I'm looking to buy a R53 2005 - 2006 LCI version. Some of the cars on carsales have me a bit confused. For example, theres this Park Lane in Melbourne that has a build date of Feb 2006, features the Xenons but what has thrown me is it still has the 2 spoke steering wheel. I have also seen cars that are the reverse of this, ie no xenons but a 3 spoke steering wheel. So yes, I just want to make sure I buy the right car! Am I correct in assuming that any R53 built after November 2004 is the LCI version with the updated drivetrain/Supercharger etc?
I realise I can upgrade to the 3 spoke steering wheel too, so thats not a big deal. Its more making sure I get the right car!
I did a VIN check on the BMW online checker and below is the basic info that pops up for the car that I like the look of.
And here's a link to this car on Carsales 2006 MINI Cooper R53 S Park Lane MY05
Model description: COOPER S
Engine: W11 - 1,60l (125kW)
Body Color: Royal Grey Metallic (A48)
Upholstery: Leder English/panther Schwarz (LNPN)
Production date: 18.03.2006
Assembled in: Oxford