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Lincsboy
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Older Mini

Post by Lincsboy » 08 Sep 2017, 15:55

Hi , first post in this forum so here goes.
I am considering an older Mini as my wife's
run about . Nothing more than £2500 but with decent history . What should I look for and are there any pitfalls . I shall be maintaining it myself so are there any jobs that must be done by a dealer or independent specialist. All advise gratefully received.
Regards to all , Phil .

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Re: Older Minid

Post by M60NJP » 08 Sep 2017, 19:01

Never had one, but from conversations with others and posts on here, cooling issues seem to be No1 - failure of thermostat/housing is common, water pump also, so on a higher mile, older model, I'd be looking for receipts showing these had been done. Look for leaks/staining in the engine bay too.

A few electrical gremlins seem possible, whether sensor failure (common to all BMWs!!) or internal switchgear, but like any car purchase, check everything works!!

Prices have softened a bit as they've got older and there's more around, but they don't seem to take high mileage too well, so with a budget of £2.5k I'd be very careful!

Is the Minid in the thread title a typo or are you looking at the diesel?

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Re: Older Minid

Post by Lincsboy » 08 Sep 2017, 19:51

Definitely a typo. I have a Mercedes E220 cdi and I am waiting to see what the government is going to throw at me to save the climate . Thanks for the reply . Regards to all, Phil .

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Re: Older Mini

Post by Chalks13 » 24 Oct 2017, 07:23

Hi Phil, I bought a ‘52 plate yesterday with 64k and full service history for £700, it was on the ‘trader at £1150. They’re around if you look.
For mine, I got it cheap as it may need a new box, but already have found a company that will fit a recon box and new clutch for £500.

I’m pretty sure you’ll find a decent one for £2k


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