Yep the cream one and the black one are both 1.9TDis. The black one isn’t a PD but the cream one is. I keep meaning to get it remapped as it’s awfully slow 😂 and it’s the one I use the most…. the black one has already been done.If you have a 1.9PD engine in your collection, they react well to a remap too.
The mini was a lot cheaper too when new so were always more common. That era of cars were well built but worthless really at the mo, I’m sure some bargains out there.I've had 14 of them from a 2000 model to 2016 model, my obsession started in 2003 when I bought a 1.6, that was quickly traded for the green X reg 2.0 Shamrockez has now (I sold it to her a couple of years ago as it was sat doing nothing). Tbh I bought a NB as an Aircooled wasn't practical at the time and I wanted a Beetle.
I agree rust is a real issue on them, in the sills mainly. The 06 on facelift cars tend to be slightly better built than the earlier ones, but seem to rot even worse in the sills.
The best of the bunch by far is the 1.8T followed by the V5, the TDI is good but stupid ULEZ's means it isnt worth buying one in many parts of the country anymore. I still have an 07 1.8T, it's our very second car, in the last 8mths it's done about 400 miles, partly because it's crap on fuel and we have an EV that costs very little to run with home charging, and partly because it's 15yrs old now.
The 12up is a much 'better' car than the earlier ones, modern engines, tech and handling, but less character, although the 2016 2.0tsi Cab I had was awesome, and probably my favourite of the lot, followed by the 1.8T I have now. But the 12ups sold even worse than the NB in the UK, so there's even less of them about. Part the reason I think the NB didn't do well is, apart from the early days, VW's advertising of them was very poor, whereas the Mini had an excellent advertising campaign that made the cars cool and desirable.
I don't see half as many around anymore, and the scene we had around them back in the early/mid 00's has died out, but likewise I dont see many mk1 BMW Minis either. They are just old cars now, they rust and suffer with electrical issues, couple that to the fact most here in the UK were 1.6's, which are prone to terminal engine failure, means they are slowly disappearing. I also think 00's cars in general will be the ones that disappear the most as EV's get pushed more and more, as they are too new to be classics but too old to be allowed into many existing and new ULEZ's so won't be worth saving. It's a weird time for cars of that era.
I suppose once it's been round the track, you'll be looking to buy it as your next fixer-upper.
I already have an issue with banger racing but that's a different story. Even if I was into it, I wouldn't want to be doing it in something with that much plastic bodywork!