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Looking some advise, Car failed Mot on both front shocks as they are leaking I usually use RealOEM.com for reference for parts but have noticed that the Shocks and Coil Spring don't seem to be listed for my car. I'm concerned that i might have the wrong part no's (especially the coils)

From what I can make out (assuming I have the correct part nos) is Genuine Mini would cost £530 ish (£290 front and £240 Rear) or Sachs £470 ish I would like to retain a Standard Cooper S setup as I recall reading that its a good balance of performance and ride. Any advise would be apricated.
 

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dealer needs to give you the spring part number from the spring table, based on spec,
 
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Why not reuse the coils if they are not broken/damaged?
Bilstein B4 is a replacement for standard. I have them front and back on my R53, they work ok and are a lot cheaper than OE.
Easy to fit.
 

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I also went with the bilstein b4 shock and strut with the stock coils, new strut mounts, and underator strut tower plates. The 110k mile replacement made a dramatic improvement in the ride of my 2005 mini cooper s. I highly recommend the b4's Bilstein as they are a very high quality shock upgrade from factory. I replaced all four corners together. Dramatic improvement and very reasonable cost! Now if i could just get this pesky convertible top to function properly :cool:
 

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Many Thanks for the help, Checked the springs today and they look in very good condition. Only a small piece of paint missing from each spring so reusable.

Will look into the Bilstein Shocks.
 

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Many Thanks for the help, Checked the springs today and they look in very good condition. Only a small piece of paint missing from each spring so reusable.

Will look into the Bilstein Shocks.
I got mine thru rockauto.com. They had the best price that i could find. Let us know your thoughts after the install and a few hundred miles!
 

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I got mine thru rockauto.com. They had the best price that i could find. Let us know your thoughts after the install and a few hundred miles!
Used Rockauto.com loads of times over the years, unfortunately live in the UK and bulkier items postage a bit high but smaller items even with postage savings can be made.
 

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Looking some advise, Car failed Mot on both front shocks as they are leaking I usually use RealOEM.com for reference for parts but have noticed that the Shocks and Coil Spring don't seem to be listed for my car. I'm concerned that i might have the wrong part no's (especially the coils)

From what I can make out (assuming I have the correct part nos) is Genuine Mini would cost £530 ish (£290 front and £240 Rear) or Sachs £470 ish I would like to retain a Standard Cooper S setup as I recall reading that its a good balance of performance and ride. Any advise would be apricated.
Check out Monroe QuickStruts. They come as an integrated unit (coils installed). I use them on my 2004 S and they provide a nice ride and good handling.
 

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If you only have strut leaks just change the struts. No need to change the coils they last for ever. 1 strut is around 100€ best are Bilstein but Monroe or a bit less Sachs will be ok.
If in doubt about correct part get you VIN No. and contact misterauto.com very helpful 👍
 
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