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Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

Traded in my TypeR Civic for a MINI Cooper 08 plate (now known as Carly Cooper!) a while back as the running costs were just too much (as was the over stiff suspension!). Been running this around 2 years now and have to admit it's a great wee car! Mega fun on twisty back roads as it handles like a go kart, enough power to have fun with and cheap as chips to run.
So this is what she was like when bought, just totally standard apart from being optioned with the chrome line kit for the exterior and interior wise she has the optional mood lighting.

First thing to be done was to replace the timing chain, guides and tensioner as these are a known weak spot of the 1.6 engine in these. Next up, we go her racing stripes from BMW and Gayle and me fitted them ourselves. We were quite proud, managed to get them bob on straight both sides!

Next up, decided to beef up her rump! Was originally looking for a MINI Cooper S rear spoiler, but found a rare "Aero spoiler" which are hard to come by so bought that and fitted it. Luckily, it was already in the same colour as her roof, so bolted straight on.
Nice bit of kit, and went well with the black/sparkling silver theme.

One thing I really didn't like were the 15 inch alloys that came standard on her. Really wanted a set of Cade alloys same as i have on the civic Aerodeck, so after a bit of searching eventually find a nice set of 17's which had the spokes in black (which is what I was going to paint them) and polished rims. Not Cades but ZCW alloys, which look almost identical. Got them 2nd hand for the bargain price of £100!
Had to get special wheel nuts for them as the standards were too short, so got tuner spec ones which fitted a treat. Think the wheels really changed the look of her and go so well with the black/chrome that's on her.

A quick shot of the interior

Next up, decided I didn't want to get stranded with a puncture (previous escapade on a club run in my typeR prompted this!) so searched again and found the full space saver wheel fitment kit (including the wheel). Bit of a faff to fit but got it done and don't have to worry now If we get a puncture (although where we put the wheels that comes off is a different story!)

Future plan is to fit the Pure DAB kit to her (identical to the Alpine kit) so I can have USB/DAB/Aux inputs etc. Looking at possibly an induction kit and if the exhaust ever goes, that'll be replaced with a stainless steel one. No plans to lower this as it's my daily.

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  1. Dave

    Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

    Yes Cooper is deffo the best of all worlds, ride, handling, just enough power to have fun but still be cheap as chips to run.
  2. Dave

    Dave's 2008 MINI Cooper 2nd gen

    So I've gone and done it. Sold Carly tonight Know there aren't many here who rate/like the MINI, but I can honestly say, hand on heart she was one of the best cars I've ever owned. Didn't want to sell here, but I'm thread for various reasons I'm having to cut back on my collection of cars due to trying to find a new house in the country. We can't find one that can house all my cars so I'm having to sell off Carly, and possibly Mindy my mk1 mx5. DD (my Honda Civic Aerodeck and the car I love the most) has now been put into service full time as my daily car for now. Plan is (Hopefully) I'll buy a newer MX5 as a daily runner (with folding har top)with the money I get from selling Carly and Mindy and then DD will then return to snooze in a garage of which I don't actually know what type of garage it will be! If plans change, I may keep Mindy and just use DD as the permanent daily, although I really don't want to drive her all year round. Can't believe wee Carly Cooper is gone (sold to a guy at my work for his wife). As a daily she was perfect, cheap to tax, cheap to insure, great on fuel, mega fun to drive with enough power to have a blast. And dare I say it, the absolute best handling car I've ever driven. Driving home from work today for the last time (I always come home on the back roads which are great fun!) I really thought to myself why the hell am I selling this!!! Then leaving her at my workmates and going home was really hard. Can't believe I've worked up a similar relationship with her that I had with Ruby. Got DD all ready for her daily duties, but just know I'm gonna miss Carly so much. So, time to bring her thread to a close....... bye bye Carly, love ya and miss ya x
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    Good see you here Jake!
  4. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    And its sunny today! Just about to have lunch then we're both out to the garage to get the seats done. Rest of the cleaning kit turned up today so we're good to go.
  5. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    So, after much thought we decided we didn't like the tombstone seats we fitted. Only one thing for it then......... Buy these for Mindy! Nice 2 tone black/red leather seats from another MX5. Apart from some very slight wear on the drivers bolster which we're going to have repaired locally, and needing a clean, these seats are pretty mint! Well chuffed with them and even the undersides (unlike the original bases on the tombstones which we had to swap which were rusty as hell) on these look like brand new. Got them for the bargain price of £70. Apart from afore mentioned slight bolster wear which appears to be just the colour that's worn off, there is no damage/tears or rips anywhere on them.The guy even threw in the matching red leather gear gator and handbrake gator. Really chuffed with these. Going to get them properly clean and then conditioned, then get the restorer to repaint the bolster. A very happy chappy! Can't wait for them to be ready to fit! Suppose the good thing is from an originality point of view, they are the same as the original seats we took out, only in leather, so kinda more in keeping with the car.
  6. Dave

