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Looking to buy. Problems to look out for? Thanks all

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas,

Looking to buy an automatic Mini Cooper and been looking around on here for common problems to look out for when going to view and test ride.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. At the moment looking at a 2003 automatic Mini Cooper with 50k miles on it. Generally looking around this age and mileage up to 80k.

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Unlike some less than helpful manual fans I prefer automatic transmissions, but I would suggest you get a later automatic model. The early ones (up to 2006 I think) have a CVT transmission that has proven to be somewhat fragile and extremely expensive to replace (they generally can't be repaired). Later models have a regular automatic transmission that seems to have performed just fine. I still have my CVT and while I've enjoyed owning this car it did fail on me at significant cost and I just can't recommend buying one especially when there are later automatics without this issue.

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Looking to buy an automatic Mini Cooper ... At the moment looking at a 2003 automatic Mini Cooper with 50k miles on it. Generally looking around this age and mileage up to 80k.
If you're considering an automatic Cooper Hatchback you'll have to get a 2nd Gen (2007 or later) model to avoid the problematic CVT.
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