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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. Take it easy and don't do anything strenuous before you are ready to.
  2. Enjay

    Hello new member with Mk1 GTI

    Mk1 GTi Cabrio. Very nice. Very nice indeed. The first convertible I ever drove was a special edition Mk1 in white - like lots of white: white paint, white roof, white wheels, white upholstery... It wasn't mine. It belonged to a friend's mum, but I drove it a few times. Way, way out of my price range. Dunno what it cost (it wouldn't have been cheap, and I was a student at the time). It was nice to get a taste of driving such a cool car though.
  3. Enjay

    Hello All

    Ha ha! Amazing. It seems that we have similar tastes. I also has a Fiesta 1.1 except that it was a Mk1 van - stripped it down, XR2 interior and body kit (mostly Mk2 bits), yellow paint and a red "paint splat" decal on the side panels. The wooden floor that replaces the seats in the van version made excellent resonant mountings for some nice beefy speakers. For some reason, despite owning it for about 4 years, I don't seem to have any pictures of it.
  4. Enjay

    Hello All

    Thanks. Yellow cars have been a bit of a thing for me ever since one of my first cars was a Mk1 Capri in Daytona Yellow. I had a Mk1 MR2 for a while (in red) and I had a blue Mk3 a couple of years back too. Personally, I think they look best in yellow though. Here are both MR2s side-by-side: The headlamps on the one on the right have "Simon Tan-style" eyebrows added. I tried to get a set for the other one too, but the fit wasn't as good so I left them off. I've done quite a few bits and pieces with it too though since the above pics were taken so I'll post some more when I get a chance. For what it's worth, here's the Capri:
  5. Enjay

    Hello All

    I just popped across here from the MX5 Scotland Forum. Current future classics... I actually had 2 yellow MR2s (well one was the import version MR-S) until about a month ago. I didn't have the space to keep both plus my daily runners and other cars owned by the rest of the family. :(

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