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With a budget of about £5K I’m keen to get my first mini One or Cooper. I’m not overly concerned about performance but reliability is more important.
Any suggestions what to look / look out for? As a mini newbie - all information welcome! 😀
 

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could get a decent car, what age?

don't put the whole budget into the purchase, that way you won't be too upset when you need to throw a bit on some corrective stuff....
 

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could get a decent car, what age?

don't put the whole budget into the purchase, that way you won't be too upset when you need to throw a bit on some corrective stuff....
I had been looking at Mini One 2011 (60K miles ish) - it seems a more economical option?! I read I want to aim for one with an N18 engine - is that true?
 

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No, N18 is Cooper S, you'll be either N12 or N16 on the later cars, unsure of date changes tbh
 
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No, N18 is Cooper S, you'll be either N12 or N16 on the later cars, unsure of date changes tbh
Is there generally seen to be a difference in reliability between the Cooper and the One? Are you best to try and buy one of a certain year and above? Sorry for all the questions!
 

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The One and the Cooper both use the same engine. Just tuned differently for the cooper. ( I believe) <<-- noob disclaimer

 

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not in reliability really, just lower power on a One, can't remember but the One either comes as a 1.4 and 1.6, or both with the 1.6 making a bit less, something like that, what I would consider though is the car likely to be bought and run cheap which could apply to a One more than a Cooper potentially, think student car etc. Maybe no maintenance budget, could have been neglected at some point. Only my view ;O)

there are loads of them out there, which means you can afford to walk away from 'any' that are leaking, smoky, fumy, or noisy, many can be neglected or just need stuff doing that owners avoid, some opting to sell rather than spend money, so imo do expect to see cars being sold for an undeclared reason,

I'd avoid showrooms that can't evidence what they did to the car in preparation for sale other than polishing, and if you do use a showroom, use one that does their own work, many don't and you'll get stuck in the middle of something when it has a problem to solve etc.
 

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Look out for over priced low mileage cars with minimal maintenance and that have not had the usual age related jobs done.
 

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£5k will get a nice low mileage 10year old One, and leave you decent money to do some jobs to make it your own. Or go Cooper for the extra money
 
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