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I had my bootlid repaired about 2 or 3 years ago, noticed last week it's started to bubble again in the same place.

I assume he just rubbed it down and repainted.
Mine has started to bubble on the boot lid but it's still presentable. When it properly lets go I think I'll replace the whole tailgate with fibreglass. I'm going to Croft on the 11th of nay to see a friends R53 track car so will see what his panels are like
 

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I like the undersealing work! Was that all prepped by the bodyshop or did you do it?

Sucks about the rust, my R53 tailgate was done by Mini, then came back 2 years later and they shafted me for a new bootlid (despite still being in warranty)
 

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I had my bootlid repaired about 2 or 3 years ago, noticed last week it's started to bubble again in the same place.

I assume he just rubbed it down and repainted.

Ps, who did the work for you?
My bootlid was repaired a couple of years ago after being rear ended.
The issue with the rust under the rear light(s) is that it's most likely caused by trapped water somehow. And likely made worse by my car being parked on a slope (rear downward).

Work was done by these guys:
https://www.jrclassics.co.uk/

It wasn't cheap, but then it's a lot of work involved.
I'd decided to go for it as I'm probably never going to sell the car, just keep it until it eventually falls apart :laugh:
 

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My bootlid was repaired a couple of years ago after being rear ended.
The issue with the rust under the rear light(s) is that it's most likely caused by trapped water somehow. And likely made worse by my car being parked on a slope (rear downward).

Work was done by these guys:
https://www.jrclassics.co.uk/

It wasn't cheap, but then it's a lot of work involved.
I'd decided to go for it as I'm probably never going to sell the car, just keep it until it eventually falls apart
Not too far from me then, I've actually been down that way today with the '5 (why are all my car's rust buckets? Maybe it's contagious!)

Any chance you could divulge the costs for reference? PM me if you don't want it public.
 

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Not posted for a while, some minor updates...

Last year I had a total brake failure!!!
The front offside HEL brake line had been rubbing on the inside of the wheel. Possibly moved during the masking/undersealing of the car. Not a fault of the guy who did the work at all, these lines should NOT be able to move within the grommet that's attached to the shock absorber. I didn't even notice when I fitted my summer wheels/tyres back on.
Anyway, the gradual wearing lead to this...


I informed HEL Brakes, and my response back from them was....SWEET FA.
I was VERY lucky in that traffic was very light and didn't have an accident.
Very poor show from HEL in their shoddy design, even poorer that they didn't even bother to reply to me.
Turns out this is actually quite a common issue with HEL lines on the Mini. I've heard they've since changed the design slightly due to this.
Many owners put cable ties on the line either side of the grommet to avoid the line slipping through. I didn't know about this bodge that must be done!

Got me some Goodridge lines now, the line is very tight in the grommet in these. But I've put cable ties "just in case".
 

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Yet another fuel filter change, 3rd one since buying the car 8 years ago.


I think I do around 4 (yearly) oil changes in between the car 'asking' to be serviced.


Cabin filter, which I only do every 2 years now. Mann filter for about a quarter of the price of oem.


Noticed the coilover strut piston top sitting slightly higher on the passenger side, Corteco top mounts fitted only 2 years ago!!
So swapped them over for Febi ones, and replaced my 7 year old under strut plates for new ones.
 

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Another change
When the car was 9 years old, I changed the coolant expansion tank for a genuine oem one, purely as a precautionary measure, as we all know these things eventually leak (shoddy German engineering).

5 years later... yesterday, I noticed a slight leak

Got this on Amazon Prime for £40, next day delivery
Really disliked not being able to easily see the coolant level, so I went back to a plastic tank. This time Febi instead of oem which only lasted 5 years!!
 

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Browsed the entire thread mate, love what you've done with it. Best colour combo as well (y) (y)
 

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.......oh and mines rusted in the same place but on the left light cluster......been fine for a year and came from nowhere though mine was just v v minor bubbling when I spotted it.

I put it down to Hyper Blue maybe being a little susceptible to rust vs other colours and also the poor lamp cluster design. I took it apart and it does seem that there is a seam that water just sits in and eventually triggers the bubbling...which I suspect then spreads to the panel itself. I got mine smart repaired and it started to poke through again just days later but I took matters into my own hands and hopefully I've stopped it or at least kept it at bay for the foreseeable. Going to do the other lamp cluster and around the inside of the tailgate by the tail lamps as a precaution (y)
 

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.......oh and mines rusted in the same place but on the left light cluster......been fine for a year and came from nowhere though mine was just v v minor bubbling when I spotted it.

I put it down to Hyper Blue maybe being a little susceptible to rust vs other colours and also the poor lamp cluster design. I took it apart and it does seem that there is a seam that water just sits in and eventually triggers the bubbling...which I suspect then spreads to the panel itself. I got mine smart repaired and it started to poke through again just days later but I took matters into my own hands and hopefully I've stopped it or at least kept it at bay for the foreseeable. Going to do the other lamp cluster and around the inside of the tailgate by the tail lamps as a precaution (y)
Yeah, they're getting to that age.
I've now got a little rust on the very bottom of the tailgate. Not the usual place the tailgate rusts, so I suspect the dent repair I have done 4 years back.
Still not decided whether to get it repaired or get another tailgate...
 

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Yeah, they're getting to that age.
I've now got a little rust on the very bottom of the tailgate. Not the usual place the tailgate rusts, so I suspect the dent repair I have done 4 years back.
Still not decided whether to get it repaired or get another tailgate...
Yeah tis a pain, seems to just appear from nowhere on these things.

Hard call with tailgate whether to repair or replace hey........

Rust was a bit of an issue on BMW's of this era, figure its build processes and some of the materials/electrical used are probably E46 3 series based and you see alot of those now with rot etc. The electricals are also over-engineered in places to the point of being over complicated (in some cases badly conceived).....the self charging remote keys on the facelift a perfect example of that. Still the price you pay for a hot hatch that actually has some proper charisma.....and a Clio 172/182 is a damn sight worse 🤣 👍
 
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