Mini Cooper S 60 reg 184bhp engine
For those who are searching for info:
My car is more recent than the one mentioned above, but in case you can find a 184Bhp car at a price you can afford.....
This is the last incarnation of the R56 engine:
- it doesn't have the turbo water pump recall issue. Check that this has been done if you buy a pre aug 2010 car as a few unlucky people had engine fires caused by this faulty part.
- my car has really low oil consumption. I do check it as mini's have a reputation for consuming oil, but mine has consumed less than a litre of oil (apart from oil changes of course) in 39,000 miles.
- fuel consumption is very good, but as I drive enthusiastically, I average 38.6 mpg. It acheived 42 mpg on the drive home from the garage when I bought it and 44mpg on a long run (changing up through the gears quickly and travelling 50-70 according to motorway limits. However, I soon got used to the car and get too much enjoyment from it to keep the mpg higher than 38.6 these days. The book combined value of 48 or 49 or whatever it is is unrealistic in real driving. If you want to see realistic figures look at the American review sites. I think they must have different rules on what manufacturers can claim for their performance figures as they seem far more realistic.
I absolutely love my car. I drove 3.0 litre BMW Z3's (230 Bhp) for 9 years before buying this car and much as I loved driving them, I have to admit that my Mini Cooper S at 184bhp is genuinely more fun to drive on the country roads where I live.
Which ever car you buy, just make sure it's had all it's recalls and servicing - standard stuff which I'm sure you've already thought of.
Have fun All