I am brand new to this forum and hoping to be a MINI owner in the near future. I apologize I broke the rules by not being a current owner of a MINI but thats why i joined this forum.
While I am here I would like some input on a possible up-and-coming purchase of a MINI.
I have found a 2003 R50 (Green) 5-speed with 136K mileage. I have test driven it twice and it seems to run great. Shifts like a butter, and handles like a dream. I have looked the car over rather thoroughly and I really like it and its mine for a really good price.
My only hesitation is that its a 2003 with such high mileage. I have read/heard that if I were to get a first-gen Cooper to go with 2004 or later due to a lot of the refinements they made over the first couple years.
Can any one point out some differences between the 2003 and 2004 (or later) R50 that I should be aware of that might deter me from picking up the 2003.
Any advice is welcome.