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#1 jusxusfanatic

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 09:20 AM

I don't know anything about repairing cars in general, so Im wondering how much maintenance needs to be done to a good, useable mini?

#2 nicklouse

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 09:25 AM

Some things should be checked before each drive. Others weekly, others monthly.

 

there is a good guide on the front of the Haynes manual.

 

the more you do when needed the less big jobs happen.



#3 jusxusfanatic

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 09:50 AM

Seems like a good starting point for me, cheers for that

also I will be storing it outside, and will not be driving it for a month in some occasions. any major problems with that?

#4 slidehammer

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 10:25 AM

They like to be used regularly like any car. A good breathable outside cover would be an idea along with a trickle charger for the battery, when left unused.



#5 phillrulz

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 11:33 AM

as slidehammer says.

 

depends on the year of mini,

 

my carb mini can sit for months and just drive off only issue ive had is rear drums seized on night before MOT so had to fix that 

my SPI will kill a battery in a month so lives on a trickle charger , i dont have any experience with MPI 



#6 A-Cell

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 03:18 PM

As others have said.
If mini left for a period with handbrake on then it is very likely to seize on. I have always avoided this by leaving handbrake off. Park it in gear and/or chock a wheel.
To be sure irrespective of mileage grease the suspension grease points once a year (Top arms, top and bottom ball joints and rear radius arms)

#7 jusxusfanatic

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Posted 03 September 2020 - 01:21 PM

Thanks for the replies

What about the cost of asking someone to repair the rust? probably just some repairing on the sills

#8 sonscar

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Posted 03 September 2020 - 01:46 PM

It is never just the sills,£200 to £10.000, how much do you want to spend was the question I think.Not even joking,Steve..

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Posted 03 September 2020 - 03:06 PM

Thanks for the replies

What about the cost of asking someone to repair the rust? probably just some repairing on the sills

 

You only have to look through some of the build threads on here to get an idea of what "some repairing on the sills" leads to.






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