Just bought my first mini!

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  1. dchernikoff

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    New to the forum here. After admiring the original Mini as a kid, and lusting after the new Mini's as an adult, I finally bought my first one -- a 2009 Chili Pepper Red Cooper S hardtop. And it's even more fun than I imagined it would be to drive! Or just to look at thru the window as it's parked outside my office. But my wife is convinced I've gone insane, I fear -- I've spent the last week reading the owners manuals in bed and cracking up. They are a hoot!

    It has some troubles, being a used car with 112,000 miles on it. But it was well cared for by previous owners, and I've found a shop to sort out the troubles (severed brake wear sensor cable, DSC/ABS warning light, leaky oil filter housing seal). I'm looking forward to doing some personalizations to it as well, and have already seen some things on this forum I want to try. Glad to be here!

    -Dan
     

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  2. Crashton

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    Welcome, some say red is the fastest color.
     
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    Welcome to MA! Nice color!
     
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    Terrific looking second generation S and Welcome to Motoring Alliance the onlyest MINI forum you'll ever need !!
     
  5. dchernikoff

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    Thanks all! I agree, Red is the fastest.

    This is the fourth forum I've tried. The others are all dead! :-( Glad to finally be greeted in one!

    -Dan
     
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    Welcome!

    Hey Crashton, wadaya mean, "Some say"? Red IS the fastest color!
     
  7. Red Bull

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    Welcome! Which shop did you find, Edge Motorworks, BRR, or another one?

    I just noticed you have two posts in this thread, but your post count only says 1 :crazy:
     
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    Welcome and nice mini.
     
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    Welcome, I agree red is the best and fastest color :)
     
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    Welcome to M/A!:Thumbsup:

    Nice looking S!
     
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    Man that thing sure looks nice for all them miles! I never thought a car could be driven 14,000 miles a year in the Bay Area.
     
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    Welcome! Nice R56! You're all wrong, White Silver is the fastest color :D
     
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    Welcome and nice Chili Red MINI. :Thumbsup:
     
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    Welcome to the coolest MINI forum on the net...........:cool:
     
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  17. dchernikoff

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    First I went to German Motor Specialist in Mountain View. It's very close to my home. They did the pre-buy checklist, came up with a lot of things to fix. I had them do some, but they are very pricey. Then I called around, and a friend actually recommended Fast Lane European in Sunnyvale. Haven't gone to them yet, but my friend has taken his Volvo there for years, says they are very honest, do good work, and have good prices. He quoted the best price to replace the oil filter housing seal, and had a lot of interesting theories about the other problem (GMS said that the codes indicate the DSC unit needs to be replaced at $2000). So I will give them a try next week.

    --Dan
     
  18. dchernikoff

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    I'm loving this site -- already helped me discover that my new-to-me Mini has the Secret Compartment! I'm so stoked. Apparently it's so secret the former owner forgot it was there. When I opened it up it was full of CD's! He moved back to England so I'm not gonna bother mailing them back to him. They were all crap music anyway, lol.

    -Dan
     

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    Wow, $2000 for the DSC light :eek6:

    Hopefully someone who knows R56's on the forum has some info on the fix without the need for a new DSC unit.
     
  20. dchernikoff

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    Yeah, tell me about it! I posted over in the Gen2 forum to see if anyone has a suggestion about the DSC. I'm leaning towards just ignoring it...

    -Dan
     

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