Thought I’d share with you some problems I’m having with my R53 JCW Mini spoiler I recently purchased off eBay.
Won the item around mid July, paid promptly and it was promptly despatched. I opened up the package and everything seemed ok. Just focused on the spoiler really, which was brand new.
Took it into my dealer yesterday to have it fitted and they advised that it was missing parts. The first part was two sticky pads that go under the fins covering the bolt holes from the original spoiler.
The second part was a bonding template. This basically sticks on the car and acts as the alignment tool for applying the adhesive and spoiler. The dealer has advised that you cannot purchase this as a separate part. As a result, they have said they will attempt to fit the spoiler but can’t be 100%. Plus there may extra labour involved!!!
I have contacted the guy who sold it to me but no reply. This is a big heads up to anyone buying off eBay which may have missing parts. I’m so annoyed because I asked the guy if it had all the parts as if I had purchased it from Mini, to which the answer was yes.
I don’t suppose anyone on here has access to such a template, i.e. if they have the spoiler sitting around waiting to be fitted. The reason I ask is the dealer said you could copy/scan it and then use the copy as the template. I don’t think anyone will have it but please, please let me know if you do. You’d be a life saver.
Who’d have thought such a small part would be such a stumbling block!!!
Chris I'm really sorry to hear about your Ebay purchase. It's more than likely that I looked at that spoiler when it was listed. I''ve been looking for a sensibly priced one for ages, so thanks for giving me the heads up. I guess if the price is too good to be true, then it usually is!!! Just out of interest, how much did you pay for it?
I saw one on ebay yesterday for £150 and had no pieces with it which it will obviously need for fitment, and it had a broken clip or something. So I doubt your the ony one who is going to find this problem!
Call around a few dealers and get all of their feedbacks on this, you never know...they may have this template!!!!
If it is i steered clear. For info i got mine from the F1sauber guy who is a parts man at a main dealers. And he dropped 50 quid on the buyit now price so it was only 280 including postage. hwoever its brand new part with everything included.
I might have one???? Or Derek Woodman or sponsoring vendor on Mini2 might be able to provide you with one!?
I made the mistake of buying the bonding kit myself at £25 not realising the gun for it was £68 which I didn't buy. Ending up having to get the dealer to fit it, which meant respraying the top part of the boot lid. Ended up costing £225 to get fitted as they took the price of the adhesive kit off it!
They couldn't weld up the holes as it would more than likely warp the boot lid!
I contacted lilo right at the very beginning and offered him £125, he said he was happy to keep on relisting instead of giving it away!! HAHA. Looks like hes sold it now though after he loaded up his photographs!!!
Ant thats pretty good knocking £50 off the buy it now price!! What I dont understand is that the White ones he sells are almost twice as expensive as all the other colours!!!....Typical!!!!!!
I'm not going to sell something that i know isn't complete. I've asked the guy to provide me with a partial refund to cover the extra parts and labour to fit the item.
The dealer has said they can still fit it the spoiler but the template acts as a guide. If you don't have it you need an extra set of hands to help line it up correctly. I'm hoping it's not the end of the world but given my recent luck, they'll probably turn around and say they can't fit it and still charge me for their labour!!!!
I agree...my assumption is that it literally sits around the upper brake light. However, i'm at the mercy of the dealer. If for some reason they say they couldn't fit it because they didn't have the template, i'm stuck with a spoiler that no one will fit.
They did say they'd give it a try so i hope they do it without any problems!!! Fingers crossed.
NO worries mate, I've got some Araldite and a hairdryer to speed the process up. I'll ony charge £100 for fitting and I can even put it at the front of your car if you want...it helps deflect the air over your car better!!!
Only messing about! Call some body shops, people like Modnmini would probably help you!
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