    Mobile phone loophole

    That loophole needs to be closed asap . Really bugs me the amount of people using the phone/texting while driving.
  7. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    New leads and coil pack fitted to Mindy........and shes driving sweet as a nut now! Fault cured!! I did do a wee test on the coil pack by arcing the sockets individually which showed 1 and 4 had a very weak and very intermitent spark. 3 and 4 had a healthy spark. Have to say though, amazing service from autolink, parts ordered Friday afternoon, arrived first thing Saturday morning! All fitted and Mindy running sweet as a nut now, fault cured! Big thanks to Gayle for helping me in the garage today, my hands were too big to get to the bottom bolt on the coil pack even with a ratchet spanner (bought these specially to do the job, only they are pants and won't ratchet when on the bolt!). Real swine to get to, but Gayle saved the day! Pic below showing Gayle with the offending bolt (and Mindy's nice new red HT leads!) It's great having a wife who's such a wee petrol head and loves any chance to work on the car! Can report Mindy is now driving perfect, and a lot smoother than she's ever done.
  8. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    So, new HT leads (in red) & new coil pack ordered today from Andrew at Autolink uk. Have to say what a really helpful guy on the phone! Hoping the bits come tomorrow. He suggested getting a ratchet spanner to make getting the bottom bolt out of the coilpack a bit quicker/easier, so been to Halfords and bought a set. Weather is utterly amazing here just now (better than where we were last week in Gran Canaria!) so want Mindy on the road asap! So with mindy out of action, only one thing for it.........take my other modern classic out for the trip to halfords. DD (my Honda Civic Aerodeck) performed perfectly as always, so we went for a wee run. Forgot just how nice this car is to drive, and love the looks she gets when we're out and about.
  9. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Indeed! Would be more fun if it wasn't so damn nice outside today......really want to go for a blast! 😀
  10. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Managed to make a hook using an old CB ariel whip & got the bugger out! Rubber was all perished so I'm thinking the leads deffo need to go. Final new plug now in. Test drove........still doing it! Going to get the new leads ordered from Autolink (was intending to change all this anyways then pop her in for an oil/filters change to keep the service book stamped) so not too bothered about the cost of changing the plugs and leads. The diagnostic thingy from here >> http://www.mx5tech.co.uk/diagnostic.aspx?fbclid=IwAR16-p8pkCFLQKlspmB7mRn_IWQBNxEH2qbKNBGepUDDfg38kxVjlZdZeFE will hopefully arrive soon so I can get to the bottom of the problem. I'm thinking coil pack/MAF sensor/or maybe o2 sensor? She's ok if your giving it large on the right pedal, only suffers coming out of tight twisties in low rpmlower speeds and driving through towns etc. Getting nice sun here too and can't get her out to enjoy it.
  11. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    Hi Gerry! Seems the slight missfire under load at around 2000rpm and below continues! Have ordered an OBD (1) reader to see if that can trace the fault but in the meantime thought I'd check then replace her spark plugs. Got nice new ones as I couldn't see any mention of them being changed in her history. Got the first three fitted without any issues (old ones looked really discoloured although only one seemed to be burning wrong.) but the last one (typically the one against the bulkhead so hardest to get at) when taking the plug lead off, the rubber end came off and is stuck to the plug away down inside the hole. meaning I can't get the socket onto the plug to get it out! Was going to be replacing the leads too, so with this one doing that seems a good idea to bin the old ones. I've added some photos below of the problem rubber. How the lead should look: The big rubber bit on the end that seals around the plug is the bit that's came off and is stuck onto the plug away down in the hole. How the problem lead looks (shows rubber bit is missing) And the rubber down in the hole stuck to the plug I need a pair of really long nosed pliers, but the kind that work in the opposite way to normal pliers (like the ones that you use to remove circlips so the ends open when you squeeze the handles) as I think that might be able to pull the rubber bit out.
  12. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    lol meant to update this! Yes, was so glad! The MOT guy at my local garage said she is in good shape, only thing to note was a very slight oil leak which I already knew about but haven't been able to trace yet. Very happy bunny! In other news though, since her MOT she has developed a little fault! Had her out for a quick spin a week ago and noticed that anything below 2000rpm and try to accelerate and there's a slight kinda hicup, like she's missing a bit? Tried giving her an "Itallian tune up" incase it was maybe just blocked jets or something which didn't initially clear the fault but I was out in her just before going on hols last week ans she drove fine. Going to take her for a spin tomorrow to see if the fault is gone or not. If still there, will check the plugs, see if any are looking dirty compared to others as I'm thinking possibly coil packs starting to go? Will try new plugs/leads and then take it from there. She's fine higher up the revs so just seems to be low revs under load. Also on arriving back from hols posty has deleivered a new bit I ordered for her to kinda custom her interior a bit......all will be received soon!
  13. Dave

    Mk1 Mazda MX5 (aka Mindy!)

    So, just a wee job done today! In the boot on the left side there is a metal panel that protects the fuel filler pipe. This is an unpainted panel, and as such has no paint to protect it so they rust. It's covered by carpet so nobody really bothers about it but you know me, it was bugging me where you could see it through the carpet. Off it came to get prepped. Sanded it done and treated any rusty bits. Sanded down rust treated and then 3 coats of primer Then 3 coats of red and refitted to the car. This was before I put the carpet back in place. Just think it looks neater. Oh, and a wee photo of Mindy and my Aerodeck (DD) MOT is now out so she will be getting booked in for this Wednesday.....fingers crossed!

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