Used Mini Cooper Model/Years

Asked by Jun 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM about the MINI Cooper

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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?  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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