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UJ Newbie buying advice - 29th April 2016, 03:01 PM

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if you guys would be so kind as to give a MINI newbie some buying advice?

I'm hoping to buy a MINI at some point in the near future. I'm familiar with MINIs and have driven a few as loan cars while my car has been serviced.

I've been looking online for cars and have come across two options:

A 2nd gen Eclipse Grey 2012 Cooper S
21,000 miles, 1 lady owner and is in great shape.
BUT has pretty much zero extras apart from (strangely) electric folding mirrors!

And a 3rd gen Red 2014 Cooper
Also 21,000 miles, 1 owner and is in great shape. Also comes loaded with lots of goodies including bluetooth, ipod, LED headlights etc etc...
BUT it is 2.5k more expensive and is stretching my budget

So, as I'm not sure what to do... I thought I'd see if you guys could give any insight as to which is the better option.

Now, one of the questions I have also is about Bluetooth/Ipod and the MFSW in the Cooper S. Are these items retrofittable? I've asked the dealer, and they said no, but I've seen numerous posts on here of people talking about retrofitting them. I've actually retrofitted bluetooth/ipod to my current 2008 BMW 1 series and believe that the systems are somewhat similar.

The other question I have is on the technical side of things. I've heard that the Cooper S has lots of engine issues (although I've seen mention that this is more apparent in pre-2012 models). Is it wise to buy a Cooper S? I always service my cars at their required intervals and both of the cars above have at least 1 year warranty still intact.

What do you guys think? I'd appreciate any advice/insight you could give...
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Default 2nd June 2016, 01:02 AM

Both sound like great cars. And both are a great drive. I've had 4 MINIs since 2008 and one thing I have learnt is go and have a look at both in the flesh! You will know which one is right for you when you see it and often pictures online don't do it justice! The 3rd generation especially looks better in the flesh!

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Default Newbie buying advice - 2nd June 2016, 06:49 AM

Do you have any links to these cars that you could share?

My sister has a Gen 3 Cooper with loads of toys and it really is nice. As a daily drive I personally would much prefer the Gen 3 F56 Cooper over the Gen 2 R56 S. If you were looking to mod and tune however then it's an entirely different story.
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