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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 01:11 PM
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Good morning,
New to forums and not a Mini owner yet.
My daughter and I have been looking at cars but we keep coming back to the Mini. We are interested in getting one but really don't know much about them.
I've been a mechanic for the last 35+ years ranging from helicopters, airplanes, motorcycles, my own cars and mining equipment. So getting my hands dirty is not a problem.
I came across your site and thought what a better way to find out the pros and cons of owning a Mini.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Are you looking to buy new or used? Automatic or manual transmission? Cooper or Cooper S?
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Old Dec 3rd, 2013, 03:39 PM
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More details would be useful as above (plus loads more if possible such as intended use and budget requirements etc etc...)

Generally though...
pros = fun
cons = small

Running 211whp

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To be honest I didn't think a lot about the mini until I got my 53 reg mini cooper 1.6 auto it's grown on me now I love it a couple of things to look out for is track rod ends and front bottom arm bushes had to have mine done. as above fun but small
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OK, the car will basically be for my daughter to go back and forth from school. Looking for a used Mini Cooper, automatic transmission. I'd like to keep the price tag under 6K. Again thanks for any info.
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1st Gen Cooper models came with CVT transmissions which are the subject of a class action suit in the US:
MotoringFile - MINI Settling CVT Class Action Suit
A much more reliable Aisin transmission was used in 1st Gen Cooper S and all 2nd Gen automatic models.

The following may help ...
MotoringFile - MINI R50/R53 Buyers Guide
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