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 Posted: Jul 17, 2019 04:14AM
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As a former BMW MINI owner (and still classic Mini owner), I say enjoy it! Drive it like you stole it. Keep up all the maintenance.

And trade it when it hits 70K. It's a BMW, it will need expensive repairs and parts.

I bought my '10 Clubman new and was religious about the maintenance. At 75K, it needed $6,000 worth of service. I ponied up $4k to get it rolling and traded it for a reliable daily driver.

 Posted: Jul 17, 2019 03:25AM
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Originally Posted by R57MiniCooperS
Another quick question for you all. Ive been reading about the issues Mini owners face with the PCV and carbon build up. Ive read up on the "PCV Hose Delete" using the caps. But it would appear my 2011 doesnt have that hose Or is it in a different place?
I would not recommend a 'PCV hose delete' as the positive crankcase ventilation is an important component for the proper function of the engine.

Carbon build-up in the MINIs is a side effect of the direct injection technology since the fuel does not pass thru the intake tract. The best thing you can do is to keep your MINI maintained properly for optimum efficiency, use tier 1 gas, and perform the occasional 'Italian tune-up' (take the rpm near redline). 

 Posted: Jul 16, 2019 02:51PM
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Another quick question for you all. Ive been reading about the issues Mini owners face with the PCV and carbon build up. Ive read up on the "PCV Hose Delete" using the caps. But it would appear my 2011 doesnt have that hose Or is it in a different place?

 Posted: Jul 16, 2019 02:11PM
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Thank you all for the replies. My primary concern was getting ahead of any potential issues (EX: Oil Catch Can). Thank you all for your suggestions. I will stay ontop of the oil changes and ensure i run a fuel injector cleaner every 3 months.

 Posted: Jul 15, 2019 10:50AM
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Additional notes: Recommend a fuel ejector cleaner such as BERRYMAN every three months. If you don't, you Will end up at the Mini dealer with a $1000 bill for a walnut clean. Trust me...I've been there. As noted in prior forum notes, changing oil every 5-6000 is a must. Good luck, and any other problems, we can help out.

 Posted: Jul 15, 2019 04:03AM
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Originally Posted by onetim
Well you have made your purchase, try not to worry about what could go wrong, take care of maintenance, and enjoy the car. A good first buy is a factory service manual.
I agree with onetim - enjoy the car and maintain regularly. Since you have the turbo, change the oil at 5k or less....

 Posted: Jul 14, 2019 02:12PM
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Well you have made your purchase, try not to worry about what could go wrong, take care of maintenance, and enjoy the car. A good first buy is a factory service manual.

 Posted: Jul 14, 2019 07:43AM
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well. you should have bought a REAL mini. a classic mini later bc

 Posted: Jul 14, 2019 04:09AM
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Hello All,

I just wanted to stop in and say hi as a proud new owner of a 2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible. Its got the N18 engine with 25K miles on it.

Ive been doing some reading on these cars and have come across various issues Im not sure are still relevant. Ive read about the "death rattle", "catch cans", "Code readers", and "oil leaks". I guess my question to the community here is what should i be on the look out for as the owner of this car? Should i invest in a code reader and catch can? Has the "death rattle" issue been addressed and resolved by mini? I did purchase the car from a Mini dealer.

I appreciate any info you are able to provide. Thanks all.

Here are more details based off the VIN. Not sure why it says its automatic, its a manual.