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Put the tip of a long screw driver on the supercharger body near the bearings and the handle to your ear. It will act as a stethoscope and allow you to hear the bearings. They should make a quiet whirring noise not a loud rumble.
 

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I've just been to see a mini. the supercharger has just been serviced. there is a slight rattle. the mechanic who is a mini specialist is saying the oil needs to bed itself in. Any truth to this?
utter bollocks
 

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what happened with the 56 reg car?
 

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I’d be weary of them being a “Mini specialist.” Do they have good feedback from owners? I’ve been to plenty of Mini specialists and some are great, others leave a lot to be desired. Given what they’ve said about oil bedding in :unsure: I’d be sceptical…

Sean, CarsOrBikes on here is a good specialist, the best you’ll find in my opinion.

I don’t think the price is bad on the car in the original post. I’d pay that for it happily if it’s as described.

Edit: I’m late to the party and realise you’ve moved on from the cars mentioned.
 

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I've just been to see a mini. the supercharger has just been serviced. there is a slight rattle. the mechanic who is a mini specialist is saying the oil needs to bed itself in. Any truth to this?
I’d seriously doubt that..
 

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As the title states, it seems a bit pricey to me but it does have some things going for it.

Firstly, it's close, I live on the west coast of wales and when buying cars or anything really, choice is limited. I'd rather pay a bit over the going rate that driving 200+ miles each way to go look at a car than find out it's not right. Been there done that, sold the disco 3, never doing that again.

It's 2006, 82k miles, new tyres, discs, pads and exhaust.
It has the chilli pack with the LSD
with full history (yet to be seen)
Bodywork seems to be tidy but I haven't had a chance to inspect yet

£3250 seems ambitious. I definitely don't want to pay over £3k

When I compare to other mini's this is on the high end, but also has the better spec. Also, the only one close that has an LSD. It will be upgraded with a pulley. larger I/C, cam and injectors eventually. I'm wanting it to be a fast road car with occasional track use.

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It didn't originate in Wales, it started out in Lancashire, which is not a bad place for rust due to the rain, but not as attractive as local car
 

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sorry but it's not, the aftermarket Quaife's and MFactory, or Black Line are, Wave Trac perhaps just with it's gimmicky setup, the OEM is plates just pre-loaded hence 25% locking, the maintenance ones are lockers, still pre-loaded but with higher rates as well as 1, 1.5, or 2 way setups that provide traction options on overrun as well as acceleration then with varying pre-load options and ramp angles changing engagement, those are the unnecessary ones on most road cars and are also noisy in use, a lot more than the OEM one is if you hear it on or near lock, owners complained of it sometimes yet they ticked the box not knowing what it was, BMW revised the oil to calm it down. Anyway, not geared.... indicated by the noise if nothing else.
 

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Going off what others on the forum have said over the years, and not from personal experience.
I wouldnt be fussed about an oe lsd. But if thats your thing then go for it, they dont require maintenance.
I had a Quaife fitted to mine and that was maintenance free, silent and I wouldnt hesitate again.
They make a car an absolute weapon.
 

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I agree that a Quaife diff is much better than the OEM Mini LSD (I have a Quaife in my Focus ST - it is a very effective bit of kit).

However an OEM BKL gearbox with LSD made for a cost effective swap to my R53 when I was having a clutch change.

Life is a compromise and my mini is a budgeted second car so I had to take all things into account.
 
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