Those pics are of the R53 (the old one with the heavy thirsty engines) is that the one you are after? They are solid little motors and handle very well, R53's are v thristy in 's' form. I had the R56 (turbo) JCW one for a couple of years, loved it, very nippy and very economical. The only downsides were tiny boot space, quite a hard ride of the hideous runflat tires BMW seem to persist with, and I had to have the dash replaced due to build quality issues (constant rattles) - although mine was an early R56 and all build issues have been sorted now. If you are talking about the newer version then they have just released a Cooper SD, my friend has just bought one and its super nippy on the twisties, lots of torque, I'd say as fast as a cooper s unless its a straight line drag race and as per the sporty diesel runs out of legs.
i've been trying to decide whether i like this car for years and i still dont know! i've seen a couple of nice ones, but overall i'm not a huge fan, defo prefer the original shape. and i have to agree that the dials are horrendous!!!
A customer of mine has a JC works, and it does look immense. That's his fun car, while his daily is a pretty much brand new s6, which he calls boring...
If I were to get one it would be fairly new, went to the dealer today and had a good chat and they seem fairly well priced IMO and they have a good resale value in 3 years. Also doing a tidy interest free deal where you put down half for the car and pay the other half in 2 years.
The cooper sd would be my choice, the mpg is immense, looking at 65mpg combined. But only been out for 6 months and looking at 18k for a new one otr, which isn't bad if I got 12k for it in 3 years, which is quite likely according to the dealer if trading against a new car.
My mate had a Cooper S, didnt think much of it until i had a drive, was a lot of Fun to drive and very quick. Depends what you want from a car, theyre alright for having fun in, but not very practical if you carry passengers often or go away a lot as there isnt any room in the back or boot.
My Mrs has got one and they are fun to drive, the speedo has nearly caught me out a couple of times on the cameras...keep looking at the ****** rev counter....would i have one....No
Its nice to give it back....
The early Cooper S/Works cars are nice and nippy and handle very but having driven one recently they don't really float my boat. The passenger space is dreadful and the boot is worse than original somehow!
Its the more recent ones i can't stand the look of plus the numerous variations which are around and in production (the Clubman - or Clubfoot as some refer to them are dreadful)