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Old 02-24-2014, 05:24 AM
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Hey everyone, I was recommended to this site by a friend of mine who is a mini enthusiast. I was just in a nasty wreck and I'm not getting much from insurance, but I've decided that I really want a mini and I've wanted one for quite some time now. Since I'm not getting much from my insurance I'm looking to get a used mini. The cheaper the better. I've seen some on ebay motors going for 5-6k with roughly 70k miles. I realize this is probably a pretty good deal, but I'm really wondering what to look for when shopping for a Mini Cooper. Any help is accepted.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:56 PM
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You should be able to find a decent r50 (naturally aspirated, up to model year '06) around that price. A super charged version of the same vintage (r53, or Cooper S) will likely be around 7-9k. In 2007, the body style changed a bit, and the S model got a turbo instead of a supercharger. I haven't looked much, but I'd have to assume those cars are more $$ than the pre-2006 ones.

What are your goals?
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:04 PM
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No expert on this but be careful with R50's because of a higher risk of gearbox issues. A very cheap R50 could end up being very expensive.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:34 PM
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welcome to the site.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:46 AM
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You should be able to find a decent r50 (naturally aspirated, up to model year '06) around that price. A super charged version of the same vintage (r53, or Cooper S) will likely be around 7-9k. In 2007, the body style changed a bit, and the S model got a turbo instead of a supercharger. I haven't looked much, but I'd have to assume those cars are more $$ than the pre-2006 ones.

What are your goals?

I'm not really aiming to go crazy tuning it or anything. It will be a daily city driver. Though I'm not opposed to doing any tuning, just more concerned about reliability. So around 5-6k I can find a good reliable ride?
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:03 PM
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I'm not really aiming to go crazy tuning it or anything. It will be a daily city driver. Though I'm not opposed to doing any tuning, just more concerned about reliability. So around 5-6k I can find a good reliable ride?
Probably not without good luck, research and due diligence. You are probably better off finding a well taken care of facelift R53 (05-06) from a private buyer, but overall R53>R50 is good advice due to the mentioned tranny issues in 1st gen MINIs.

Edit: And as Sam mentioned this is an Internet Forum, not a blog.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:17 AM
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Welcome Welcome, Tony. It's me, Cameron. Glad you found the site and decided to post. Like I said. I'm not an expert on new MINI's. I know a good chunk about classics, but you don't want one for a daily driver. Haha.

Anyway, the guys here know their stuff. And will get you headed in the right direction.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:28 AM
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Great! I'm glad to join the cult. So guys, how do I identify an r50 or r53? Everything I find refers to the models as base or the cooper s. I'm sure that's a dumb question.
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r50 is base Cooper
r53 is supercharged Cooper S
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R53 = 2002-2006 Cooper S (2002-2004 = pre-facelift & 2005-2006 = facelift). Essentially the newer ones have some upgrades/improvements. With an older MINI (any used car really) condition & maintenenance history are the better deciding factor, but the facelift MINIs have lots of small improvements that make it a generally better choice. Knowing the history and a good, thorough long-term maintenance history are the surest indicators though IMO.
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Haha, awesome. Thanks guys
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:42 AM
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Alright, so I have a line on an '04 r53. 180k and he's asking 5k. No way I'm paying that, but I'm still going to make an offer. Thinking 3k.
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Well let us know how it goes.
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