My wife and I just bought our 2009 Mini Cooper S a couple weeks ago. So far we LOVE that car! We got it for my wife to drive back and forth to work which is almost a 60 mile round trip every day. Learning about our new baby is quite an adventure to say the least. Every page I read in the manual has me saying "Wow honey... You know what this car does!?". Whoever had it before us definitely babied it and it looks and runs like brand new even though it has a hefty 77,000 miles on it. I've gone through some of the possible issues these cars can have and so far it's passed with flying colors! No death rattle, clutch feels good, gears shift nicely, turbo gives it more gitty-up than I expected. Top end of the motor is a little noisier than I'm used to but most of it seems to be the injectors clicking. The fans are loud and run a lot but being such a cramped engine compartment that doesn't surprise me. Once you close the hood it sounds fine.
Anything I should be checking that I may have missed or shows up at the higher mileage?
I changed the oil within days of getting the car and that dip-stick is a bugger to read. I'm using the "in and out most of the way several times to clean the tube" method and its still a bugger. Any good solutions would be much appreciated. I know the benefits of fresh clean and full oil.
Well, I've rambled enough... Thanks for reading and any advice will be most welcome
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Only thing I would say to you is don't skimp on the oil, all bmw/mini engine need good qua quality oil to last the millage. I see soo many cars at the moment with engine issues due little or no maintenance, I know time are had for people but it is a must. Anyway hope you continue to enjoy your mini, I have been around them 9 years and driven every variant and still love them maybe sad but oh well.
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