I don't have a mini myself but my daughter does and it looks like I might be needing some tips to keep it running smoothly for her. Quite happy to get my spanners out as I have a tvr Griffith as my sunny day car (Jag XF everyday car). Please no jokes about TVR reliability, I've already heard them all
She has a 2003 Mini Cooper,
She's had it a couple of months bought through a local contact on another forum. It's been generally well looked after but she's had a couple of issues come up.
First up were rear brakes; the nearside calliper got a bit sticky and wore through the inboard pad so I fitted new discs and pads on both sides.
Now the ac seems to have packed up, the system is fully gassed so seems like further investigation will be needed - probably find an ac specialist to help with that. I understand that the compressors can give some trouble.
While checking over the ac I noticed that there is a coolant leak somewhere around the radiator, I can see fluid sitting on the undertray beneath the rad and there seems to be known issues with it. So looks like that will need replacing.
So not a great start for her first car but I'm hoping this is just a bit of bad luck and not the start of a litany of problems.