05 MCS in Wichita Hello, Long time hot-rodder, race fan, Alfa owner, and Kart racer - I got started in the Mini journey when I needed a car for my sixteen year-old twins. I had a 2005 Hummer H2 that had been my project. Traded it for a 2013 Justa. All black, automatic, nice car and I enjoyed driving it but thought it would be more fun with more power and a manual transmission. I started to research options for CAI, exhaust, and suspension mods, but decided I needed to keep it stable, and perhaps under-powered for my kids. After some study I decided I would look for my own Mini, and I had a very specific set of requirements. 2005 or 2006 S (I wanted the supercharger) Hatchback Six Speed Chronograph package Silver or Grey Xenon Lights No Sunroof was not a requirement, but a desire. I found the exact car I wanted on craigslist, the downside was it was at a "buy here pay here" dealer in Oklahoma City. It was listed at $4700, and I tried to negotiate it down via text messages with no luck. I kept looking, but couldn't find another exactly like I wanted. I had a few days off work with the 4th of July holiday, so my wife, ten year old son and I headed down in the family SUV. The dealer was gone to lunch, so the family dropped my off and headed to go shopping (Lego Store). I looked the car over and drove it a bit, it had some issues that I felt dropped the price - Service Engine Light was on, A/C didn't work, radio didn't work, headliner was sagging, headlights and tails were fogged and there was a knock that appeared to be the throw-out bearing. I worked my magic, but could only get him down to $4200 - I was going to walk away, and he was going to let me - I could tell he would have sat on this car for a year - it wasn't costing him to hold on to it. I finally decided that I would just go home and try to find this exact car anyway - so I agreed on $4200 cash. It was a long drive home at 106 degrees and no A/C, but the car ran pretty good - also no cruise control, and I learned you can't see the speedometer numbers once you get over 60mph. Got the car home and decided to drive it for a little while to build a full list of things to attack first. I did change all the fluids right away. There weren't any bad surprises, and a few good ones - the previous owner had swapped the pulley (I don't know what % it is), it had a Miltek catback, a Helix JCW air box, Alta IC diverter and spacers, and a Cooling Mist methanol injection system. I fixed the A/C with the $9 low fan resistor, fixed the radio by plugging in the amp. The passenger front woofer may be blown though, but I usually have the radio off and listen to the whine, burbles, and pops of the car. I swapped out the spark plugs for the correct colder range. I reupholstered the headliner myself - It is not great, but better than it was. We took a road trip to a town 36 miles away and when I pulled into the restaurant for lunch the top cat separated. Drove home in a LOUD car, and ordered a Megan Racing Header with empty cat. That seems to have cleared the Service Engine light. Since then I've purchased a CravenSpeed dipstick and Stubby. I mistakenly ordered the shift knob and then found out it doesn't fit the Gen1 R53s. Craven was gracious in allowing me to return the knob for a refund. Next up will be a coil swap - thinking MSD - as it occasionally has a misfire on hard pulls from 2800 - 3500 rpm. I know the throwout bearing will need attention and will replace the flywheel and clutch with higher performance package then too. I will probably order a new SC pulley and damper and replace the tensioner and motor mounts, as well as the crank position O-Ring - that is not currently leaking. I'll also change the supercharger oil.