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      08-03-2021, 10:41 AM   #1
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Mini Cooper S R53

Just picked up my first Mini Cooper and it's also my first manual car.
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      08-03-2021, 11:03 AM   #2
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that's got to be fun to drive.
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I had an R52 that I kept for 11 years. Loved that car...supercharger whine was great, shifter was silky smooth. Heck - even got me my user name for this forum. Other than routine maintenance...car was a gem.

Hope you enjoy it.
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Congrats, I had one for a rental and it was a blast to drive.
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I also had a R53 for a while. Really enjoyed the vehicle and didn't have much for problems with it. It did pop a coolant hose which were NOT fun to replace and the water pump seeped a little. Aftermarket is pretty solid on them too.
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I had one too, super fun to drive, looks like a 05+?
Watch that coolant bottle, those have a tendency to fail, I had 3 of them in 5 years.

Supercharger pulley raises the fun factor to 11.
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Thanks guys, yes it is such a fun car so far, @ kyrrain, yeah it's a 05. Can't wait to start with the mods and canyons drives .
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My brother has one, fun nimble little car to rip around in!
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Welcome to the MINI club!
Had my R50 since 2002. Still love this thing..
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I heard they are fun to drive, congrats! Will be really interesting to see them put the B48 in one of these....
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I really love seeing Minis, they have so much personality. Shame that modern consumers don't value them.

Nice E70 by the way.
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I really love seeing Minis, they have so much personality. Shame that modern consumers don't value them.

Nice E70 by the way.
Thanks buddy, did my first mod today, I have always like the looks of the e46 zcp shift knob . So I installed one on the mini.
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Now this is a Mini....
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Now this is a Mini....
Nice 😊👍🏿.
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Nice 😊👍🏿.
It's my wife's toy.
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I always wanted one of those to mess around with. Congrats! Keep the photos coming.
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      08-16-2021, 03:23 AM   #18
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I had an 05 not so long ago. Absolutely brilliant little car, incredible fun. Had to let it go but looking for another, the MK1 is the best looking IMO. And from what I hear, the R53 engine is more durable than the R56.

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hah! love the m shifter I had an r53 myself.. i upgraded the pulley to an alta 17% pulley.. also I had the popular "one ball" mod for a while, I can definately reccomend as a tasteful mod. i drove it like i stole it.. very easy car to rip a 180 u turn.. such a small nimble chassis.
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I always wanted one of those to mess around with. Congrats! Keep the photos coming.
Thanks, I have a little build going on if you are interested, I will keep thread going as well. 2005 MINI COOPER S BASIC SERVICES ( Oil, Spark Plugs, and Filter Change)


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I had an 05 not so long ago. Absolutely brilliant little car, incredible fun. Had to let it go but looking for another, the MK1 is the best looking IMO. And from what I hear, the R53 engine is more durable than the R56.
My is a 05 as well, and I find myself wanting to drive it more and more .

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hah! love the m shifter I had an r53 myself.. i upgraded the pulley to an alta 17% pulley.. also I had the popular "one ball" mod for a while, I can definately reccomend as a tasteful mod. i drove it like i stole it.. very easy car to rip a 180 u turn.. such a small nimble chassis.
Thanks, My belt needs to be replace so I am probably going to go with the Alta 15% pulley. I have to look in to that one ball mod, because I was going to have the resonator removed on the weekend, the stock exhaust is too quiet for me.
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      08-17-2021, 03:34 PM   #22
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