Toying with getting a used Mini Clubman

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  1. GGardner

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    Any insights or suggestions would be welcome.
     
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    A modern one or an original one?
     
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    I looked into them a while back. They're supposed to be pretty reliable, and they have a very cool vibe. Never got to the point of driving one though. Bet it's fun.

    I bought a Hyundai instead.
     
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    You thinking of pulling an 'Italian Job"? I'm pretty good with a drill and crowbar.
     
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    Not well reviewed for reliability ... potential money pit ...
     
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    like a 2016 model. seem to be around $16-17K.
     
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    Consumer reports. Dead last rating. dead. Last. In. Class.
    Take that for what you will.

    its an odd world. Granted, fun drivers. And much experience here....
    I couldnt imagine "living" with one. Fwiw.
     
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    Consumers Reports gave the 2016 model a 4 out of 5 for "overall reliability." Kind of surprised.
     
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    Friend had a Mini. Nothing but electrical problems and other things after a while. She never knew if she was going to get to work or not.
    I wanted one for a while. Amazingly bad gas mileage for a tiny car. I think they improved that eventually.
     
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    I had a 2013 Clubbie S for a few years. Loved it. 30 - 32 MPG real world mileage. Had a factory warranty that covered the only issue that came up, a bad ignition coil at about 50K miles. Would have been about a $450.00 repair.

    I started getting nervous about potential repair costs when I got to about 80,000 miles, so I sold it off and went to a new Tacoma pickup, very different vibe :)

    That's a BMW drivetrain, and the layout is very crowded. You have to take a front quarter panel off to change the water pump. Headlight bulb change through the wheel well, pull the windshield washer reservoir to change the oil filter, etc. Expensive parts, lots of hours.

    The Clubbie was a blast to drive, like a 180 HP gokart. IMO only the 6 speed manual trans version is worth considering. A lot of the zip is lost with the automatic trans.
     
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    Trendy little POS. Better off with a Hyundai,Toyota, or Honda. Trendy cars always suck.
     
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    My little 2003 MINI Cooper has been, and still is, a blast. Though their acceleration performance is greater than the first generation, the second and third generations increasingly feel a little like an entertainment system with a cool little car attached. Interestingly enough, whenever I visit the dealership my little first gen draws an admiring crowd of employees.

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    Hope you can drive a stick. The automatics seem to be problematic, go out between 85-105k miles. Been looking into those myself.
     
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    Thanks, all. Laughably bad choices are second nature to me. So buying a used Mini instead of another Toyota might be par for the course I'm afraid.
     
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    My first car was a mini clubman... just like this:

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    BMW built. Be forewarned.
    Fun to drive, when all is well. But very expensive repairs if you can't do them yourself - and even then, parts will cost about double what another make would.
     
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    1.5 ltr 3 cylinder engine.. man thats got to be some real fun driving experience. my buddy had one and hes about 6 ft ,kept rackin his head on the top every bump in the road. got to be something more enjoyable to drive.
     
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    600 miles to the nearest approved Mini service center at BMW from here. :lol:
     
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    I thought you were talking about...
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    As opposed to...
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    Obviously just anecdotal, but I've known a good number of people who have owned various Minis. Have so far known zero people who have not poured money straight down the drain trying to keep them on life support. My old man ran a number of auto service shops for the last couple decades, pretty much the same story in his experience there as well. Lots of Minis came through with lots of dumb issues requiring unreasonably expensive fixes.
     
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