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So I bought a 59 plate mini recently from a private seller. It had 122k on the clock and most of the mileage put on in the first 7 years and only 5k in the last couple years. I knew it needed a service and found out it had a slow puncture in 2 tyres.

In summary, I've had the car for 3 weeks, it's broken down twice, first with EGR valve on day 5 of ownership, next with a fuel pressure issue and a footwell module issue.

Baught 1st Aug in the evening, just drove it home.
Broke down 7th Aug due to EGR (6 days of functioning)
Fixed EGR on 14th Aug
Broke down 19th Aug due to a fuel pressure issue and a footwell module issue which may or may not be connected to each other. (11 days of functioning in total and not used on all 11 days as I walk to work)

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Week 1 of ownership: Day 6 - stalled at the end of my street whilst pulling out - turned out to be an EGR valve fault, diagnosed by a mobile mechanic (3 EGR error codes) which eventually I had replaced. Also bought the service parts ready for a service that weekend. over £300 spent already on parts diagnostics and EGR labour (service not done yet). A week off the road at this point between diagnostics for the EGR and mechanics not being the most reliable to come and sort it out as car would not start, but got there with the EGR. The car felt markedly faster and less heavy.

Week 3 of ownership and day 11 of driveable ownership: Driving on the motorway in the 3rd lane at 70 mph with mild acceleration at 7.20am, car suddenly cuts off without any pre warning whatsoever - no hiccups or bumps or rattles, realised there was nothing from the accelerator pedal despite dashboard looking normal in terms of radio still on and no warning lights, coasted to the hard shoulder. The car would not start but made the usual starting noise No breakdown cover, silly me! but had a Honda Accord for 9 years and never needed it as NEVER broke down despite having 196k on the clock and me having put 120k of that on it. So eventually, after a large recovery bill (£99 plus membership), the AA technician read the error code which indicated a fuel pressure issue. Got towed to a garage who suspected a high pressure fuel pump issue - but also a bust footwell module with headlights remaining on and windows inoperable. I didn't notice that being an issue before dropping it off via the AA my focus was probably on the fact that the car didn't start. They advised they weren't sure if the issues were linked with the car not starting, they advised that it's not something they can fix overall and would need to be taken to a specialist as the car may need coding of the footwell module etc. They did start by trying a new fuel filter which I had already bought ready for the service but this didn't solve the issue.

At this point I got it towed (£70) to an independent garage 15 miles away that specialise in Mini's. They advised it could be the fuel flow shut off something and definitely a footwell module issue. Worst case scenario is a high pressure fuel pump if the other part doesn't fix the fuel pressure issue. And the bill for all this will no doubt be eye watering relative to the price of the car. Even without the cost of the service factored in.

I'm suspecting I may have bought a lemon - despite the seller stating there were no issues with the car etc etc. I'm left dissapointed and have lost faith that it could ever be a reliable little car as planned - i'm wondering when and what the next thing to go wrong will be (DPF, cam belt) and how much it would cost, and whether I should upgrade by breakdown service to max coverage to account for all eventualities or get rid and buy something else. I love the car, it looks great inside and out - it just doesn't work at the best of times! The best case scenario is that it will cost me half as much as i paid for it to get all the above fixed and serviced, including the costs for recovery and diagnostics. Worst case is that it could cost me considerably more than I paid for it to repair with all my costs.

What would you do in this situation?
 

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I feel your pain
I am too scared to add up what I've spent on my 58 Clubman D. I have now reached the point were I will get mine repaired simply because I have spent so much and will never get any of it back.
The only advice I can give is the advice given on here is 1st class and find a garage you trust, I've discovered there are a lot of bad ones out there.
Stu
 

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120.000 miles is a lot when its not been treated correctly ie either new dpf at 75k and 10k oil changes etc and a good history to prove all this, even then things do go wrong with them see one the other day it cracked a oil way somewhere within the head or block it also had notch 4 head gasket on it that had 119k looked nice car, but when opened it up was a can of worms or bad repairs in its past head gasket had blue sealant on it and was also at max thickness so head would of been skimmed to with in its max point, the head bolts were bone dry no lubrication added when head job was done before, the oil strainer in sump the filter part was missing and would appear that the pressure release valve because of this got jammed oped and over loaded the oil system and cracked the alloy block or head somewhere after we got it to run right ie before would not rev no power etc, we sorted this out and all the past repaired wrongly stuff came to the surface,, past owners are just a nightmare cant be trusted on any level and good honest people can get caught by it, especially when stuff is so hidden its not until breaks or a lot of labour is done t find them,, so my advice to you now would be take it to a garage that knows what they are doing and car about doing a good job, cheapest and best way forward is find a ford focus 1.6hdi engine off a breaker with as low mileage as you can afford get them to change it all over. if new engine has 80k and above fit a refurb turbo on it £200 extra ish remove the filter on turbo feed oil pipe, and delete the dpf and egr and have a gentle map on it ie early throttle response this will sort it and you will enjoy it again,, reason for ford focus or even a Citroen Peugeot 1.6 hdi around same years etc is its same engines and are cheaper if not got mini label brand on it, we do this trick all the time, we can also do the other stuff as well,, ho yes correctly as well
 

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I feel your pain
I am too scared to add up what I've spent on my 58 Clubman D. I have now reached the point were I will get mine repaired simply because I have spent so much and will never get any of it back.
The only advice I can give is the advice given on here is 1st class and find a garage you trust, I've discovered there are a lot of bad ones out there.
Stu
hello stu you ok bud feel for you bloody cars
 
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