I've actually been a member here since I bought my R53 back in 2004, but the email I used to register with originally has since been killed and I couldn't remember my login for the life of me!! So with no email to retrieve my forgotten password with, I was left with no other choice but to start a new profile.
My ride : 04 Cooper S Chilli R53 | Black with white roof, stripes and mirrors. | Currently has Advanti 18 inch wheels with 215/35 rubber.
As I said at the top, I've had my R53 since new and have loved it like no other car before it! From the moment I jumped in and test drove it right through to the day my supercharger packed it in (more on that shortly), this car has put a smile on my face every single time I've jumped into the driver's seat! I would make any old excuse to take a back/longer way home just get a couple more corners out of it. I wouldn't say I've driven it hard, but I've definitely driven it how it wants to be driven.
And yep, I've recently fallen foul to the death of my Eaton M45 Supercharger. Only now after the fact have I discovered that not only is this a common problem, it's also one with a dubious reputation. BMW's diabolical engineering has jammed it so hard up against the block that they made it impossible to get to the oil service holes to change the oil without tearing the whole front of the car off. And this is on a part BMW say should never need servicing (not on their service schedule) as it will "last the life of the car", which is strange when you look at Eaton's own service schedule for the blower, as they say it SHOULD be serviced, dependent on level of use! If I weren't so trusting of multi-national companies, I'd almost be inclined to think that BMW were trying to make a part fail so that punters would have to come back to them to fix it! Luckily, I'm not that pessimistic.
I'd love to fix him up, but I can't right now, so I'm sadly gonna have to sell it as is as a project car to somebody who would like to give it the love. Check the classifieds section shortly if you're in australia (sydney) and interested. I really don't want to have to lose him, but here I am... He deserves somebody that is an enthusiast, and that's why I've come back here to see if somebody will take him in.
If anybody in the future is reading this and you're tossing up whether to buy a mini or not, the answer I will always give is yes! I will miss the corner hugging, I will miss the crackle and pop of my exhaust and I will most definitely miss handbrake turns... Sweet, sweet handbrake turns...