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Hi. First time posting on this forum.

I am looking at buying a 2011 Diesel Manual (68k on the clock). I currently have a 2011 Polo DSG and have been disappointed with the recent quality of VWs and think that the Polo will not last especially with the DSG gearbox.

I am after something that will last and has good build quality, I like the idea of a diesel and manual gearbox for these reasons.

I don't really know anything about the Minis, we drove it and really liked it.

I am pretty handy mechanically so would service it my self when the time comes, have done timing belts in Jeep CRD so familiar with that stuff.

It seems this model has a Peugeot Diesel engine, how is it rated will I get 300 or 400k out of it if I look after it with regular servicing ? Would it be better to get the SD which I think has a 2l BMW engine ?

I figured the manual box would also give us longevity, or will the auto last just as good ?

Are there any known issues or problems to look out for with this year and model ?

What is the service interval for the timing belt, I read 160k or 240k ? Seems high I do the Jeeps at 100k.

Any helpful advice would be appreciated on anything that might help me to take the plunge with a Mini, noting I have not dealt with them at all before.

Thanks
Kim


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I have had a 2011 manuel cooper d now for 16 months and love it when I was looking to buy one I was advised to go for the one with the BMW engine so that's what I got with 37k and cant fault it most of my driving is around north London/ south Hertfordshire so plenty of town work and I get around 45 mpg I recently had a weekend away a did 480 miles what cost me £31 to refuel when I got home I believe the BMW engine has a timing chain. So far touch wood I have had no problems all know the brake pad warning came on the other day saying 1000 miles . My next car will be a cooper sd next . I hope when you get one you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine
 

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We have 2013 R56 SD with 2.0 BMW diesel engine and 26000 Km. It is our second car. Your options are to buy three type of engines 1.6 PSA, 1.6 BMW and 2.0 BMW version with 115 HP and 143 HP. Whatever type of engine you buy it will be ok, I personally prefer 2.0 better torque curve. And for the maintenance nothing serious normal oil change and filters, just a little bit disappointed with the quality of the interior (little squeaking and rattling of plastic).
 

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Both are proven engines and don't really go wrong with regular servicing as mentioned. I personally have 2 Cooper D's and both are PSA's and I haven't had any major problems with them. My Dooper is sitting at 130,000 miles and still drives like new :)
 

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I would recommend you to avoid anything that has to do with a 1.6 PSA. Bad engines and at the end if you want to buy a BMW build why would you get one with a Peugeot engine. You can buy a Peugeot directly and will cost you much less. Personal opinion, avoid the one with Peugeot engine.
 

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The psa diesels are bomb proof

However the psa petrols are shyte..

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Guy's,
You are really worrying me!
I purchased my 2013 FJCW last May and all this talk of the engines being shyte is concerning.
It had 12K on the clock when I purchased it and it only has 16K on it now.
In that time it's used about 1/3 of a litre of Oil, they can't all be bad.......can they?! :confused:
 

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Guy's,
You are really worrying me!
I purchased my 2013 FJCW last May and all this talk of the engines being shyte is concerning.
It had 12K on the clock when I purchased it and it only has 16K on it now.
In that time it's used about 1/3 of a litre of Oil, they can't all be bad.......can they?! :confused:
the n14 engine is the problem child, ive not heard that many horror stories about the n18 but there are a few that suffer from coking issues and timing chain guides/tensioners failing.


maintenance plays a big part in the lifespan of these engines regular oil changes with quality oil is essential ::smile::
also make sure its topped up!!
 

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the n14 engine is the problem child, ive not heard that many horror stories about the n18 but there are a few that suffer from coking issues and timing chain guides/tensioners failing.


maintenance plays a big part in the lifespan of these engines regular oil changes with quality oil is essential ::smile::
also make sure its topped up!!
Hopefully I should be okay then, I always change the Oil in my cars every 12 months/5000 miles. ;)
 
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