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 2004 S or 2014 non S

 Created by: jj25
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 Posted: May 20, 2020 04:24AM
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Hello,
I found a manual 2004 S with 200K km on engine *well maintained* with all new BMW parts and only serviced at BMW. Two hours drive away Canada. Price tag was $4,000 cash, talked down to $3500
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Why do you all drive S over reg? Is the S just a labor of love? My friend said "And when it breaks it breaks your bank account" but isn't this just a mini in general?


 
For what it is worth (and my comments are free), just about all of the BMW Mini Coopers and Ss I see on the road are driven like Hondas or Toyotas. I've never seen one driven "like a MIni". I think most of them are bought for the cachet (fashion) or cuteness factor.

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: May 20, 2020 03:34AM
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My general advice on used cars has always been to purchase the newest model that your budget allows - and to always get a pre-purchase inspection by a qualified shop.

I would guess that the 16 year old car will have a lot more 'tired' parts than the 6 year old car - regardless of how it was maintained.

Some parts for the 2004 is getting harder to find. A new supercharger from MINI for the 2004 costs more than the value of the car...

A 'great price' may not be worth much if you have to make repairs....   

 Posted: May 19, 2020 09:44PM
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Hello,
I found a manual 2004 S with 200K km on engine *well maintained* with all new BMW parts and only serviced at BMW. Two hours drive away Canada. Price tag was $4,000 cash, talked down to $3500

I found a manual non-S 2014 with 124K km on engine at a Volkswagen dealership. Price tag was set at $8999. Sent a random msg I would take it for $7500 and they asked when I can come in (Desperate sale). I would put a down payment and finance the rest @ $250/month for 36 months

Both are very good deals. My only issue is the 2014, with 128K on engine, will for sure need parts at some point where as the 2004 S has all new BMW parts/fresh fluids

What's the better buy ? 3 people said take the 2014 non S, but to me it has a big question mark (?) hovering over it. If the 2004 got all new parts though and the fluids have been changed, shouldn't it be reliable? The seller said exactly "she was well taken care of" - isn't the point of a mini to drive the S? All the pics on here are mostly S

Why do you all drive S over reg? Is the S just a labor of love? My friend said "And when it breaks it breaks your bank account" but isn't this just a mini in general?

Always wanted an S (or one day a 911) but I always lived downtown so never saw the point.

Have 24 hours to decide. Not against the reg. Just need advice it's a big moment for me . Not the fattest wallet right now