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Old 08-05-2017, 05:50 PM
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Was looking at jcw cooper s for run around car. Have had my attention swayed towards a Mini GP. Yes, budget lots more than what I was looking for, but I think there are a similar case to the z3 vs the z3m. The limited run of 500 should make it hold the price. It's the r53 version I am looking at.

Anyone had one of these?

If so, what did you think to it?

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Old 08-05-2017, 06:23 PM
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i bought my wife a cooper s last year so she could not use my z ever again.admittedly she can drive well but the thoughts i was having when she went to supermarket were so bad that she used to send a photo to prove it was parked in a safe place.geting back to thread i havent drove the jcw but i have a works exhaust ,reduction pulley and induction kit on the cooper s and it is a fast little car handles well to
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:46 PM
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Can't help directly but the GPs do look great!!!
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:33 PM
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The GP is a cracking car. The R53 chassis, engine and gearbox all have bags of character.

I sold a few GPSs new in 2006 and more recently in 2015/16.

Don't be put off by a few enthusiast owners on the logbook against low owner and low mileage examples with the minimum standard of maintenance. All in all running costs are low, once the run flat tyres are swapped out. Understand the potential niggles the model comes highlighted in online buyers guides.

The wider market appeal is still relatively low, so much the same as other 'modern classics' cast under the 'one to watch' spot light an exit sale can be slow if the asking price is a few £k too much.

Make the effort seeing comparable cars for sale and lean on the fact it's a buyers market.

At around £10/11k the GP represents a great value for money, at £13k+ it would need to be special.

Good luck!
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:48 PM
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The GP is a cracking car. The R53 chassis, engine and gearbox all have bags of character.

I sold a few GPSs new in 2006 and more recently in 2015/16.

Don't be put off by a few enthusiast owners on the logbook against low owner and low mileage examples with the minimum standard of maintenance. All in all running costs are low, once the run flat tyres are swapped out. Understand the potential niggles the model comes highlighted in online buyers guides.

The wider market appeal is still relatively low, so much the same as other 'modern classics' cast under the 'one to watch' spot light an exit sale can be slow if the asking price is a few £k too much.

Make the effort seeing comparable cars for sale and lean on the fact it's a buyers market.

At around £10/11k the GP represents a great value for money, at £13k+ it would need to be special.

Good luck!
Thanks for that, sort of confirms what I am thinking. Aiming for under 10 if possible.

As for run flats. Can you just replace them with standard tyres? Or do the wheels have to change? Never had run flats before.

Should I worry about 100 k miles?
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No need to change wheels, just ditch the tyres and transform how it rides!

We had them on my wife's Cooper Convertible with sports suspension, almost felt like no suspension!
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:56 PM
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Thanks for that, sort of confirms what I am thinking. Aiming for under 10 if possible.

As for run flats. Can you just replace them with standard tyres? Or do the wheels have to change? Never had run flats before.

Should I worry about 100 k miles?
Just the tyres as Ian confirmed.

Every car is different so quite hard to ultimately say if 100k miles would be a worrying buy, each price point and mileage travelled comes with pros and cons. At 100k I would want to see a few major inspections, replaced bushes, brakes all round and suspension updates. The stiff set up combined with a hard life on rough roads will attract rattles and irritating cabin clunks.

Today I noticed Fast Car magazine have reviewed the R53 Cooper S. An up to date report would be a wise read.

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Old 10-08-2017, 09:23 AM
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A little off topic, but we just traded our (loathed by me) A3 for a 14 plate Cooper S. It's injected fun back in to the family drives.

Back in a MINI for the first time in about 30 years and the JCW exhaust in sport mode makes me feel 17 again

I can only imagine that the GP version of the car amplifies that fun many times over. Did you buy one langlands?
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Old 10-08-2017, 05:30 PM
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Hi there

We have one of these, well its a 210bhp JCW so its exactly the same engine and power as the GP without the rear seat delete etc. We have had ours for about 4years and its a great bit of kit.

If you want something that has bags of character and will put a smile on your face then you can't go wrong-plus the GP has that extra kudos.

PS the supercharger sounds great when you wind it up

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Was looking at jcw cooper s for run around car. Have had my attention swayed towards a Mini GP. Yes, budget lots more than what I was looking for, but I think there are a similar case to the z3 vs the z3m. The limited run of 500 should make it hold the price. It's the r53 version I am looking at.

Anyone had one of these?

If so, what did you think to it?

Robert
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:31 PM
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I've used to have a r53 cooper s and currently have a 2016 JCW. The cooper is was a decent car but the JCW is way better

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