If youre worried about running costs go for the diesel if youre doing over 14000 a year.
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Some more info on how you'll use it etc might be easier to answer


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Cheers all

Sorry for the vagueness - I'll be dong assorted town driving - plus one or two 100/200 mile trips per month...

About 10,000/12 - miles a year...

I was thinking of getting this. Any advice?

I was going to post a link to Used Car Expert but it won't let me!

Essentially a 2009 cooper S in dark brown with 45,000 on the clock and the smaller alloys. £8,995

Wanted to get a car with slightly smaller wheels as you can see! Don't like to low a profile...

Any advice welcome.
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Assuming 10k miles PA:

FUEL: £1800 (Assuming 33mpg that's 300 gallons at ~6 quid a pop).

Tyres: £270-£540 (Assuming life 10k/front and 20k/rear and £180-£360 per pair. Your choice economy or premium of course)

Servicing and MOT: £50-£250 (depends on TLC status)

Tax: £135 unfortunately non-negotiable.

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So in round numbers the answer is £2250 to £2750 per year....plus insurance and depreciation (not really a cash issue) of course.

Tyre choice has the single biggest effect.......much discussed here.

Driving carefully may improve fuel by 10% (say 36MPG) and save £180. You could drive more economically than that.....but would defeat the point of an MCS

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Being an r56 s owner I can deffo recommend that you buy through cherished with some sort of warranty.

I didn't go down this route and they do need money spending on them.

That said they aren't bad on fuel.

I've seen 42 average on mine with a light foot.
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I've seen 42 average on mine with a light foot.
I bet your tyres last a long time!
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Actually they don't. Just because I said a managed that once doesn't mean I don't average 29 all the rest of the time!
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Actually they don't. Just because I said a managed that once doesn't mean I don't average 29 all the rest of the time!
Being a bit data obsessed I log my fillups, costs and mileage. 2012 to date "real" MPG is 32.00. Best tank was 36.79 and the worst 28.55. Computer in car says 36.2, but I don't think it has ever been reset from new, and the previous owner was definitely not an enthusiastic driver.
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I am also looking at getting a 2007 onwards cooper s. I am running a 3.2 V6 TT at the moment so the above figures are like music to my ears. The problem with the TT is that even with a light foot you are not going to get 30 MPG. At least with the cooper s it seems you have the choice. It looks like I may get 32 instead of 22 which Is a good gain. Also the tax seems very reasonable for a sub 7 0-60 car. Its a shame the soft tops stayed supercharged till 09. I wouldnt mind a turbo convertible.
When do they need a belt change? I hear this can cause horrific engine damage.
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I am also looking at getting a 2007 onwards cooper s. I am running a 3.2 V6 TT at the moment so the above figures are like music to my ears. The problem with the TT is that even with a light foot you are not going to get 30 MPG. At least with the cooper s it seems you have the choice. It looks like I may get 32 instead of 22 which Is a good gain. Also the tax seems very reasonable for a sub 7 0-60 car. Its a shame the soft tops stayed supercharged till 09. I wouldnt mind a turbo convertible.
When do they need a belt change? I hear this can cause horrific engine damage.
The main problem is the death rattle when cold. Some times it's a cheap fix with just changing the tensioner but sometimes the whole set up needs replacing eg. Guides, chains etc. that costs a fair bit. MPG is reasonable for such a quick car and to be fair the insurance ain't bad (post code dependent)


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managed to pick up an 09 turbo convertible for £9k 35K miles . So thats the super charged problem solved. My insurance quote is very good £340 pa with a claim. I am an old fart though .
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managed to pick up an 09 turbo convertible for £9k 35K miles . So thats the super charged problem solved. My insurance quote is very good £340 pa with a claim. I am an old fart though .
Yep the more fartier the cheaper it is
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Wow - it's been ages since I posted here originally!

I'm somewhat of an old fart myself!

Drove a couple recently - I strongly feel the smaller wheels improve the car...

Thanks for all the replies

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