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Old 19-02-2018, 11:09 PM   #21
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Interior looks pretty good overall! Do like the pattern on the seats

The carpets don’t look too worn, so perhaps as you say - they pinched the mats out of it!

The toolkit setup you have seems different to what I’m used to.

My 54 plate facelift car had nothing with it, however my mum’s 04 plate Cooper S has a MINI branded small black pouch with red piping which holds the tow eye, locking nut etc, this is velcro’d in place behind the removable side trims. Then it has a black bag (possibly your tyre repair bag) which houses the jack. It has two elasticated hooks on it, and sits on the Boot floor.

Maybe the later cars such as yours have that tool kit tray, and the jack is supposed to be in the black bag? Then someone has just added a can of tyre seal.


Regarding the ash tray - I don’t know if they were standard fitment, but both mine and my mum’s came with the removable ash tray cup holder. However they’re not very durable, the lid has come loose on mine, so it lives in the garage. I also don’t like having one cup holder and one ash tray - lack of symmetry

So possibly yours has just been broken or lost.


Eagerly awaiting the ‘after’ pictures when you clean it up!!!
Thanks for this extra info. Just be re-reading your thread actually now that I have one. I was interested to read that, like me, you also had an M135i. Great car but after a road trip to Munich and some extended autobahn runs I concluded that having that much power was wasted in the UK.
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Old 19-02-2018, 11:59 PM   #22
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I had a bit of spare time leading in to the weekend so I started with a few jobs. I forgot to show this previously which is all the manuals, all the old MOTs (bar one), all the service invoices for the last 4 years and both keys. Good to have.



So the first thing I did was get out my OBD code reader and see what codes were stored, which turned out to be this one:



This seems to crop up a lot, albeit most examples I saw were in the USA, and apparently points toward a faulty sensor. I cleared it though and will check to see if it reappears.



I then headed off to my local BMW dealer to pick up some parts that I'd phone to check stock of earlier. Managed to secure a 10% discount as a previous Alpina owner, which was good of them.



Then it was time to get rid of the tax disc holder:



And also this sticker on the back. Roman Road Car Sales is where the previous owner had bought it from and via the website Cazana one can still see the photos they used to advertise it in Nov 2013 and the price, £5,995.





While still at the back it was time to replace the rear wiper. The old one, potentially original:



Before fitting the new one I cleaned the glass and then ran a clay bar over it. A surprising amount of pickup I thought:



And the new one installed:



I did the same on the front screen too, but there was much less.



And fitted up the new wipers, now with a spoiler for the driver's side:



I then decided that I wanted to remove the stick on flags that were on the doors, not least because this one was already half off anyway, and because they didn't seem to be OEM (although happy to be corrected)



Which had left a lovely dirt mark behind



Albeit one that cleaned up pretty well. It's not perfect but I'll be running the rotary over it soon which will eliminate the final marks.



The other side was a bit more firmly attached, but came away without a drama:



And also cleaned up fine



And here they are, ready for the bin!



While doing these jobs I noticed a few other issues:

Terrible numberplate screws, which will need some effort to extract.



Loads of crud on the inner of the rear hatch:



And this odd one, where it looks like a protective rubber boot on the door has come away and allowed the fixing to rust.



All to be addressed at a later date. Meanwhile, the final job was to give the footweels a bit of a clean before getting the mats in. As they were:



Product of choice:



Passenger side in, although plastics still need another scrub



And driver's side in. Makes such a difference when you open the door:



Gave these a little going over too, just to remove the dust really. Nice to have the original head unit, which sounds surprisingly good:



And one final shot of it currently looks. Not so different obviously. I'd like to start on the lower checker stripe but every square is individual, it's not one continuous strip so it's going to take ages. One for when the temps are higher I think.



Thanks for reading.

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Good stuff bud, keep it coming
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If you don't already know then you can get all the parts diagrams / numbers on www.realoem.com

either select the car from the drop down selections or just throw the VIN number in the search box.
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Looks great! I love the Checkmates.

The Union Jack badges are not original, good man on removing those. The side stripes would be removed at a hot jet wash possibly? Regarding the jack and and tyre weld bag, the jack should be in that bag - not that tin of tyre weld.

If you have a pair of vice grips, attach it to the number plate screws and see if it comes off like that. I would recommend getting a nice set of MINI dealer plates for that OE look. I can't stand non original plates. lol

Also check with your dealer on the rear hatch, we had an April 06 build one today sent off to the bodyshop under its anti corrosion warranty for rust on that exact same area. It had 51k
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Old 20-02-2018, 10:49 PM   #28
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If you don't already know then you can get all the parts diagrams / numbers on www.realoem.com

either select the car from the drop down selections or just throw the VIN number in the search box.
I use RealOEM all the time when I've owned BMWs in the past and it's always been a godsend. For this car though it seems to list all the different types of toolkit and accessories, whether for the UK market or not so I hadn't been able to decipher what was right or wrong. Except that Vauxhall first aid kit of course.

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Looks great! I love the Checkmates.

The Union Jack badges are not original, good man on removing those. The side stripes would be removed at a hot jet wash possibly? Regarding the jack and and tyre weld bag, the jack should be in that bag - not that tin of tyre weld.

If you have a pair of vice grips, attach it to the number plate screws and see if it comes off like that. I would recommend getting a nice set of MINI dealer plates for that OE look. I can't stand non original plates. lol

Also check with your dealer on the rear hatch, we had an April 06 build one today sent off to the bodyshop under its anti corrosion warranty for rust on that exact same area. It had 51k
Thanks for confirming re the badges on the side and the jack. Amazing to think that this car is still covered by the 12 year anti-corrosion warranty but I'll need to get it in quick as it was registered on the 1st March 2006. Will report back when I've been to see them.
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Old 23-02-2018, 02:30 PM   #29
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So following Mark's helpful comment about anti-corrosion warranty I took the car to my local Mini Bodyshop. The chap came out and did some checks with the paint depth gauge to ensure it hadn't previously been repaired, took a look at the service paperwork and took lots of photos. Conclusion, BMW are unlikely to uphold a warranty claim as it's been rusty for some time but he'd submit it anyway and we'd wait to hear what their response is. So it's with BMW and I'll hear in a week or so.

