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Chris F
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Registered: 26th Dec 05
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4th Dec 16 at 16:49   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Seriously thinking about buying one, very cheap for what u get. But I know they are riddled with problems. It's only going to be a weekend car as I now have a tracker on my works van. So is someone going to tell me to get a 182 over a mini
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quote:
Originally posted by Chris F
So is someone going to tell me to get a 182 over a mini


Yes.
monkeytwizzel
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All the new mini range suffer from weak gearboxes,clutches and water leaks in to the bottom boot battery compartment.
They are querky and fun to drive,go quite well but i would have the renault even though not a fan of the french cars much.
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I wouldn't say Minis are riddled with problems, all depends on which one you're looking at. Can't go too far wrong with a face-lift R53 (late 2004-2006). I had a 2005 Cooper S, never had any issues with it. Had a cat back exhaust, 15% pulley, derestricted airbox, couple of suspension mods. I'd say it was just as fast as my BMW 130i I own now. I'd definitely choose one again over a 182. I've never owned a Clio, but I have sat in a few, and I would much rather be in a Mini. Track car or not, it's a much nicer interior, built better, and the supercharger sounds amazing
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5th Dec 16 at 08:50   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

172, much cheaper and more reliable
DaveyLC
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172, much cheaper and more reliable


And that's saying something!
VegasPhil
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5th Dec 16 at 12:25   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'd say at that age both can potentially suffer from expensive problems. Get what you prefer!


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IvIarkgraham
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5th Dec 16 at 12:51   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

182 trophy
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I've told you all you need to know 420
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I bought a 2004 R53 in September and it has been great; no issues so far. I bought mine with the AeroKit, full leather and electric everything, Sat Nav (so doesn't have the stupid speedo gauge in the middle). 65,000miles and I gave 2,700 for it. Only thing it has cost me so far is a service.

 
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