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    Mini Cooper

    Who knows about these units?

    I have a co-worker that got a azz-raping quote on some repairs.

    Personally, I've never even looked under the hood of one of these things.

    Is there an aftermarket for parts on these units?

    Do mom and pops work on them?

    Going to call my buddy's shop today and ask about it too.

    I'm pretty sure this is a quote from the dealership.

    ########### From my friend ###############

    · Just since last fall, the cooling fan often comes on a minute or two after I’ve turned the car off. The service rep says there are leaks in the water pump and thermostat. $1,600.

    · Also, last fall the air conditioning stopped working. He says the compressor is busted. $1,500.

    · The rear window washer isn’t working. He quoted about $75 for that.

    · The gas cap cover is loose—it needs to be replaced: $275 ($125 for the part—and 1.2 hours to mount it!!!).

    Besides the things I reported, he’s also telling me: leaking valve cover; leaking oil pan gasket: $995; broken upper-mount left strut (or something like that), $365; nearly bald tires (Dunlops that I bought about a year ago—only about 20,000 miles; my previous two sets of tires last over 50,000 each).

    Total estimate: $5,500.


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    For parts try http://www.autohausaz.com/ The oil pan gasket is $16...Valve cover gasket is $11. They don't have everything, but I've ordered Mercedes parts from them before and the stuff was good.

    This is why you don't buy cars like Mini Coopers.

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    BMW owns Mini.

    The car has its upsides - superb mileage, very cute and fun to drive...

    And its downsides - worse than average record for reliability/problems, expensive to repair, etc.

    I love to drive them - but I doubt I'd buy one, due mainly to the reliability and cost of repair issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Who knows about these units?

    I have a co-worker that got a azz-raping quote on some repairs.

    Personally, I've never even looked under the hood of one of these things.

    Is there an aftermarket for parts on these units?

    Do mom and pops work on them?

    Going to call my buddy's shop today and ask about it too.

    I'm pretty sure this is a quote from the dealership.

    ########### From my friend ###############

    · Just since last fall, the cooling fan often comes on a minute or two after I’ve turned the car off. The service rep says there are leaks in the water pump and thermostat. $1,600.

    · Also, last fall the air conditioning stopped working. He says the compressor is busted. $1,500.

    · The rear window washer isn’t working. He quoted about $75 for that.

    · The gas cap cover is loose—it needs to be replaced: $275 ($125 for the part—and 1.2 hours to mount it!!!).

    Besides the things I reported, he’s also telling me: leaking valve cover; leaking oil pan gasket: $995; broken upper-mount left strut (or something like that), $365; nearly bald tires (Dunlops that I bought about a year ago—only about 20,000 miles; my previous two sets of tires last over 50,000 each).

    Total estimate: $5,500.


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    On the old Minis and Mini Coopers all the things mentioned are well within the scope of an average mechanic. My guess though, from the mention of Air-Conditioning, is that this is one of the new BMW Coopers in which case I raise my hands and back off. On my old Minis and Cooper, on the road, I used to reckon on about 4000 miles out of a set of Goodyear Grand Prix tyres although on track I did see a set taken down to canvas in a day.

    A leaky water pump should be obvious from a visual check. Pattern spares are usually cheaper than dealer supplied parts.

    Unless the thermostat is part of the pump that should be a simple change.

    For the A/C I would check for a spare from a wreckers yard, ditto rear washer pump, ditto gas cap. Usually specialist equipment is needed to fill and bleed A/C systems.

    Gaskets - an owner should be able to do providing he has a secure lifting system or access to an inspection pit.

    Suspension - If not mechanically adept leave it to the experts.

    FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    On the old Minis and Mini Coopers all the things mentioned are well within the scope of an average mechanic. My guess though, from the mention of Air-Conditioning, is that this is one of the new BMW Coopers in which case I raise my hands and back off. On my old Minis and Cooper, on the road, I used to reckon on about 4000 miles out of a set of Goodyear Grand Prix tyres although on track I did see a set taken down to canvas in a day.

    A leaky water pump should be obvious from a visual check. Pattern spares are usually cheaper than dealer supplied parts.

    Unless the thermostat is part of the pump that should be a simple change.

    For the A/C I would check for a spare from a wreckers yard, ditto rear washer pump, ditto gas cap. Usually specialist equipment is needed to fill and bleed A/C systems.

    Gaskets - an owner should be able to do providing he has a secure lifting system or access to an inspection pit.

    Suspension - If not mechanically adept leave it to the experts.

    FWIW.

    Ken.

    Yep!

    Pretty much all the current Mini has in common with the original is the name and the general appearance.

    The original was a clever/simple car; the new one's clever - but far from being simple!

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    The gas cap cover ought to be a DIY.

    The A/C compressor needs a specialist (must recover all the old refrigerant, etc)

    The water pump is high cost compared to Japanese models but in line with the cost of working on a European car. As with all FWD cars, the biggest part of the cost of replacing it is labor. Especially since the MINI is so cramped under the bonnet. Cooling fan coming on afterwards is somewhat normal, especially if it's turbocharged (newer Cooper S) or supercharged (older Cooper S). Is he losing coolant over time?

    Rear window wiper is just a matter of removing the interior trim to get to the motor. Not hard, but not for the faint of heart, either. (sounds like you're tearing it apart as the plastic clips let go). Be prepared to replace several of the clips before reassembly. They should be about $2-3 each.

    Buying the factory service manual is highly recommended. With one, you'll know when the dealer service writer is blowing smoke in your face or just guessing. They're available at:
    http://www.bentleypublishers.com/

    Tires: Yes, you'll go through tires quickly on a MINI. A consequence of their excellent handling.

    Chip H.

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    Main thing was wondering about the aftermarket parts and mom and pop shops wrenching. My buddy said he is losing 1 quart every 10k. I was like dude, don't even worry about that. As far as the tires, I told him how to check minimum specs on those and when you purchase sports tires you get fast wear.

    I am going to call my buddy with the shop today and run through some numbers with him on the repairs. I lost my darn All Data Pro account. Man am I sad about that!

    Thanks for the input guys!

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