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MINI 2004 Convertible

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  • Summary

    3 out of 5 3.0

    What does this car say about you?

    This car is about a classless fun image.

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    They love the look of it.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Not without a very good warranty.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Not a mini.

  • Buying experience

    3 out of 5 3.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?

    No

    What price did you pay?

    £4,500

    When did you buy the car?

    July 2013

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    This was a low mileage car.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    Liked the look of the new mini.

    What was the dealer like?

  • Driving it

    3 out of 5 3.0

    What's it like to drive?

    THE 1.6 ENGINE IS NEITHER WILLING OR ECONOMICAL. THE HANDLING IS VERY GOOD AND NOT HARSH. THE HOOD IS VERY QUITE WHEN UP ON HE MOTORWAY.

    What's it like to park?

    Luckily the are reversing sensors as standard.

  • Living with it

    2 out of 5 2.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL BUYING A MINI OUT OF WARRENTY. THERE ARE MANY COMMON PROBLEMS WITH THE MINI. FRONT SUSPENSION BUSHES FAIL AND KNOCK OUT THE EXPENSIVE RUN FLAT TYRES. FLUID ENGINE MOUNTINGS FAIL. GEARBOXES AND DIFFS SELF DISTRUCT. THE GETRAG GEARBOX POST JULY 2004 IS £1000 MINI RECON PROVIDING IT DOESN'T NEED GEARS. THEN IT IS MAIN DEALER AT APPROX £2000 AND THEN THE FITTING. THE UPPER STEEERING KNUCKLE ALSO FAILS AND IS VERY DIFFICULT TO CHANGE JUST SOME OF THE PROBLEMS YOU CAN GET. IF YOU BUY THEN GET A GOOD WARRANTY. JUST BECAUSE BMW ARE BEHIND THIS CAR DON'T EXPECT UNBUSTABLE RELIABILITY.

    What's most practical about your car?

    I love the electric roof and the retro chrome dials This mini had full leather, aircon and a really niffty heated front screen. Love the mini image.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    Electric roof.

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