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Newbie to the Mini. What the most reliable one to buy?

Hi all, I am new to this forum and seeking a new mini.

I'm not after the sporty version, I am after a regular diesel or petrol that I can get a lot of miles from. I tend to keep cars a long time. Current car a rover 75 has 220k miles on it. What version mini would I get similar without massive bills as I have read about timing chains and clutches failing etc?

Budget 10k

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If you're looking for a modern'ish mini then look no further than the 2007-2010 Mini Cooper D

These are fitted with the pretty Bombproof 1.6 HDI

They require a good thrash now and again to help with DPF regeneration

And timing belts require replacement every 100k.


After 2010 they switched to the n47 BMW diesel which is largely known for its timing chain stretching and failing.


Avoid all petrols from 2007-2010 if possible, if your heart is set on a Petrol try and go for a 2010+ LCI model with the N18 engine.

@mike1967 will be able to brief you on all the HDI's quirks.

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If you're looking for a modern'ish mini then look no further than the 2007-2010 Mini Cooper D

These are fitted with the pretty Bombproof 1.6 HDI

They require a good thrash now and again to help with DPF regeneration

And timing belts require replacement every 100k.


After 2010 they switched to the n47 BMW diesel which is largely known for its timing chain stretching and failing.


Avoid all petrols from 2007-2010 if possible, if your heart is set on a Petrol try and go for a 2010+ LCI model with the N18 engine.

@mike1967 will be able to brief you on all the HDI's quirks.
i just done my clubman cooper d on 90.000 miles new turbo, new dpf filter timing belt water pump etc, i use reconditioned turbo's from uk outlets under 200 and the dpf filter 112 timing belt water pump kit gates 79 just do all this every 75-100k and they are best option mine is one of the last psa diesel on later 2009-59 plate, my last one was mapped its was 58 plate sold it on 112k still got 4k for it and done all of the above,, 161 bhp at the wheels mainly mapped for economy was getting 50mph 80mpg on the flat around town late sixtys,
the later diesel bmw n47 is a total pug in my book what total idiot would mount a timing chain in such a way that engine out to replace it, and make it so it stretches like the petrol engines do, hmm pattern there, just thought i would answer matey via your mention bud
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