BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > General BMW News and Cars Discussion
 
E92-lighting
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-12-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
Makushr1
Lieutenant
Makushr1's Avatar
18
Rep
480
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 335i Sedan Auto
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas

iTrader: (2)

Buying a Used Mini

Hey guys, I'm looking for some info on Minis, I figured this is a good place to start. My girlfriend is looking to go back to school (dental school) next year. She currently drives a 2008 Highlander, which she wants to sell to get rid of her car payments.

She's looking at a couple minis. They are 2005-2006 with about 50k miles. So, my question is, how reliable are minis? Do they break down often? Are they pricy to fix (I assume they are)? She's going to be back in school for a few years without an income, so she wants something that isnt going to cost a ton to fix. Additionally, I doubt she will be putting more than 10k miles/year on it.

She's also looking at civics. They would be around the same miles and and same year. I feel like the civic would be a) cheaper to fix and b) more reliable. She really wants a mini tho, so if they are fairly dependable, she'll accept a little risk with the mini rather than the civic.

Thoughts?
__________________
2008 Montego Blue E90 ll Custom K&N Dual Cone Intake ll Aluminum OEM Pedals ll 25% Tint ll M3 Spoiler

To Do (Cosmetic): Black Line lights, Lux 4.0 Angel Eyes, 19" CSL HyperBlack
To Do (Performance): Exhaust (still undecided which brand), SSTT, FMIC (unsure what type)
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
mtla4
Lieutenant Colonel
Canada
19
Rep
1,721
Posts

 
Drives: Turbo Festiva
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal

iTrader: (2)

Going to school I'd rather be logical then emotional. I would go with a civic
__________________
Originally Posted by corneredbeast
An engine from a Z06 Corvette. A differential from a Vespa. Damn

Quote:
Originally Posted by Severious View Post
Its because a lot of BMW owners are housewives or business professionals and know little about cars other than BMW's are a status symbol in their own circles so that have to have one. But exotic car owners know cars, that's why they are willing to spend for a killer car and they know something different when they see one.
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
fun ticket
Private First Class
fun ticket's Avatar
2
Rep
107
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 X5 3.5i M Sport Package
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tampa, Florida

iTrader: (0)

x2 on the Civic. Buy what she really wants when she graduates and starts fixing teeth. Good luck to her.
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 08:42 AM   #4
Silver-Bolt
Captain
12
Rep
807
Posts

 
Drives: 2011 Z4 35is Melbourne Red
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Portland, OR

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 Z4 35is  [5.00]
Our 2005 Cooper-S was bought back as a lemon. ECU issue on some 05-06 Cooper and Cooper-S that Mini has/had no fix for. Our was towed 5x to the only dealer in our state. There are many out there running flawlessly but when ours was bought back they also bought 4 more that same week.
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
Makushr1
Lieutenant
Makushr1's Avatar
18
Rep
480
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 335i Sedan Auto
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Texas

iTrader: (2)

Anyone else have any experience with a mini, preferrably '05-'06? Looks like Silver-Bolt had a bad one. Is that common, or are they generally dependable? I'd be willing to bet the Civic will be more dependable, but if not by much, she may be willing to accept that for a 'cuter' car...
__________________
2008 Montego Blue E90 ll Custom K&N Dual Cone Intake ll Aluminum OEM Pedals ll 25% Tint ll M3 Spoiler

To Do (Cosmetic): Black Line lights, Lux 4.0 Angel Eyes, 19" CSL HyperBlack
To Do (Performance): Exhaust (still undecided which brand), SSTT, FMIC (unsure what type)
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 02:27 PM   #6
epbrown
Colonel
epbrown's Avatar
United_States
27
Rep
2,133
Posts

 
Drives: BMW M Coupe, Porsche Boxster S
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chicago, IL

iTrader: (0)

From everything I've heard, the 2007+ models are much more trouble-free than the R53 (?) models; it's the route I would go if I were Mini shopping.
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 03:07 PM   #7
akack79
riDIRKulous
akack79's Avatar
70
Rep
3,054
Posts

 
Drives: F32 435i
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: T E X A S

iTrader: (18)

Garage List
2014 F32 435i  [0.00]
Bought a 07 (R56 model and 07 was the first year of current generation Mini fyi) Cooper S with only 23,000 miles back in June.......all I have to say is thank goodness it had 1.5 years of warranty left.

Issues I was aware when I purchased the car (both issues repaired under warranty):

1) water in passenger front fog lamp
2) front chrome trim was loose

Problems that occured during my brief ownership:

1) front airbag crapped out - entire airbag replaced
2) thermometer measuring temp of car went out - again replaced
3) homelink mirror indicator light went out - replaced with new one
4) one of the brake sensors went out - replaced

Hella fun car to drive but once the warranty ends early next year will be getting rid of it for a Honda or Toyota. If your gf decides to buy one be damn sure it's CPO or still has warranty.

It has been 5 weeks since my last OBD error...............knock on wood.
__________________
2014 F32 435i EBII / Coral Red

Last edited by akack79; 10-12-2010 at 03:19 PM.
Appreciate 0
      10-12-2010, 04:28 PM   #8
car_fan
Captain
car_fan's Avatar
35
Rep
830
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 F12 650cic / 2012 E92 M3
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: SoFla

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Makushr1 View Post
Anyone else have any experience with a mini, preferrably '05-'06? Looks like Silver-Bolt had a bad one. Is that common, or are they generally dependable? I'd be willing to bet the Civic will be more dependable, but if not by much, she may be willing to accept that for a 'cuter' car...
My "06MCS" has been solid 45K on the odo, no mechanical issues. I had one of the A Pillars replaced to address a whistle noise at highway speeds, and an armrest replaced. If you get one do yourself a favor and ditch the runflats, cars rides 10x better without
__________________
2012 650cic Space Gray/Vermillon Red/Blk.Top(retired)
2011 MINI CooperS BRGII/Lounge Green/Sport/Prem/Connect/Black Xenon/Black Conical Spokes/ACS springs/ACS exhaust/Alta Shorty/Continental Extreme DW
2012 M3 AW/FR NDH2/2MK/ZPP/ZCP/ZCW/752/6NR/OEM CF splitters/OEM CF Mirror caps
2012 X3 35i Titanium Silver/Black ZAP/ZPP/TECH/APPS/Breyton GTS/Continental Extreme DW
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:38 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST