I have got myslef a new car. Well it's second hand and it is on it's way form the other side of the country...
I initially started looking for a cheap R53 cooper S that i could bomb around in for a bit as i need to give our hire car back in a few weeks. But as i looked, the older R53 and R56s were really tatty. To the extent that anything that needed fixing could easily expand to replacing everything that touched it. Lots of rust. But i drive a couple and thought they were bloody brilliant. Then i realised that they really are Canoeing tiny. Not that the clubman is massive, but is a much more usable space.
Time rolls on and I found this one. Only 48k miles and it has all the toys, and looks like it is in good condition. It is insanely expensive for what it is, but i like it. So i cleared it with the financial controller.
Can't wait to get hold of it. It's just going to be a daily, not taking it on a track, but have some plans for it.
This is a call out for decent mini forums and other sites (preferably US based) where I can get some goodies.
I am mainly calling on Horney for this... but if anybody else has any useful info, pile in.
I fitted an apple carpplay/Android auto box into the mini over the last couple of days. All works well, but there is some interference in the audio (whining where the pitch is proportional to the revs), so need to get to the bottom of that.
But nav is actually usable, which is what i need right now.
Also decided I want to tidy up the exterior - get a couple of scratches sorted, and replace the stripes (they are starting to peel a bit).
Also need to get some winter wheels/tyres and replace these awful summer tires.
I took off the wrap from the petrol cap cover and the from bonnet badge, and sprayed them with spray on vinyl. The petrol cap had some really hard curves on it, and it had started to lift. So i thought i would give it a go. Seems to work very well, but i did manage to introduce some dust...
I got a boot liner for it. It is bloody impressive. I should't be this excited about a boot liner but it is amazing. They have a UK version as well (www.ukcustomcovers.com/). If you are looking for something like this, i can definitely recommend them. They fit perfectly.
I bought some Euro spec rear lights because red indicators are FUCKING STUPID. they are impossible to see. I am terrified of people hitting me, so i thoght I would swap. It's almost a plug and play replacement. But the fog light and reversing light are on the opposite sides. So i just had to find the right pin on the plug, depin it and extend each one to the other side of the car. I had to buy some BMW specific pins as well. And i managed to order 36 of them (don't ask)... so just in case anybody wants any...
Service history here doesn't seem to be very important. The number of cars I looked at where there wasn't one and it was just shrugged off by dealers was crazy. Even better, individual dealers keep that history to themselves, so a dealer won't give me the service info in my car when it was owned by somebody else (this was Audi) and won't share between themselves. But some report to a thing called Carfax, which you can then see but it's very limited info.
Anyway, this means that for some service things I want to go to a dealer and get a proper bit of paper.
So I took the mini in to flush the brake fluid. They did their usual "free inspection" and I got some hilarious suggestions...
$60 spark plugs (I know this because I recently changed them). How do you get to a $500 estimate for this?
$200 of suspension top mounts. Ok, suspension out, spring off. But $1100?
Rotate tyres. Pretty sure you have the wheels off for other jobs, and it is a 15min job even with lifting the car as well
I think my favourite is mirror glass for $550 though. The replacement glass is expensive ($300), because heated/dimming bullprarrie canoe. But that still means a $200+ fitting charge.
I reckon I can do all these myself, but don't want to tackle the drive belt and water pump pulley. Nowhere near enough space for me to attempt those. Mini wanted crazy money for that too...
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Nov 27, 2022 16:39:10 GMT
atlex: We're expecting our 3rd in a month so we need the space lol. It's here already. I'll give a 'modern cars are.. different' review sometime.
Jan 21, 2023 16:03:47 GMT
howardb66: Halfords online purchasing system is a complete waste of time and money. I paid extra for a delivery Monday & still not here. Just spoke to DHL customer services, it might be delivered by tomorrow. Useless twats.
Jan 25, 2023 9:34:55 GMT
howardb66: I ended going to the DHL depot to collect out of frustration as they said the next delivery was scheduled for Saturday 28th🤬
Jan 26, 2023 10:16:57 GMT
atlex: Well, I've tried the 'VW Annual Service Experience'... slow AND expensive. Oh well, learning.. experience......
Jan 27, 2023 11:36:55 GMT
atlex: and today I've reassembled the cot XD
Feb 3, 2023 22:02:12 GMT
freddyboy: Fredyboy from Gloucestershire on my 3rd MX5, this one is a 2006 Mk3.
Feb 5, 2023 13:41:09 GMT
freddyboy: How do you remove the radio from a RHD 2006 Mk3 please ? - removed the glovebox + 2 screws, but can't see the 10mm bolt, pulled on the unit, no success- all the videos are on LHD cars - is there a 10mm bolt to remove on the LHS of the radio
Feb 5, 2023 13:48:19 GMT
wannabe: Hey freddy, I don't know myself but someone on here might!
Feb 7, 2023 2:09:34 GMT