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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2002, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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How many Miles/Kilometers did you get out of your classic MINI?

I was just wondering how good the classic MINI was..How many miles/Kilometer did you get out of your classic MINI? I Know that some of you had the classic MINI and still do. I dad had 2 classic MINI's, but then my father doesn't keep a car longer then 2 years.
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My current Classic has done 90,000 miles. Chjanged the engine at 70,000 miles (and rebuilt the gearbox at the same time), but that was more because I wanted to rather than any pressing need.

Now I've got an S, I can't see me putting more than a couple of dozen more miles on the old girl though.

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70,000 miles that it
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At 70,000, the engine needed some work (the valve caps were pulling through), and it has to be remembered a strip-down and de-coke was usually performed on most British engines in the 60s every 50,000 to 100,000. Not so necessary with modern fuels, but still worth doing on old engines.

The gearbox was showing some signs of wear, occasionally popping out of second gear (worn baulk rings), but mostly the engine change was done in the search for more power and better performance, rather than any necessity With the few jobs that actually needed doing, I'm sure she'd have made 100,000 on the original engine.

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Mine's a 10 year old British Open Classic, and in all that time it's done the huge figure of... 35,000 miles!


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Australian built Minis only had 5 digit odometers so they would clock over at 100,000km. As the average Australian car does 20-25,000km per year and the youngest Mini available here is 24 years old, nearly all Australian Minis still on the road have been around the clock four or five times.

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Australian built Minis only had 5 digit odometers so they would clock over at 100,000km. As the average Australian car does 20-25,000km per year and the youngest Mini available here is 24 years old, nearly all Australian Minis still on the road have been around the clock four or five times.
so i take it that the old mini engine was a good one.. lests see how far the new one goes before problems
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I had an '89 metro 1000cc that had done 116,000 miles on its original engine (same as the mini classic engine) then the gearbox started making grinding noises so i changed the whole unit, the engine was fine but it was easier to change the lot.

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so i take it that the old mini engine was a good one.. lests see how far the new one goes before problems
No not really. Older British engine blocks were not made of the best iron and suffered badly from bore wear. By comparison when I rebuild the engine in my wife's 150,000km Japanese car there was no sign of bore wear, I even had to file the ring gap on the standard size rings.

On modern cars the signs of aging seem to be worn piston rings and broken plastic bits.

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In total about 150,000 miles across three engines....


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In total about 150,000 miles across three engines....

And the telltale oil stains on the drive

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i hope that the current MINI lasts longer then that.
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And the telltale oil stains on the drive
It wouldn't be a mini without the oil stains now would it?

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