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#466316 - 12/08/17 09:11 AM A Mini Adventure ?
mph Offline
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Registered: 23/09/16
Posts: 356
Does anyone own or have experience of the current Mini ?

For some unknown reason I'm attracted to the current John Cooper Works version, even though I find the interior a bit blingy and it's not usually my type of car.

I've never even driven one although they do seem to get decent reviews.

I don't have any hairdressing tendencies before anyone asks.

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#466319 - 12/08/17 09:19 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
John V6 Offline

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Registered: 21/07/07
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I have driven them as courtesy cars.
They drive OK but I hate the blingy interior.

build quality looks good & the factory is certainly well run having made a tour.
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#466320 - 12/08/17 09:20 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
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Gail has a new cooper which is an excellent all round car.
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#466342 - 12/08/17 10:12 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
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Registered: 07/05/16
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A friend of mine is leasing a new one. It has a lot of reliability issues. I would not have one because that.
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#466356 - 12/08/17 10:51 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
mph Offline
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That's bad news.

Allegedly the latest Minis are near the top of the reliability chart.

I have also looked at the VW Golf R, which is undoubtedly a better car, but it's just so bland that I can't bring myself to like it.

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#466358 - 12/08/17 10:55 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
Graham, G4FUJ Offline
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Avoid the earlier JCW from the first generation of MINI - pre-2006. Lots of problems with head gaskets &c. Plenty info on t'internet about them and similar Cooper S.
Can't help with the latest models and I don't think they been out long enough for major faults to start appearing - yet.

I enjoyed my '08 Clubman Cooper D, but that was about to have an engine issue so changed it for something else as potentially defective (a number of years and cars ago).
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#466360 - 12/08/17 10:57 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
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I have a friend who has just got rid of a cooper works mini as it was so unreliable. Bought from new it was off the road more often than on including having to have a replacement engine. A sad tale!

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#466363 - 12/08/17 11:02 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
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Registered: 16/10/11
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Like Graham, I also enjoyed my Clubman D for the 7 years I ran it, but did not go for another MINI, instead getting a Golf R, which is very, very impressive, despite the lack of bling, in fact, I rather like its' understated and plain Golfish look, most people assume it is just a Golf, which suits me fine.
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#466375 - 12/08/17 11:56 AM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
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Registered: 31/03/09
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I had a cooper s a few years ago. It was great fun but I changed it after only 18months as it was somehow boring. Sounds awful to say it but even though it felt very quick, hard ride on runflats, sort of sporty, it was actually quite small inside and quite big outside for a small car. It didn't entertain.......
Just my opinion though, I certainly didn't have reliability issues, it was fine, if rather heavy on petrol.
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#466391 - 12/08/17 02:14 PM Re: A Mini Adventure ? [Re: mph]
twotribes Offline
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Registered: 15/07/11
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Loc: Kent & Dorset, UK
Originally Posted By mph
Does anyone own or have experience of the current Mini ?

For some unknown reason I'm attracted to the current John Cooper Works version, even though I find the interior a bit blingy and it's not usually my type of car.

I've never even driven one although they do seem to get decent reviews.

I don't have any hairdressing tendencies before anyone asks.


The '01-'07 R53 Gen supercharged Cooper S (&JCW) are the most fun chassis wise, but thirsty (low 20s mpg) and more fragile.

The '07-'14 R56 Gen Turbo Cooper S (&JCW) are the sweet spot imho - up to 40mpg possible on a decent run, and scorching acceleration when you wind it up.

After having three in a row (S, JCW, JCW) the current generation car was a big disappointment to me, losing the roller-skate feel.

So my advice is save money, buy an R56, throw away the run flats and put decent tyres on it. When my kids leave home, I'll get another (luggage & rear seat space are not compatible with teenage kids)
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