What are the disadvantages of an attractive appearance: a review of Mini Cooper with a run
Mini Cooper - the legend of the automotive industry, whose history dates back to the distant 60-ies of the last century. This cute little car with its bright design evokes tenderness at the Autolydy, and among young people the car has the image of a sports car. However, this charming kid does not have everything as good with reliability as one would like. About how costly the maintenance and maintenance of the second generation Mini Cooper is with the mileage, and what to look for before buying, I'll tell you in this article.
In the CIS, cars with three petrol engines were officially available: 1.4 (89 hp), 1.6 (120 hp) and turbocharged 1.6 (178 hp). In the secondary market, you can find cars with diesel engines 1.4 and 1.6, imported to us from abroad in a second-hand condition. Buying cars with diesel power units is risky enough, as 99% of such cars have a non-native run. The most widely used gasoline engine is 1.6 (120 hp). Owners of Mini Cooper with this engine recommend changing the oil at least once per 10000 km. If this is not done, closer to 70000 km the engine will begin to eat up the oil, and the consumption can be quite serious, up to 1.0 liters per 1000 km. Unfortunately, the motors are not long-lived, and even with proper operation they rarely live to 200,000 km, the average engine service line is 150-170 thousand km. The arrangement of motors is such that at low speeds the valves are slightly opened, literally a millimeter, and this is not enough for the normal operation of the oil-removal caps. This is the reason for the increased oil appetite and other problems with the power unit. Timing gear chain. In principle, this node is quite reliable, but if the engine oil level is below average, the chain can stretch after 60,000 km, so check the oil every 1000 km. If, after starting the engine, you hear sonorous rumbling sounds from under the hood, this is a direct signal about the need for an urgent replacement of the circuit. Every 25000 km requires the replacement of the thermostat (100 cu), the pump will serve 40-50 thousand km, the replacement will cost 200 cu. Over time, oil can leak from the oil filter, resulting in a smell of burning in the passenger compartment. On cars that are operated in megacities, the first serious repair of the power unit will be required to run 70 - 80 thousand km, repair costs 1500-2000 cu, the cost of the new engine is 4000-6000 thousand cu.
MINI One was equipped with a motor 1.4, such cars are a little less common in the secondary market. Structurally, this power unit is very similar to motors 1.6, the difference is only in the design of the pistons; all the problems that are inherent in motor 1.6 are also inherent in this engine. At the most powerful power unit, the turbine lives for a long time, thanks to an additional pump and cooling with antifreeze. The main problem with turbocharged engines is that when they run low, they begin to lose power: petrol injection does not go through the valves, because of this, eventually, the valves form a deposit, and they do not close until the end. The injection pump lives on the order of 50000 km, the replacement will cost 250-300 USD. As with the atmospheric engine, due to the design features of the engine, at low revs there is an oil deficit, which in turn leads to a rapid wear and tear on the engine parts and mechanisms. There are two gearboxes available on the Mini Cooper: a six-speed manual and an automatic transmission with the same number of gears . To reliability of transmissions there are no special censures, and their resource considerably exceeds lines of service of power units. Coupling in the mechanical gearbox nurses 100-120 thousand km, replacement will cost 400-500 USD, (in the official service). According to the regulations, both boxes are considered not serviced, however, experienced owners recommend replacing the working fluid of transmissions no less than once per 60,000 kilometers.
Before buying a second-hand Mini Cooper, check the operation of the hatch: if the previous owner did not service it, it can open and not close, or vice versa. If the hatch has never been lubricated during the operation of the car, then it is better not to do it, because with 90% probability, if you lubricate the hatch, the gears will start to slip in the lubricant and you will have to change the whole mechanism. The windshield is installed almost at right angles, so chips and cracks are present on most machines; If the glass with a rain sensor and heating, the replacement will cost 300-350 USD. Problems with the electrician are extremely rare. Mini Cooper is equipped with an independent suspension, in front - McPherson, in the back - multiplayer. It's hard to talk about the lines of service of the suspension parts, since many people exploit this car as "sporty", as a result, the lines of the suspension service are decreasing at times. The bushings of the stabilizer, like on many cars, are considered consumables and serve, on average, 15-20 thousand km (8-15 cu, pcs.). Silentblocks of levers will have to be changed every 40-45 thousand km (30-60 cu, pcs.), Wheel bearings - 60-70 thousand km (80-120 cu, pcs.), Shock absorbers will last 70 -80 thousand km (100-150 cu, pcs). Ball supports are quite hardy and can serve up to 90,000 kilometers (30-50 cu, pcs.). The front brake pads on average change every 30,000 km, the rear ones - 40000 km. Mini Cooper is unlikely to interest practical and family motorists, as there is very little space in the cabin, and only a medium-sized bag can be put in its trunk. But if you are a young driver or girl, have a good income and want to stand out in the flow, then Mini Cooper is the car that you should pay attention to. Given the possible problems, the cost of repairs and the life of the power packs, I would recommend buying this car new and only from the official dealer.
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