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    Default Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Hi All,

    SWAMBO is in the market for a new car.
    Iíve come across a Mini with rather low mileage at what looks like a decent price.
    It looks like you can get quite a lot (for a small..) of car for not a whole lot of money.

    My question is, what is the cost of ownership like?
    Iím talking regular maintenance as well as known big ticket failures?

    Talking regular N/A 1.6l.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    If memory serves me well, @Oppers's spouse has a Mini.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    Hi All,

    SWAMBO is in the market for a new car.
    Iíve come across a Mini with rather low mileage at what looks like a decent price.
    It looks like you can get quite a lot (for a small..) of car for not a whole lot of money.

    My question is, what is the cost of ownership like?
    Iím talking regular maintenance as well as known big ticket failures?

    Talking regular N/A 1.6l.

    Thanks
    are you referring the early one or later models(mini one, countryman)
    My wife had one +-2005 1.6I. very solid little car.

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    are you referring the early one or later models(mini one, countryman)
    My wife had one +-2005 1.6I. very solid little car.
    2012/2013...

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    If you can't afford to buy a mini with a full maintenance plan, you probably can't afford to run one without.

    Based on personal experience with a mini that ate 3 three clutches and then had the entire motor replaced under motor plan.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    I had a R56 Cooper S, so turbo 1.6.

    It is by far the most fun car I've ever owned. It drove incredibly well, handled like it was on rails, interior fit and finish was perfect.

    You should never buy one.

    Apart from the turbo related issue mine had, it did timing chain at 45,000km and water pump and 60,000. Cost of maintenance (to plan, fortunately), was about R1/km, and it got services only every 24,000km IIRC.

    They are super fun, and a hell of a lot of car for the money, but the cost of ownership, specially on one out of plan, scares me. I still look at them longingly, but unless someone else says that all the issues I had were specific to the S, I'd stay away. If someone convinces me the NA motor is super reliable, It will probably be my next car.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    have to agree with petermoffat. Although I only had the standard 1.6, they are fun cars. are expensive to have without maintenance plan.

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    My perception was that outside of maintenance plan, it would not be all that cost effective- replies from Andy and Peter seem to reflect the same.
    Often perception vs reality can be quite different though, so thought Iíd ask...

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Make no mistake - going to the shop for the newspaper on a Sunday morning could take two hours.

    That is the most fun car I have ever driven. You just don't want to get out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    Make no mistake - going to the shop for the newspaper on a Sunday morning could take two hours.

    That is the most fun car I have ever driven. You just don't want to get out of it.
    Not a car Iíd be driving though (at least I doubt it) - a bit of a tight fit!
    Not sure if you remember me but Iím somewhat taller than you...

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    Not a car Iíd be driving though (at least I doubt it) - a bit of a tight fit!
    Not sure if you remember me but Iím somewhat taller than you...

    I'm 6ft4, and was also born on a long weekend! Trust me, drive it once and you'll find a way to make it comfortable.

    As Peter said, it's like its on rails.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    I know two people who owned Mini's.

    Both had serious problems.

    Fun cars to drive but serious problems, 1 was gearbox issues and the other i am not 100% sure what the problems were, but het got out of it under less than 1 year of ownership, from brand new.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    I'm 6ft4, and was also born on a long weekend! Trust me, drive it once and you'll find a way to make it comfortable.

    As Peter said, it's like its on rails.
    Iím 6ft9...

    Itís now somewhat academic though as it seems like an unlikely option anyway.

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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    Iím 6ft9...

    Take out the front seats.......

    Itís now somewhat academic though as it seems like an unlikely option anyway.
    Probably wise to pass on it - unless you can buy newish with plan.
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    Default Re: Cost of Ownership - Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Mambo View Post
    Hi All,

    SWAMBO is in the market for a new car.
    I’ve come across a Mini with rather low mileage at what looks like a decent price.
    It looks like you can get quite a lot (for a small..) of car for not a whole lot of money.

    My question is, what is the cost of ownership like?
    I’m talking regular maintenance as well as known big ticket failures?

    Talking regular N/A 1.6l.

    Thanks
    My wife had a countryman 1.6L N/A bought from new in 2016 .... deathly slow. Served us well, warranty ended in a Dec, Jan the thermostat went. R12k fix ... normal services ranged under service plan between 2-3k according to the invoices, our first service out of plan was R8k .... they are expensive when they go wrong.

    The turbo's run good, but the N/A mini's are way underpowered. (the countryman that is)

    Although fun, we will never go that route again, the run flat tyres was also a pain in the a$$ .... bumpy and very expensive. And they depreciate like a bastard.
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