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
Only just saw your post There's a list somewhere of what to look for. There's heaps of little things but the two biggies:
- 3 piece dash trim (there is a centre piece that goes around the speedo, then one piece on each side that goes across the front of the dash and surrounds the outer vents). The early pre-facelift (they hadn't actually come up with the LCi label back then ) had 5 pieces where the trim that goes around the outer vent is in two pieces on each side.
- the reverse lights are in the brake light cluster, whereas the early model had a centre reverse light in the bumper.
There are heaps of little things like the face lift model got the little mood lights around the cabin etc.
Also I would think different countries have differing specs according to their legislation, so whats fitted here on a particular year/version as standard might be totally different elsewhere in the world.
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