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Car is a June 06 built car (so towards the end of the R53 build run), bought it just over a year ago on a little over 80k miles....has now clocked 82.5k. Car came with a nice factory spec including:-

Chilli pack with manual AC
Half Black leather with Patina trim
LSD
Bullet alloys
Chrome mirror caps
Sun protection glass

Previous owner had it for about 4.5 years having bought it from a local BMW Mini specialist and clearly had looked after it well, had been well maintained in his ownership and its service history prior was also very good. Came with a nice file with lots of receipts etc. Not too long before I got it, it had a new coolant tank, alternator and more reassuringly had been to a local Mini dealership to have a replacement cam chain, tensioner and all other ancillaries the cost of about 800 quid back in 2017/12k miles or so ago so one less big thing not to have to worry about!

My purchase of this car really wasnt planned....I'd only weeks before bought a half tidy 05 R50 Cooper for not alot of money as a bit of fun, but this car came up for sale privately just up the road from my house and when I saw it I knew I had to get it....so the R50 went and this replaced it.

In the past year or so I've had a fair ton of maintenance done on the car some reactive (servicing etc) but mostly proactive....this is where it stands to date........

* Full inspection II service shortly after purchasing using an OEM service kit

* Gear oil replaced with Redline MTL GL4 spec

* Fuel filter replaced with Vaico item

* Both sun visors replaced (broken vanity lights)

* Heater control panel bulbs replaced (usual thing....one had blown.....pig of a job I dont fancy doing again in a hurry)

* New OEM 12v socket with OEM blanking plug (as per in the boot).

* Replaced gear and handbrake gaitors for aftermarket italian leather items (look better than OEM)

* New OEM gearknob

* Replaced handbrake lever with OEM black item

* Auto dimming rear view mirror retrofitted

* Front door woofers replaced with 6.5" JBL polypropylene units from a component set with spacers and factory wiring converter leads (one of the originals blew) - car already had a decent Sony CD/DAB/Bluetooth head unit in it)

* Replaced broken front foglight (worked but one of the retaining clips was snapped)

* OEM Mini Sports antenna to replace whip antenna

* Replaced Xenon washer pump (had failed when I got the car)

* Replaced Chrome mirror caps with OEM white ones to match the roof (did try plastidip.....you'll have a good laugh a few posts on!)

* Wheels refurbished and refinished in BMW Orbit Grey

* 2 x Hankook Ventus S1 Evo2 RFT's on rear (will do fronts eventually when the Chinese ditchfinders finally die....currently LOTS of tread as they were pretty new when I got the car).

* New plain number plates (well we arent in EU anymore) to replace the ageing ones on there.

* Very recent Supercharger service - full strip down and re seal....confirmed all the innards and seals were in good shape..tons of oil came out both gear casings etc. Water pump and crank sensor O ring were replaced at same time.

* Replacement OEM coil pack and ECP sourced leads.

In terms of mods currently stands as the below but I do have a few plans for it now......

15% KAVS Interference fit pulley, Contitech 6PK1360 belt and NGK JCW-spec plugs.

Milltek non res catback

Pipercross panel filter

Helix Short Shifter

Down the line would love to (and not in order) get a Janspeed mani with tomcat, Fast road cam, Bosch 550's and visit SRR to get it all set up, also fit R56 front brakes and overhaul the suspension but all very long term........

Love the car and plan to keep it indefinitely, over time just want to get it cosmetically and mechanically as good as I can justify (already a long way towards that since buying it), also I never planned to modify it at all but as is often the case you do one thing, then others follow 🤣 I'm certainly not looking to turn it into some track weapon or turbo'd monster but subtle things that make it go, stop, sound and look better I'm all for it (y)
 

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My old BRG Cooper.....was a decent car and would have stayed had I could have afforded to keep both. Wheels were shagged but would have been lovely with a refurb...part of me still regrets not getting them swapped over.

Loved the colour of this thing as well, being all completely green. If I could have picked up an R53 in the same combo would have been the dream.

This was actually a really nice car....not as well loved as my R53 but surprisingly lower miles (just below 80k) and the spec was quite nice. It had the pepper pack so all the little bits that are good from the Chilli pack bar the seats, boot spoiler and (importantly) stupid hard suspension but it did also have the visibility pack which I must say is something I do miss on the R53. The heated screen was a bit of a trinket TBH (it did work) but I do miss having an auto dim mirror and auto lights (wipers not so bothered about as they were crap).

Bar some fairly long running issues with it spilling coolant (which turned out to be nothing more than faulty pressurised thermostat caps...following a thermostat replacement, febi cap which didn't work then an OE one that did) didn't give me an ounce of bother.

Also had both the internal and external chrome packs which whilst not really my thing did wear well (the interior chrome unmarked, whereas the regular grey finish in the R53 marks if you breath on it lol).

