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I am looking to buy a 2011 Countryman S with 104000 miles on it. The car seems to be in good condition and price of $7400 seems fair. What kind of troubles should I expect on a 10 year old mini? Should I get all the hoses repaced? Does the automatic transmission need a fluid change? Do suspension parts wear out? What else?
 

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Although BMW detail that transmission/transfer case/differential fluid (for the ALL4 version) is supposed to last for lifetime, they base that on a certain number of miles – I’ve heard 100k / 200k, not sure what the actual figure is. So, at 100k miles, I would recommend you have the fluids replaced.

Other things to look out for;

Smoky exhaust – start it up, wait a minute, then rev it and check for smoke from the exhaust – this normally means that the valve stem seals and/or piston rings need to be replaced, which you will be (a) lucky to get BMW to even consider the work and (b) if you get an independent specialist to do it, will still cost $2 - $3k.

Check for leaks around the engine – PCV Valve (on top of the valve cover) is a usual suspect, but cheap and easy to replace.

Check that the oil pressure light doesn’t appear – from my experience, it appears on coasting mainly due to the sump filter being blocked, and not letting oil circulate well.

Check for any water leaks – in the boot, in the footwells, root causes not fun to fix.

If you have one, take a code reader with you and see if any codes appear.

At that mileage, the timing chain/tensioners should have been replaced – if not, you should plan to replace it.

Here’s a good link to review, for more issues with R60’s;
 
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