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Old 08-04-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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Are BMW Minis any good

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So my wife and I just moved back from LA, and she really wants a BMW Mini Cooper. Her sister had an "S" and popped the engine at 120k, but she didn't really know how to drive stick, so I think that played a major role; along with the fact that she didn't service the car regularly.

If anyone knows if any trouble areas with these cars and which model(s) I should focus on, let me know; personally, I would want and "S" because it seem to have a bit of go.

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Old 08-04-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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Posted under my brother's account.......oh the shame!
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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just guy one and service it as if it where your bimmer. I'm sure it will work out.
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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my sister has had an "s" for 2 or 3 years now (6sp MT) and she hasn't complained of any problems. those cars are actually fun to drive.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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I rented a mini when I was in LA a month back, I originally hated the idea of it and disliked the car period. Man I was in for the shock of my life. I drive an e39 540i, and I tell ya, getting in this lil mini was like getting in my 5! Huge inside, aside from the fact it was autotragic, it was a drop top. If anything were to ever happen to my 5, mini is definetly next on my list!
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:48 PM   #6
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buy one with as much warranty as possible attached.

Co-worker had one leased, just before he gave it back, the engine digested a con rod. - this was less than 80K, dealer maintained.

I also heard that transmissions are not the greatest and VERY expensive to fix outside of warranty.

Very fun cars to drive though, good luck

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Old 08-08-2009, 04:03 PM   #7
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the first generations have their share of problems. They are really picky about maintenance and there are common areas to look out for. I remember reading about mushrooming suspension mount towers, and some electrical problems, but for the most part they are like VW's; maintenance is everything but it will only get you as far as your luck will. I hear the second generation minis are much better in quality and reliability. I've only driven a first-gen "S" and I gotta say that car is a blast to drive. Only thing is that it would be too small if that was the only car you had. In your case, just find the newest one in your price range and have fun!
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:39 AM   #8
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My buddy has a Cooper with the JCW package installed and it is a blast to drive! Can't compare it to an 'S' since I have never driven one
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:35 PM   #9
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Nice looking car but I've only driven the non-S and it was a joke. It had no pull even when red lining it. The S should be a lot better but for that kind of coin, the car is too small and sorta useless.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:32 PM   #10
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The girlfriend's got one, and S, and the car really is a blast. Because the car is a part of the BMW family it has it's common problem areas that go along with it. Spend some time and search around on www.northamericanmoroting.com and you should be able to get a lot of your questions answered just by browsing through many of the topics.

The common problems once fixed (and aren't too costly for the most part) allow the car to be problem free for the most part by keeping up with the regular maintainance.

Also, we rented a base Cooper while on a trip in LA and the car was still a great car for city driving. Although the fuel mileage is reported to be very similar between the S and the Cooper, real world driving in the Cooper is much better than the S since the supercharger whine forces your foot to press the gas pedal as hard as you can!

Good luck on the search.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:56 AM   #11
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:28 AM   #12
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Ok I worked in service for Mini for a while and honestly they are really good cars.

The new style "S" has a major design flaw but if you aren't driving short distances and warm your cars up in the winter for a few min then you won't experience this. The way the intake is designed water collects at the bottom and then freezed blocking the throttle plate if you don't drive much you get the water, no power and an engine light. Warming the car up before driving solves this problem. (Which is all they do when you take it to the dealer let it run for an hour to melt the ice)

Only other thing that was common in the winter is the windows freeze so you shouldn't try to open them or they loose calibration and then you need to take it to the dealer to have it reset.

I would take it to the Mini dealer there they have a great tech staff the manager is a bit wierd but the techs are awsome. lol
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:41 AM   #13
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Although the fuel mileage is reported to be very similar between the S and the Cooper, real world driving in the Cooper is much better than the S since the supercharger whine forces your foot to press the gas pedal as hard as you can!
the newest generation, i'm guessing starting around '06/'07 has a turbo not a supercharger.
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