Used Mini Cooper Model/Years
I'm looking for a used Mini Cooper in the 2002 - 2006 year range. I understand that a redesign occurred in 2007. With respect to reliability and performance, are there certain years/models I should be looking for, or avoiding?
If you are considering an S, you should make sure that you service the supercharger. Most owners forget to do this, especially if the dealership has not. Also, do yourself a favor by NEVER buying a automatic Mini. The cost for a replacement tranny is around $8K!!! Besides, the manual is what makes driving one so much more fun.
2005 - 2006 is the sweet spot most of the early problem are worked out by then and you end up with a more reliable ride in the end and go with 6 speed (S,r53) or 5 Speed (base,r50) Avoid the ones that are heavily modded can be slightly dangerous.
I suggest test driving both and see what you like and hate about each as they both have + and minuses some prefer one over the other. I actually just have one of each to make it easy.
I had a 2011 Mini Cooper Base that I made better. It was a six speed and was an impeccable runner!
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