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Highest mileage on a R56 Justa?

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:26 PM
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Do you still have your 08 base Cooper? If not, may I ask why not? :D
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:28 PM
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Do you still have your 08 base Cooper? If not, may I ask why not? :D
I don't. Wanted to go a different direction with the car. It's a great car though, dead reliable.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:30 PM
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Do you still have your 08 base Cooper? If not, may I ask why not? :D
In my case, I do still have my 08 Cooper. I'm going to hit 100000 miles this week and I have no intention of getting rid of it anytime soon. I see this as its first 100000 miles!

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:35 PM
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I feel the same way about mine! I will reach 70K in the new few months. My plan is to take really good care of it so that I will never feel inclined to get a newer model. I am surrounded by MCS owners in my area, but still, love the base.

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In my case, I do still have my 08 Cooper. I'm going to hit 100000 miles this week and I have no intention of getting rid of it anytime soon. I see this as its first 100000 miles!

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:40 PM
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13 and 08 are both Gen 2. Which direction did you go instead? :p Hope I am not asking too many questions. Curious about what limitations prompted the change.

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I don't. Wanted to go a different direction with the car. It's a great car though, dead reliable.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:42 PM
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I truly love driving my non-S and I have never felt stepping up to a turbo is a better option. I see the nightmares that others have had, and to date, I have had no real issues. With my sprint booster and my sticky tires on my Challenge wheels, this car brings on so much fun, and except for some small moments, I never wish for more power than this car gives me. I have had so many cars and never have I had a car that after 70000 miles of driving, I still feel the same way about it, loving every minute driving it.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:56 PM
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I agree. :D I had the sprint booster for awhile but almost never used it. It required me to go lighter on the gas pedal, or at least change how fast I apply force to the pedal, it made me somewhat uneasy. Any hesitation in the first gear was gone though after I put the new intake in. I have never done any routine service on my own until recently. I figured if I am going to keep this baby for a very long time, I should be able to handle her inside and outside. Not happy that I relied on the super long oil/fluid change intervals. Kinda wished that I had been more diligent in sorting that out.
 
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I have been changing mine every 3000 regardless of it being synthetic. So many have their feelings on this topic, but later in a vehicle's life, you find out if it made a difference. At 300000 miles, I'll let you know What intake did you put on? How did the car respond? I have a K&N drop in with the stock air box in which I modified it to block off the muffler ports in the snorkel. Mine is an automatic, so I have been loving the throttle response, and when I press the sport button on top of it, it gets even a little more responsive.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:17 PM
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I believe we only get two to choose from, the VIP or K&N Typhoon. I went with K&N and love the deep growl from the open box. Performance wise, the boost is slight and better felt in low gears. Where is the muffler ports, and are we better off blocking them off? :D
 
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Between the air box, as you move down the snorkel to where the air comes in, there is a black square box mounted on top of the tube. Inside there are a few round openings that take any resonance at WOT and cancel them out. I used heavy gorilla tape and blocked them off in response to post I saw here on NAM. I actually liked the sound change and think that it may be a little more responsive, even though that may be in my mind. It has stayed secure for 20000 + miles. Since you have an open box, they wouldn't apply to you any more. Mine is still closed.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:21 PM
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Who, Me? Mine is a 2002 MC . . .

. . . and Yes, I still have it.
It just hummed
past 548,000 miles
yesterday.

No, I'm not looking to
"go in any other direction".
As long as this beauty keeps
looking,
running,
handling,
and riding
this perfectly -
why would I change?

HWS
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:00 PM
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548,000? Please do share with us your anti-aging regime! :D

My question was for the fellow member who went from a 2008 to 2013.

I tried to open the square box but there doesn't seem to be any opening for me to pry on. If there is nothing important in the sqaure box, I might just remove the whole thing and run a flexi pipe from the intake inlet opening to the stock box.

The K&N intake cover is a pain so I took it out. Right now my filter is hanging over the stock box bottom, connected to the MAF sensor which is connected to and supported by an an aluminium pipe.
 
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MiniVelvet View Post
I believe we only get two to choose from, the VIP or K&N Typhoon. I went with K&N and love the deep growl from the open box. Performance wise, the boost is slight and better felt in low gears. Where is the muffler ports, and are we better off blocking them off? :D
A little detour from the thread topic, but there is a third CAI (could be others but I haven't poked around in awhile).

DDMWorks. Love mine.
 
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by hstanfield View Post
. . . and Yes, I still have it.
It just hummed
past 548,000 miles
yesterday.

No, I'm not looking to
"go in any other direction".
As long as this beauty keeps
looking,
running,
handling,
and riding
this perfectly -
why would I change?

HWS
As I am in love with my R56 Justa, and as I seem to be racking up miles at an alarming rate, your post makes me grin at so many levels.

I salute you!

