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Old May 22nd, 2014, 06:58 PM
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I just purchased a low mileage (36K) '03 Mini Cooper 5 speed manual with sports package. It feels and looks like it just came out of the box. I found it at a garage sale. It was a quick, impulsive decision but I did have two experienced mechanics check it out. If anything it suffers from lack of use. The engine compartment had cobwebs under the hood. I am thinking I should have all the fluids changed? Also the service engine light is on, and the previous owner and my mechanic say it's one of the O2 sensors. The previous owners also installed an aftermarket (walmart) battery that does not fit properly, so i'm trying to decide whether and how to shimmy this one or purchase one that fits properly? currently the connections rattle loose and I have to punch them back in place on occasion to start the car (kind of a fred flintstone move!) Otherwise my sunny yellow mini is a thing of beauty inside and out and I have a big on my face..also would love to install ipod cable/jack in glove box but the dealer want $500 for the exercise (ouch!)

ps this is not my first mini, our others were leased and all returned...i was just missing the mini bouncy drive (I went to test drive a 2014 last week, and they engineered all the roughness out of the drive...how boring! It could have been a honda...

pss we have had good luck mechanically with all our minis...I hope this one doesn't break the chain...I have been driving it nonstop for the last week and apart from the battery issue all is well....
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 07:25 PM
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Hi and welcome

Sounds good :-) and what your doing buy total fluid change and service is spot on.
Only extra I could say would be to run a BG service kit though it and after that change the fuel filter.

You should be able to get the bg kit local to you

Power Enhancer | BG44k | Petrol Engine Cleaners | Fuel Injector Cleaner

One quick thing is the battery is very important on these cars with all the electronics so I would advise getting the correct one.

If you are ok with the tools the iPod retrofit is not hard to do there are a couple of options for connectivity

This one will charge the iPod or iphone and you can shuffle though stuff if you have a mfs

RealOEM.com * BMW R53 Cooper S iPod connection retrofit kit

This one does not charge and is basically a 3.5mm jack connection and lots cheeper

RealOEM.com * BMW R53 Cooper S Retrofit, auxiliary connection

Anyway sound like you got a good mini there post some pics :-)
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 11:52 AM
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I guess the battery you currently have fitted is not tall enough for the battery retaining clamp to press down on the top of the battery and hold it in place.

This is quite a common problem as lots of the battery suppliers list the wrong size (height) battery for the Gen 1 Cooper S.

You could either put a piece of timber underneath the battery and lift the whole think up to the correct height or place a suitable piece of timber between the top of the battery and the retaining clamp.

If the battery is otherwise okay and of sufficient capacity for the MCS I can't see the point in replacing it yet. By the way, the original BMW batteries seem to survive about 10 years in the MCS according to the date on the battery of quite a few that have been replaced in the last couple of years in my experience.

Also, be careful when removing the battery clamp bolt from the boot floor.....the retained nut (underneath the boot floor) is often rusted tight onto the clamping bolt and if you go at it too hard you can shear off the bolt leaving the end in the nut thread. This is a pain to drill out, then re-tap the thread to fit a suitable replacement bolt!

Spike
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 11:54 AM
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Sorry just read your post again; looks like you have a Cooper not a Cooper S.......I was of course refering to the Cooper S battery which is in the boot, not sure where the cooper battery is located.....!

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