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I as well as many other have stated that they, "have always wanted a mini", however for me, this hasn't changed but is definitely on pause.
When I found that Mini was owned by BMW I just assumed I'd never make enough to own one and just never pushed the possibility years ago.
I was never a, "car guy", bikes were my thing...to the point this is the first car I am looking at buying.
New job, new money, new doors.

So here I am suddenly with cold feet...after looking into the mini brand.
It looks to me like Mini...is being, "feature creedped", and not just in a typical manufaturing way.
There are mini's laying around EVERYWHERE. Used car lots are literally teeming with them...however...you only see a handfull on the road for an entire week.
And it seems that many owners say just buy a new one? But it doesn't seem like...it seems like more people are discarding minis faster than they are being purchased?
Personally it's odd...I don't know why I feel this way but, the mini was always this neat little car (for the majority of my life) that I thought looked alright...UNTIL I ACTUALLY LOOKED AT A BMW.

Suddenly I too find myself in this group of numerous individuals. Wanting a Mini...but, put off by it's, seeming identity issue.
Looking back only, through archives, and never experiencing the hype, I get the impression that BMW does not like this culture here.
Bringing older minis forward that is but, not just that. It's almost like they are slowly but surely turning Mini's into literal Mini BMW's.

Isn't that what I want? It sounds like what I feel I want...but then I see something almost--or maybe nothing at all...but, something alsmost similar to apple.
There is no real upgrade path in the Mini line except via a new car. This seems painfully suspicious...
I don't see this kind of...enthusiasm in other car lines.
And I don't think Mini has made any massive leaps...have they really brought anything new to the market?
When I look at the 2020 minis I just feel like they are going to be tossed aside for the last run of models?
The software push for mini connected...is odd for the highlighting feature for a car?
But then seeing the brutal onslaught of...almost bait and switch...retaliation from customers about mini connected is alarming.

I don't know...it's like...I got one look at a BMW
and then realized...how much there is to be desired from Mini.
Suddenly the chassis looks dated and bloobular, the lack of articulation in exterior design, the fragmented driver experience, the nonsensical trims and packages, the jarring rally sport car interior, salt and peppered with daily driver features...
But...it's handling is fun? And then top top it off the price? I mean...Is BMW trying to not compete with itself?

I just feel like the mini identity is being changed slowly to not lose it's customer base BUT, I guess I don't like how BMW is going about it or how I perceive them going on about it.
Is it something I really want to buy into?
Literally weeks ago this car was flawless and now...I just...don't know....
 

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there are many around for sale etc, but need to have a perspective ie just how many cars have been built over the years and how many 18 years later are still on the road still its a lot, every mini i have ever had and its been a lot have always sold in first week of advertising thats a good sign of a few things, ie people want to buy them, also realistic prices ie people with 2007 cooper s car with 100k and no timing chain done etc asking over 3k for them so these cars just sit there until they decide to ebay auction them and find they sell for around 2k and only if a sorted car with mot and history etc, also so many people think they can sell a car with a warning light or a £1000 fault on it by playing ot down in the add or just rudely pretend they dont know nothing etc, only way to sell any car is when its right and sorted not when its on last legs in my book, as for looking on line at all the problems the trouble is here people dont tend to spend time telling of a good year owning a car its always the bad stuff that gets pushed forward with words like death rattle etc and this car has been nothing but a problem loads repaired etc,, when reality was a DIY repair guy when car misfires goes and spends money on spark plugs coil packs 02 sensors etc and dont fix the real issues in first place from not owning a good dealer level diagnostic tool or take to someone who knows what they are doing,, ie most if had changed the timing around 60.000 miles would of saved all that hassle and found the car is a pleasure to drive,,
some people and o have had it will not buy a mini that has just had timing chain replaced at 60k because the AA and RAC guides to buying a car, hmmm a 3-4 year old car says its a bad sign of been abused etc and then moan when they have £1000 bill for timing chain replace form dealers,, i've had someone turn up see its had a chain and tell me walking away due to it,,and then the other people who have some brain cells that understand what they are buying are over the moon its all sorted for next 5 years 60k,,, always look for the cars that have just had chin done and high pressure pump etc it makes sense,, must have paperwork to prove, or as i do leave the old parts in a box in the boot to prove done,
 

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There are two kinds of minis for sale: Good deals, those are gone in a day and bad deals, those sit around forever. Many people try and "over price" Minis. That's why there are so many for sale. Those are cars that were abused with lots of miles and they person is trying to sell if for 1/3 of a brand new one and like it was a BMW.

You will actually be hard pressed to find a "good deal" on a used one. I bought mine from ND only from pictures and limp mode codes because I knew what a good deal was and what wasn't.
 

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There are two kinds of minis for sale: Good deals, those are gone in a day and bad deals, those sit around forever. Many people try and "over price" Minis. That's why there are so many for sale. Those are cars that were abused with lots of miles and they person is trying to sell if for 1/3 of a brand new one and like it was a BMW.

You will actually be hard pressed to find a "good deal" on a used one. I bought mine from ND only from pictures and limp mode codes because I knew what a good deal was and what wasn't.
This is also something I've considered quite seriously.
The nature of the maintenance...
And the fact a lot of people probably just buy them because they look cute but have no interest in actively maintaining them.
I considered this greatly...and I've found 1 fully loaded with 12K miles...it's not the color I want and it's not a manual but, I mean...it's everything else.

Perhaps I should look more into the faults of minis.
 

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colour is never a big issue,, 12k miles is a good buying point, the auto gearbox is a gamble when miles get north of 70k. changing gear box oil from now every 15k-20k would be the best thing you could do as is 10k max oil changes with a flush every 20k. the auto gear boxes are so expensive when they play up , i personally stay away form any auto boxes these days, even the vag groups DSG which i love to drive so much fun is flawed and so expensive just in parts with out the labour in my case keeps me away from them,
 
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