Greetings! Just became a MINI owner about a month ago. Needed a practical, small, inexpensive, efficient DD with a hatch. Lots of research and searching, and I wound up with an 06 Hyper Blue R53 with 80k on it. Needed a clutch and a rear main, and some strut tower de-mushrooming (not severe), but even with that, the price was too good to pass up. My primary enthusiast car is Mustangs, and I've owned a bunch. The MINI shares a garage with a restomod 67 Mustang convertible project, so the goal is to keep the MINI from becoming a project. So far, all of the work is maintenance (except for some striping customization!). I don't have much knowledge to contribute when it comes to these cars, so I'm here to learn, and will share any of my mistakes as I'm going, so others can learn what not to do!