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Old 05-17-2018, 08:30 PM
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Greetings from Southern Indiana

hello everyone. I am getting ready to purchase a, new to me, MINI Cooper S. It is a 2005 with about 145,000 miles. I havenít driven it yet, but will be on Saturday. If all goes well, Iíll be purchasing it.

I understand and these arenít the most reliable cars in the world, but Iíve always liked them and always wanted one. I mainly need a vehicle for work commute. Just curious for anything I should look for on this 2005.

Also, just how unreliable are MINIs? Like, am I going to be flooded with constant problems, or is it just like any other vehicle where they pop up from time to time?
 
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:41 PM
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Get a 6 speed manual! The automatics in gen 1s, leave something to be desired!
When you get it, expect to do the 100K mile service, as most are not done!
When that is done, get yourself a good set of tires, good ceramic brakes and go out and drive it like you stole it!
The gen 1 2005 and 2006 are top choices!
Keep us posted and you can learn a ton in the gen 1 area here!
Welcome to NAM! Don't believe for a minute that they are unreliable, just do the maintenance.
Hi and welcome to NAM! Home of the street legal Go Cart!
 
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:45 PM
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Thanks! It is a 6 speed. Dealer states it has new clutch, pressure plate, new water pump, radiator, and a couple other things I canít remember right off hand. It looks to be in great shape. Has the navigation, sunroof, stuff like that.
 
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:25 AM
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Have you checked out the thread below? Lots of information relative to the generation that the 05 falls into. The partial list of new parts is good, the supercharger at those miles if original has seen better days.

There is a good section in the thread about a PPI.

Good luck.


https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...gen1-mini.html
 
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Welcome to the modness. I have a 2005 and couldn't be happier. Make sure to stick to a proper maintenance schedule and live should be good.
 
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:14 AM
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Yep. I read through that. Great information. Iím heading there tomorrow to check it out and drive it around. As long as everything checks out, I will be taking it home with me. Paying cash for it, so thatís a plus. hereís a couple photos from the dealer site.



 
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:49 AM
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So I spoke to the dealer today to get a little more information.

The guy guy bought it pretty cheap, and they replaced quite a bit. Itís been tuned, new radiator, water pump, thermostat, power steering was replaced, alternator replaced, new battery, new clutch and pressure plate since it was never done previously, and everything has been looked over really well by a mechanic who is familiar with Minis. Sounds like a pretty good deal with a lot of new parts. Most of it was just because he wanted to make sure the engine was good to go.
 
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:56 AM
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The only thing I don't like is the navigation. The gauge package is my preference!
 
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:01 AM
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The only thing I don't like is the navigation. The gauge package is my preference!
Thats pretty nice! Iím ok with whatever on the gauges. I donít necessarily NEED the navigation stuff, but it comes with the car, and itís within my budget. So I canít complain.
 
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The first one was an 05 MCS
This one is my 06 MCS JCW:

Itsme Wayne's Chrono package 06 MCS JCW
 
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:25 AM
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So, I picked her up on Saturday! Itís got some cosmetic things that need attention, but she drives great and is a lot of fun. This little thing can go! Interior trim pieces has some scratches. Thinking about painting with plasti dip. But not sure what I want to do with them yet.





 
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It looks nice! and in pretty good shape! Congrats!
 
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:24 PM
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It looks nice! and in pretty good shape! Congrats!
for me being the 8th owner, it is in fantastic shape! Haha
 
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Welcome from a fellow Hoosier. As I grew up in southern IN.
 
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Welcome.

Nice looking car.

Motor On!
 
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