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What's the best year to buy if I want a fun little track car?

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Old 06-07-2019, 08:03 AM
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Honestly if you are looking for a track car an R53 can be a killer and with used ones being so cheap it's a good idea. Also mods are affordable and even able to be found used.
And if they break or have an issue at the track it's much more simple of a car to diagnose and fix.
 
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If you get an R56 avoid the N14 motor in the S. Even if they just did the timing chain etc. Nope, avoid. That is 2007-2010 hardtop, roughly to through 2012 JCW. Some late 2012 have N18, but I don't know the cut off. Look online for a pic of the N14 vs N18, very different valve cover, so you are sure what youaregetting. Also preferable is the Bosh HPFP that cut into production April 2012. It has a different head, ECU, harness, and maybe more. I hope you find a MINI that puts a smile on your face.
 
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:20 AM
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I found one, drove it home from Detroit last night! It's a bit of a cluttered picture but the only one I've taken at this point. 2012 JCW with 50k miles, one owner and extremely well cared for. I talked with Mario enough to get comfortable I can manage the issues with the N14 motor.



 
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Congrats on the new MINI. Great find.
 
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