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#1 85citye

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 08:15 AM

Advice appreciated on the restoration of my 1985 mini city e automatic .
Should I keep the auto gearbox and engine and recondition it, has 20,000 original miles on the clock but has been a non runner for the last 16 years . Or should I look at going down the manual route ?
Wanting to keep the car as original as possible but have been advised to switch to manual gearbox and engine as the auto gearboxes are unreliable .
Also not many autos about as this is the route that most take will the fact that there are less autos about mean that future prices would be higher than that of a converted mini from auto to manual ?

#2 Homersimpson

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 01:50 PM

Generally for resale value it needs to be manual as most people don't want automatic mini's.

 

That said I had an automatic 850 and it was a lovely to drive.

 

If it were me I would get it running as it is and if it drives ok keep the engine and autobox and if/when it fails convert to manual at that point.

 

You can get a conversion kit to allow a manual engine and box to be fitted to an auto sub-frame http://www.minispare...|Back to search making it less of a problem in future.

 

Good luck with whatever you decide.






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