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which countryman to buy?

This not as straight forward as it sounds due to budget, we have about 8k to spend looking for about a 12/13 plate not sure after that. The more i read the more confused i get with timing chains ets.I would like a s model as we have a 12 plate 1 and fed up of the performance but like the economy, so sis it petrol or diesel? four or two wheel drive all advice welcome and thanks.

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Got a 14 plate all4 sd cooper countryman 47k .full history all from same dealer 6 Stamps royal Grey metalic if interested
Want 9k minimum as it retails over 10 on showroom forecourt.

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Well i have found a couple of clubmans we are interested in, one is a SD, the other D, I have had to lift my price band but a few pointers on what to look for in the troublesome areas would be good. Both have full history, one has 44k the other 50k, both in standard form only two owners hpi clear etc.
So what areas of trouble should i be looking for? or forget and keep looking for a petrol. Both hovering around the £8k
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Well i have found a couple of clubmans we are interested in, one is a SD, the other D, I have had to lift my price band but a few pointers on what to look for in the troublesome areas would be good. Both have full history, one has 44k the other 50k, both in standard form only two owners hpi clear etc.
So what areas of trouble should i be looking for? or forget and keep looking for a petrol. Both hovering around the £8k
if i had that money to spend and wanted one of the best reliability cars on the road it would be the below link,
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-Civ...AAAOSwjxBcx00v
or hatchback
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-Civ...gAAOSwVKhccV6F
never see them with much wrong do stellar mileages 70-80 mpg on a run 60mpg around town, i would go as far to say one of the best value cars on the road at the moment, my daughter has a brand new one on 68 reg come with so much kit as standard, the 1.6 dtec engines are the best around seen many with 200k with no issues still,, i know this is a mini forum but a still speak as i find,
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Not sure if you want a countryman or clubman.

In both cases, if you really want to buy then I'll recommend saving about £500-£1000 every year for service and repair bills, maybe more if you're not DIY.

If you want performance petrol go "S" or "JCW", diesel go "SD" will give you performance and economy.

If you do a search on this forum or google you'll get a picture what to look out for when buying.

Best case is to get a mechanic you trust to inspect the car before you buy.

Another alternative to mike1967 is maybe a Toyota RAV4.
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Not sure if you want a countryman or clubman.

In both cases, if you really want to buy then I'll recommend saving about £500-£1000 every year for service and repair bills, maybe more if you're not DIY.

If you want performance petrol go "S" or "JCW", diesel go "SD" will give you performance and economy.

If you do a search on this forum or google you'll get a picture what to look out for when buying.

Best case is to get a mechanic you trust to inspect the car before you buy.

Another alternative to mike1967 is maybe a Toyota RAV4.
if 4x4 outlander phev nice bit of kit on a pcp agreement could end up costing same over a 4 year time span as owning a car and paying all garage bills etc, some times a fix amount a month and nice new car that has no risk of big break downs and to be honest cars are not that strong these days
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if 4x4 outlander phev nice bit of kit on a pcp agreement could end up costing same over a 4 year time span as owning a car and paying all garage bills etc, some times a fix amount a month and nice new car that has no risk of big break downs and to be honest cars are not that strong these days
I test drove an Outlander PHEV back to back to the Countryman PHEV, the Countryman PHEV won hands down, smiles and smiles more fun than the stodgy overweight under-powered Outlander PHEV. Outlander is the PHEV for the over 80’s.......... even a Honda Jazz is more fun to drive than the Outlander.
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I test drove an Outlander PHEV back to back to the Countryman PHEV, the Countryman PHEV won hands down, smiles and smiles more fun than the stodgy overweight under-powered Outlander PHEV. Outlander is the PHEV for the over 80ís.......... even a Honda Jazz is more fun to drive than the Outlander.
Would cost way more than £8k on a PCP though Iím guessing

Isnít there an old saying

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I test drove an Outlander PHEV back to back to the Countryman PHEV, the Countryman PHEV won hands down, smiles and smiles more fun than the stodgy overweight under-powered Outlander PHEV. Outlander is the PHEV for the over 80ís.......... even a Honda Jazz is more fun to drive than the Outlander.
depends what someone wants from a car guy asked about reliable being important i've had a few outlanders and shoguns round the 2012 years dam good 4x4 if wanting a 4x4 to be a not to soft 4x4, been dragging trailers and caravans all over the place, personally i dont like phev stuff full stop, would scare me to own one if were not within warranty, next time your in mini dealership ask them how much for a battery pack and how long they will last, they might not answer that question except with a question.
still stand by the honda comment, will add to that the crv is a good suv 2.2 dtec is so strong like the rest of it. wish mini spent as much time getting things to last like honda do,,
but if buying a new car only keeping it until warranty runs out or pcp agreement then any car someone finds fun to drive is no different than any other in some ways, but still could end up with car sat at dealership being repaired more than a known reliable cars as such.
funny how buying a new car changes all the what is important bits to a car with no warranty or a limited one from a garage maybe.

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Would cost way more than £8k on a PCP though Iím guessing

Isnít there an old saying

Performance, Reliability, Value for money ... choose 2
Unfortunately, the Mini doesn't have any of those .

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Thanks for all your input, her indoors wants a mini countryman really as she like the size but dont want a new one as it is not the main car, will look at the honda option I read that the 2.0 ltr bmw engine is the better one.
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