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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. Hi Folks! It's competition time on Future Classic Cars. The competition is totally free to enter! The prize on offer is the Sornu Qalcomm 3.0 Bluetooth FM transmitter MP3 player. This device allows you to use your current car stereo to play MP3 files. It has 2 USB ports for charging, and a slot for memory cards so you can store all your music on a memory card and play it through your car stereo. Much better than having CD's/tapes rattling around in your car! Depending on the size of memory card, you could have your entire music collection in your car and available at the touch of a button. It also features Bluetooth for handsfree use of your phone, and a clear 1.44 inch LED display. Just the thing if you prefer to keep your modern classic cars OEM radio or if the one you have fitted doesn't play mp3's/usb and doesn't have Bluetooth. The competition runs like this. The first 30 members that join and post in the Future Classic Cars forum will be automatically entered into the competition. The winner will be drawn from those first 30 members to join! Simples, no questions to answer etc, just join and then get posting about your car! Browsed our forum but not signed up yet? Create your free forum account (only takes a few mins) then let us see your car. Already registered your account? Cool, all you need to do is get posing in the forum! The winner will be drawn at random when we hit or pass 30 members. Keep visiting the forum for updates on when the draw will take place. We will also be posting this on our Facebook page. If you know friends or family that have a modern classic car, tell them to head over to the FCC forum and sign up! We want to see lots of Modern classics, the more the merrier! Good luck, and enjoy the site and club! Dave
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