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Hi all,

I’m looking at getting my first Mini in the next week or two as they look great and running costs of the diesels seem like they’re pennies. 👍 My budget is between £2,000-3,000 and that appears to point to ‘07 to ‘10 plate cars.

What are the main things to watch out for when I go to look at them? Is a good/full service history vital on diesels? Or is it just good to have? Also, most of the cars I’ve seen in my price range seem to be around 90k to 130k miles. Does this affect what I need to look out for? Belt changes, water pumps etc?

Thanks in advance. 👍

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as low mileage as you can find, 1 or 2 owners is good thing must have history with it, they need new dpf filters around 75.000 miles and the tend to need turbo' 80-120k timing belt might do the 125k but water pump dont tend to 80k max is where would say, its a mine field not all sellers are honest take nothing as the truth when asking anything about the car etc, the turbo failures on these engines are very well known within the trade as they nearly always go in to diesel runaway when fail, better to fit a refurb turbo than the new engine if do fail
 

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both my cooper d i bought like that but both had dpf issues ie bought cheap one was total nightmare as past owner did not know what the truth was and how to tell the truth, ie its turbo failed before went in to diesel runaway and hurt the bottom end badly think it cracked the oil feed within block as it cast alloy and have seen another recently do same trick i would guess and only way out of it is another engine complete, good thing is a ford or pug or volvo engine fits straight in with a few wiring change over etc, and reprogram the injectors etc.
after this i always deleted the dpf filter and egr valve on any 1.6hdi and transforms them and should never get turbo melt down again but still need to change turbo at 80-100k ish for piece of mind,
 

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Thanks again. I’ve narrowed my choice down to a handful now, all between £2600-£3500. There’s one ‘09 plate Cooper D sitting on 87.5k miles with “extensive history” 🤷‍♂️ for £3250; Another ‘09 with 99k miles with FSH for £2995 that looks very clean in the photos but no mention of previous owners and then there’s also a ‘58 plate on 111k miles with “service history” but has had cam belt & water pump done up for £2750. 🤔

Sounds like the DPF and EGR thing might be worth doing. What sort of costs are they to do? Also typical cost of turbos, timing belts, water pumps etc. to replace?
 

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I've had a nightmare with my car, wish I was as diligent for my purchase 3 weeks ago which has broken down on me twice with 3 issues and is still at the garage. It's spent more time off the road than on!
 

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Thanks again. I’ve narrowed my choice down to a handful now, all between £2600-£3500. There’s one ‘09 plate Cooper D sitting on 87.5k miles with “extensive history” 🤷‍♂️ for £3250; Another ‘09 with 99k miles with FSH for £2995 that looks very clean in the photos but no mention of previous owners and then there’s also a ‘58 plate on 111k miles with “service history” but has had cam belt & water pump done up for £2750. 🤔

Sounds like the DPF and EGR thing might be worth doing. What sort of costs are they to do? Also typical cost of turbos, timing belts, water pumps etc. to replace?
if were me would go down the road of dpf and egr delete we do them start to finish including the remap thats needs to get it all to work, £270 all in,by far the best for future transforms them just need a good car to start with .

or could replace the filter £120 for filter plus diagnostics run to reset it all £100-£180 depending on who does it, ie good hours work of resetting etc, plus additive would need doing another £300 ish every 45k always change turbo 80-120k sooner the better refurb uk made £200 tops, best way to buy one at right money is ask them would they take a offer and start chipping them its a buyers market at moment loads of cars around, as low mileage as you can find is good also check its not been messed with silly air filters etc. to do turbo its a front of car off fair bit of work as must remove the gauze filter in the turbo oil feed pipe on the block if left in it will clog take out the turbo and engine, as will a blocked dpf filter, seen this time and time again, i would rather buy a car that is honest still running factory turbo at 80k and replace it myself that a car with a new turbo as chances are some idiot as fitted a turbo after a melt down and engine could be on last legs if that makes sense, also they are a massively complicated engine to work on so most stuff take some time to change ie front of car for turbo stuff etc,
 

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Yet more useful info, ta! 🙂 🤷‍♂️

I’m happy to do some of the mechanical stuff myself so that’ll help but computer based stuff I don’t have the facility. 👎

Hoping to pull the pin on a purchase within the next week. 🤞
 

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Well, I finally got it! 😃👍 A 2011 Cooper D in blue (with MFSW which was on my 'must have' requirements). I picked it up on Tuesday night and haven't driven it much yet but so far I'm really enjoying it. I'm already looking at ways to personalise it. 😁


Here it is. 😊

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2011 cooper d that will be the bmw own engine N47 engine keep your ear on the gearbox end of engine for any rattles on start up
 
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