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Buying my first mini

Old 01-08-2017, 12:32 AM
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Hi guys, I'm new to this site and i have been looking for a mini for the past 2 months. i came across a decent priced mini s, its a 02 has decent amount of mods and only 93k on it. only thing I'm concerned about is manual transmission is in it? I've tried researching and came across multiple answers. Power steering, coolant reservoir and clutch has been replaced. Ive read R53 are pretty built proof motors. thanks for your help.

Mods done to the car are

K&N Typhoon intake, Alta mini intercooler, Alta mini short throw shifter, Borla Exhaust (cat back), Carbon Fiber Hood, sway bar and links, axles, ball joints, bushings, Brimbo Big brake kit, bilstein coilovers, Super charger pulley upgrade
Old 01-12-2017, 11:10 AM
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Get a PPI by a MINI qualified shop done. They will be able to tell you what issues it may have and what maintenance it will need in the near future. This site can help you: Mini Cooper Repair Shops - Find a Mini Cooper Mechanic | MiniRepairShops. Also, review this buyers guide: MINI R50/R53 Buyers Guide - MotoringFile.

We have tons of information in regards to common issues/repairs in our tech library here: Pelican Parts - MINI Cooper Technical Articles.

This information should help you a great deal and if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to let me know.
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