I've been looking into getting a used car and I'm considering a Mini. I love quick little manuals that get good mileage so the Mini is right up my alley. I came across a decent priced one in Pittsburgh. It's a 2007 Mini Hardtop with 39,000 miles on it for $12,000.
I actually test drove it and everything handled fine. The car seemed to be in good shape though I didn't look at the engine and wouldn't know much about it if I did. My previous cars have been Japanese and they didn't need much TLC.
I only hesitate because the car has no warranty with it at all. I seem to read many reports of problems with Mini's online and this one is already 5 years old. Am I asking for trouble? Should I talk with the dealer about adding some kind of warranty?
Here is a link to the car. Any advice appreciated.
"17,500 miles since new, one non-smoking adult owner. All service records. Pepper White With Black Stripes and top. 6-Speed manual transmission. Leather/Cloth interior in Polar Beige. Cold Weather Package (Heated Front Seats, Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets), Premium Package (Automatic AC, Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof, Harman/Kardon Sound System with HD Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth and USB/iPod Adapter).
Includes remainder (2 years) of 4 year/50,000 mile MINI New Passenger Car Limited Warranty and 12 year/unlimited-mileage warranty against rust perforation as well as remainder (1 year) of 3 year/36,000 mile Boot-to-Bonnet Maintenance Program (covers all factory-recommended maintenance oil changes, inspection services, and fluid services, brake pads and rotors, wiper blade inserts, engine drive belt, engine air filter, and cabin air microfilter)."