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Posted 02 April 2019 - 09:35 PM

Very useful website with lots of repair instructions and schematics for the early MINI R50/53.
A few mods for the MINI R50/53, including how to get OBD2 info displayed on the navigation monitor,
also repair manuals for R50/53 and older classic Mini's, check out the "Mods, Schematics, Repair" menu:-


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:25 PM

I just thought I would share my Bini story with those that have any interest and have time to read it ,

my daily car is a MINI Countryman a big MINI (prepared for all the wisecracks ) I like the car and it

drives great, have over the last 50+ years I have owned, used and worked on lots of Austin/Morris,

BMC, BLMC, JRT, MG and Rover cars, and a fair few others!!

I have owned the BINI Countryman for a couple of years, 2013 Cooper D with the N47 BMW diesel 

chose this over the previous model with the HDI engine, worked on a lot of these and their variants.

About 4 weeks ago while out getting tyres changed for the Mini 30, I was driving along at about 30

miles an hour when the engine came to an abrupt stop, got the car of the road to a save place! quick

check proved my thoughts timing chain problem. Now being in my 72nd year I wasn't going to tackle,

the job myself, so got the AA to recover it to Stratstone MINI in Leeds, whom confirmed my diagnosis 

at 53k the timing chain had failed, rough estimate for repairs £2-3 grand , asked them for a value as a 

Non runner trade in being a large Car group they have a central office for valuations, they came back 

with £100 for it??? So I agreed to pay £300 to get the head of to investigate the damage, a week later

I got a call from Stratstone, confirming that there were a couple of bent valves and half a dozen broken

cam followers, and a Broken chain.

At that time I had asked to see the damage when stripped, I drove in to Leeds in the Contessa, armed 

with my camera and notebook, after a bit of discussion it was agreed to proceed with the repairs.

A couple of days later I got a phone call to pick up the loan car they promised me, a brand new

MINI Clubman , so of I drives! quite happy except for the impending bill for repairs.

That afternoon I got a call from John at Stratstone, his words I got good news for you! MINI are going

to pay for the repairs.  :D now as the timing chain on this engine is on the gearbox end the gearbox

has to be removed to fit the new chain, the head was rebuilt and fitted then the gearbox removed to

fit the chain, that then revealed further damage! the broken chain had whipped and removed one of 

tensioner mounts from the block, so new parts had to be sorted from Germany,got the car back today

all finished as the complete job and the loan car for 4wks was all covered by MINI at no cost to me am

pleased but maybe a little apprehensive I have never been quite happy with other people working on

my vehicles.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 10:07 AM

That's great that MINI have agreed to pay for the repairs.


I have owned about 16 Binis since 2002 when they were launched, and have always had good response and service from the dealers.


I changed my JCW Bini for an AudiQ2 about a year ago and was seriously underwhelmed with performance and economy, the fuel consumption (23MPG) was worse than the JCW.


I am now back in a Cooper S Bini and getting over 35MPG form a 2.0 litre petrol automatic. :D

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 09:48 AM

MINI Cooper SE 2019 review: first drive of electric Mini
"A pure-electric Mini will finally go on sale later this year, a decade after the firm’s first public EV trials - and we've driven a prototype

Our drive of this prototype is a prelude to the launch of the finished article at the end of this year. That car is called the Mini Cooper SE, the S implying equivalence to the 189bhp petrol Cooper S and the E that it’s electric. Its motor puts out 181bhp and 199lb ft of torque, the latter slightly adrift of the S’s 221lb ft, but they’re comparable.

The battery occupies the tunnel running the length of the cockpit and the area previously taken up by the fuel tank to occupy a T-shaped space, requiring almost no changes to the Mini’s body-in-white."


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:06 PM

New MINI Electric revealed....

"Mini's first mass-production electric car will start from under £25k and will arrive in UK dealers in early 2020

Including the government grant for electric vehicles, it will start from around £24,400 – said to be less than an ‘equivalent spec level’ petrol Cooper S.

Unlike the BMW i3, the motor powers the front wheels only. Resulting performance is strong for the class: 0-62mph takes 7.3sec, with the top speed limited to 93mph. Mini says it is also capable of charging from flat to 80% in 35 minutes via a 50kW charge point through a standard public charging cable. Via an 11kW wall box, 0-80% charge can be achieved in 150 minutes, or 210 minutes to full.

The Mini Electric will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with production commencing in November. The firm has managed to tool up its Oxford plant so both electric and combustion-engine models can be created down the same line. However, the first UK cars won’t be delivered until March 2020 because the firm will prioritise volume-selling EV markets such as China and the US."

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:14 PM

MINI Rocketman resurrected as compact electric car

Compact city car to be produced in China in a joint venture with Great Wall Motors

"Through its joint venture with Great Wall Motors, BMW has reignited plans for the entry-level Mini model, which is planned to be produced exclusively in a joint venture factory in China for global markets, including the UK.

But while the original Rocketman was planned around a range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the Mini model being developed by Spotlight Automotive is set to use electric power exclusively, as part of the German car maker’s plans to launch 25 plug-in hybrid and pure electric models by the end of 2023.

News of Mini’s move to build a production version of the Rocketman in China comes close on the heels of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to sell 50 per cent of its Smart city car division to Chinese car maker Geely, which intends to develop a whole new generation of urban-based Smart models."

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