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    Is it worth it?

    I've owned my R53 Cooper S for almost 10 years now and covered 40,000 miles in this time. The car has just hit 90,000 miles.
    The car is over 17 years old and for a while now the suspension has started to feel very, very tired!

    Over the years the car has had poly bushes, a clutch, new PSP pump, R56 Brakes, pulley, Bypass valve, miltek, GP intercooler etc.

    My question is. Do you think it's worth upgrading to KW V1's for around 1k? Or do you think i will be throwing money at a very old car, when i could just put it towards a newer model?

    Cheers.

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    Coilovers will transform how the car rides and handles. You'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

    Does the car see the track at all? Fast Sunday mornings? Or just out and about?

    That will help you decide what to go for.

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    It's just a daily driver.
    It's averaged 5k a year in the time I've had it. Never been on a track and never likely too.

    I know I maybe should have done ot sooner, but one thing leads to another and I seem to only do upgades when things fail or break!

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    No it's not worth it but you should do it anyway. This is always the answer. In terms of man-maths, and to the extent it makes you feel better, if you stack it, you can remove and sell on the KWs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_P View Post
    It's just a daily driver.
    It's averaged 5k a year in the time I've had it. Never been on a track and never likely too.

    I know I maybe should have done ot sooner, but one thing leads to another and I seem to only do upgades when things fail or break!
    Then you might not want to go as expensive as V1s, maybe APs or even Meister's.
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    No it's not worth it but you should do it anyway. This is always the answer. In terms of man-maths, and to the extent it makes you feel better, if you stack it, you can remove and sell on the KWs.
    Ha, I can't see why it wouldn't be as they hold their value for resale and improve the car...

    Says the man who went turbo and then sold it all haha.

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    I'll let you know which way i go on this over the next month.

    I'm leaning towards biting the bullet, with new oem top mounts too as the near side one looks very high in the engine bay!

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    Get adjustable top mounts with the coilovers. No point in OEM mounts

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    I'll have a think about that one.

    As it will cost for adjustable ones and for how much the car actually gets used and is worth, I'm not too sure how much I'd actually benefit!

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    How much are the OEM top mounts? The aftermarket ones won't me that much more surely?

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    OEM Top mounts are approx 60.

    Going back to my original post I'll be spending about 1200 with labour etc. on a car that's worth 2000-2500 max.

    Just didn't know if it's worth cutting my loses or get a few fun years out of the car with a bit of a refresh.

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