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  1. General Discussion
    Thought I'd share my experience of DIY key repair and adding a spare key. My R53 came with one key with the common broken rubber and it didn't remote lock/unlock. 1. I bought a cheap replacement fob off ebay. Quality was OK for price and swapping the transponder chip and remote board over was...
  2. MINI Cooper S
    Listed on Craigslist. Speaking with insurance adjuster Thursday.. just throwing it out there .. here is the ad https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/d/port-costa-attention-1st-gen-mini-owners/7409003749.html
  3. General Discussion
    Hi Folks, I appreciate any input on this one. I have a flat spot on acceleration, just pulling away in first, a big dip then when it gets past it it goes much better. I have also noticed up around the 4000rpm range it's a bit stuttery when accelerating. I have: Changed the plugs, leads and...
  4. Welcome New Members
    Hi all, Recently became the new owner of a fantastically-kept R53 MCS in Electric Blue. This is my first MINI and I can already see what the fuss is all about! All of my previous cars have been slow, boring hatchbacks or commuter cars, so this is also my first "performance" car. Who knew that...
  5. Welcome New Members
    Hi everyone nee to the forum and also new to the mini world. I got an 03 s back in October that needed a clutch, and while I was at it took care of quite a few other bits along the way. I did all my work myself with lots of forum and YouTube help, keep in mind I’ve never done anything like this...
  6. Delivery, Shipping & Order Tracking
    Hello I have a 2004 r53 jcw and got it from a friend of mine. He unfortunately neglected it for a couple years. Battery was completed dead and I am trying to bring it back to life. .has minor upgrades like Alta cold air intake M7 intercooler exhaust I think a 16" or 17" pulley Possibly a...
  7. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hi, i have just purchased a R53 cooper S (53 plate) , my old on had a button on the stalk to changed what the rev counter would show, like the temp or MPH or range of fuel. This new one doesnt have a button, is there anyway i can get it to change? thanks!
  8. Maintenance & MINI Care
    I have a 2006 R53 it will overheat and my antifreeze is disappearing but it's not Goin into the oil, or out the exhaust and there a new thermostat housing and gasket I'm baffled
  9. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hey all, please see attached image of dashboard lights currently present on my MCS R53 there’s no codes showing up on a scan and the lights show as soon as a door is opened and do not go away until you turn car off and wait about 5 minutes it occurred after I removed the satnav screen and...
  10. General Discussion
    Hey there I have a mini r53 changed the stereo and only half the speakers work all of them work when I put the standard one in and on the new one it plays and cuts out on the radio. Any idea how u can fix and make all the speakers work ? Any help would be appreciated
  11. Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
    I’m new around here so first of all Hi :) I’ve got an R53 2005 Cooper S and currently have some R95 18 inch wheels which came with the car from last owner who I must presume has hit just about every kerb in the UK !! I’m looking for some new mini R112 JCW 17 inch rims in black but after doing...
  12. General Discussion
    Hi all, I'm new to minis and new to this forum so hello! Looking at getting a mini. I test drove an r56 the other day which made me fall in love but having recently rung a mini specialist they told me that the r53 was the one to go for. Apparently they have far less issues, the engines will...
  13. First Generation MINI Cooper S
    Hi everyone I know this is a odd question but I have this friend who has a R53 mini (and a lying disorder) and he is claiming his mini will easily surpass 300bhp with the mods listed below he also claimed you don’t have to put a stand alone ecu in which I was previously told you had to. If...
  14. 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
  15. First Generation MINI Exterior
    Anyone have a chilli red r53 cooper S they're breaking? I'm on the lookout for a bonnet as mine has suffered the dreaded laquer peel. :cautious: Thinking it may be easier/cheaper to replace.
  16. Welcome New Members
    Howdy folks. New to the forum and new to the Mini. Always been a BMW guy but just traded my 1988 E30 automatic for an 2003 R53 manual. Looking forward to all the mini nuances. Bob
    r53
  17. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hi All Long time view but first time posting. I bought this MCS last Novemeber knowing it needed a major service (slight oil leak, supercharger oil change, brakes, etc). I've done all these now and have come to stating the car back up (after 8 months!!! blame COVID and work) to bleed the...
  18. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    2006 R53 Cooper s when starting in the morning it doesn't start first time, the engine cranks but it won't start however it starts immediately on second attempt, this doesn't happen any time other than the first time its driven in the day. I can go back to the car 6 hours after driving it and...
  19. First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Hello, I got a 2004 MCS, ac button doesn’t illuminate or work. Sunroof works perfectly only when connector is unplugged and replugged, this does not work when the car ignition is ON, only works when the car has been turned OFF. And finally Remote control locking doesn’t work. Could it be a BC1...
  20. First Generation MINI Cooper S
    Hi all, My first post on here. I've been the proud owner of a late 2006 JCW 210 for a couple of years now. I bought it for £2700 and had a feeling it was a bit of a bargain... I'm now considering selling as I'm going to be renovating a house and need a bigger car for the trips to B&Q, etc. I'm...
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