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Old Nov 12th, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Unhappy Cloudy Coolant/New Mini Cooper S Owner

I finally got my hands on my dream car that I've been pining after for over 5 years! I finally bought a 2003 mini cooper s Black/White Roof, Nav, Sport.

Every option I could ever want.

However, as soon as I got it home my buddy who knows a bit more about cars than I do came over and took a basic look over and said that most of it is clean, except for the coolant. So the coolant is a milky off white/light brown color and the reservoir take has a white crust that looks like dried toothpaste around the filler hole. After doing some general research for what can cause coolant to be this color I scared myself as many people claim that this is typically caused by oil in the coolant and that on most cars that this is a indication of a head gasket problem.

Is this the case for minis? My friend asked me to ask the forums if this is just normal on minis? Could it possibly be something else?

Please help. Thanks a lot people and I look forward to being much more active now that I have my very own mini.
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Old Nov 12th, 2012, 10:59 PM
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In my experience it is not unusual on some earlier Mini's and is not normally anything to worry about, I have had Mini's with this and not had any problems. There are many other previous posts on this subject if you search Mini2.
http://www.mini2.com/forum/first-gen...n-coolant.html

http://www.mini2.com/forum/maintenan...nt-colour.html
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Thanks mab01uk. However, is it also common for it to be milky/cloudy in addition to the browninsh color itself?
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The only time Ive seen coolant that is brownish in colour and sort of milky is after Barrs leak solution has been added to plug up a leaking radiator etc?
Does the coolant have antifreeze in it? the brown could be rust from steel components within the engine if it just happens to be water?
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As a precaution it would be a good idea to drain the old coolant and refill with new, as Nun says something else could have been added and would be best to start afresh. Antifreeze should be changed approx every 4 years anyway. However make sure whoever changes it carefully bleeds out all the air correctly from the cooling system or you will get overheating problems.
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