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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 03, 2012 01:57PM

My son's been looking for a car & he ran across an '06 Mini Cooper with a bad motor. Looks to be a good deal based on asking price of the car & engine price @ LKQ.

Anything in particular I should check out?


BMC
Brian Mc Cullough
Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA
(380 posts)

Registered:
10/30/2007 02:27AM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB '95 3.4L 'L32' SFI V6, GM V6T5 & 3.42 Limi

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Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: BMC
Date: March 06, 2012 11:55PM

Rob.

No one has answered.

I cannot answer correctly regarding Modern Minis.

Since this is a conversion website and you know everyone who reads this is thinking it.....






Yes, check out the width, depth and length of the engine bay. Look under the dash and see how much you can cut into it.

Move to the rear of the car and see how much room is there for potential replacement.


If the dimensions are there, a nice LSX will fit in the front with a 9" in the rear or possible IRS.

Original engine? Here at the British V8 site, we don't need no stinkin' original engine!

Please forgive me. I have stepped out of character.

-BMC.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4475 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 07, 2012 01:45AM

yep, that's what I was thinking


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: Dan B
Date: March 07, 2012 09:01AM

How did the motor get bad? Neglected maintenance?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 posts)

Registered:
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Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 07, 2012 10:12PM

Too funny. Remember, this is for my 16 yr old... The last thing he needs for a 1st car is a LS powered mini.. But, I did tell my wife if it doesn't work out for him I'd seriously consider it as a replacement for her car.

As for what happened to the motor, I still don't know. Guessing it's already sold because seller hasn't returned call or email.


MG four six eight
Bill Jacobson
Wa state
(307 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 02:15AM

Main British Car:
73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: March 08, 2012 01:12AM

Rob
We (well actually its my wife's car) have a 05 S. It's a fun car to drive, I have to pry it out of her hands just so I can change the oil!LOL
They are pretty reliable cars.
The one thing to watch out for is the CVT transmission found in the non-S models. With proper fluid changes they'll last a long time. However there are no internial parts avilable for the CVT trans, so if it fails your looking at a complete assembly and they're REALLY spendy.
The manual and 6 speed auto tranys are repairable and for the most part trouble free.

Bill


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: anyone know about mini coopers?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 08, 2012 08:10AM

Great info, thanks Bill!


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