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Mini !!!

VS 5.0

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Picked this up today as a learner car for my 16 y/o son and a bit of a project that we can do together.

2003 Mini One
1.6 litre
5 sp manual
89,xxx Miles

Delivered new in the UK on the same date (day/month) as my birthday lol.

Needs a good buff and some SSR and a deeeeeeep clean of the interior.

Never thought I would have my name on the rego papers for one of these lol.







 

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I love it. Can i ask how much? I'm starting to look for one

Aside from cleaning, anything on the cards mods wise?
 

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$3k.

2nd cheapest Mini in Oz that I have seen over the last 6 weeks or so behind one in Melbourne at $2.5k that isn't reg'd, no RWC and recommends a tow truck to take it away.

Only planned mod is changing the speedo face from MPH to KPH.

Has some oil weeps to look at (expect oil pressure sensor and balancer seal) and needs front control arm bushes and front tyres.

Also has the airbag light on. Seems to be a common issue with these due to the cable getting caught when moving a seat, although in this instance it appears to be due to the seats having being taken out without disconnecting the battery.

I've got an Airbag scan / reset tool on the way (<$40) which should sort that out according to the Mini forums.

Fun car to drive.
 

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Thats great.
Glad you got a manual :)
 

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Great little car. Those mk1s were really well engineered from what I read.
 

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Nice. Really cool colour too
 

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Wifey had the JCW manual. That was a heap of fun to drive and well built, except the front wheel drive wheel spin & understeer. :cool:

Fixed that problem with a Clubsport. haha.
Ford focus st 2013 has big lift off oversteer = l can attest to that !!!
 

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Great first car / project/ learning curve.
If going by the ST the higher spect/ models are great fun to move onto eventually.


Is he interested? Looking after / cars, Great if!!

Yes? Enjoy!!
 

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Is he interested? Looking after / cars
He was quite excited last night, asking questions about how we'll clean this, fix that etc.

He does "automotive engineering" (non ATAR) at school where they are getting taught how to work on the basics on cars, disassemble lawn mower motors etc.

They have a work shop with a couple of hoists and the teacher has 3 or 4 cars there for them to fiddle with.

The teacher had them putting the interior back into his HR the other week so he could take it over the pits lol. Nothing like free labour under cover of education.

He is also doing non-ATAR engineering (i.e. fabrication) and has been learning welding for the last couple of years. His last project was a portable hot plate / grill for use over open fires. Current project is a workshop stool that I can use for detailing. Keen to see how that turns out.
 
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