Kind regards,

Charlie
 
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cmt52663 View Post
As I am in love with my R56 Justa, and as I seem to be racking up miles at an alarming rate, your post makes me grin at so many levels.

I salute you!

Kind regards,

Charlie
Charlie, I stand right next to you with that post!

Ivan
 
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:45 PM
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140500, here no problems. Was able to get 48mpg this summer.
 
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:53 PM
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bought my 09 in January with 40,000 miles on it, installed the VIP intake with a K&N filter and currently have 64,000 miles on it. Change the oil every 4500 miles with Liqui-Moly 5W-30 and Mini Cooper OEM oil filter. All my driving is highway miles. I live 38 miles from my job X 5 days a week each direction... doesnt take long to rack up miles.... love the little car! no issues or problems besides getting a rock to the windshield while following a commercial truck.... grrr... going to have the front end repainted and replace the windshield in the near future and then get the invisible bra installed to protect the front from roadway flying debris... my other vehicles include a lifted FJ80 Land Cruiser with 350,000 miles on it and a 97 GMC stepside with an LS-1 engine and vet transmission and rear end- with currently 225,000 miles on it... the mini is the daily drive and the favorite!
 
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:53 PM
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Bought my second hand 07 R56 Justa 3 years ago with 40k on it. In those three years, I have averaged ~40k/year so it is now at 159,000 and running tight as a drum with nearly all original parts. The only parts that have been replaced at this point are the thermostat housing and the coil packs. Beyond that, it is 3-5k mile oil changes with Royal Purple 5W-30 or Liquid-Moly 5W-30 and if you love your MINI never ever use anything but OEM (Purflux) oil filters or Mann in a pinch. I fully expect to see a quarter million miles in the next 2 years.
 
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The guy that runs White Roof Radio put over 300k on his gen one non S.
 
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I'm around 90k miles right now on 07 justa
 
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update

passed 87,000 miles recently. and just had the dreaded codes P0120, P2102, P1637, P1638, and P1639 pop up and put her in limp mode ...
Update : replaced throttle body and reset computer. Fixed problem and now with 90000 miles.
 

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124000 on my 2011 JCW. I've done a few mods since the warrantee expired and I'm taking it out to my second track day today. Gonna see how fast I can get it to go!
 
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by hstanfield View Post
I'm waiting for it right now at Milwaukee's International MINI while they perform the routine 519,000 mile inspection. No problems no complaints, no questions
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. . . and Yes, I still have it.

It just hummed past 548,000 miles yesterday.
HWS
WOW! Very impressed!!!!
 
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Posted this on another thread but will paste it here because it applies even though it is an MCS.
In reading the various threads, it seems that many of these are common problems.

I can understand why mechanics charge so much for certain things on the Mini. It's a real pain to get to some of the components. Sometime it takes an hour just to get one bolt off because there is so little room.

2008 MCS - 120K miles.
-Replaced turbo pressure valve - Fixed kazoo sound at shut-off
-Replaced Valve Cover - Fixed PCS error code.
-Replaced serpentine belt. - Fixed belt squeal.
-Replaced ignition coils 4x. - Fixed cyl-2 misfire (did others for maintenance).
-Replaced spark plugs. - Why not?
-Replaced water pump. - Didn't fix coolant leak.
-Replaced water pump feed pipe. - Fixed coolant leak.
-Replaced thermostat and thermostat housing. - Fixed more of the coolant leak.
-Replaced turbo oil line. - Fixed oil leak.
-Changed to Firestone Driveguard tires. Still run-on-flat rated. WAY better ride and much cheaper Than Goodyear Run-Flats. I highly recommend it.
-Replaced brake pads on rear. Didn't fix BRAKE warning light because there is a stupid sensor that needs to be replaced as well. Waiting on part.
Now, leaking oil again pretty badly. I think that the oil filter housing gasket is toast. Car is up on jack stands again. Calling around for a gasket. Such is life.
Most work I have ever done on any of my cars but I love this little beastie. It's fun and the awesome look of a Mini is indisputable.

I think I should become a Mini mechanic. I know my way around the Mini engine (R56) pretty well now.
 
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:45 AM
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My 2002 MINI Cooper Has Over 590,000 Miles!

Running beautifully, riding just fine, and handling like a new one.

There have been a few changes since my last post, but this car is still Pure Fun.

At 582,000 Miles I decided to have my Dealer, International MINI of
Milwaukee, install a used engine with 46,000 miles instead of replacing a
leaking head gasket for over $2000. The engine went in just fine, but,
my old (original) air conditioner compressor also needed to be replaced.
Everything had been going perfectly since then - till the old (original)
power steering pump failed a couple weeks ago. So, gradually,
we're learning how long these original parts last -
if you keep your MINI long enough!

That's how the odometer looked a few hundred miles ago, and the other
picture was taken a few minutes later with a week's worth of bugs and dust
still in place. But, that's OK - The car is not new - and it's not For Sale.
 
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