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    Looking to buy mini

    ....i was wondering what i should look for when buying a mini in the year range 2004-2007, problem wise. My wifes BMW 330I got totaled and now she wants a mini, I'd prefer bimmers, but....also mini's are made by BMW, so I'll allow a mini on my drive way.

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    To be honest - if you live anywhere near a city where there is a lot of trafic i would be afraid to drive in a little car like that... BUT if it must be something like that, I would prefer a European model SO, I would suggest the FIAT! SO SO cute and probably a lot cheaper than the mini!
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    [QUOTE=TSKO1;13207164]....i was wondering what i should look for when buying a mini in the year range 2004-2007, problem wise. My wifes BMW 330I got totaled and now she wants a mini, I'd prefer bimmers, but....also mini's are made by BMW, so I'll allow a mini on my drive way.

    Your input would will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Taj

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    I would stay away from those years if you wane a turbo model since there direct injection engine has issues with carbon buildup on back sides of valves.
    Non turbo motors its not a problem
    The earler models had prob. w/ cam chain & tensioner wearing out early
    Possible water leak @ thermostat housing
    Look fo roil leaks @ valve cover
    Radiator problems w/ earler models
    2011 and newer models seem to be much improved.
    I you want something in those earler years get an extended warrenty!
    In spite of these issues they are addictive, such a blast to drive!
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