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Old Jun 17th, 2014, 05:31 PM
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Independant mini garage London - recommendations pls!

Hello. I bought a 2003 mini cooper when I started driving two years ago. Unfortunately, my beloved mini is having issues with the engine coolant (keeps leaking but I can't see where), aircon not working at all (had it charged last July so again, a leak somewhere) plus the engine fan has recently decided it will keep coming on when I'm driving at around 15-20 miles/hr (ah, London traffic!) or right after I park and turn off the engine. I contacted Mini Spire garage in Kentish Town and they said they would charge £144 per hour, with an estimated two hours, just to look into the problems. So that's nearly £300 without knowing how unlimited the costs will be to fix my poor, ill mini.

So, can anyone please recommend any independent garages which have good mini specific diagnostic capabilities and will not charge me a fortune? I live in east London but happy to travel for the right mechanic!

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Old Jun 17th, 2014, 09:14 PM
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A Reeve Performance in King's Lynn are brilliant. A bit of a trek for you but I'd say worth the travelling.

I can't post a link to his website as I've not posted enough, but if you Google it you'll get it.
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I was told that Croydon Mini has good reports, I took my car there for clutch check and Mike and Russell are very helpful and friendly.
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I was told that Croydon Mini has good reports, I took my car there for clutch check and Mike and Russell are very helpful and friendly.


There cow boys and very very dishonest would not touch them with a long stick with poooo on it.

If you are a surrey new mini member SVG Dorking do good work and used to do a good rate for members.
But I don't know if this is to far for you
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Old Jun 18th, 2014, 09:06 PM
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There cow boys and very very dishonest would not touch them with a long stick with poooo on it.

If you are a surrey new mini member SVG Dorking do good work and used to do a good rate for members.
But I don't know if this is to far for you

are we talking about the same one? croydonminisonline.co.uk here is the one I went to.

Whatabout 1320 in Cambridge? I'm so new to mini and i'm looking for a place to change my clutch.

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are we talking about the same one? croydonminisonline.co.uk here is the one I went to.

Whatabout 1320 in Cambridge? I'm so new to mini and i'm looking for a place to change my clutch.

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Hi ya

Sorry I thought you meant bmw Mini Cooper Croydon am bad :-(
As for croydonminisonline.co.uk
I here they have a good rep but I think there more original mini stuff not so much the bmw mini, I would say with the bmw mini you really need so one that is up to speed and in the groove with them
1320 are top notch there are a mini torque sponsor, and are very good if you can get a slot but well worth the trip, 1320 have customers that will travel from Europe for work.

Hope this helps and sorry
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Quote: Originally Posted by marque (original)
There cow boys and very very dishonest would not touch them with a long stick with poooo on it.

If you are a surrey new mini member SVG Dorking do good work and used to do a good rate for members.
But I don't know if this is to far for you

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Hi ya

Sorry I thought you meant bmw Mini Cooper Croydon am bad :-(
As for croydonminisonline.co.uk
I here they have a good rep but I think there more original mini stuff not so much the bmw mini, I would say with the bmw mini you really need so one that is up to speed and in the groove with them
1320 are top notch there are a mini torque sponsor, and are very good if you can get a slot but well worth the trip, 1320 have customers that will travel from Europe for work.

Hope this helps and sorry

Hi, you almost had me heart attack b/c my car was with them and I'm going to pick it up today ... anyway i'm going to book a clutch change with 1320 but it's so difficult to get a hold of them, I tried to ring them all day yesterady and noone picked up...just need to keep trying.

thank you.
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Hi, you almost had me heart attack b/c my car was with them and I'm going to pick it up today ... anyway i'm going to book a clutch change with 1320 but it's so difficult to get a hold of them, I tried to ring them all day yesterady and noone picked up...just need to keep trying.

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Hi ya

Must apologise for that :-(

1320 are hard to get hold of but are very good just keep trying
Hope it all work out :-)
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Hi ya

Sorry I thought you meant bmw Mini Cooper Croydon am bad :-(
As for croydonminisonline.co.uk
I here they have a good rep but I think there more original mini stuff not so much the bmw mini, I would say with the bmw mini you really need so one that is up to speed and in the groove with them
1320 are top notch there are a mini torque sponsor, and are very good if you can get a slot but well worth the trip, 1320 have customers that will travel from Europe for work.

Hope this helps and sorry


Have to disagree here. Cooper Croydon has given me nothing but excellent service. Took them a while to fix an intermittent CANBUS door mirror fault but all fixed in the end. I think there is good and bad in all garages, big or small. It all depends on your experience on the day that your car goes in.
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Have to disagree here. Cooper Croydon has given me nothing but excellent service. Took them a while to fix an intermittent CANBUS door mirror fault but all fixed in the end. I think there is good and bad in all garages, big or small. It all depends on your experience on the day that your car goes in.


Hi ya

I am glad you are happy with them, unfortunately I can go In To details due to legal reason. I would love to tell you and show you, but as I say due to legal stuff I will not. And I am not the only person
Please just be careful I am only trying to help out.
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I am glad you are happy with them, unfortunately I can go In To details due to legal reason. I would love to tell you and show you, but as I say due to legal stuff I will not. And I am not the only person
Please just be careful I am only trying to help out.

It's fine. But forums are all about opinions as you know and I can only speak for myself. I am happy to continue to use them. They also fitted my DRL. Again, no dramas.
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