Engine MINI 1st Gen R52 S How to determine the engine mileage (swapped out engine)

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  1. TOPLESSMINI

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    Happy New Year all you MINI fanatics!

    I have an interesting situation and I wonder if anyone can help.

    The engine in my 05 Cabrio was replaced by BMW under an extended warranty (it ran up to 100K). They swapped out the original engine for a used one but that was done before I purchased the car. The previous owner provided me with all the invoices but that doesn't tell me anything about the engine mileage at the time of the swap. The car has 124,000 kms but since I don't know the engine's actual mileage, I can't tell if it's time to do any of the major maintenance work (supercharger service, serpentine belt, etc...). Engine is running fine and I plan to keep the car a few more years. I've owned it for 4 years now with no major engine work required and I do my oil changes religiously.

    I guess I could just treat the engine as if it had the same mileage as the rest of the car but I don't want to do any major work if it's not really needed.

    Can a dealer bring up this info from the car's computer or is there any other way to tell?

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    MD
     
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    Yes the dealer should have records on your Mini. If you have had it 4 years it is time for a new Supercharger belt, tensioner, idler pulley. I would take a good look at the crank pulley and make sure it is not getting cracks in the rubber. The supercharger oil is lifetime so they say, As long as its not leaking it is probably ok. That said I did mine around 100,000 miles.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Will need to go through the invoices to see what was done last. Lots of work was done on warranty so it's possible the belt was changed before I bought the car. The previous owner looked after it and would not hesitate to bring get the car in for servicing since he had the extended warranty. I am almost 3 hours away from that dealership so can't really take the car in to get it hooked on the computer to get more details. I have a local BMW dealer but he won't touch MINIs.
     
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    You could call them and give them the VIN number. They should be able email you the records.
     
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    BMW wants you to believe that. In most cases you will not find any oil in there after 75k miles, at least on the water pump side of the unit. I've done SC oil service on three cars, and even a 28k mile car was low on SC oil. None showed any sign of "leaking" oil at the super charger. The stuff just disappears internally.
     
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    Nothing that BMW makes is “lifetime” except maybe the maintenance bills.
     
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    When BMW says lifetime they me the time the first owner has the car.
     

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