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#16 minidaves


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Posted 30 December 2005 - 06:47 PM

County surrey kent sussex border

town warlingham

name Minidave

What i do: everything mini classic related except body kits

Address r/o 33 harrow road warlingham cr6 9ey phone 07831 312681

been fixing these cars for now over 15yrs and 6yrs selfemployed


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Posted 08 January 2006 - 12:28 PM

County / Country : Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Name : P&L Minis
Services : Anything mini related
Address : 34 High Street, Thurnscoe, Rotherham, S63 0SU
Link to Map or website : Link
Rating: BAD
Testimony: Would not refund faulty good and had to threaten to take them to court over £40 of faulty rear lights (seals were rubbish and p**sed water in). Eventually received money back after around 1 month of complaining. Was told by Liz if I came back to the business her husband would give me a 'good seeing to'. Somehow I don't think they were on about mini parts :gimme: Had to inform South Yorkshire police for threats of violence.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 02:52 PM

County / Country : Brighouse, WestYorkshire
Name : J C Bates
Services : Anything mini related, MOT's, Spray Shop
Address : Wellholme Garage, Bradford Road, Brighouse HD6 4AA
Link to Map or website : Link
Rating: Very Good
Testimony:I take my car there all the time very good service and they all drive
mini's :grin:

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:48 PM

County / Country : Nottingham/England
Town : Nottingham
Name : Nottingham Mini Centre
Services : Anything Mini related, spraying etc
Address : Not sure!
Link to Map or website : www.nottinghamminicentre.co.uk
Rating: Good!
Testimony: Would recamend the garage for structural work/engine work! Good bloke!

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 11:45 PM

Town : Sleaford
Name : Sleaford Mini Centre
Services : Everything for a mini, inc bodywork
Address : Dont Know
Link to Map or website : www.sleafordminicentre.co.uk
Rating: BAD
Testimony: Had my new engine set up by them, ended up running worse than it did when timed up by eye back home, to do them credit they only charged me 58 quid, but i'd have expected the car to run properly...Quoted me 800+ to respray mini

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Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:25 PM

Town: Lincoln

Name: MBE Race engines

Services: MBE Race Engines is an established company with over 20 years experience in the production of horsepower from the four stroke engine.

If you are building a race engine, modifying an engine or fitting an engine management system look no further. Covering most specialist areas of race tuning MBE can offer everything from advise and parts to a full race engine build service.

Full on-site machining facilities means MBE can offer their own custom performance parts as well as many branded stock items. Bespoke parts can be machined, in fact MBE produce their own high performance barrel throttle assemblies and air rams.

Vast experience and great industry contacts enables MBE to offer specialist electronic services for engine management systems. Extensive service covering stand alone ECU's and after market fuel injection systems, able to source and configure specifically for your needs.

Rolling Road and Engine Dyno Service with extensive parts stock covers all your testing and tuning needs including Cams, Carbs, Injectors, Pumps, Filters, Coils and all Linkages or Fitting Kits.

Address: MBE Race Engines, 2 Wavell Drive, Allenby Industrial Estate, Lincoln, England, UK, LN3 4PB

Website: www.mberaceengines.co.uk

Rating: Brilliant.

Testimony: Mikes very helpfull . And as they made a squential gearbox for a mini that says enough. Plus im getting a engine kit from him. They have lots of top end gear inside to.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 05:24 PM

County / Country : West-Midlands

Town : Walsall

Name : J&J MINI'S

Services : [u]everything to do with the mini, everything!

Address : 42 Butts road WS4 2BW

Rating: IMMENSE!

Testimony: they can do anything to a mini and its at a decent price! what more could you ask for?

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:10 PM

County / Country : Norfolk

Town : Norwich

Name :SCA rally

Services :Engine work and general car tuning

Address :????
Link to Map or website :????
Rating: very bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yea ha cowboy

Testimony: My friend had the downpipe on his renault 5 turbo replaced, they quoted him £65, then charged him £155. Then to make matters exciting the turbo clam chroud thingly caught fire, where they had hacked it about and not removed it correctly. They denieded ever touching the shroud and told him to bugger off. NUFF SAID.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 11:35 AM

County: Cheshire

Town : Chester

Service: Welding, re-spray, suposidly engine tunes

Work carried out: engine tune went in running a bit rough, cam out wallet alot lighter and the timing runs on after turning the ignition off (this did not occour befor the tune)

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 11:37 AM

County: Cheshire

Town : Chester

Service: Welding, re-spray, suposidly engine tunes

Work carried out: engine tune went in running a bit rough, cam out wallet alot lighter and the timing runs on after turning the ignition off (this did not occour befor the tune)

A name to this report might help!

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 07:05 AM

anyone got a review of the mini place dereks mini's wolverhampton?

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 12:40 PM

Anyone got any views on garages in South Wales?

I do know that you should avoid MB Motors of Ton Pentre, Rhondda like the plague and don't trust him with a Dinky Model never mind a real car!

Anyway love "The Mighty Boosh" jifs of Verns PlayMate & jif2006, that shows awesome!

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:05 AM

county Greater Manchester

Town Leigh

Name North West Mini's

Service MOT

Rating - I feel well and truly conned out of £44.00 (not a lot I know, but considering I had to pay that again 2 days later!!)

Failed My car on lots of stuff, including bulbs not being orange enough, even though they were new. Then wouldn't do a free retest if I drove the car away, but couldnt do any work on it for 2 weeks !!! Also wanted extortionate amount for rear radius arms (120 plus fitting a side) when I can buy em from Minisport (not the cheapest place) for £29 exchange !! Had a slanging match which got me absolutely nowhere, took the car to a local MOT centre (non mini expert) Passed with 2 advisories, which I have had sorted !! Now tell me if I'm wrong but how can 2 garages rate the condition of a car so differently?

So personally I would advise against getting your car tested here, although I must add I have heard that their mechanical work is good...

Try SUREFIT on Wigan road Atherton !! Ians a top mechanic and reasonably priced.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:47 AM

chester mini centre!

yeah mighty boosh is wkd!!!!

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 07:20 AM

County / Country : Lancashire, UK
Town : Blackpool
Name : Harwoods Garage
Services : Pretty much anything except major spray jobs.
Address : Bk. 28 Carshalton Road
Link to Map or website : /
Rating: Good
Testimony: Well, what can I say. It's my Grandad's garage... They're only small, but they're extremely honest and try their best to get it done for you in as little time as possible. Grandad knows a fair bit about mini's as he used to own a BMC garage so if you need something doing in Blackpool, give me a shout and I'll give more details.

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