So Ive been toying with the idea of getting a newer model - maybe a 2009- clubman cooper S but when I get into the reasoning of it I dont really have one....other than to change for the sake of it and waiste a bit of money. Im not sure I'd get what I want back from the car (££'s) and the local prices of what we would be looking at seem pricey - after all I have a great looking and driving Cooper S
We do maybe 9-10,000 km's per year with the car, bought it 4 (trouble free) years ago and it only has 100,000 km's on the clock (aprox 65,000 miles)
We service it annually to the amusement of our local MINI garage - they always point out that I have 15,000 (or whatever) km's until the oil needs changing (according to the computer).....
So the point of the thread -
What should I do, change, service to keep the car reliable for a good few more years.....I'd be happy to throw a few ££'s into the cooper to keep it spot on..
Just to note we are in the south of France and use the main MINI dealer - no specialists locally although im still reasearching this.
Keep your MCS and keep changing the oil annually.......might be worth changing the gearbox oil, not required by BMW's 'filled for life' policy but there is no doubt old fashioned service intervals can extend the life of modern cars even further.
If you keep it long enough the R53 is also destined to be a future classic car!
Keeping it going.........
If not done already, wishbone bushes are probably on way out
Sump gasket might be leaking, just had mine done at 57000 miles
Make sure supercharger belt is changed every 2 years if standard or every year if smaller pulley fitted
Remove and clean intercooler out every couple of years, they do collect some oil in there
Just keep up with your regular servicing and if anything starts to go wrong sort it sooner than later.
Yes you might have to pay for repairs but it will be cheaper than buying a car you know little about
Brake Fluid Change
oil and Filter change
Air filter change/upgrade
a/c system clean, and re-charge
Whish bone bush change
Super charger strip down and clean - as necessary
15% pulley instalaton
Re-map - he expects to achieve around 200hp
This should keep us going with smiles for a little while longer....
Im happy with the look of the exterior and how it sits - Im not bothered about lowering, styling etc - I just want a reliable, great looking MINI - I dont want people thinking im still a boy racer
stainless steel exhaust system - Works or Milltek
Possible alloys change although I love the appearance of the s-spokes - and have no idea which i'd go for ......
Air filter, either JCW with the eletronic flap removed and an itg foam filter inside or the cheaper option of a 'DaveF', search on minitorque for full details and sometimes they come up for sale 2nd hand
What's the remap he's offering? Custom or a bluefin type option?
All good points, above. I would add: swap out the cheap, prone-to-cracking OEM plastic radiator header tank for a decent aluminium replacement.
Per the suggestion to change the gearbox oil: I asked my dealer to replace the gearbox oil after I'd put on about 5,000 gentle breaking-in miles. He told me the gearbox is a "sealed unit" without the option to fix or service, only to replace. <sigh>
Front wishbone "rubber" bushings is a good one to check. Had mine done at about 90,000 miles when I replaced the stock shocks with Koni "gold" FSD units.
Keep your supercharger belt fresh by replacing it at least every two years.
I have changed my engine oil every 10,000 miles. My engine has never been out of the car or opened up, burns less than a quart between changes, and still gets about 34.5 MPG at 70 MPH with the A/C running.
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