Hello all, have just brought a 2006 mini cooper R50 and as per normal took it to RAA to have it inspected, I now have to shell out $1200 bucks on a new clutch, due to the old clutch being totally knacked!!! the car dealership also have to replace the two front rotors due to being below the legal limit!! not bloody happy I can tell you, and I have not had the pleasure of being able to drive it due to the car being un-roadworthy......grrrrrrrr
Its surprising how many people buy a car thinking they are getting a bargain and then it turns out to be the exact opposite.
You dont get owt for nowt these days.
More often than not too theres a very good reason for it being sold in the first place behind the excuse the dog doesnt fit in it anymore etc, garage probably told the owner theres a big bill looming on the horizon.
I think you either by a secondhand one with a known history or with a decent warranty connected, otherwise its a bit hold your finger up and hope the winds not blowing your way.
I bought my 2003 r50 in April. The week later the exhaust went, the wheel bearings went, that cost me £500. Last week the radiator had to be replaced and the thermostat had to be replaced. It's cost me over £900 since April. But it's my fault for buying something I thought was z bargain. Hope that's it now!!!!!
I did take it to RAA as RAA would not come out to site to do a vehicle check on that particular car, but your right, I should have done some research on this vehicle b4 purchasing, but as I have owned over 8 cars in my life and found nothing of this magnitude wrong, I went with the assumption(and yes, assumptions are the mother of all bugger ups!!) that buying a prestigious brand such as mini would have better workmanship...I still love my mini and will not change my view that they are a sweet ride, but thanks to all of you who put posts up..much appreciated..
The trouble with that theory is some previous owners use the prestigious brand /better workmanship reputation of a car as a reason to ignore any general maintenance, servicing or to ever open the bonnet for some basic checks. Some of the most badly neglected cars are often the prestige brands like Mercedes and BMW because their owners seem to think the build quality means they are also bulletproof........
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