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2003 Mini Cooper S (R53) - Ace Cafe debut


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On 8/15/2021 at 3:50 PM, Peter C said:

Although my Cooper's interior is not in bad condition, one of the previous owners evidently had a dog and it left a lasting stench. @SiC would NOT have bought this car! I've already given the interior a good clean, twice but the smell was still there. I leave the windows open whilst the Cooper is parked up and just stepping into the garage was enough to smell mutt.

I gave the interior a third clean today but this time I removed the rear seats and stripped the boot trim from the backrests, which were covered in dog hair.

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I hoovered and wiped every surface, hard and soft, twice. I used up 500ml of disinfectant and the job took almost four hours. 

First impressions are good, I can no longer smell mutt and the interior gleams.

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Bit of research revealed that baking soda absorbs smells. I've left a container of the stuff inside the car and I'm looking forward to giving the interior a good sniff in a couple of days.

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Two spoke wheel? Is that the norm on an S?

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On 7/19/2021 at 4:29 PM, Peter C said:

annoying rattle from the tailgate

Just remembered something. On our R56 there are two rubber bungs on the tailgate, one on each edge, towards the lower corner.  The bungs have slits in them so they're adjustable. Sometimes they fall out, often they work their way inwards - make sure they're both there, and if so, unscrew/pull them out a bit, because the tailgate rattles to fuck otherwise. 

Check that the R53 isn't the same - if theres an intentional ~1" hole in each side of the tailgate then the bungs are missing. 

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Iirc the R53 Cooper S auto is a slush box and a reasonable unit. The R50 Cooper is CVT and more troublesome. 

As said a auto Cooper S is rare but they do exist though. Often at a premium as still a market for people who can't drive a manual and want a Copper S.

Very interesting. In my Haynes Mini book there is no mention of a Cooper S auto 'box, it just refers to the shitty CVT 'box available in the R50s.

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