If they do I'll stick to my Cooper thank you very much!
I'm sure supercharge technology has come quite a way since VW used it, what was that? ..at least ten years ago? Besides they didn't run with them for very long because I suppose of this very reason or could it be because of the ever so sweet VR6 unit
Besides Mercedes use superchargers, sorry "Kompressor" with great success and no known reliabilty problems, lets hope the Mini unit is similar...
The Supercharger that Mercedes is currently using in the C230 Coupes and SLK Roadsters are also built by Eaton, and (if I'm not mistaken) are of the same general design. They have proven very reliable in the past. The G Lader Superchargers in the VW Corrado was, in effect, a great design, but, unfortunately they wore out prematurely, due to bad seals and high under-hood temperatures. Rersearch and development of the G60 was significant, but required more development time, I feel. I highly doubt that the Eaton corporation would sell BMW Group a bunch of Superchargers that would require such maintenance. The company has a great history and surely, if this sort of thing were to occur, their reputation would suffer significant damage. Let's not forget how high a profile vehicle, we are dealing with here. I'm confident that this will not be the case.
Waiting, officially, since July 12, 2001.
C'mon July 2002!
Indi Blue Cooper S, White roof, Bonnet stripes, Lapis blue leather, Premium, Sport, and Winter packages.
Is December here yet?
That's an exaggeration. I've still got the original charger on my G60 after 12 years and 180,000 miles. The only thing I've done to it is change the internal drive belt at 150,000 miles.
S owners should be so lucky with their blowers...
'03 Cooper S Chili Red/White, Sport Pack, Rally Lights, HK sound (Estimated build date 12/6/02)
'02 WRX Wagon (24,000 miles in 12 months)
'90 VW Corrado (180,000 miles in 12 years)
WOW, you are one of the lucky ones then. The g-ladders seemed to be hit or miss. If yours has lasted this long it will likely last forever. But realistically, a supercharger lasts around 100,000 miles given a variety of operating temps and speeds.
Many g-ladders failed internally due to metallurgic flaws. That kind of manufacturing has come a long way in 12 years. Another common failure was internal seals - possibly due to extreme temperatures over the life of the motor.
In any case, you are one of the lucky ones. Can't tell you have many friends I have from the CCA who have thrown money away on rebuilt G60s, GT1s, etc.
That said, the G60 is pretty sophisticated, compact and unique. The Eaton on the MINI is quoted at a 100,000 mile life I think.
Should be fun!
By the way, the S I drove felt quicker and certainly more nimble that my VR6 Corrado (G-chip, Schrick 268s, rebuilt head, exhaust, etc.). My C stopped faster though, thanks to the Wilwoods! ;-)
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2002 DS/W MINI Cooper S
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