I've been looking at a bunch of cooper D's a reasonable price point for a first car at 23. Cheap in almost every way and heaps of fun I hear so it seems like a no brainer! I've lived in the city until quite recently with no real need for a car until now since I've moved down to Cornwall.
I'll be using it to commute about 100 miles per week roughly. 16 miles to work each day (mostly A roads) + some general exploring and galavanting.
I also intend on using it to visit friends up around Manchester and in Ireland (ferrying from Liverpool) so with hopefully a good few of those squeezed in each year the D seemed perfect.
I don't really want to buy a tie over rust bucket and dump it for something better asap so I've been looking for a mini with a nice amount of trim as I'd like to hold onto the car for a few years and enjoy it. Besides, I've grew up surrounded by my dad's classic Mini's so something about this just feels like it was always meant to be :P
So that's my basic usage scenario
I've fallen for this car today as I was idly trawling the ads again. It seems to tick all my boxes and looks to be better kept than a lot I've seen this age. My only concern is the mileage, which I've heard completely mixed things about. So I was hoping someone here could help give me some pointers with this car.
Is it just a no go?
Or is it worth my while?
I spoke to a man at the dealership today. He said it has had 3 owners, previous owner was a lady who traded it in for a 1 series with them. It has a full service history and he agreed that it was in good nick apart from a mark on the bonnet. He couldn't tell me about the cam belt, he thinks it has a chain. Although, as far as I know the peugeot diesel engine in this car still has a belt. But at under 150k, I mightn't have to worrk about that yet.
Anyway cheers for reading if you've borne with me
. I'm going up to view the car on Monday and I'll have the chance to ask questions and inspect it closer anyway.
All advice greatly appreciated... ta!