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#1 europa


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 04:08 AM

My first post here! Hello :w00t:

I'm considering buying a Mini - I'm a huge fan of them & always have been, but I've never actually owned one due to racking the miles up on the way to work - now I don't have to travel far, so should I buy one? - what's the best Cooper model to get - given a £5k budget?

Sorry if this is in the wrong section, still finding my way around.

PS. It's my Birthday today!! :grin:

#2 CharlieBrown


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 08:54 AM

Welcome to the site and Happy Birthday!

Im sure people will give you advice on you cooper real soon.

Enjoy. :w00t:

Ive just had a look at the web site in your sig, its a great website and it has info about the Italian Job charity run 1 :P

Edited by CharlieBrown, 09 June 2005 - 09:14 AM.

#3 centralminiTC


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 11:29 AM

Happy Birthday and welcome!!! :grin:

£5k should get you a really nice cooper!!!

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 11:29 AM

Happy Birthday to you!!!! Yea i think all coopers are great but the people who know more about then will give you better advice (bit more specific) lol. Explore the site, there is loads of information

#5 europa


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for the welcome!

I'll have a good look around, I've been looking at the Mini's for sale on the Mini World site - there are some crackers there for little money. The best deals tend to be older model that have been restored - I couldn't believe how reasonable some of them are, especially after the owners have lovingly spent £1000's on them!!

Thanks for the compliment about my website - I've been meaning to do it for ages, I've only recently finished it & editing Mini photos for a month has re-kindled my want for a Mini! :w00t:

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:12 PM

happy birthday and welcome!

ur site looks really good, jus been and had a peek at it!

good luck finding the cooper, ull have to let us know once uv got one!

have fun


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Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:59 PM

Hi europa, and welcome to probably the best Mini forum on the planet (IMO)!

£5000 is an excellent budget to get yourself a really nice Cooper.

As to which Cooper you should buy is dependant on what you want from the car!

You could look at a very nice early Cooper which should hold its value if kept in good condition and also be exempt from road tax!
Or you could get a late injection engined model for reliability(?) including the Sportspack models if you like the styling of them.
Or if you want something you can tinker and tweak about with a 1991 or earlier carb'ed model is good for engine/performance mod's.
Also a good investment would be to look out for good examples of RSP or Monte Carlo editions (I'd love to own a Monte Carlo myself!)

Anyway I'm sure ther's plenty more good advice out there that will get posted up soon.

Good luck with your search!

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 03:58 PM

hello and welcome :w00t:

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 06:36 PM

hello and welcome to the mini forum

enjoy the site

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