Listen to mass_upset_mini....
Welcome to a GEN2 world where:
* oil level paranoia totally exists
* you worry whether your recent investment will grenade or not grenade today
* the OEM condition based service HAS to be ignored and you create your own, back to old school dino rules, every 3K miles ( or less, keep reading )
* oil dipsticks are completely f**king useless but you HAVE to check the oil EVERY fuel fill up ( really )
* you keep liters of unique, odd weighted synthetic oil in your trunk as you MUST fill up frequently
* makes more mechanically bad sounding noises than a trash can rolling down the street, then runs like a top...just to keep you on your toes
* you need to turn the radio off to listen to everything JUST IN CASE the timing chain is going
* ancillaries literally fail monthly - water leaks, oil leaks, leaks, leaks and leaks
* you need to explain to your significant other that the 500 EU / month repair bill is so worth it because it "goes like a go kart"
* squirrelly handling rectified by replacement of all OEM liquid filled control arm bushings
* seat belts never retract, just twist, get caught in your door when you close and dent sills
* convertible top leaks filling seats and requires "special" plastic kit to retrofit
* plug or not plug the factory rear PCV valve...because the Peugeot forum says they did....so you should too
* absolutely NO aftermarket radio fits into the retro round center display, unless you can code android OS and buy the ONE round option from Asia
* the electronic trunk latch dies and costs 150 EU to replace the 10 cent button switch thats the problem
I'm 9 months into a 09 R57 MCS that had 57KM's on the clock and full dealer based service.
2 owners, had the correct tensioner added early on and is in the south of France, so no rot, rust - looks great.
Had a PPI done and local Control Technique ( MOT ) , all clean.
Goes through 1 liter of 18 euro oil per 1000km's. Based on my calculations, you'll never need an oil change in its life.....as every 5KM's you'll have replaced all of it, well before the service is due anyway. Just a filter once in a while, apparently.
Replaced the crappy bonded plastic thermostat housing as it cracked and leaked.
Replaced the turbo oil line, and return, as the crimped joints can't handle vibration.
Replaced the valve cover gaskets. Leaked a lot.
Replaced the valve cover, PCV valve failed.
Fixed the B pillar convertible top attachments as back seat filled with water.
About to replace the front control arm bushings to fix horrible handling over bumps ( smooth roads are fine ) .
Will also replace shocks as they are shot ( 10 years old, crappy B4's, moving to B12 Pro Kit ).
Worried about the very occasional rattle from the motor. The high pressure vacuum pump definitely needs to be replaced.
The high pressure fuel pump, tbd
The external water pump and brittle plastic feed tube, yeah, totally expecting them both to go.
Do the chain tension and the chain? yeah, for sanity sake. Insurance.
Maybe I just change the motor while I'm at it....not much else left right?
This is my first Mini and I have to say....WTF.
I've had every version of the 3 Series BMW and only replaced water pumps and valve cover gaskets at about 100K miles, and they all went to 150K.
Tracked a 93 Porsche 964 for 10 years, 37K hard miles and only ever replaced a MAF and dizzy belt that failed ( sure - gobs of tires, brakes and pads ).
Maybe I got the lemon. Maybe I did a really poor job of buying the right car. Maybe I'm a donkey. All fair.
but.....it goes like a go kart
....so I guess I'm still game.