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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. Dr_broon

    Rory K's 1994 Toyota Soarer

    Nice! Like it lots, and fair play for going back to the car to finish the rescue 😎
  2. Dr_broon

    Hello new member with Mk1 GTI

    Hello bud 👍
  3. To be honest I think a wash and hoovering of Christmas tree needles would be more appreciated ?
  4. Those trims look nice mate. Tubs didn't get any goodies off santa. Just the steering wheel as an early one.
  5. Dr_broon

    Ho ho ho

    I must be on the sixth set of rear calipers on my aerodeck! Still on the original front ones though. ??
  6. Dr_broon

    Ho ho ho

    Happy Christmas y'all! How come rear calipers are such a rubbish design?!?
  7. Dr_broon

    Hi Guys

    Hello on here as well ??
  8. Dr_broon

    Honda Civic fan heater resistor pack

    Always good to get the fans working again! ?
  9. Dr_broon

    Hi from Falkirk

    My dad's was white.. I always loved it on the back roads ? He worked up near Edinburgh and that's where it kept getting nicked and found by the police. When he got a job near Glasgow it got nicked and that was that.
  10. Dr_broon

    Hi from Falkirk

    Nice. My dad had a silver over gun metal 2.8i when I was a kid. I loved it... Think that's where the petrol in the blood started. Well, that and the white rs2000 he had before it (until it got nicked for the 4th or 5th time and he never saw it again).
  11. Dr_broon

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Once the engine's had a chance to do some decent work the heater works a treat. When I used to use it for the commute though it could not warm up properly for the whole way into work if the traffic was heavy enough (10 miles for up to an hour).
  12. Dr_broon

    Hi from Falkirk

    Hi, welcome along mate.. Nice pair of mx5's ?
  13. Dr_broon

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Cheers, makes sense to me ? I'll give it a shot.. Will probably find that the crud is all that's stopping it leaking ?
  14. Dr_broon

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    How do you do that bud?
  15. Dr_broon

    Gel's Honda Civic MB2 auto

    Dunno. I've had the coolant changed a couple of times since I've had tubs, and have swapped the thermostat a few years ago and have not noticed any difference. The heater in my EG used to take ages to warm up as well. Thought it was just a civic thing ? My 1l 205 heater in my first car was amazing ?

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