Topic: Does anybody know anything about Mini Coopers?
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Very helpful thanks for this

You're welcome.   Really all depends if you're buying new or used.  A good way to find what sort of problems a car has (design faults, crap quality etc) is to look up used ones for sale on Autotrader, sort by cheapest first, and all those that say "spares or repair", read the text, see what has failed.  Because this is a British car, what you can also do is find one, take it's registration number (license plate) and enter it into the government's MOT website to check its history.  This is the mandatory annual inspection.  Do it for a couple or three and you'll start to see common mechanical failures, or rust issues e.g. if they rust around suspension mountings, sills etc.

Here is a link to Autotrader (you need to enter a postcode, Buckingham Palace's postcode will do: SW1A1AA

Here's one:  https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201912145335131?radius=1500&postcode=sw1a1aa&advertising;-locati New

Has a power steering issue and blown exhaust.  Others have the timing chain issue.  So you google the steering to see what's up.  And you find that use an electric driven pump (instead of engine driven pump).  

https://www.motoringalliance.com/articles/1st-generation-mini-power-steering-troublshooting.58/

Here is the MOT history for this car.  No inherent issues, no failures or advisories for structural rust etc:

https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/?_ga=2.231186911.1104859866.1576343998-2036634407.1576343998  (enter the reg number, then choose "check MOT history),

If your daughter is thinking of a VW (Polo, Golf, Jetta, Beetle etc) then be aware: VW's ALL have weak gearboxs (up to and including Audis.  Gear selectors break off inside the gearbox.  Known problem, SHIT design, and those CUNTS won't fix it).  They also have LOADS of electrical faults.  Engines with chain driven cams often have stretched chains, which lunch the valves.  Those with belt driven cams require changing a lot earlier than most other brands e.g. every 3 years, at great expense.  Finally, VWs seem to have head gasket problems too, caused by overheating (aluminium heads and blocks, possibly a design fault not allowing water to circulate properly, or premature water pump failure).

Of the two brands, I'd buy a Mini in preference to any VW.  But, a Toyota FTW.  Honda okay, but bearbox bearings are worthless on manual transimissions.

Good luck!
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This one's got a noisy gearbox.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201911054034587? New


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. said: This one's got a noisy gearbox.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201911054034587? New

500 pounds for a mini with many miles and a bum tranny.

This one has fewer miles, no transmission troubles, and only 2500 pounds. I figure that a transmission is 500 to 750 pounds, it isn't worth 1500 pounds to swap out the tranny.


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mini cooper is just a small bmw.  just get here a real bmw convertible instead.


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. said: mini cooper is just a small bmw.  just get here a real bmw convertible instead.

Zed 4 is built in Georgia.


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 . said: This one's got a noisy gearbox.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201911054034587? New

500 pounds for a mini with many miles and a bum tranny.

This one has fewer miles, no transmission troubles, and only 2500 pounds. I figure that a transmission is 500 to 750 pounds, it isn't worth 1500 pounds to swap out the tranny.

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When it comes to old cars with problems, NEVER buy them.  Just buy an old car with no known problems (yet) and try and beat the price down as far as possible.  Over here there are thousands of Minis for sale.  I personally wouldn't touch one with a barge pole, they do nothing at all for me.  I think they look shit, faux styling trying to replicate, and failing, the style of the original.  the interior is so OVER-styled as to be frankly ridiculous.  The engines are made in brazil, so FUCK THAT, no thanks.  They aren't very good on fuel.  Not my cup of tea at all.  :shrug:


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They are very unreliable POS. Avoid sonny, avoid. Get the kid a Honda. Peers accept them and reliable as fuck.


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. said: mini cooper is just a small bmw.  just get here a real bmw convertible instead.

Zed 4 is built in Georgia.

BMWs have also been built in South Africa for decades, so chances are if you buy one it may have come from there.  Now, call me old fashioned, but South Africa isn't the first country I think of when the phrase "quality automobile" is being used...


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. said: mini cooper is just a small bmw.  just get here a real bmw convertible instead.

Zed 4 is built in Georgia.

BMWs have also been built in South Africa for decades, so chances are if you buy one it may have come from there.  Now, call me old fashioned, but South Africa isn't the first country I think of when the phrase "quality automobile" is being used...

$69k will get you a nice Z4
https://www.bmwusa.com/build-your-own.html#/studio/e2sfk1qj/summary


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. said: They are very unreliable POS. Avoid sonny, avoid. Get the kid a Honda. Peers accept them and reliable as fuck.

:nono:  Be wary of Honda manual gearboxes: they ALL have bearing problems.  $25 part, requiring $800 of labor to strip the box to change the bearings.  Auto FTW or WAYSA?

Here is a resource to check which (European sold, so includes Japanese) cars have timing chains instead of belts. If cost is a factor, this shit is important.  Most older Hondas have belts, most newer ones, chains.  BUT, Honda also has a reputation for timing chain tensioner failure, so again, be wary, because engines with chains take much more time, and cost much more, to strip to change the chain and tensioner than a belt driven motor. I personally think Hondas are overrated.  Toyota are better quality IMO.

https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/chain-cam/


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Zed 4 is built in Georgia.

BMWs have also been built in South Africa for decades, so chances are if you buy one it may have come from there.  Now, call me old fashioned, but South Africa isn't the first country I think of when the phrase "quality automobile" is being used...

$69k will get you a nice Z4
https://www.bmwusa.com/build-your-own.html#/studio/e2sfk1qj/summary

Lucky it is for his daughter.  Z4's are hairdresser's cars i.e. women or FAGS.  No man would be seen dead in one.
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Hyundai Veloster.


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. said: They are very unreliable POS. Avoid sonny, avoid. Get the kid a Honda. Peers accept them and reliable as fuck.

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Why not get the kid something dependable, like a Toyota?  300,000 terrorists can't be wrong!


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Why not get the kid something dependable, like a Toyota?  300,000 terrorists can't be wrong!

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you want something cool and can impress your friends.  No Toyota can do that.


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you want something cool and can impress your friends.  No Toyota can do that.

Toyota 86

https://www.toyota.com/86/


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Toyota 86

https://www.toyota.com/86/

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she is a hen.  Handling and performance are irrelevant to hens.


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Toyota 86

https://www.toyota.com/86/

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she is a hen.  Handling and performance are irrelevant to hens.

If she has an 86 a line of aspiring James Hunts will form to get their hands on her gear shift.


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Get her a Kia Soul. For something less funky, a Kia Rio hatch. Or a more respectable Honda Fit.


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If she has an 86 a line of aspiring James Hunts will form to get their hands on her gear shift.

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BBCs do not know how to drive sticks.


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:c3po:


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If she has an 86 a line of aspiring James Hunts will form to get their hands on her gear shift.

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BBCs do not know how to drive sticks.

Hunt was not a colored fellow. He was, perhaps, the greatest English swordsman of his day. The legend is that he bedded 33 jap flight attendants in two weeks.


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. said: Go full retard. Abarth 500.

Italian looks, Italian and Chrysler reliability.

https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/3C3CFFFH6KT757703

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"Italian and Chrysler reliability"

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Zed 4 is built in Georgia.

Z4s are embarrassing pos


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Get a classic Oldsmobile, about a '66 or so.
Huge, slow and ponderous.
Eats little cars for breakfast.


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­Speaking of ghey...



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