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Hi, new user here... I'm thinking of buying a MINI Countryman 2.0 COOPER D ALL4 5d AUTO 110 BHP, 2013 registration with 45k miles. (We live deep in the countryside with poor roads which gather wet leaves, huge puddles, and rarely get gritted in the winter - hence the interest in the All4 variant).
That being said, I'm a touch nervous by the number of people asking questions on this board who seem to have quite significant engine problems. I'm just wondering whether a Countryman of this age and mileage is just asking for trouble, or are most of them fine and its just the unlucky ones who ask questions on this forum? The car would be from an independant dealer, and he'd provide a 6 month warranty.
Grateful for any advice and experience!
Thank you in advance.
 

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Anyone?!
In particular, the main thing I would welcome is advice on the diesel engine and possibility of massive costs soon after buying! ie is that age/mileage particularly prone to timing chain failure? is there a way of minimising that risk prior to buying (I'm not an engine expert, but is it enough if the chain is not currently making a rattling noise, and subsequently I keep a close ear open for this and budget to get it changed at xx,000 miles?)
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not a fan of the bmw n47 diesel engine, have seen chains fail as early as 50k then i've seen them do over 100k barely most give issue around the 70-80k mark, also dpf filter has it impact on them as well as cars that dont get driven above 2000 revs all the time will block the dpf then the cars ecu will try to regen it but if used a round town a lot chances are it wont have enough time of 3-4k running for 30 minutes to clear it, if dont clear it unburnt diesel gets in to the oil past piston rings and breather blow back etc this thins oil this destroys the chains faster,, i know of a few cars that had dpf deleted and egr and both have faired better than most well over 100,000 miles with no issues so far , but of course thats a mot failure if detected, at present its a visual test and done right no one would no,, if were my money go for cooper s petrol N18 engines are good as long as doing timing chain around the 60-70k on n16 n16 sooner
 

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If you need the towing capacity and/or do long distance diesel would be the right choice for you but I don't know if BMW/MINI have a newer diesel engine as mike1967 has mentioned.

If you don't require heavy towing and/or do less than 15K miles per year maybe consider the BMW/MINI 2.0l petrol engines as these have less problems than previous gens engines. Although still relatively new ~2017 they were introduced into the countryman, I think.
 

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Thanks, both of you. We probably do about 15k miles per year, most of which is country lane or B-road driving, so normally I'd go for an economic diesel in these circumstances. But I think I will look more closely at the petrol options, as this timing chain failure risk does worry me (and we cannot afford a new car, so I'll always be looking at ones with plus of 40k miles). Thanks.
 

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best of all worlds could be a LPG conversion ie on petrol cooper s model as that n18 engine is fairly good, this said should be treating its timing chain as per a timing belt ie 60-70k chain changes, it seems most car makers have been doing same trick with timing chains the vag stuff a little better but not totally good see a lot of chain failures, the best engines out there at present is honda petrol and diesels
 
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