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MINI Development Story
24 February 2010 - Filed under: Other MINI

Stumbled across a rather interesting article on the development story surrounding the MINI over at Austin Rover Online. Well worth a read. There’s also a well written R56 Cooper road test.

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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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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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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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Delivery at 11,200 miles
29 January 2009 - Filed under: Servicing

Collected my first MINI today from North Oxford MINI. I took my time finding a MINI which suited both my requirements and budget, after some internet research, three test drives and a bit of haggling I settled on a 2007 Chilli Red Cooper with a rather extensive list of optional extras. The Cooper has had […]

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