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Discussion in 'General Cars' started by Burnerman, 1 May 2011.

  1. Burnerman

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    Finally these have started to come my way.....Mini were offering 3 years servicing for the price of a packet of crisps so thats hardly surprising.
    1600cc Cooper automatic (2007)......is that a Renault engine I spy in there? :p
    Seems quite a well built vehicle, good paintwork and solid construction. Not sure if I want one though.
    John :)
     
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    Every new style mini I have been in has creaked and rattled more than a 90 year olds false teeth!
     
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    I was too busy getting to grips with the tiptronic paddle shift gear change to notice any rattles.....this one was only in for discs and pads all round.
    John :)
     
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    'A' series engine, no electronics, simple suspension ...I love them :D
     
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    Hey, thats the one! :p
    Twin 1 1/4" S.U.'s, distributor right behind the grille to collect the rain, battery in the boot, give the ticking fuel pump the occasional thump.....my old cooper even had a push start button on the floor!
    How I miss the gears jumping out of first, and the 'I'm not gonna make it' drum front brakes. We don't know we're born.
    John :D
     
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    I had the mis fortune of fitting a clutch to an old mini once, I preffer Volvo V70 T5 clutches!
     
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    I wonder why the Vauxhall idea of using a pre compressed clutch unit, fed through a door in the bell housing, didn't catch on?
    It seemed like a bloomin' good idea to me. :confused:
    John :)
     
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    It was a very good idea! I think they lost out on time sold with that job though so went back to box out, thats my theory anyway :D
     
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    I remember the old Nissan Cherry from 1970 had a similar set up with the clutch, whereby you could change it with the gearbox in situ.
    You could also remove the gearbox and change the clutch on the Victors/Ventoras/CF van and leave the bell housing in place, they were a piece of cake.
    I think the reason Vauxhall dropped laterly was because they changed the flywheel on the Cavaliers and Astras.
     

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