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2012 N14 JCW or 2014 N18 Cooper S

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I used to own a 1st gen Mini Cabrio and after many years and many different cars I am back to a Mini

I am in the market for a suicide door manual Clubman and is having this dilemma.

They are similarly priced.

The JCW ticked all the boxes in terms of looks and options but the N14 engine could be a time bomb for my wallet. While the Cooper S is not ideal but that N18 engine is the main draw card for me in terms of reliability and peace of mind.

What would you choose? And why?

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I'm sure someone more experienced will be along soon but if they are both out of warranty anything is a time bomb, IMO go with the one you really want


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2014 N18 Cooper S would be my choice.
Unless, of course, you can 'stretch' to a N18 JCW....That's what I did!
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The N18. I have a well looked after N14 and it's ruining my life. It's become the car I hate to love.

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What would you choose? And why?
Neither. Don't buy a car that doesn't tick all the boxes. Wait for the car you really want. Its out there, you just have to find it.
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