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Mini Cooper S R53 Advice Needed


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My wife is looking for a weekend toy seeing as I have the Impreza and the Imp and she is keen on a R53 Cooper S. Has anyone had experience with one? What should I be looking for and what are the common problems??

 

Her daily is a 2014 Ibiza FR edition which is 140ish bhp so she wants something as fun but a bit more powerful for the weekends and potential track use.

 

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Tim

 

 

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Can be heavy on fuel, looked into getting one and the forums seem to make it sound like a labour of love with lots of niggles that can cost as they get older. Also heard of diff troubles. Parts can be expensive too

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I quite fancy the new 2 litre Cooper S works.....150mph and an Imrezza chaser  :lol:

 

 

The wife is due a change soon! 

I've not seen a new mini cooper keep up with me yet ;) But I'd rather have a fiesta ST personally :D 

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I've not seen a new mini cooper keep up with me yet ;) But I'd rather have a fiesta ST personally :D

Not a chance.....build quality is no where near as good....plus, they need to get rid of the embarrassing "ST" lady towel moniker.

The new works S is a very fast little motor.

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Heavy on fuel ,weak gearbox, poor radiator design, interior don't stand up to mileage ,high insurance , expensive tyres,apart from that not that quick really and don't handle great, look like fun on paper nightmare to live with, and that's from experience of a 2 yr old low mileage car, it's a heart head car, on this occasion use your head

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Heavy on fuel ,weak gearbox, poor radiator design, interior don't stand up to mileage ,high insurance , expensive tyres,apart from that not that quick really and don't handle great, look like fun on paper nightmare to live with, and that's from experience of a 2 yr old low mileage car, it's a heart head car, on this occasion use your head

I`m talking about the new 2 litre works S, whatever bad luck you`ve had in the past fair enough but i`ve had 2 from new a 53 and a 59 and they were excellent, even the Chrystler engined supercharged early ones, once the engine had been rebuilt and properly tuned (the yanks don`t have a clue!) by the team at BMW they were brilliant. The 59 was the later, quicker and better engine with turbo and 40 plus MPG.

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