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05 r53 value check?

Old 03-16-2016, 09:10 PM
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Default 05 r53 value check?

Ok. Got a nice looking blue with black leather S I'm looking at. He's asking $7000. He came down from 8400 on his ad. Definitely was asking too much imo anywho, It has 117000 miles and appears in awesome shape. Here's a list of all it has.

The Mk1 Minis are the best looking, most durable in terms of power train, and this one has all the issues fixed that are normal for a 100K+mi European car. I have far more into the car than the asking price, but I had to get it in top condition before I would sell. Beware of lower priced Minis. Most will require repairs that owners/dealers are unwilling to do.

117K miles
Hyper Blue Metallic
Supercharged 1.6L
6-speed manual
Sport package (HID headlights, DSC, firmer suspension, 17" wheels)
Panoramic roof
Chrono pack (Oil pressure, oil temperature, more accurate coolant temperature)
Harmon/kardon stereo with AUX input and steering wheel controls
Automatic climate control
Panther Black leather interior
OEM All-weather rubber floor mats

Fresh oil change with Valvoline SynPower 5W30 and a Mann filter.

JCW aero front grille & hood scoop
PowerStop Street Warrior brake kit installed (slotted/drilled rotors with carbon ceramic 'Extreme' pads) with new OEM wear sensors
Powerflex poly front control arm bushings
Powerflex poly front sway bar bushings
New Moog ball joints upper and lower
Powerflex poly steering mount bushing
MSD Ignition coil
MSD spark plug wires
New NGK Iridium spark plugs
New Bilstein shocks and struts
New front strut mounts
New upper engine mount
New gearbox mount and lower engine mount with Powerflex poly bushings
Cravenspeed front strut tower defenders (a must for Mk1 Minis)
Cravenspeed engine oil dipstick (never another broken dipstick and the labor involved to remove it)
Alta intake
Alta intercooler couplers
Alta intercooler air diverter
New radiator and coolant
New OEM power steering pump
New OEM power steering fluid lines
New OEM oil pressure sensor
New OEM oil cooler gaskets
New clutch slave and master cylinder
New axle shaft output seals
New Fel-Pro oil pan gasket
New OEM brake fluid reservoir
New Gates serpentine belt
New OEM supercharger charge pipe
Fresh fluid in transmission
Tires are Continental Extreme Contact DWS, front two are new, rear two are 75%.
All lifting blocks in place
Original jack in boot

Thanks for your input.
Old 03-17-2016, 05:28 PM
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That's a good year R53. The JCW aero items are a nice addition. I like the Powerflex bushings. Those are great upgrades and are more efficient than OEM replacement ones. They'll also give you some great improved performance. Not a big fan of Moog suspension components as their strut mounts are known to fail prematurely. I'd probably suggest changing those out. The Bilstein shocks/struts are probably Touring Class, which are a great OEM replacement and give you improved ride comfort/feel as well as a performance gain over stock. Good that the strut towers have the defenders, that helps against the mushrooming that they commonly have. The dipstick upgrade is great because the Genuine one is known to break off at the tip. Good that the coolant has been done, has the coolant tank ever been replaced? It's a common thing to fail at the seems with the gen 1 MINI's. Same with the power steering pump, so glad that's been replaced.

Any pictures? Also, if you have a scan tool I'd suggest plugging into the OBDII to see if any faults are stored. Just to be sure and then maybe possibly get a pre-purchase inspection by a MINI independent shop. Otherwise, looks like it's been well maintained!
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