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    Motorin' a long time BThayer23's Avatar
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    High mileage, may need a daily beater

    So I realized yesterday that my MINI's going to turn over 70,000 miles next week and turn 3 the week after that. Holy mileage, Batman! I'm on track to hit 100k by next September or October, which is a lot of miles considering how long I want to keep this car around (as long as possible, btw).

    Should I keep driving the car and accumulating ~24k/year? I haven't heard of any MINIs surpassing 200k. It'd be nice to pay the car off before I hit 100k, too. I have mostly highway miles on it, but I also track the car.

    The other option is to look for a daily beater: <$6k, <120k, manual transmission, small and sporty. I've been looking at the BMW E36 323is - anybody drive this car? Anybody have any other ideas?

    I've stopped freaking out about the idea of 100,000 miles, but it's still kind of scary. My Jeep hit a brick wall at 110k and basically became undrivable because it broke down so fast.
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    I've been everywhere in my MINI tjwoodson1's Avatar
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    Yeah, I have 75k on my 05 and that makes me nervous...

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    I've been everywhere in my MINI tjwoodson1's Avatar
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    And I had an e46 323i, not exactly the same, but it was NOT sporty at all...

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    Not sure about the 323is, we had a '90 325i that was in the family for 15 years. It had 200K miles on it when I traded it in for the MINI. I had repainted it, redone the interior, can't say I would recommend it though. I think I probably spent over $2K per year the last 75,000 miles keeping it going. It seems when anything breaks on a BMW, the repairs start at $500 and go up. Good luck in your search.
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    Cruisin' the Twisties Flynscot0256's Avatar
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    The mini will be OK I had one in the UK with 165,000 miles on it if not look for a cheap VW Rabbit or GTI. I am putting the miles on mine 108 miles per day going back and forth between Salisbury and Greensboro enjoying every minute of it.
    Past owner of GP 1772 and GP 0256> Special wee cars.

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    Cruisin' the Twisties Catseye's Avatar
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    find an E30 (86-91) if you want something sporty, relatively cheap to keep and lots of fun. Be careful, tho, they are highly addictive!

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    If you must have a beater, MKIV is hard to beat.

    That said, drive the Mini till the wheels fall of, put them back on and drive it some more.

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    Motorin' a long time BlimeyCabrio's Avatar
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    I personally wouldn't worry about mileage on the MINI - only reason few folks have more than 200K on them is they've only been on the road for 7 years... 200K/7 = almost 30K per year, not many folks drive that much... the fact that there are ANY owners with 200K miles with relatively little trouble is GOOD news. There are lots of folks with over 100K on their 1st gen MINIs now... while some cars develop issues, seems like the vast majority just chug right along, as long as they're not *too* abused, over-revved, hydrolocked, etc.
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    Motorin' a long time BThayer23's Avatar
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    Cool, thanks for the feedback. I like the idea of owning another BMW. I know a bunch of good BMW mechanics and I know how to a lot of the basic stuff on bimmers, so hopefully that would keep repair costs down.

    Taylor, yeah, I'm trying to stay away from an E46 - I think those cars are just too big and refined - plus I like E36s.

    Catseye, there's a red E30 318is in Benson that I saw. I might have to go test drive it. http://raleigh.craigslist.org/ctd/1219088338.html

    Ferno, didn't realize you're in Raleigh. I saw some of your posts on MA, you should come out to a monthly meet sometime - every 2nd Thursday, so check the forums for the TTT event.

    Blimey, thanks for the math, that makes more sense. Longevity is one of the reasons I've been hesitant to mod my engine, but I might be more willing once I see good reports from high mileage cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BThayer23 View Post
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    Catseye, there's a red E30 318is in Benson that I saw. I might have to go test drive it. http://raleigh.craigslist.org/ctd/1219088338.html.....
    I had a 318is. very light and nimble, very slow. Make sure the profile gasket has been done ($1,000+). If the owner says "huh?", walk away. I would look for the 325is, the newer the better..

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