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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 01:20 AM
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Please help with some Aussie MINI model confusion

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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
Market: Europa
Type: RE32
E-Code: R53
Chassis: Coupé
Steering: rechts
Doors: 3
Engine: W11 - 1,60l (125kW)
Drive: Frontantrieb
Transmission: manuell
Body Color: Royal Grey Metallic (A48)
Upholstery: Leder English/panther Schwarz (LNPN)
Production date: 18.03.2006
Assembled in: Oxford
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hmm 100 views and no replies, is my question really stupid or difficult to answer??
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LCI is a 2nd Gen MINI term.

The "facelift" of the 1st Gen MINI was effective with July 2004 builds.

The R53 you're looking at is a "facelift" model with the updated (5th Gen Eaton) supercharger.
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Thankyou caveman! I was clearly confused by the LCI definition. That has cleared things up.

I've found one I like thats a bit cheaper with 132k on the clock. One owner and all the things I want
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Quote: Originally Posted by minimanda (original)
I was clearly confused by the LCI definition.

LCI stands for Life Cycle Impulse.

I guess that BMW thought they needed a "fancier" word for the 2nd Gen MINI "facelift"
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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.


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Pre-facelift: s-dash
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Thats a massive help, thank you!

Now I just need to work out if I want to spend $13k on one with 132,000km on it

New & Used MINI Cooper cars - Find MINI Cooper cars for sale - carsales.com.au

Or closer to $20k with less than half those km on it!

http://www.carsales.com.au/private/d.../SSE-AD-256522

It would take me 10 years to put 100,000km on a car! And I want to keep this car for about 4 years maybe more. Hard one!

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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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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.

Yep! That's why I only asked in the Australian section of the forum
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