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Old 04-11-2019, 03:07 PM
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Should i get a mini?

Hey everyone! My gf is the owner of a 2004 cooper s with about 130k miles. She's over it and looking to get something bigger. She is disappointed in the resale/trade in and has told me I can take it for free if I wanted when she purchases something new. I guess I'm just hoping on here to try and get an unbiased opinion on wether or not these cars with that age/ mileage are worth the investment. It will need some work to get past inspection, front shock leaking, axle boot needs replacing, some sort of hydraulic leak(assuming power steering?), the reverse light doesn't come on(not the bulb). Also has a strange light on the dash, combo tpms light and maybe traction?

Ill lend my own opinion that I absolutely love the car and always dreamed of owning an aston mini. I have a soft spot for small cars/hatches and I imagine it would be a hoot to take to an autoX. I also don't make a ton of money and the whole BMW maintenance cost has always been a tough pill for me. I guess let me know what you think!
 
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Old 04-11-2019, 03:49 PM
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I think you have an awesome GF!

Go for it, how can you lose on a zero cost car. Worst case you scrap it & get a couple hundred, which of course you give to GF.

Best advice is to get some tools, watch lots of utube how-to's, & wave to passing MINIs when driving your cool car.
 
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:02 PM
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As an example, in June of 2018 I bought my 2004 MC40 with 125,000 miles for $4,000. I estimate that I've put another $3,500 in it bringing it back but I've replaced a ton of parts, plus had to buy a number of metric tools necessary to work on it. Bear in mind that's with me doing all the labor. This is not the car for you if you're on a budget or if you don't have the correct tools and the repair knowledge. Don't get me wrong, I love my MINI but the maintenance cost can be a PITA particularly if you don't do the work yourself.
 
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Old 04-11-2019, 04:56 PM
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If it is free, it is for me.


That said, the maintenance on these cars can be a hassle.
 
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If you enjoy driving a fun car and at the same time the frustration of constant maintenance and issues caused by weird engineering and poor quality parts then go for it.
 
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If you enjoy driving a fun car and at the same time the frustration of constant maintenance and issues caused by weird engineering and poor quality parts then go for it.
Yeah, that is a pretty concise and accurate summation of life with these cars.
 
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:05 PM
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How often do you typically need to utilize a local mechanic to fix problems on your cars? As in, mechanically apt are you, and do you perform all of your own maintenance? Frankly, if the answer isn't "I'm 100% self-sufficient", I wouldn't suggest anyone take on an R52/3.
 
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:31 PM
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How often do you typically need to utilize a local mechanic to fix problems on your cars? As in, mechanically apt are you, and do you perform all of your own maintenance? Frankly, if the answer isn't "I'm 100% self-sufficient", I wouldn't suggest anyone take on an R52/3.
Agreed. Or if you are not going to be dependent on it to get to and from work, that's manageable too.
 
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:05 PM
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Yea, you don't need brakes to turn corners. Just turn the steering wheel and hit the gas..!
I keep scaring friends and people in the oncoming lane by not slowing for corners..!

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Old 04-14-2019, 03:48 PM
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Hah

If you have to ask, then the answer is no. Don't get one.
 
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It is a great buy, but if you do not do your own wrenching, you may be getting over your head with it!
These are great cars and the mileage is low, so it has a lot of life left in it, but needs some serious maintenance. fluids, cam chain, pulleys , supercharger oil change. If you had to take this to a dealer, it will kill you!
Most likely needs suspension bushings, struts, brakes, etc!
 
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Thanks for the replyís guys! I should have mentioned I used to be a Honda tech so Iím comfortable working on vehicles. That being said things done on the mini are still a little... confusing. I was looking for a new reason I hadnít thought of to scare me off. Doesnít look like Iím gonna find one so Iíll probably keep it! It will end up being my daily driver. Currently my daily is a s2000 and itís been driving me crazy for the past few years. Thanks guys! Hope to see you around the forums.
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:33 AM
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Look up MODMINI on YouTube. His videos (plus torque specs found online: TMs) should get you there, in that case.

If an S2k is driving you crazy though... LOL good luck.
 
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Originally Posted by veedubpat View Post
Look up MODMINI on YouTube. His videos (plus torque specs found online: TMs) should get you there, in that case.

If an S2k is driving you crazy though... LOL good luck.
haha I know Minis can be rattle traps and are small, but honestly it feels like a full size sedan in comparison. The soft top rattles, the suspension clunks, anything over 40mph and it sounds like Iím in a tornado with the top up, I bottom out on speed bumps, my bumper scrapes, you can barely talk to a passenger and if Iím buying more than a gallon of milk Iím screwed lol.

Maybe its just just because the mini is newer to me than the S2 but it has similar issues but more compromises as far as daily life is concerned.
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:50 AM
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I dailied a turbo Miata for a while, and I dunno, your problems just sound like whiny complaints..

That said, I purchased this R53 (having had one almost 10 years ago) because I wanted a "hard top Miata" with storage space (got a pupper now), and am tuning out the wrong-wheel-drive aspect.
 
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I also dailied a modified Miata for 3 or 4 years. Never bothered me, I LOVED that car. I still regret getting rid of it.

Sounds like you guys are soft, you'll fit right in around here.
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:26 AM
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Lol never expected so much **** measuring from a mini forum.
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:37 AM
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Lol never expected so much **** measuring from a mini forum.
It's yuge.

 
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:55 AM
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2004 MINI Cooper S with only 130K miles ... for free ... I'ed take it ... no, really.

Motor On!
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:17 AM
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Iíve always felt there is an inverse relationship between the size of car you drive and the heat youíre packing.
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:43 AM
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Ok, now you will find it is the most fun car to drive!
Congrats!
Lots of info here and help to keep it going well!
 
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:12 PM
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Take it as you will totally enjoy it.

We're happy to provide any parts you need too.
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:28 AM
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Iíve always felt there is an inverse relationship between the size of car you drive and the heat youíre packing.
When I had my first Mini (2010) and was young enough to like stickers on my car, I'd entertained the idea of having a small vinyl made up "Compensate for what?" with the little Mini wing logo.
 
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