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DIY Front Brake Discs and Pads at 20,300 miles
31 October 2009 - Filed under: Repairs

The MINI has a sensor on the front and rear brakes which handily tells you how many miles you have until you need to swap your brake pads. Unfortunately on my car, and I suspect on most, the sensor reports the pads as being worn rather prematurely. Apart from putting up with the warnings there […]

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Recall at 17,300 miles
4 July 2009 - Filed under: Repairs

I’ve had a few issues with the cooling fan on the MINI recently, it’s noisy and runs regularly, worryingly it often switches on almost instantly after the car has been sat overnight. I visited called into Oxford MINI one afternoon who got a technician to look at it immediately, he ran a few tests and […]

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Curborough Sprint Day at 16,900 miles
20 June 2009 - Filed under: Events

Spent the day at Curborough Sprint Course for a Westfield Sports Car Club organised track day. My brother built a Westfield back in 2005, I seem to have subconsciously copied his red, black and chrome colour scheme when I picked the MINI. It was the first time I’ve driven the Westfield since owning the MINI, […]

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DIY Leather Repair at 16,700 miles
11 June 2009 - Filed under: Repairs

I noticed not long after I purchased the MINI that the drivers seat side bolster had two very small patches where the dye had separated from the leather. I did mention this to MINI but they weren’t especially interested, claiming exemption from the warranty due to ‘fair wear and tear’. It does seem odd that […]

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Dents Removed at 15,500 miles
16 May 2009 - Filed under: Repairs

Sadly the MINI had picked up a couple of door dings in the near-side rear three quarters, they weren’t particularly obvious, just annoying. I was going to leave them, as often the minute you get these things sorted somebody careless will re-ripple your doors. However I then picked up a third dent in the same […]

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British Mini Day at 15,400 miles
10 May 2009 - Filed under: Events

I attended the 2009 British Mini Day held at Himley Hall in the West Midlands. It was a bigger event than previous years due to this year marking the 50th anniversary since the original Mini was first launched. The rest of my photos from the event can be found here.

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Devon at 13,300 miles
6 April 2009 - Filed under: Events

Just spent a very enjoyable weekend in Devon. The MINI somehow managed to swallow three people and their luggage despite it’s fairly embarrassing boot capacity. The long journey down was comfortable and relaxing, the MINI is remarkable refined on the motorway for a smaller car and the addition of cruise control is welcome on a […]

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