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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. HIGHLANDER

    Your very first car

    might well have been holbay or roots, the HUNTER was allways an underdog but could handle and shift with the best of them, i remember as a kid some nutter rammed my dads mk 1 escort 1300 2 door, it ened in a c chase as the guy bolted. the HUNTER left us for dead onstaight a way, we lost him think it was 1725cc,
  2. HIGHLANDER

    Your very first car

    my first real car, cost me 15 quid lol,
  3. HIGHLANDER

    Your very first car

    still is an awesome classic, dads went like the clapers lol, that metalic joby colour from the 70s lol, was a classic
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    hello from HIGHLANDER

    you havent seen my post yet about the BLUE METAL POLICE PEDAL CAR have ya bro ?:)
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    Your very first car

    BRO REMEMBER THIS LITTLE BAD BOY ? MEDIC ONE REQUIRED TO EXTRACT YOU FROM IT AFTER THAT TERRIBLE CRASH WIT THE HUT AND A STEEL POLE AT VERY HIGH SPEED
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    hello from HIGHLANDER

    im the good looking one wit the brains lol, and i still got more haire , ?)
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    Your very first car

    before you reply about your first car, think very carefully , YOUR VERY FIRST CAR ,
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    hello from HIGHLANDER

    hello to all members ,well done with site bro.
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    1996 volvo 850 T5 cd

    1996 volvo T5 cd. auto. engine upgraded to 280 bhp at wheels T5 R brakes , exhaust, remap. 0 to 60 6.5 sec, top speed around 158 mybe more, thats as far as iv been with it lol, no brave pills that day Follow the progress in Members Cars area of the forum.
  10. HIGHLANDER

    1996 volvo 850 T5 cd

    1996 volvo T5 cd. auto. engine upgraded to 280 bhp at wheels T5 R brakes , exhaust, remap. 0 to 60 6.5 sec, top speed around 158 mybe more, thats as far as iv been with it lol, no brave pills that day Follow the progress in Members Cars area of the forum. View full record
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