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Air-con service at 69,770 miles
10 August 2016 - Filed under: Servicing

The air conditioning in the MINI had become rather feeble and had started whistling. Fearing there might be a leak somewhere I thought I’d try having it serviced/regassed first. I used a local Halfords Autocentre as they claim to only charge if they can resolve the problem. The car passed all the leak tests so it […]

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New battery at 65,000 miles
8 March 2016 - Filed under: Repairs + Servicing

New battery. Seems to have cured the starter solenoid issues. Easy DIY job, although quite a large piece of trim needs to be removed: There’s a great DIY guide on North American Motoring. I opted for a Varta E44 with a 5 year warranty. Type 096 was the correct size for our R56. The Ah […]

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Rear ARB bushes at 65,000 miles
6 March 2016 - Filed under: Repairs + Servicing

After a remarkably good run the MINI has developed a few issues. A knocking noise from the rear was cured by some new ARB bushes. Easy job, just two bolts and a 13mm spanner required. The old bushes ‘looked’ ok, but internet wisdom suggested that would be the case. My local GSF had stock of […]

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2015 Tax at 63,500 miles
18 December 2015 - Filed under: Servicing

Tax – £130

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2015 MOT at 58,834 miles
6 May 2015 - Filed under: Servicing

MOT – Passed with no advisories.

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Replacement alternator belt at 58,000 miles
5 April 2015 - Filed under: Repairs + Servicing

Replacement alternator belt as MINI flagged it as starting to perish during the service. I had to remove quite a lot of car to get to it: The old belt was certainly showing some signs of age: North Oxford MINI quoted around £100 to perform the belt swap, this is seems quite reasonable. The OE part cost […]

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Final TLC service at 58,000 miles
2 April 2015 - Filed under: Servicing

Final TLC XL service at North Oxford MINI, all covered under the service pack with the exception of a brake fluid change which cost £64. The service packs have kept regular servicing costs remarkably low during our ownership.

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MOT and Tyres at 50,500 miles
19 May 2014 - Filed under: Servicing

Two new Dunlop SP Sport 01 runflats, fitted at F1 Oxford for £190. MOT – passed with advisories for the existence of engine and under-tray covers for £50. Cowley Road MOTs were a friendly bunch with better availability than the council depot. I’ll use them again.

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Front discs and pads – OEM Options at 49,000 miles
15 March 2014 - Filed under: Servicing

The wear sensor for the front brake pads recently fired, I’ve covered 30k since I last changed them which doesn’t seem too bad. Unlike last time there are now lots of OEM options for the R56, I opted for Brembo painted discs and pads and a Pagid wear sensor. That saved about £50 over OE parts and […]

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Tax and Insurance at 48,000 miles
30 January 2014 - Filed under: Servicing

I was expecting an increase this year after my windscreen claim. The renewal came through at £259, almost £100 less than last year! Increased my mileage from 7 to 10k a year, still couldn’t get close to the price anywhere else. Tax was £125 this time.

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