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 Post subject: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm 
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Hi everyone, in the next few days I am picking up a black 2003 Mini Cooper S JCW.
It has 150,000k however it's never missed a service and the current owner has spared no expense.
Being black it needs a good polish to remove swirl marks and there are some clearcoat bubbles on the hatch plus the spoiler needs repainting (15 year old car) I can ignore those issues or deal with it eventually. Overall it's not showroom but pretty good for it's age. I am more concerned with the mechanical which all appears great.

The owner recently had new rear struts fitted, bushes in front, oil cooler seals redone, valve cover gaskets, brake pads, brake fluid and coolant flushed, new dipstick, wheels re-coated, new passenger window motor.

When he bought it three years ago the SC belt was changed so it should be good for a while.
Very excited!


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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:20 pm 
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jbj4700 wrote:
When he bought it three years ago the SC belt was changed so it should be good for a while.


My 2003 model used to shred supercharger belts every 15,000km.....and I was buying new Gates ones too!
Keep an eye on it, cause if it breaks the engine will overheat instantly (water pump is on the back of the blower).


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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:23 pm 
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enjoy i have a 2002 JCW with the 210bhp kit.. love it

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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:58 pm 
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Well my first week has not been good, ready to trade and wear the loss.

1. When indicating right the high beams come on so shrugged it off and ordered an indicator, there was cardboard stuffed in with the stick.

2. Cleaned and polished and found lots of damage that was not apparent including rust bubbles.

Still ok with it, it's a 15 year old car.

3. Supercharger belt is slipping since the engine was cleaned, turns out it's five years old not three.

4. Oil leak I requested fixed and was told is fixed by mechanic doing rwc has not been fixed.

5. I didn't think to test the heater, never have but will now, it blows cold unless over 2000 rpm, it's not overheating but I've added 500ml of top up coolant and it's back to min, heater still cold, this has me worried as there's a receipt for "flush and treat cooling system" two months ago, it may well be an air pocket, thermostat stuck open, clogged heater core, waterpump or worst case scenario stuffed supercharger to wp gears.

6. Abs sensor wire has somehow rubbed on harmonic balancer down to the wires.

I have a terrible gut feeling about it now that I can't shake.

I'm able to fix most of these issues myself and have already ordered a belt and belt tool, abs sensor but I'm spooked.


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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:31 pm 
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Sounds like a well used and barely maintained car (Company Leased?) ...as long as the Banana Skins in the sump were good Australian ones...you shouldn't have many drivetrain problems...keep at it and it will reward you (eventually) :P

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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:12 pm 
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Looks like fleet originally, at some point private then the previous owner who is real estate agent, he's done heaps but perhaps some things were let go, service book has nothing missed but it's just scheduled before him, he's done 12m/5000km services. Feeling a bit more at ease since getting it back, not sure what gives with heater but the coolant swirls around in the expansion tank, no oil there, no milk in engine oil, haven't driven it for more than 30 min but temp needle never moves once it gets to half. The dents are from vandals apparently, looking at it today the paint isn't as bad as I believed, not good but not shocking, could get away with respraying hatch, spoiler, one rear quarter and driver door. Need to take it back to fix the passenger window lol, it's not quite high enough closed and whistles badly.

I have an indicator stalk, driver mirror gasket, abs sensor , drive belt plus tool on order, will do those, see how it goes then do thermostat, heater core, crank sensor o-ring, waterpump, sump gasket and SC service in one go, I don't fancy pulling the front off multiple times.


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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:21 pm 
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Engine still leaking lol, it's dripping on the drivers side so pretty sure it's not Rear Main, I'll just keep topping it up and put a drip tray under until I decide what to do. Seems to drip after driving then will stop once it's sat for a while, I think, will monitor it over the weekend.

The mechanic says it's just seeping, if it drips it's not just seeping lol.


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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:19 pm 
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jbj4700 wrote:
Well my first week has not been good, ready to trade and wear the loss.

Go out and buy a second hand Land Rover and then get back to me! :P

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 Post subject: Re: New New Mini owner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Heater working fine now, was a tiny bit of air in the system, likely from the flush, coolant has not dropped any more, the passenger vents are warmer than drivers which is odd. Might put it into mechanic with parts for sump, I cbf doing it in my narrow garage.


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