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I bought an R53 JCW GP1 about a year ago as a weekend car. It's been faultless, but it's got quite high mileage at over 100K. I therefore thought I'd get a specialist in the South of the UK to take a look at it. Is there a someone that anyone would recommended, and are there any potential issues I should get them to look out for?
 

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You can't exactly look out for these but I expect the crank bearings will be pretty worn, and the cooling system more than likely in need of some attention, that's a bit easier of course. Then the inevitable oil leaks usually left to get worse, heavy clutch, worn bushes, rotting brake pipes, binding calipers, but that stuff is also more easily found.
 

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Thanks both, I had the supercharger oil and water pump changed straight after I bought it. The oil leaks are certainly there and were picked up on the MOT. As you say CarsorBikes, the clutch is quite heavy so may be on the way out.
 

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Thanks both, I had the supercharger oil and water pump changed straight after I bought it. The oil leaks are certainly there and were picked up on the MOT. As you say CarsorBikes, the clutch is quite heavy so may be on the way out.
The clutch is naturally quite heavy on R53s anyway. So without you knowing the difference between what a good and bad clutch feels like it's hard to tell.
 

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The clutch on my 2 cars were like night and day, the convertible was light as hell whereas the cooper S was heavy(ish) until the gearbox went and carsorbikes replaced the gearbox and clutch then they were both similarly light

speaking from experience of getting a 100k car which had been stood for 2 years I have had to replace the radiator, coolant, rear brake callipers, discs and pads all round, supercharger service, suspension top mounts etc!
 

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A healthy clutch isnt heavy.
That all depends on what your definition of heavy is though doesn't it?

How 'heavy' should an R53s pedal feel? I remember when I got mine I was take aback at how heavy it was, it's done over 35k hard miles since and has no signs of dying.
 

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The clutch is naturally quite heavy on R53s anyway.
No it isn't. Encountered on many average cars where it goes undetected in daily use, but it is not a natural condition.
 

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heavy R53/R50 clutches eventually increase crank end float, chances are at 100k it'll already be on or beyond service limits. Ignore if you wish.
 

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Thanks CarsOrBikes, how hard will it be for a garage to check?

Also, can anyone tell me what they think of TWG Automotive in Camberley?
 

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heavy R53/R50 clutches eventually increase crank end float, chances are at 100k it'll already be on or beyond service limits. Ignore if you wish.
You've not defined what you mean by a "heavy clutch". Should R53 clutches feel as light as say, a run of the mill Japanese econobox with a clutch as light as a feather?

Or when you say heavy do you mean leg workout heavy?
 

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I'd say it's hard to tell to be honest. I don't think it's a huge amount heavier than my old R53 Cooper S, but then again maybe it had an issue as well?
 

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That all depends on what your definition of heavy is though doesn't it?
The clutch in my cooper S felt heavy but not as if it had a problem even comparing it to the way lighter one in the R52 (mini one) I just assumed as it had a 6 speed box it was supposed to be like that, it wasn’t until it went and I got it over to Sean (carsorbikes) and sat in one of the cooper S on the drive that he had just put a new clutch in that I realised it should have been as light as the R52 all along

I’ve just had the clutch slave cylinder changed on mine this week after the old one split and after a morning of struggling to get gears due to an airlock it’s back to its nice and light set up again

Agreed though, it’s difficult to ascertain what is heavy without a supply of similar cars to sit in and compare depending on various states of wear
 

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You've not defined what you mean by a "heavy clutch". Should R53 clutches feel as light as say, a run of the mill Japanese econobox with a clutch as light as a feather?

Or when you say heavy do you mean leg workout heavy?
I don't believe I need to really, you made a general remark that all R53 clutches are quite heavy and advised this is normal, it isn't, such advice is potentially harmful.

These suffer heavy clutches. Others above have confirmed their opposite experience once such affected clutches have been renewed, this is all that anyone needs imo.
 

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I don't believe I need to really, you made a general remark that all R53 clutches are quite heavy and advised this is normal, it isn't, such advice is potentially harmful.

These suffer heavy clutches. Others above have confirmed their opposite experience once such affected clutches have been renewed, this is all that anyone needs imo.
Fair enough then. I stand corrected. You've just given me another thing to stress over with this fucking car. 😂
 

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Fair enough then. I stand corrected. You've just given me another thing to stress over with this fucking car.
Don’t stress about it too much, it’s just a heat cycled pressure plate causing the heavy pedal.
So long as the clutch isn’t slipping you can keep on driving without worry of damaging anything serious until you can afford to get it done
 
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