Can't find a local Mini club to post to, so I'll just say hi to the whole world instead. I've just bought an all stock 2003 R50, black over white, sunroof, base model as far as I can tell. I was seduced by the low price compared to a new car, the nearly pristine body and the clean interior. And of course it's a fun to drive Mini! It has a new clutch put in by Cosner Brothers after the previous owner sold it to them, I imagine when he got the bad news about the clutch. Wednesday it gets a brake flush and a new serpentine belt. I'm not really planning to do any crazy customizing. Creature comforts are high in the to do list: Modern, upgraded sound system (though the speakers seem OK) and some sound dampening, though I haven't decided what kind and I'll likely do that myself. Since I never expect to wedge anyone into the back, I've removed the rear seat backs and plan to remove the rear seats entirely. I would appreciate any thoughts about 2003 R50s, especially if they're along the lines of "you should be fine, no you shouldn't have to drop another $2K to make it reliable." Or, you know, informed opinions along the lines of "You've made a terrible mistake" would also be handy.