Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: down west somewhere
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they are not that bad its just people believe that bying a car with 100.000 miles and never had no spent on them that they should be as good as a brand new car,, it needs perspective ie cars are designed to last around 80-100k and 6-8 years so cars with under 50k and under 5 years old will be a lot less hassle than a 8 year old 100k car,, but you can buy a 100k car a lot less than a 50k car,, thats the cross roads point to buy as new and as low mileage car that will have so much less ware on it, or buy a more miles and do a massive service or all the known to be worn out parts at higher mileages.. ie refurb turbo. timing chain kit. clutch. and bushes and joints around the suspension when they give up,, this above is no different to just about every EU car on the road it would seem. trouble with forums is everyone that visits has a problem with said car but if everyone who owned a mini had same problems al the time then forums would be over loaded,, so things sound more like its a big issue and the cars are rubbish and thats not the case,,
ie someone comes on forum says they are at wits end this car i have replaced everything on it its just trouble,, but when break this down this person has not diagnosed the problem they have spent 2 months throwing parts at it to try and hit the real issue and totally dont understand there is a process that must always be done when finding faults on any car,, but in this persons its the car its rubbish its the work or evil dont ever own one,,, when reality is if this guy had bought a diagnostic that works correctly on that car and has a open mind to find the issue he would of found it in a hour or two and only replaced what was needed ..
this all said what they need and its age mileage and how well loved before all have a bearing on it,,
oil level always on full mark is number one thing if view a car and oil level when cold is more than half way down to low mark. not good, timing chains wear out they stretch so n18 engines are slightly better as long tensioner updated but same chain used so still stretch, 60-70k chain kit, learn to fit one your self and costs are not much money £100-£200 in parts and morning work, this is its main issue keep this right and oil changes 8k and level always on full or 3mm above is best way, let engine cool down after same as let warm up for 5 minutes before driving off, the turbos need this love, also 100k turbo will be fairly worn out and as will 02 sensors and the cat but all can be bought fairly cheap from ebay sellers , people dont realise on all cars these items have a life span before causing issues its not the cars fault and every car on the orad uses them,
if were me i would buy the newest and lowest mileage car you can find also the cooper s is by far the best one to live with plenty of power and holds its value well,, would treat the later n47 diesel engine like a dose of the clap and stay away from it ie timing chain and dpf and flywheel all wear out 70-100k more time than not and massive bills,
most cars brand new give very small problems all cars once out of warranty will do one day its just common sense
Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.