Hey gang, I'm hoping to be a Mini owner soon - which will likely lead to all kinds of future activity on DIY and maintenance threads on here, etc.
I'm currently looking at purchasing a 2013 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4, and hoping some of you charitable & helpful folks here would be willing to help me do my due diligence on this vehicle's maintenance, cost of ownership, etc before I make a formal offer. It has a manual transmission, 95,000 km, and a new clutch was put in 6 months ago. I'm not sure if it's turbocharged, but I presume not. From preliminary reading there are a few engine types that could be in this model, and I'm not sure which it is. N18 maybe? I could probably get the owner to take a photo under the hood so I could know for sure. I understand each has its own common problems. I do know that it's a gas engine, and has used only premium gas apparently, and has all regular oil changes etc. It's from the original owner, and was originally a lease that they later bought out.
One of the main things I'm concerned about is that the vehicle apparently overheated and leaked coolant in November of 2017, and as a result apparently the thermostat housing and thermostat adapter were replaced. This leads me to be concerned about the engine block, seals etc though. Should I be excessively worried, to the point of steering clear? Or is this just par for the course, and not necessarily a big red flag? I should note the vehicle does have "ultimate" tier third party warranty coverage until Spring of 2020, so there's a little peace of mind there.
Are there any other things I should look into as far as maintenance is concerned? Or any specific things I should direct my mechanic to look at?
Thanks in advance! Hopefully I'm one of you guys soon.