Did OK out of selling it, wouldn't say I quite got my money back but it wasnt too bad....new owners got a good little car there.

In some ways I miss it....it wasnt slow and in certain respects was as much fun to rag around as an R53.....mainly because the chassis is so good (this benefited from big wheels and softer suspension IMHO) and you can push it harder without the risk of carrying too much speed (and getting in trouble). Cant help but think these make a seriously great 1st car for a younger (albeit sensible) petrolhead.

I still should have bought some smaller wheels to swap onto it to have kept and refurbed the R105's.....would have done OK out of reselling them.
 

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For someone wanting a laugh...here's how not to plastidip......

1. Mass overspray despite masking up
2. The stuff clearly didn't like my Karcher

To be fair I did it in failing light, with a breeze and didn't warm the cans up first. Made such a hash of it decided I wouldn't try again.....but has gotten me to decide white mirrors are the way forward. Blew my bloody S decals of the side of the car though in the process of getting all the dross off the paintwork!
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Is funny....I'm not big into chrome, and I have seriously considered dechroming....but I think these cars are one of the few cars that can wear a bit of chrome quite well....also with respect to keeping the car as standard as possible I've decided against it. The wing mirror caps are a step too far though 🤣
 

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Hi, welcome.
I like that version of blue and not averse to a bit of chrome too. Not sure Id want the chrome mirrors though.
Im glad you did swap the wheels over from the green one 🤢
Great work already, I look forward to seeing more updates 👍
 

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Cheers Maccmike. Mines probably a bit boring compared to some as I wont be going very crazy at all with it....but hopefully people will appreciate it being a tidy car and the originality of it.

Yeah I guess the wheels do divide opinion....they were genuine JCW R105 18's.....in good condition worth more than the car ironically. I was originally going to get them refurbed dark grey or black as I hate diamond cut wheels (great when new but dont last). I like the Bullets though and dont mind runflats (appreciate they drive better on normal tyres but I like the mobility they afford) so probably for the best they went with the car.
 

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I like bullets but theyre not the lightest and then factor in runflats - thats a heavy combo bud. A lighter combo would make a much nicer drive imo.
 

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Yeah for sure, of the Chilli pack wheels available would have been what I would have chosen I guess as every man and their dog had the S spokes back then.

There are other OE wheels I prefer.....the R90's are nice (plain or split rim style) and also quite like the R112 challenge rims.....if I found a set cheap I'd consider it. Not too bothered about the weight to be honest.
 

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I’ve got a pair of spare oem white mirror caps if your interested in a swap for the chrome ones, took em off my R52 last week as I’ve swapped to black detailing but your chrome caps might look good on mine as I’ve got the convertible chromed up
 

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I’ve got a pair of spare oem white mirror caps if your interested in a swap for the chrome ones, took em off my R52 last week as I’ve swapped to black detailing but your chrome caps might look good on mine as I’ve got the convertible chromed up
Hi BigJim, not averse to the idea mate but have to say they arent completely perfect. The drivers one has pitted a bit (looks fine stood by it but close up it's not wonderful) and I think a clip might be busted on the passenger side as it does rattle around slightly. Completely serviceable hence why I've not bothered doing anything yet. Not sure if I'd damage them further getting them off :ROFLMAO:

I also sort of figured I might hold onto them so I could sell them with the car if someone was desperate for that level of originality
 

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......I might also in time fit JCW injectors and have it mapped (I have a Celtic Tuning dealer nearby).

Draw to install a tomcat'd Janspeed manifold down the line is quite strong too as like the idea of getting a bit more power whilst retaining the stock cat but I'd imagine it'll end up way too loud...pretty noisy as it is :LOL:
 

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Oh thank fuck for the last post.

Keep the cat in but get a manifold.

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100% mate..... "If" I did the Janspeed I'd tomcat the OE Cat and keep it in....wouldn't decat. If it were silly I'd probably get the res section for my Milltek to try to quieten it down.

I'm on the fence a bit as it's already quite daft with the non res Milltek and dont really want to make it a nightmare to drive around in noise wise....few extra ponies wouldn't go a miss tho!
 

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.....maybe long term a Newman PH2 cam as well.....keep changing my mind on how far I want to go with it...cant make my mind up 😂😂
 

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Enjoy the rabbit hole. Let's see how far you go

Get a CatCam.



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It's impossible isnt it mate....the lure to do things is too strong lol.

Is the consensus Catcam is better than Newman. Are there any you can get away with without a remap initially? If I did anything I wouldn't want anything too daft...fast road about the limit
 

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Yes. Get a CatCam.

Always get a remap.

Lots of wallets and souls lost to the MT lure. It will be on track by next year I bet

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