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As the title states, it seems a bit pricey to me but it does have some things going for it.

Firstly, it's close, I live on the west coast of wales and when buying cars or anything really, choice is limited. I'd rather pay a bit over the going rate that driving 200+ miles each way to go look at a car than find out it's not right. Been there done that, sold the disco 3, never doing that again.

It's 2006, 82k miles, new tyres, discs, pads and exhaust.
It has the chilli pack with the LSD
with full history (yet to be seen)
Bodywork seems to be tidy but I haven't had a chance to inspect yet

£3250 seems ambitious. I definitely don't want to pay over £3k

When I compare to other mini's this is on the high end, but also has the better spec. Also, the only one close that has an LSD. It will be upgraded with a pulley. larger I/C, cam and injectors eventually. I'm wanting it to be a fast road car with occasional track use.

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Read up on here all the common issues that need addressing and check they have been done. If they have then the price is fair, if not you’re simply going to have to do them as the price is a premium for the lower miles (but on a 15 year old car things still need replacing).
 

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Assuming it all appears to be as described given by what I sold mine for a year or so ago (similar age, miles, spec and condition) its a fair price....almost conservative TBH.

Prices of good ones are firming up gradually as so many are either abused, mistreated, badly modified, been to the moon and back or just simply borked, so decent examples do definitely now fetch stronger money. You might get it for 3k but I probably wouldnt argue the toss over 250 quid if it is as it appears.

Best of luck 👍
 

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This is my old one for reference....it sold for more than 3250 FYI
 

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Its not been owned by an enthusiast but got good spec, year and mileage on its side.
Suspect ts been priced at that to get £3k. Think thats about right especially if you dont want to travel.
 

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If its as described then the price seems about right.
It has some rear brake pipe and subframe rust advisories on the latest MOT, you might want to use that to negotiate some off the asking price
 

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Flakey subframes is the norm on these things as are surface corrosion on brake pipes. Nought too scary so long as its not bad-bad.

My old car got advised on brake pipes for years on and off, always depends on the tester. Whenever I had them checked out was always told they were OK but its not a terrible job to get them redone.
 

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ok cool. thanks guys. consensus is that it's seems like a fair price if it is as advertised. the viewing tomorrow will tell all. cheers
 

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To give you a benchmark, I purchased my 2003 R53 in November. 68000 miles, fsh, panoramic roof, good condition. I paid £2650 and then did the following work.
Set of Rainsport 5's
PFC front pads
20% reduced Kavs pulley,
Ngk 8's plugs
62mm intercooler
K Tec cold air feed
2 NTK o2 sensors
Full service
Remap
550 injectors.
Paint
Now runs 227 bhp on the dyno.
Total cost £4300.
You pays your money and takes your choice. Never expect to get your money back on mods. If that's your bag, buy one ready done, it's much much cheaper!!
 

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you think that's expensive? It's easily £1k below value and more 'if' it's in the right shape,

you're obviously comparing it to junk imo, pre facelift cars are around £3k now for decent looking cars,

if relying on MOT advisories to try and knock a car price down when it's already as cheap as this is, expect an invitation to leave,
 

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if relying on MOT advisories to try and knock a car price down when it's already as cheap as this is, expect an invitation to leave,
Which is of course the sellers prerogative, but its still worth a try.
If the seller knows the potential buyer has travelled 200 miles to view though, there is very little chance of money off.
 

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After reading the comments, I'm more than happy with the price if it's as advertised. Like @CarsOrBikes said, I'm probably comparing it too much for the junk. But I don't want junk, thats why I'm looking at this.

Hopefully this will be a good choice.

cheers fellas.
 

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I have just booked a viewing for another that has had loads of work done to it at a mini specialist. Similar money £3300. New clutch, flywheel, gearbox, supercharger service, 15% pulley plus more. This sounds promising. no LSD but for the money, I'm saving on a new clutch, supercharger service etc. I could add an LSD if I really wanted to at a later date.

Only problem it's blue. I need to see some good looking blue minis. I'm thinking it I dechrome it and add some black alloys it will look ace.
 

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I have just booked a viewing for another that has had loads of work done to it at a mini specialist. Similar money £3300. New clutch, flywheel, gearbox, supercharger service, 15% pulley plus more. This sounds promising. no LSD but for the money, I'm saving on a new clutch, supercharger service etc. I could add an LSD if I really wanted to at a later date.

Only problem it's blue. I need to see some good looking blue minis. I'm thinking it I dechrome it and add some black alloys it will look ace.
What's the mileage and history like? Time has taught me to buy the best mechanically and the lowest mileage my pockets can afford.
Things like LSD's can be added at a later date.
 

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I've just been to see a mini. the supercharger has just been serviced. there is a slight rattle. the mechanic who is a mini specialist is saying the oil needs to bed itself in. Any truth to this?
 

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I've just been to see a mini. the supercharger has just been serviced. there is a slight rattle. the mechanic who is a mini specialist is saying the oil needs to bed itself in. Any truth to this?
Sounds a bit strange. Didn't have any rattles after servicing my charger.
 
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