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 Post subject: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:23 am 
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My sister is wondering about getting one. Not a "proper" Mini Cooper, one of these new impostors from BMW. She isn't looking to spend much, so it will be an early one. Any good? (compared to other £2k cars, that is)!


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:26 pm 
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Here's what Honest John has to say.


http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mi ... ction=good


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:42 pm 
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RUTXT wrote:
Here's what Honest John has to say.


http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mi ... ction=good


Neil


Based on the link I would stay well clear. A list of faults as long as your arm :shock:

Plenty of decent small hatches to be had that seat 5 people, not 4 like the mini.

If it was me, I would say a VW Polo or Skoda Fabia. Both will hold there money pretty well & should :whistle: :whistle: be pretty reliable.

Rappy :cool:


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 2:13 pm 
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rapport25 wrote:
RUTXT wrote:
Here's what Honest John has to say.


http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mi ... ction=good


Neil


Based on the link I would stay well clear. A list of faults as long as your arm :shock:

Plenty of decent small hatches to be had that seat 5 people, not 4 like the mini.

If it was me, I would say a VW Polo or Skoda Fabia. Both will hold there money pretty well & should :whistle: :whistle: be pretty reliable.

Rappy :cool:



Have to say, the Mini wouldn't be my choice either, Rappy...but whatever floats yer boat I guess.
I quite liked the Mini...until I got in one...very cramped I thought.
As you say, I think there are better cars out there but if it's Mini you really want..then a Mini you should have I reckon. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 2:54 pm 
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x2 :biggrin:

A friend had a Mini Cooper S when they first came out. It spent more time off the road than on. I think they have improved now, but my money would be else where.


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 Post subject: Re: Opinions on an older (but new-style) Mini Cooper?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:13 am 
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If you're looking for a good small car you'll not go far wrong with a ford focus . We had one for 9 years with no problems, great to drive and more practical than a mini.


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