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HI All, I have a R56 2010 Mini Clubman JCW. Pepper white with Piano black roof with carbon fibres bits, and special order tan baseball leather interior. I bought it new and have driven it 175,000kms. I have serviced it and cared for it. I have had 3 Minis and love this car. HOWEVER the timing chain snapped and destroyed the top end, and with quotes of $6k plus I sourced another identical motor for $3k and had the motor swapped over. The replacement motor has just 76,000kms on it BUT it requires a replacement camshaft. I have tried a number of mechanics but none show the confidence to tell me what the job involves. I don't want to go to Mini Garage as they will charge huge $$$.

I am on the northern beaches 2107 in Sydney and would love any recommendations on what I should do and where to take the car.

Thanks so much for reading my post.
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rebuild the replacement one imo, what is the nature of the cam problem?
 

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Depends on what you are prepared to spend on the car to get it back up and running. A full top end rebuild won't be cheap. If the cars been run to Mini recommended service intervals (2 years and silly KMs) then in your very hot climate that could account for the cam wear. If they are damaged, they'll need replacing no question.

Get the car to a BMW/Mini specialist and get them to quote for it. If it's too much to justify just break the car and part it out I would.

A slight alternative that may stand to save you money is if you can get yourself an itemised quote as to the parts that are needed to complete the rebuild, you might be able to source the parts directly either new or used cheaper than the garage may be able to supply them. The learned of the guys on here would be able to help identify parts, in some cases might be able to help you source them.

Then just a case of paying the labour to get the work done. I guess the only downside is the garage wouldn't warranty any of the parts they didn't supply but it is another avenue to consider.
 
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