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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 03:04 PM
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United-States "New" 2004 Mini Cooper S

Hey guys,
I am looking at picking up a 2004 Mini Cooper S on Friday. It has a manual tranny, 65k miles on it, black leather seats, black exterior (great condition) white rims and mirror caps, and a checkered roof. Everything stock...no mods.

The price is really good and fits my budget perfectly. I am upgrading from a 1991 Suzuki Sidekick rust bucket with bald tires, no AC, stuck drivers window, faded paint, hubs that lock when they want too, and other joys from a 91...I know what you're thinking..."Why would you ever upgrade from that chick magnet?" well the answer is simple, It no longer runs .

What should I look for in a 2004 MCS with 65k miles on it? Also does it only take top end fuel? Premium. Would a non "S" be a better version?

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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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2004 Mini Cooper S Common Problems

Lots of info right here
2004 MINI Cooper - Consumer Reviews
edmunds.com/mini/cooper/2004/consumer-reviews.html

Well worth reading…

Enjoy the car for me they are great - just love em...
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Thanks for the link, just added pics
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More help here ...
MotoringFile - MINI R50/R53 Buyers Guide
Both models take premium gas ... you're better off with a Cooper S.
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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Thanks caveman. There was a 2009 I was looking at as well, but they want almost 9k more for it...I can't afford those payments. That link says the 2004 was very good though.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ethica (original)
That link says the 2004 was very good though.

When buying a 1st Gen Cooper S hardtop, model year (2002 - 2006) purchased isn't that critical ... although a 2005 or 2006 model will have 7 more horsepower and gear ratios providing slightly better acceleration.
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Old Dec 10th, 2012, 04:37 PM
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I am not too worried about the 7 HP...I want it to last a while before having any issues from driving too hard, so I may be doing some granny driving for the first couple months :P
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