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We got an August built 2006 R53 traded in at the dealer I work at today. It only has 44k on the odometer. Could use a huge detail as its been sitting a while. Also they had the back seats down all the time so those are ruined. I am considering getting this for my wife so that we can finally become a 2 MINI family.


I looked for a FAQ in the 1st Gen section. Didn't see one, so here I am.
I'm going to look the car over more tomorrow and Thursday. What areas should I look at when looking this over? I drove it and it seems really well sorted. just some odd noises underneath. Perhaps an exhaust hanger or something.

Just don't want to buy a dud. Plus she commutes 60/day. I want to make sure she doesn't end up on the side of the road because I missed something.


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Dave I was hoping to hear some wise words from you. But knowing you, you probably could care less. Can anyone point me to a spot that might have this covered?
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This is a bit old, but things to look for..

http://www.motoringfile.com/2009/10/...guide-updated/
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That sounds like it could be a very nice deal. Make sure the supercharger is not making any noise and get a flashlight and try to see if any oil is leaking from the supercharger. With only 44k on it the supercharger should be fine but take a look anyway. The lower control arm bushings are probably bad or headed that way. Kick the front of the front tire and see if it moves back, if so its time for the bushings. Replace them with Power Flex bushings that last forever. The R53 has pretty solid engine so the rest is like any other car. Check for leaks, rust and sings of abuse. Look at the fluids, make sure the oil, antifreeze, break and power steering fluid look ok. I have seen R53s where people have put the wrong fluid in the PS so make sure its the correct color, not red. When you drive it, if it sounds and feels tight that is a good sign. Lastly you said the it needs a huge detailing, that could be a sigh it was not cared for just make sure you can get it clean. If it has been dirty a long time the interior could be stained.
All that said just 44k sounds really good. If you get the car there things I would do to it to refresh it so plan on spending a little on it to get it in top shape.
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My sub60k has had these done (not chronological)
-fuel pump
-fuel filter assembly due to faulty intank fuel pressure regulator
-refreshed w/ new fuel rail pulse regulator.
-bush & ball joint refresh...remember to replace the chf11s ps fluid & hose clamps while subframe & ps pump are off. Check PS fan, too.
-multiple front strutmounts
-added Cravenspeed anti mushroom strut plates
-rear strutmounts
-cv joint & steering rack boots
-coolant temp sensor
-multiple belt tensioner dampers
-crank pulley...went ATI
-hi speed coolant fan bypass mod
-replaced headliner w/ pleather
-filled lower engine mount w/ sikaflex pu seal
-passenger side engine mount...go Vibratechnics
-Coolant reservoir...go Greene Performance.... remind Colin to check for proper cap & hose fittings to go w/ it.
-plugs & leads
-serpentine belt
-oil pan & oil pump cover gaskets + crank seal. Check tensioner while doing this.
-oil filter housing gasket
-pads & fluids...rubber failure is more age than miles.
-swapped a fumoto valve in as my drain bolt seized
-rebuilt the Denso alternator
-check thermostat & oil cooler for leaks.
-suspension & hatch struts.

That's pretty much the short list of things to watch out for. I got the more British build...Good luck w/ the purchase. Hope yours is more German.

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Dave I was hoping to hear some wise words from you. But knowing you, you probably could care less. Can anyone point me to a spot that might have this covered?
Sorry man I was busy loading up Marzo's house into a truck for his trip to Detroit Tuned yesterday.

The advice above is a very good start but I would also ask for service records and get a car fax.

I would also check the rear taillights for rust and if you car pull back or out the rubber door seals (rubber seal) and check for rust.

If you get some type of maintenance history doc you will know what you will want to address first. At 44k you should be good as long as it was not sitting outside in the rushbelt.

Your at a dealership so use all the dealership tools, car fax, vin look up and stick that car up on a lift with a tech. Hopefully you are at a BMW / MINI dealership.
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