Welcome to the 'Works' (assuming you got the car on Saturday)?
I recently purchased a Sept 2003 MCS JCW
's but luckily it came with the original John Cooper Certificates (there should be one for the 'kit' from John Cooper Garages & one from the BMW Dealer who installed it).
The standard kit was for 210bhp.
However, mine has the 225bhp upgrade which was fitted after the original 210kit and this was installed at John Cooper Garages themselves.
So, the engine plate says the car has kit No. 27 (which it does, but its a 225bhp kit) and the orginal certificates are for the 210 kit No. 3147.
If the engine plate is authentic (not bought on ebay) and it is a fairly high No. then it's most likely that you have a 210bhp kit installed.
The paperwork you have got with the car (especially the service book, or TLC voucher book) should give you the name of the original supplying dealer. If you give them a call they should be able to confirm from their records if they fitted the kit either upon delivery or a little while later.
Any BMW dealer ought to be able to give you the details of any BMW service history that has been logged within the BMW UK network irrespective of if they have carried out the work......yes, their service systems do talk to each other as far as I am aware. When I was looking at cars before making my purchase at non-BMW used car dealers, they were all able to give their local BMW dealer contact a call and get the service history for the car they had for sale.
Now for the tricky bit.......how do you tell if your car has a proper authentic JCW
kit fitted? Well, most were fitted from new or within the first year, so the BMW dealer network should be able to tell you. Also many were fitted with the JCW
exhaust system, air intake box, suspension, brakes and interior carbon trim or JCW
seats. The more (expensive) kit it has got on it the more likely it is to be authentic in my opinion, but still no guarantee of course!
Alternatively, if you take the car to a MINI Tuning specialist they will probably be able to check it over and give you an opinion. If you live in the South of England I'd recommend Tony Franks of Mini Motorsport Centre:
Mini Motorsport Centre
Western Road Garage
Shoreham by Sea
01273 446666 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony is ex Chief Engineer at John Cooper Garages and was involved in the original development of the tuning kit for BMW. It turned out that he had serviced my car at some time and also fitted the 225bhp kit and Challenge Cup specification brakes that my JCW
's has fitted.
Hope you get the reassurance that you need that you have got a 'good un' and that you are thoroughly enjoying your first few days of ownership! Keep an eye out for those speed cameras.....even with 'just' 210bhp it should be going from 0 to OMG ever so easily!