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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Mini Cooper S automatic - first car buying advice

Hello! I passed my driving test in an automatic last month, and did my pass plus last week.

I'm 26 years old and I have a budget of about 8000 for a car.



I've found two cars that appear suitable. The first one is ar 2007, 29000 miles and much bigger spec! JCW body kit with full leather. The second one is a year younger 2008- 32000 miles but seems very standard spec. Would one car be more reliable than the other due to year? Are there any questions I should be asking about these cars?

Also, is this car too fast for a new driver? I don't really want a one or cooper, but I'd really enjoy owning an S. I'm thinking I can drive it sensibly but I am willing to listen to reasons why it's not a good idea! I have a test drive booked for next monday!

Thanks guys! Help is really appreciated - this buying a car business is really really hard! Ideally, I don't want to spend my cash on something I find really boring. I'd actually love having the cooper s.
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Well done with your test.

Others on here will advise better about any differences between the cars, I don't think there was any major differences, but I'm not overly familiar with the S.

It is quick though so with all due respect, being a new driver you would have to be very careful until you build up experience. The road holding is superb, but push it too far and you'll be in trouble, as with any car.

I would have thought the insurance cost might be a killer for you, until you have a couple of years more experience.

TBH, I've had a couple of coopers and have just picked up a cooper coupe auto, and it's plenty quick enough, sure, I'd like an S myself, but I got this one more a good price and love it, quick enough to be fun. Being a Mini, even a One is great fun.

Best advice, if you go for an S or something else, get some more tuition - IAM course will cost you about 150 via a local IAM group, great to do as you'll be able to get some decent insurance discount - do it now before you pick up any bad habits. One thing I promise, is that it'll teach you to get more out of the car, in safety.

Not sure where you are in the country, if your local to me (Berkshie) I'll take you out myself for a demo ...

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This past January I bought a '13 base (Justa) Hardtop automatic. I find it has more than enough to give me a happy driving experience. However, my being an old codger it doesn't take as much these days to get my adrenaline flowing. One thing to keep in mind, it seems there are less problems with the Base model than there is with the S or JCW. That might be the difference in how the cars are being driven.
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I know some May not agree but if you want the cooper S go for it. Insurance maybe an issue at first (do some homework on running costs) insurance+petrol will be the dear stuff, sticking the parents on as named drivers sometimes helps.

I am 27 and have been driving ten years now and can't imagine what it would be like to start at this age but have driven a few powerful cars over the years. I think what ever you buy you need to take your time in the beginning to get use to the car and it's proportions, power etc. I started out in a fiesta 1.8 turbo diesel which only had 75bhp and is more than a lot of new drivers. You don't jump in and nail your foot to the floor, it's only gonna go as fast as you press. Progressively you'll become more comfortable with it, or use it sequential and change up gears manually to keep revs down and economy up. Pick a nice quiet time to do some driving, I.e middle of the day and out of town at first

I learnt in first gen mini one and for example the brakes are very sensitive.
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One thing to keep in mind, it seems there are less problems with the Base model than there is with the S or JCW.
Its because theres nothing there to go wrong thats why
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Its because theres nothing there to go wrong thats why
Never been a fan of the One, but some coopers with a few options can look smart, I really like the chrome line interior and exterior option. But love the cooper S for the sporty looks, turbo engine and different rear with the twin exhausts.

Some excellent used ones about with loads of options on, which is nice considering it tends to be that a car with a few options is worth very little different to one without (unless someone really wants it)
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