Thursday, May 7, 2020

John Cooper "Works" Edition: 2007 Mini Cooper S

This next seller needs a lesson in first impressions -- when you advertise a car, the first thing you should not include in your description is the phrase "works" complete with quotation marks.  What the seller meant to say is that it is the John Cooper Works edition, which is a special edition of the Cooper S from the factory.  One can probably assume it "works" based on the sellers description of it "running amazing" and these little Coopers are cheap cheap cheap these days! Find this 2007 Mini Cooper S JCW offered for $4400 in West Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:
2007 Mini Cooper S "Works" - $4400 (WLA)
 2007 mini cooper john cooper works
condition: excellent
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 123000
paint color: grey
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
Runs amazing. Incredible car. 6 speed stick. 123k miles. REPLIES WITHOUT PHONE NUMBER WILL BE DISCARDED.

See another car that "works"?


  1. There is a reason 2nd gen MINIs are cheap. BMW swung too far to the cheap build on these. The R50/53 was built the BMW way, then they realized they had a hit on their hands so they made it bigger and cut costs building them. Then they got tired of fixing them so they moved the quality back up a bit after that.

  2. Parts prices are definitely in BMW territory too.

  3. Agree 100%. This (R56) is the very first year of MINI using the N14 'Prince' Peugeot engine in the S model. They are plagued with engine problems that cannot be dismissed as trivial. Chronic timing chain tensioner failure, inadequate PCV system, detonation, carbon build-up, etc.

    I've owned 3 R53s, including my current '05 JCW, and they're bulletproof compared to the N14-equipped cars.

    1. I've wanted to buy a Mini Cooper S for the past few years and have wondered about the strange flat-price-curve you see -- seems that an 03-10 is about the same price for the same condition. Are the 2nd gen cars really that bad?

    2. Didn’t the first gen mini have a Benz ne Chrysler engine that bmw was loth to continue using and hence the second gen that seemed a little less well thought out?

    3. According to the intrawebs, the Tritec engine was a joint-venture between Chrysler and BMW and built in Brazil. Never was used in Chrysler vehicles in the USA and BMW left the partnership in 2007. In 2008, Fiat took over the plant and design. I have been very satisfied with my R53. It has been reliable and quite fun.

  4. The liquid oozing out below the door reminds me of the scene in the Jack Nicholson movie The Shining when the elevator doors just begin to open.


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