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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy Cooper s!

Hi new to the forum and to mini!

Just want some advice have my eyes on a cooper s 2005 just wanted to no what problems they have? And what I can be expecting at the pump, what mpg are you guys getting?

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Mines a 2003 with a few mods which has put it up to 217bhp around town I get around 23 to 25mpg driving steady if I have a good thrash around its less than 20mpg on a run at 70 to 80mph I get around 36mpg if your after good mpg a cooper s isn't really for you.
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Hello Heathwebbo, I like your name, my first name is Heath. I am interested in what mods you have done to your S to get to 217. Like Dan above I am looking for my first Mini S first gen. as well. Thanks.
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And what I can be expecting at the pump, what mpg are you guys getting?
Mines a 2003 with a few mods which has put it up to 217bhp around town I get around 23 to 25mpg driving steady if I have a good thrash around its less than 20mpg on a run at 70 to 80mph I get around 36mpg if your after good mpg a cooper s isn't really for you.
This is an international forum. If you're in the US you'll have to divide figures posted by UK members by 1.2

MPG for a Cooper S can vary widely depending on what type of driving you're doing ... stop and go (or heavy foot) versus highway cruising.
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This is an international forum. If you're in the US you'll have to divide figures posted by UK members by 1.2

MPG for a Cooper S can vary widely depending on what type of driving you're doing ... stop and go (or heavy foot) versus highway cruising.
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Hello Heathwebbo, I like your name, my first name is Heath. I am interested in what mods you have done to your S to get to 217. Like Dan above I am looking for my first Mini S first gen. as well. Thanks.
Hello Heath (thats the first time I have ever said that ) my first name is Heath too (never met another Heath)
my mods are ..
17% supercharger pulley
Lightened crank pulley
GRS intercooler
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Dyno'd at Lohen UK

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Watch "Cooper S R53 on Lohens dyno 217bhp" on YouTube
Cooper S R53 on Lohens dyno 217bhp: https://youtu.be/xBQl1BbG81s
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Hi Heath! i've never met a Heath either. My mother is from Luton, England but i was born in the US, now married to a German woman and live here in Germany! still have family in England and I am working on becoming a British Citizen....anyway, I have to look into that stuff but thanks for the list. I'm searching for my first one, just have to sell my wife's SUV and my Harley in the states. Hope to sell both soon. I have my eyes set on a R53 in grey.
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Hi Heaths,

I think it is correct in saying that MPG is not what to look for in a Cooper S. Mine stock gets about 28.5 MPG avg. which isn't bad, but isn't a gas saver either. I bet with mods you would get substantially less as well. If you get a first gen look out for the Power Steering Failure. It is covered by a 10 year 130k mile extended warante, but you need to go to a dealer to get it fixed for free. It only applies for some models so hopefully the VIN would check out.

Good luck on the new Mini! I've had mine for about 2.5 weeks and have enjoyed it so far. Repairs make me uneasy as in the US labor costs are fairly high for European cars, but every car breaks so I just have to expect it.
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