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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Turbo or Supercharge?

Hi, new member here, not got a Mini yet but am in the process of looking. I quite fancy an older supercharged version but realise I'm going to have to accept than the mileage will more than likely be higher. Ignoring all other issues for now, like wear and tear, would I be better to stretch the budget and go for later model with a turbo. Are the turbo engines any better?.

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Are the turbo engines any better?.
The N14 engine in Euro R56 MCS models built through February 2010 had quite a few problems (search "death rattle" "coking") whereas the only real worry with the 1st Gen MCS engine is replacing the supercharger at mileage above 100K.

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I just bought a 2006 "S" that is supercharged. First, I'm not new to supercharger performance and maintenance. I do find it incredible that there is limited info out there about oil & belt changes on stock equipment. These two maintenance items can increase serviceable life on a supercharger. I don't like the fact that the entire front end has to come off to do supercharger maintenance.

I've also been reading the info on supercharger vs turbocharger. The increase in horsepower from one to the other is minor 4 HP for stock equipment. I can get into plenty enough trouble supercharged !

Is there any comprehensive data in print about stock supercharger maintenance?
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