1998 Rover Mini Cooper - 1.3i MPi
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Well, where do I start? This lovely little 1998 Mini Cooper 1.3i has an MOT until June 2015. This particular example has clearly been very well cared for throughout its life, and it really does show. It’s the straightest, most unmolested late 90s Cooper that I’ve seen for a long while, and it’s lovely to drive.
I have history with the car which includes MOTs from new, and some recent bills for work, including a brand new original Rover cylinder head, and much more. These non-Sportspack cars actually handle better than the Sportspack ones, as there is much less unsprung weight with these narrower wheels and tyres – and they ride much more nicely too! They are much more of a ‘genuine’ Cooper, in my eyes!
Bodily, the car is very tidy for an example of this age. Yes, there are a few areas of VERY minior bubbling and blistering but as you can see from the pics, this really isn’t an issue at all. Door bottoms are both nice and solid. The wings are all solid behind the arches, and the roof gutters are all in great shape too.
The Yokohama tyres all have good tread, and the alloys are in good shape. The car stops in a straight line, and pulls well. The engine sounds very sweet indeed, and the gearbox selects all gears nicely, without any crunches, and doesn’t jump out of gear either, like most Minis seem to! The interior is ery clean indeed – the seats are in super condition, as are the carpets and dashboard.
This is a bargain price for a fantastic car which attracts a great deal of attention wherever it goes. Obviously it’s not a concourse show car but it’s very good indeed, and is ready to use and enjoy. You must remember that running a Mini isn’t like a modern Japanese Honda or equivalent – there will be bits and bobs to do from time to time, but generally you’ll be able to fix it yourself, because they’re so simple!