A minor correction to Mab01uk's post above. The 2nd gen MINI had a Peugeot shared engine up until the 2010 facelift when most models went to BMW engines. Need to educate on the engine codes if you're worrried. I wouldn't say avoid the PSA engine though, in theory the fix was a modified tensioner and most should have had this fixed by MINI years ago. That said one of my Cooper S Clubmen had two replacements all in. There was a coking issue on cars that didn't do much mileage, or did mainly short journeys. I never had this either as my cars usually drove to the moon and back every year.
Have owned many MINIS, R50, R53, R56, R55, R60 and loved them all. Never owned an F56 for vaious reasons. For me the Seven is the better specced model of the two listed, for me MINIs are all about spec as low spec ones tend to look just that.
Bought an early 140k mile R50 JCW Cooper (pre Cooper S) 18 months ago as a non runner for buttons, £50 + MOT later and she's been a scream to drive since.
Edited by humph, 03 February 2019 - 11:34 PM.