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A used Mini a good investment and is there one year that is

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Mechanically speaking, is a used Mini a good investment and is there one year that is particularly good? Thank you
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  CarDoc replied 3 years ago.

CarDoc :

Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.

CarDoc :

good morning

Customer:

Hi, my name is Teresa

CarDoc :

Hello Teresa

CarDoc :

So, let's talk about Minis

Customer:

ok

CarDoc :

The one thing that jumps out at me is the word investment

Customer:

meaning?

CarDoc :

Hardly any cars other than Ferraris could be considered a good investment.....

CarDoc :

however, as far as future resale goes

CarDoc :

The Mini is better than most

Customer:

good to know

CarDoc :

I would personally avoid the first 2 years (02-03)

CarDoc :

Lots of little problems that add up quickly

Customer:

Yes, I was thinking a bit newer.

Customer:

Just like the ipad, I am waiting for 3.

CarDoc :

Ok, good. I would definitely lean towards the last generation Supercharged mini's, rather than the newer turbo minis

CarDoc :

06-08

Customer:

Can you explain the difference?

CarDoc :

LOL...yes, lots of folks do that with electronics

CarDoc :

Difference between the two forced induction systems? Meaning turbo rather than supercharged?

Customer:

Yes

CarDoc :

Ok, a supercharger is a belt-driven device that forces more air into your car's engine

CarDoc :

A turbocharger is an exhaust-gas driven device that forces more air into your engine

Customer:

That sounds efficient

Customer:

Super = greener?

CarDoc :

Considering that most non-forced-induction cars run at about 60% efficiency, and boosting them increases this by about 20 points, yes

CarDoc :

However, greener? No, not exactly....

CarDoc :

More air requires more fuel

CarDoc :

So, it's more for power output

Customer:

There is just no way to wean off the oil unless I buy electric.

CarDoc :

pretty much. But in a global/gestalt sense, when you consider the number of old inefficient cars on the road, you going from a 30 mpg car to a 40 or 50, or electric....isn't really making a significant difference, if that makes any sense

Customer:

Yes, it does. I commute 100 miles a day and currently drive a 2000 Toyota 4Runner, it is killing me!

CarDoc :

Yep, understood. We've got 2 500 horsepower Audis in the family...I know well.

CarDoc :

However, we also have a Miata to balance things out a bit

CarDoc :

so, let's talk about the mini in particular

CarDoc :

they're really hard to beat in the fun to drive department

CarDoc :

and relatively inexpensive to repair

Customer:

That is the best answer!

Customer:

The inexpensive part

CarDoc :

notice I said *relatively*

CarDoc :

compared to a 500hp Audi, yes, compared to a Honda Civic, not so much

Customer:

Yes, I noticed.

Customer:

But it isn't like a Mercedes coupe, is it?

CarDoc :

no....those are pretty pricey to fix also

CarDoc :

I would recommend researching a good European independent shop as well

Customer:

I would guess that to be true. Would you recommend manual or automatic?

CarDoc :

Possibly Google: "european auto repair <zipcode>"

Customer:

I have driven both.

CarDoc :

I always recommend manual

CarDoc :

but that's personal preference rather than anything cost-driven

Customer:

Cheaper to repair or more efficent or what?

CarDoc :

slightly more efficient, and again, more fun to drive

Customer:

True, unless you are like me who tries to multi-task in the car. Having one arm taken up for driving could he a hindrance.

Customer:

Really, just kidding...

Customer:

I want to thank you for your time.

CarDoc :

heh...understood

CarDoc :

oh, my pleasure

CarDoc :

and good luck with the search

Customer:

It is almost time for Car Talk so I need to go.

CarDoc :

I have a customer who is on there occasionally

Customer:

Thanks again, Jason.

CarDoc :

sure thing

Customer:

Really? I love those guys.

CarDoc :

Yeah, her name isXXXXX

Customer:

Anyway, thank you. You were definitely worth the money!

CarDoc :

:-)

CarDoc :

thanks

CarDoc, Independent European Shop owner
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Experience: 20 years of experience working with European cars. Independent European shop owner and technician.
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