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Old 01-30-2011, 08:22 AM
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hey guys
i was looking for the same thing
does it really requires much maintenance ?
i know its silly to ask but my friend said so
please answer
Old 01-30-2011, 09:38 AM
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Mini states that many fluids need flushed at intervals power steering and brakes , I find these "services" a complete waste of time/ money and unneeded (I was quoted in the $800 range for these.

With the long interval on oil changes 15k= I find too long and change at 5k
Mini wants $128 for a change , I have an oil change place that does it for $60 using the same materials

Until recently mine has been troublefree , I just lost my power steering and that was very pricey ($800)

75k Ihad to do brakes
Old 12-28-2011, 03:02 PM
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Default Spark plug sleeve

Hi Guys my 92,000 mile mini just blew out the spark sleeve, all I can find is the spark plug with a threaded sleeve around it and I'm not sure what to do. It looks like from this post it is something I can replace. I will look but if someone could point me to any previous posts or help with any info I'd appreciate it.

Old 05-29-2012, 01:42 AM
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Great thread. This is one of the reasons I joined the forums. I'm looking to get a Mini and I've been trying to decide buy or lease. Buy = I can mod the rims etc. Lease = can't do much with it...and don't have to worry about what happens when the warranty is up.
Are there any leasers here?
Old 10-01-2014, 03:04 PM
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Smile 257050 miles on 2004 mini cooper base model

Hi my husband and I own a 2004 mini cooper base model. My husband bought it new and had done a few modifications on her including cold air intake, custom exhaust, OBX header, stainless steel brake lines, nology plug wires and spark amplifiers, drilled routers F/R. We have had the clutch replaced 3 times. Now that she is getting higher miles she sputters a little but other than that she is still running strong. We take her every where including places people are always surprised she goes. Every time I get in her she still has the get up and go.
Old 12-28-2014, 03:20 PM
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I just purchased a 2003 Mini with 170,000 miles on it (the previous owner drove it about 120 miles round trip everyday for work in the Sacramento CA area... the title verifies the miles for the time he has owned the car). The car drives REALLY well and I drove it up yesterday from Sac to Idaho. I'm hoping with proper maintainence it will last for years. I have owned old VWs for the last ten years, so I hope the Mini will be as easy to fix and maintain...
Old 05-22-2015, 01:46 PM
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I have a 2004S that has 189,000 miles.. I agree its not cheap to repair but it is fun to drive. The folks before me didn't maintain it so I have purchased it twice with repairs but I smile every time I get on the interstate ramp, its a go-cart with a chainsaw engine!!
Old 08-28-2015, 11:40 PM
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Default Going On 350,000kms Mini Cooper S R53

Nice thread, I just joined this site to add that I got my new Mini Cooper S R53 in 2005 and she's still going STRONG with now close to 350,000kms.

She's still pretty much stock, only a cold air intake was added; and with the recent upgrade to iridium spark plugs and new wires I can say throttle responsiveness is bang on

I take care of her, mechanically and physically - winters here are tough and I drove it 6-7 of them (now I park it) so some surface touch ups were needed but nothing crazy, there's really hardly any rust on it all. There's no doubt I will own and enjoy this bad girl for decades ahead...Cheers to that!
Old 02-25-2016, 11:46 AM
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I have 165k on my r55 turbo. It's been babied and garaged it's whole life, but I doubt I will see it reach 200k without major repairs. I'm experiencing electrical issues ATM. It has the original clutch. Engine hasn't been opened. Always premium fuel, and synthetic oil changes at 6000 not 12. This should be a 300k mile car, but I can't even find one with 200 that hasn't had thousands in repairs.
Old 03-01-2016, 03:49 PM
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Just pasted 260K on the 2005 MCC

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