• This Is What Happens When You Buy a Super Cheap Mini Cooper

Cheaper isn’t always better, and this super cheap Mini Cooper proves it

As car enthusiasts, we are sometimes suckers for a good deal. Luckily, in most cases, common sense prevails, especially when a deal looks too good to be true. That said, sometimes, common sense does not prevail and what initially seemed like a great purchase ends up being an endless money pit.

Hoovie’s Garage is one of those YouTube channels where you, sometimes, see stuff like that. And although most of the cars redeem themselves this one in particular might prove to be too much of a hooptie, even for Hoovie.

This Is What Happens When You Buy a Super Cheap Mini Cooper
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The car in question is a limited production Mini Cooper S MC 40 edition – a tribute to the Mini Coopers that won the Monte Carlo rally, 40 years prior. It’s an earlier R53 model, which means that the 1.6-liter inline-four still has a supercharger, as opposed to the newer R56 variants, which are turbocharged.

The R53 produced 170 horsepower (127 kW) and 162 pound-feet (220 Nm), which allowed for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 6.8 seconds…when it was working.
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Engine 1.6-liter inline-four supercharged
Horsepower 170 HP
Torque 162 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 6.8 seconds

As you may have guessed, the one in the video does not. And if you think a small car cannot have big repair bills, watch and be amazed, as the Car Ninja give Tyler an estimate that made him question his own decision.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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