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    BMW Mini's - Buyer beware? or not complete shitboxes that are expensive to service

    Looking to update the missus's car. Budget is around $10k, wouldn't mind something reasonable in quality.

    Thinking of something small and quick, she can drive pretty well so was thinking of a 2008-2010 Mini Clubman. For around the $10k mark you can get a reasonable 2008-2010 example with between 70k-130k on the clock, auto, cooper/s.

    Have any of you guys owned them? Are they a bag of shit with plastic BMW parts failing daily? Or are they reliable and fun?

    Small engine bay looks like a nightmare to work on for mechanics, so would assume higher servicing costs? They also run run flat tyres I see.

    Appreciate any feedback before I make regrettable purchase.....

    Cheers
    Pain is temporary, quitting is forever - Lance Armstrong (drug cheat)

    #2
    I've got a few mates with Binis.

    I wouldn't buy one, they are not small, nor reasonable quality, yes there are plastic bits that fail. I don't get the impression they are unreliable nor hard to service.

    I'd be more inclined to buy a Suzuki Swift Sport.
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      #3
      My mother has a 2010 Cooper from new. Amazingly, no problems since purchase. It had a battery replaced under warranty, and just the usual consumables within its 60k life so far. I would look for a 1 owner with service records from dealer if possible. Just remember, its a BMW built, UK assembled, Peugeot engined bastard of a thing to begin with.

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        #4
        10k for a hotish hatch, surely the best Golf GTI you can get?
        Originally posted by brasher
        TJ is 99% African American.

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          #5
          Had a Cooper S. Was pretty bulletproof. Got it at ~100klm sold it at 150 or something.
          Originally posted by S
          I just want to apologise for some of my shit talking back around page 5.

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            #6
            Can get same turbo 1.6 engine in a poo joe 207 for $8

            Or pay mini tax
            ..........

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              #7
              10k gets a golf mk5 r32 if your smart.
              Originally posted by Marv
              Only be concerned if that Dunning-Kruger Motorsports bloke is there and goes all Captain Damphands McGigglefingers on you after a couple of lemon squashes....


              I'M NOT A HOOKER BUT 20 BUCKS IS 20 BUCKS...

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                #8
                Originally posted by MexicanBatman View Post
                Can get same turbo 1.6 engine in a poo joe 207 for $8

                Or pay mini tax
                Got any exact model ID's? Not really keen on owning a Peugeot TBH, would mean guaranteed higher servicing costs all round.

                Originally posted by Mike Lowrrryyy View Post
                Had a Cooper S. Was pretty bulletproof. Got it at ~100klm sold it at 150 or something.
                Cheers for the feedback, not finding many bad reviews. The only thing that is mentioned is, with the clubman, you lose the go-kart feeling of the mini due to the longer wheel base, so would have to weigh up whether the extra space was a requirement or not.

                Originally posted by TJ View Post
                10k for a hotish hatch, surely the best Golf GTI you can get?
                High km's (180k-220k) seems to be the only ones I can find for $10-12k in the GTI space, but cheers for the suggestion.

                Originally posted by Roy928tt View Post
                I've got a few mates with Binis.

                I wouldn't buy one, they are not small, nor reasonable quality, yes there are plastic bits that fail. I don't get the impression they are unreliable nor hard to service.

                I'd be more inclined to buy a Suzuki Swift Sport.
                Thanks, will check out the swift sport, they actually seem like a viable alternative, although only a 1.6L non turbo for the 5 second look I did last night.

                Originally posted by Potsy View Post
                My mother has a 2010 Cooper from new. Amazingly, no problems since purchase. It had a battery replaced under warranty, and just the usual consumables within its 60k life so far. I would look for a 1 owner with service records from dealer if possible. Just remember, its a BMW built, UK assembled, Peugeot engined bastard of a thing to begin with.
                Thanks for the feedback, the good news is a lot of these things seem to have crazy low kms, so one would assume most come with a dealer service history. I just like them due to a 6 speed auto, small car, petrol + turbo. Big enough while the kids are young, good second car option.

                Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                10k gets a golf mk5 r32 if your smart.
                Comes down to the high kms again.
                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever - Lance Armstrong (drug cheat)

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                  #9
                  They go to shit pretty hard if not looked after/cared for. Everything from plastic degradation, trim falling off, paint on the interior combing off/wearing and scratching up.
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                    #10
                    Oh I raise the issues about trim etc because we’ve had a few pass through where helpful owners have siliconed or superglued bits back on instead of having clips replaced or new trim tape used.
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                    Shed Project: 1994 Laser Lynx with BP-T

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                      #11
                      My nopics has the updated 2011 model. This came with the later engine that doesn't eat expensive cam tensions.

                      For $10k, I'd be buying Japanese.
                      "If you can make black marks on a straight from the time you turn out of a corner until the braking point of the next turn, then you have enough horsepower." - Mark Donahue Penske Porsche 917

                      "In Japan we no give fark for Subaru" - Trust Japan Technical Director
                      (TM - AVENGE)

                      "You can never have enough power. I remember when we had Group B cars... THEN we had enough power!"
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                        10k gets a golf mk5 r32 if your smart.
                        SMRT.

                        Fuck buying VAG products.

                        10k buys you a lot of French hot hatch...
                        "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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