'New Mini' newbie.
For many many years I've been into Austin/Morris/ BL/Rover minis and have enjoyed restoring and driving them, so I know a fair bit about them but I am becoming disillusioned at the silly prices for secondhand cars and spares being asked at the moment and the poor quality of some reproduction (even heritage reproduction) parts.
Having been introduced to the BMW minis at a recent local mini show I am now thinking of getting one (but don't tell the owners of the original minis!!), Don't do it I hear you say!!
I rather like the look of the '01-'06 Cooper S although I am not too concerned about performance so I was wondering if it is easier to detune an S, by removing the supercharger etc. if possible, to improve mpg than it is to get a lower performance/ less thirsty model which would require cosmetic improvements to make it look like an S. I have done searches on this forum and gather that exterior S conversion parts are quite expensive.
I do a moderate amount of miles in a year so fuel consumption is important. At present my Corsa diesel averages 60mpg and I know a petrol mini won't touch that!! Insurance is no problem due to my age and I am confident with spanners but have never worked on a BMW mini.
Any pointers would be appreciated as I know next to nothing about BMW minis :-)