Okay, a little backstory first. I was driving my R56 one day and I got an engine temp warning. I immediately stopped the car and had it towed home. The problem turned out to be that dumb gasket on the oil filter housing. I did a ton of research, spent like $800 + to get the gasket and all associated parts I'd need to replace to fix the issue (turbo oil lines, exhaust manifold gasket... etc. All genuine MINI parts), put the car in maintenance mode and went to town. Heck, I even went ahead and replaced the cooling fan with a direct MINI replacement. Buttoned every thing up, refilled and bled the coolant system... (side note, I think it's ridiculous to have to use distilled water with the BMW coolant! I guess this stupid car also requires Perrier Sparkling windshield washer fluid and a spritz of Ode de Toilet on the cabin air filter when replaced because apparently this car is higher maintenance than my ex-wife) I changed the oil, made sure I had everything hooked back up correctly using diagrams I made and photos I took before the teardown... etc. I went to start the car and it fired up and I guess it decided it didn't appreciate what had just transpired and then promptly died while making this odd whistling noise. Bear in mind the car started and idled fine as I drove it into my shop to begin repairs. I rechecked everything. Everything was in place and this thing should have ran. After about two days of troubleshooting, I then admitted defeat and had it towed to MINI of Escondido to have it fixed. Of course, the FIRST thing they recommended was the walnut blast (which I had just had done less than 10,000 mile prior) to which I rolled my eyes so hard I got brain damage, then gave them the go ahead to perform. After the cleaning, they basically undid everything I had done and reassembled everything with new parts. They ended up having the same issue I had. Surprise-surprise. After having the car for a week and a half and throwing another $1500+ in parts at it, they finally told me that the car would only run with the MAF unplugged and that the only thing left for them to try was to replace the ECU which would cost me an additional $2300 plus shop time. Look, this car is 10 years old and now we're bordering on repair prices that outweigh the current value of the damned thing. So, I declined and picked up the car, running with the MAF unplugged. It's gutless, the CEL is always on, and there is a whistle under acceleration. To me, the whistle and the fact that the car only runs with the MAF unplugged indicates a vacuum leak somewhere. I left it as is and have driven it around town a bit, but now were at the point where the tags are due and it needs to be smogged. Californina won't smog the car with the CEL on and now I'm stuck with a car I can't A: Sell as is. B: Get smogged. So, I am left with the fact that I would have to place the car in "non-op" status at the DMV. At this point, the only thing it's good for right now is setting it the front yard, filling with dirt, and planting flowers in it -OR- donating it the the Marine Corps base down the road to use as target practice for their Howitzers. I guess it would make a decent boat anchor for a shrimp boat or something... I dunno. Can anyone point me in any direction as to what I can look at or do in order to get this dumb little car back up and running? Thanks!