Hello Everyone! - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > All Models & Variants > Welcome New Members


Welcome New Members New members, please introduce yourself here. Tell us a bit about you and your Mini.

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Jan 28th, 2013, 06:14 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
Pink Cooper Hello Everyone!

I am looking to buy a nice, used car for my birthday in a few months and the idea came to me after seeing so many minis around my college! I thought they were adorable and so unique looking so I started to research them a little bit! Which is why I decided to join this forum because I wanted more imput with mini experts about if this is the right car I should choose! As I said previously, I am a college student looking for a nice used car that has good gas mileage and is fairly reliable! I was wondering if minis are the right choice, what year/model I should look into and any other advice that is relevant to my situation! Thanks everyone!

-M
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Jan 28th, 2013, 07:04 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,268
Local Time: 07:31 PM
United Kingdom Male
I assume as a college student you will be on a very tight budget?
Ive never met a student with any spare cash at all to spend.
MINIs, can be very expensive to service if you cant do it yourself and also expensive to repair if theres no warranty in force.
Buying one because you think it looks cute is not really the way to go I dont think.
Probably better off buying a Nissan Micra actually and forget the cute bit.
Thats my opinion and Im stuck with it.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Jan 28th, 2013, 07:17 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
I am not just thinking about a Mini because it is cute. Its small to park in the city, good on gas mileage for both city and highway and it didn't really seem like that much of a hassle to fix. I currently have a car that might be on its last leg so my parents are helping me get a car for under $10K.... thanks for your opinion.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Jan 28th, 2013, 09:30 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,202
Local Time: 09:31 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
What type of transmission are you considering ... automatic or manual?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 12:39 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
probably automatic
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 04:52 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,202
Local Time: 09:31 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
If you're looking for an automatic, you'll want to avoid a 1st Gen Cooper model because they have a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which will cost you an arm and leg to replace. This means you'll have to look for 1st Gen Cooper S (2005 - 2006) and an early 2nd Gen Cooper (2007 onward).

AutoTrader: Used 1st Gen Automatic Cooper S Listings

AutoTrader: Used 2nd Gen Automatic MINI Cooper Listings
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 05:56 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
I thought I saw on some consumer reviews that there are recalls/problems with the timing belt and carbon build up or something... wouldn't I run into that problem or do you think used cars would already be fixed of those problems?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 06:37 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,202
Local Time: 09:31 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by MaybeMINI (original)
I thought I saw on some consumer reviews that there are recalls/problems with the timing belt and carbon build up or something ...

Those problems are on 2nd Gen Cooper S models ... which are probably not within your budget anyway
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 10:29 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
okay I see what you're saying! Well thanks for the advice! Is there any other tips to getting a great deal or anything I should look for in a used mini?
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Jan 29th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,202
Local Time: 09:31 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
You can use Kelley Blue Book to check if asking price is reasonable.

Ask the seller for service records.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Jan 30th, 2013, 01:24 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Local Time: 02:31 PM
United States
okay thanks for the advice!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Recent Threads
Finding Final Stage (Hedgehog) Resistor
Jul 29th, 2014 09:48 PM
Last post by crackernibbles
Today 06:52 PM
18 Replies, 1,886 Views
This don't look right to me.
Dec 6th, 2014 03:04 AM
by Avro
Last post by Angib
Today 06:02 PM
10 Replies, 686 Views
Does Increasing Horse Power On A Diesel 2.0 146Hp Dicrease Consumption?
Dec 16th, 2014 12:30 PM
by Bubu91
Last post by Angib
Today 05:56 PM
5 Replies, 297 Views
Clutch Slipping
Dec 14th, 2014 04:48 PM
Last post by tominator1982
Today 04:50 PM
2 Replies, 159 Views
Reassemble glove box lock
Today 10:02 AM
by jpadie
Last post by jpadie
Today 04:41 PM
2 Replies, 127 Views
Mini One R56 2007 idling problem when engine is warm
Dec 16th, 2014 12:10 PM
by ryonski
Last post by ryonski
Today 02:09 PM
4 Replies, 318 Views
Very Bad Rattle metal sound...
Today 12:50 PM
by stirlo
Last post by The Nun
Today 01:33 PM
1 Replies, 82 Views
2002 Cooper S R53 Fan relay resistor dorman 902-706?
May 4th, 2013 03:21 PM
Last post by Toymaker23
Today 12:18 PM
2 Replies, 1,856 Views
engine will not start properly
Aug 12th, 2014 03:37 PM
by genik
Last post by MKuRNDY
Today 02:44 AM
4 Replies, 857 Views
New Owner with a Question.
Today 01:44 AM
Last post by Steve Ball
Today 01:44 AM
0 Replies, 145 Views
Heater not working
Dec 15th, 2014 08:03 AM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 11:49 PM
4 Replies, 393 Views
Review - AEM Cold Air Intake
Nov 27th, 2014 10:13 AM
Last post by deej_bb
Yesterday 11:02 PM
1 Replies, 373 Views
AGM Battery
Mar 28th, 2013 11:06 AM
Last post by SteveM3
Yesterday 11:01 PM
10 Replies, 5,806 Views
Dash and Door Trim Replacement
Dec 15th, 2014 03:52 AM
Last post by SteveM3
Yesterday 10:42 PM
1 Replies, 240 Views
Engine Oil consumption boy is the Cooper that thirsty?
Dec 15th, 2014 06:23 PM
by Sian1
Last post by deej_bb
Yesterday 10:41 PM
3 Replies, 278 Views
Hub centric rings
Dec 9th, 2014 10:22 PM
Last post by SteveM3
Yesterday 10:35 PM
4 Replies, 382 Views
Automatic stop start issues!
Yesterday 06:57 PM
Last post by ideal_leigh
Yesterday 06:57 PM
0 Replies, 151 Views
Rubbing/grinding noise from front wheel
Yesterday 03:52 PM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 05:44 PM
1 Replies, 160 Views
Is my car tuned? Anyone's car?
Yesterday 05:42 PM
by miniamg
Last post by miniamg
Yesterday 05:42 PM
0 Replies, 148 Views
Help needed
Yesterday 05:24 PM
Last post by aikmanmosquito
Yesterday 05:24 PM
0 Replies, 132 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Ľ Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:31 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2