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  1. Maintenance & MINI Care
    So, I went out to change the fuel filter on my wife's 2001 mini (non s) and found it was different from all the tutorials I have seen. After some research, I found a thread that in 2001, the fuel filter is a non replaceable metal filter, and the whole unit has to be swapped. So I started...
  2. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    When doing over 40 mph in my 2005 Mini Cooper 1.6 I hear a ttttttttt noise as if something is rubbering or catching on something. I'm not sure where the noise is exactly coming from. Less then a week ago I did have new brakes disc and pads. I was wondering if anyone had a clue what noise could...
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    First Generation MINI One
    When I'm doing over 40 mph in my 2005 Mini Cooper 1.6 I hear a tttttttt noise like something is potentially catching on something. Sounds like it maybe coming from engine bay but not sure. I am posting on the forum to see if anyone has had the same problem or if anyone has a idea what it could...
  4. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    I have an R50, automatic, base model Cooper that frequently fails to recognize it is in park. This means that, if I do not shake the shifter a bit once in the park position, or completely take it out of park and try again, that the car will not start again until it knows that it is in park. You...
  5. First Generation MINI One
    Hi all. So I have little knowledge of cars in general. I got a mini r50 2004 to nip to work and back in. It started over heating while at a drive thru. Steam came from the passenger side of the bonnet. I've done some research and found the "hidden menu" article. I logged into the coolent temp...
  6. General Discussion
    I have a Mini Cooper 2006 R50 and during it`s last inspection I found out that it has an oil leak. I took the car to be checked out and discovered that oil is leaking through the oil pan. At the workshop I was told that it might also be leaking from near the timing chain. My question is how...
  7. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hello all, Just bought a bargain Mini Cooper, that appears to be in good nick. But have some questions regarding some issues with it that would be useful to have answered by those in know. It’s done 90k. 1. Car was manufactured in August 04. And is 54 plate (U.K.). Would it have midlands or...
  8. Welcome New Members
    Hi All, I’m a little late introducing myself having been a member since 2013 but better late than never! I’ve used the information on the forums a lot over the years so thank you all for your contributions. Sadly I no longer own a Mini but I’d love to be reunited with my 2005 Mini Cooper R50...
  9. General Discussion
    Hi all, I’m in a bit of a pickle with my 2004 R50. I have been changing the springs on all 4 corners and strut mounts on the fronts however on the final corner I snapped the M12 pinch bolt holding the bottom of the shock to the knuckle. The passenger side came out without a hitch using the...
  10. First Generation MINI Cooper
    Hi all, 2nd R50 I've had and never come across this one. Starting Wednesday evening, my alarm started going off and after being sorted would go off again about 10 mins later. I had a quick search online and then took it for a drive in case it was the battery charge (I currently drive into the...
  11. Maintenance & MINI Care
    Hi all, this is the first post I've made so bear with me. About 6 months ago I noticed very strange scratches on the bonnet of my beloved R50 and I can't seem to figure out what's caused them. The scratches first appeared very suddenly and very evenly but only on the bonnet. As soon as it...
  12. MINI Engine & Drivetrain Tuning
    Hey guys/gals, my R56 JCW has a bent chassis leg and ive just been given an R50 for free... do you think that the engine would fit with abit of tinkering? Or is it not possible? thanks!💪🏼
  13. First Generation MINI Exterior
    I’ve been looking everywhere for the carbon fibre with gold mini stripes bonnet and side stripes for the mini r50/r53. The car needs to be refurbished and this is the one piece I can’t find anywhere
  14. First Generation MINI One
    Do the mini r50s and r53s have different ECUS? So I’ve currently got a 2006 R50 1.6 One with a major oil leak, requiring the engine to be taken out. The engine currently has 105k miles, has bad piston slap, and has recently been losing power so I was thinking about swapping in a fresher MCS...
  15. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hi. New to the forum and to owning an R50 (just purchased for my son as a 1st car). The car has the standard fault with the central locking actuator motor failure on the drivers door, so I purchased a replacement unit from ebay and after fitting it the central locking worked a treat. However...
  16. First Generation MINI One
    Hi. New to the forum and to owning an R50 (just purchased for my son as a 1st car). The car has the standard fault with the central locking actuator motor failure on the drivers door, so I purchased a replacement unit from ebay and after fitting it the central locking worked a treat. However...
  17. General Discussion
    Hi after a bit of advice. I'm looking to get into track days on a budget of 1k for a car iv been looking into a cooper 1.6 r50 114 bph. Was wondering what they like to drive and if its even good enough for a track car. Or should I just go for something like a mx5? I'm not botherd about it being...
  18. First Generation MINI One
    Hello! I hope everyone is well! I just wanted to start by saying I apologise if a similar thread has been discussed on the forum before but here goes nothing... I have a stock 2005 R50 Mini One, and I'm looking to buy a new set of alloys for myself as the black bullet alloys that are on my car...
  19. First Generation MINI Exterior
    Hi guys, recently got my first car which is a r50 park lane. Wondered if anyone has ever removed the stripe on one before? Want to do it soon but need to know weather I should take it to a mini dealer or other specialist or if I can do it at home, any response would be appreciated 👍👍 Thanks, Sam
  20. General Discussion
    Hello everyone. I am looking to buy my first car and have been won over by the Mini's charms! However, I have a choice to make with my budget of £3000 and would appreciate any opinions and input. I am looking for a petrol, manual Cooper. My budget places me at a late ('06) R50 or an early ('07)...
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