Meanwhile it's been pressed in to service for the weekly shop:



And taken up residence in the garage. Comedy amount of space around it really.



I had heard before purchase that these cars suffer with the strut tops mushrooming, and while I couldn't see anything before buying it I've now learnt what to look for. I went back out to investigate and it's fair to say that my strut tops are knackered. This would explain the creaking sound I am getting from the front.

Driver's side:



Passenger's side (less bad):



So yesterday I ordered some of these and they've arrived today, great service from GSF.



Oddly they didn't show on their main website but do show on their eBay page. Last of the stock perhaps. I'd heard that these are BMW parts with the product code removed and I've never really believed that but it turns out it's true:



Of course I could fit them to the existing dampers but that doesn't really make sense, so I've been investigating options and while I'd like to go for something fancy I'm likely to opt for Bilstein B4s which are essentially OEM spec(or +10% depending on what you read) unless anybody has had a terrible experience with them.

In addition, a few further checks showed a low oil level:



But I had some of this and while not quite the right grade, I figure some oil is better than no oil. Full service due in June, so it'll get swapped out soon:



I also topped up the washer reservoir for the headlights (empty) and for the windscreen, shown here in a nice easy to reach position. Car celebrating it's 12 birthday at some point this month too.



I've had no luck finding a Pirelli to match the other three on the car so far, but I thought I'd pull the one Pirelli from the rear off to check that it's all good. Despite being from late 2015 it's still got 6.5mm on it, so it does make sense to keep it if I can. Brake disc looks quite scored though and new pads required soon:



Exhaust rust was also noted on the last MOT and sadly, they aren't wrong.



Nothing more to report but it does seem like I am going to be doing a bit more of this in the coming weeks....


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Since my last update I have been busy sourcing parts for the suspension refresh. Business idea for anybody so inclined, set up a decent website selling good quality OEM products, because trying to find a single company that can sell me everything that I need has been impossible. As a result the dampers have come from one place, the Lemforder drop links and rear strut mounts from somewhere else (and despite showing in stock are on back order) and the ARB bushes I've got direct from BMW. And the strut tops seen previously came from somewhere else again. Madness.

For those of you who know your Minis, you might be surprised to learn that BMW no longer list ARB bushes for an R53 as available. However, the parts guy at my dealer didn't accept no as an answer so did some digging and it turns out those listed for an R56 fit, so that's what I've got. £13 for two, part no 33556756151 should anybody find themselves in the same predicament.



And with the wheel off here's how easy they are to get to. Extraction of the fixings was aided with a smaller breaker bar, as shown here



Comparison of old and new





Reason for the change was that I had been getting a lot of noise from the rear, which is commonly attributed to these bushes. They don't look too bad as it goes, I've definitely seen worse.

All done on the driver's side



For some reason on the passenger side there was slightly less clearance and so I had to step down to a 1/4 drive ratchet. Inevitably I don't have a 13mm socket for 1/4" drive so I had to use an adaptor. In fact clearance was tight round the fixings too and there wasn't enough room for the ring on my ratcheting spanner.



But it was soon all back together again



While I had the wheel off I had a quick look at the condition of the brakes. The disk doesn't have any noticeable lip but the pads definitely don't look long for this world.



I also noticed this colour coding for my springs, grey/silver with yellow. I've also sprayed releasing fluid on all the bolts ready for when I swap the dampers over.



So, if you can remember, the car has three Pirelli tyres and one ditchfinder and I've been searching for that 4th Pirelli. Fortunately a part worn one turned up on eBay and it was just a few miles away at a very reasonably price to include fitting and so I headed off with the wheel in the boot of the daily to get it fitted. To that end I found myself here:



Service was great, although the surroundings were not what you'd call salubrious.



Now given some of the comments on another thread about using 2nd hand brake lines I'm hesitating to say the word part-worn here, lest it all descend into chaos about them being death traps. What I will say is that this new tyre is DOT marked Week 19 from 2017 so it's less than a year old. Plus if you'd seen the effort the reasonably big bloke had to make to get the old tyre off I hope you'll all agree that having four matching premium brand tyres all with 6mm tread, versus having a mismatched very stiff, unyielding ditchfinder can only be a positive.

So later that evening, I was back in the garage with the new tyre:



and it's time to say goodbye to the GoWind Super Sport Chaser:



Wheel returned to it's rightful position at this back corner:



And it's been said before, but the Mini seems to be very stiff which makes axle stand removal nice and easy:



Also when I got home that evening there were two things waiting for me:



I've always coped without an impact wrench, but particularly in previous suspension jobs I would have saved a lot of time with one, so I've got one. And the o-ring is for the petrol cap.

At the last MOT one of the advisories was that the petrol cap seal was cracked and they were not wrong:



As is often the case, BMW won't just sell the seal, you have to buy the whole petrol cap and it's about £45. Luckily there are plenty of enterprising folk about and so for £4.50 delivered, I get a new o-ring (still a significant profit I suspect). It isn't identical to the one that comes off:



But it fits perfectly and the job is done in just a few minutes.



A quick late night test drive shows that the noise from the rear is gone and also the ride is much better, presumably on account of not running with a tyre made from coal. So good news all round.

Next up, drop the old suspension and refit the new. Thanks for reading.

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