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#1 willis123


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 04:54 PM

Hi all,


Looking to get my hands on a mini, found this promising looking one. If anyone could give their thoughts and opinions i would very much appreiciate it.







#2 cal844


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:03 PM

I would do a full registration check, then check Google to see if the car has been listed previously (scam)

Also if you can get someone you trust to view and physically touch then drive the car.

Don't hand over any monies (cash or PayPal etc) until you have the keys and full matching documentation in your hand.

Also check the car for rust, lots of rust

#3 Icey


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:31 PM

Look at its MOT history. I can almost guarantee that the boot floor and sills are full of bad welding.

I say that because it failed MOTs on rust but passed only a few days later - that’s a good indication that it’s been patched up quickly rather than repaired properly.

So inspect carefully. If this is your first Mini I’m guessing you don’t really want to be learning to weld in the next 12months or having to pay out for major repairs so look very closely for poor repairs - they are far more costly than you’d expect.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:18 PM

Don't go and check on your own. You need a Mini specialist to check it over with you as they will know the places to look for rust and they are numerous (the rust that is) Mechanically, just check for smoke on cold start, noisy tappets are usual and see what fluids are like, i.e. levels and colour. Pull a plug and see condition. Will give you some indication as to service likelihood.

The comment about the Bristol show would suggest someone is trying to appeal to the less experienced who may buy with the heart rather than the head.

We may of course just all be a bit cynical...go and look.

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 07:10 PM

rear seat belts look like 3 point static I think but not sure but some one will correct me but from 1991 onwards are inertia could be reshell ?

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