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Old 11th March 2022, 20:54   #11
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My Wife sold her 2005 Mini Cooper last year and in the 8 years of ownership only cost her some tyres and brakes apart from an annual service. A great little car unless you wanted to do a long journey when I found it a bit busy on the motorway.



She sold it to my Sons girlfriend who had recently passed her test and was struggling to find a car in her budget that didnt look like it had done a million miles or was wrecked. Ironically within a couple of months the clutch started slipping so my son and I had to do that and that is not a job I want to do again even if I got paid for it. 8 hours of disasembley and making access for a job that should be thought about when designed.


I have a customer who had one that has been owned from new by people in the same family and has been a lot of trouble, wheel bearings, electrical problems and it even needed a gearbox at 50k miles. Some parts can be eye wateringly expensive so avoid dealers and used is often a good option.
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Old 12th March 2022, 09:26   #12
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My good lady had a 1959 Mini 850, a 1968 Mini 1000 and a 1972 Mini 1275 GT. Then again, they were "proper" Minis!
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Old 12th March 2022, 10:06   #13
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My good lady had a 1959 Mini 850, a 1968 Mini 1000 and a 1972 Mini 1275 GT. Then again, they were "proper" Minis!
Well if she keeps upgrading engines like that it won't be long before she is driving this
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Old 13th March 2022, 09:29   #14
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Weíve had a Paceman from new and last year I bought an absolutely gorgeous Mini Cooper convertible in Interchange yellow. I absolutely loved it but it developed two problems and the selling dealer didnít want to repair it under warranty so refunded me hence I now have the TF. Donít get drawn into new mini old mini debates as youíll find them worse than new MG old MG which youíll be obviously used too. Itís an evolvement of a car that came to the end of its life which happens with all brands. You will absolutely love it and Iím sure Ben will too, loads of character and personalisation options to make it his own. They do suffer from some issues but what brand doesnít! Looking forward to some pictures.
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Weíve had a Paceman from new and last year I bought an absolutely gorgeous Mini Cooper convertible in Interchange yellow. I absolutely loved it but it developed two problems and the selling dealer didnít want to repair it under warranty so refunded me hence I now have the TF. Donít get drawn into new mini old mini debates as youíll find them worse than new MG old MG which youíll be obviously used too. Itís an evolvement of a car that came to the end of its life which happens with all brands. You will absolutely love it and Iím sure Ben will too, loads of character and personalisation options to make it his own. They do suffer from some issues but what brand doesnít! Looking forward to some pictures.
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Yeah it's 21 years old so he knows it's not mint. It's had a fair amount spent on it and as it's coming from the in laws he has a month or so trial to see if he likes it - I'm pretty certain he will.

Like you say lots of character and subtle ways he can make it his

On another note the TF passed its MOT again roll on the summer
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On another note the TF passed its MOT again roll on the summer
We should try and get both TFís together at some point for a photo shoot
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Well if she keeps upgrading engines like that it won't be long before she is driving this
Excellent. Guessing not front wheel drive though
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Well I picked up the MINI today and drove it 180 miles home .
Bearing in mind it's 21 years old - wow, what a great little car, I think Ben is going to love it. It's surprisingly similar to an MGRover to drive, probably due to all the shared parts
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Well I picked up the MINI today and drove it 180 miles home .
Bearing in mind it's 21 years old - wow, what a great little car, I think Ben is going to love it. It's surprisingly similar to an MGRover to drive, probably due to all the shared parts
had least it has a link to the old longbridge stuff
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