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So pleased to have picked up this beauty during the week!

A 2014 Mini Cooper S in Midnight Black. It’s Sport Auto (6-speed).

Additional kit includes:

  • Chili Pack
  • Cross punch leather sports seats (heated)
  • LED Headlights
  • Navigation XL
  • JCW Steering Wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 18” JCW alloy wheels
Loving it so far, my 5th Mini and 3rd F56!

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Very nice, time for some fun, though maybe not too much on the icy roads ?
 

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Thanks for the nice comments folks!

I have already added the genuine Mini sport aerial (and the JCW key fob).

Over Christmas I will change the light surrounds (front and rear) and grill surround to the genuine Mini piano black ones. I’m also going to swap the front and rear badges for genuine piano black LCI badges as I prefer the look of those and want to change to all black anyway in line with the surrounds.

I am also toying with the idea of Union Jack rear lights (I miss my LCI!) for the sake of £300 and 10 mins on BimmerCode to remove any error messages. These small changes should make a nice subtle difference to the appearance of the car. I’m not going to fully dechrome as I think some touches like the beltline, side scuttles and grill bar offset the chrome of the wheels nicely, as obviously they have painted black elements too. So less chrome, but not dechrome, is the look I’m going for.

I am currently undecided on what to do with roof and mirror caps. I like the idea of a subtle black camo wrap... Thoughts?
 

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Oh and my pressed metal private plates will also go on this weekend - they always make a nice subtle difference on these cars, in my opinion!

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Pressed private plates now on :) (car filthy in pic, sorry!) Also ordered all the black trim parts today, and piano black LCI MINI badges for the bonnet and boot lid.

Almost pulled the trigger on Union Jack lights but will be patient and sort the tyres and sensors first.

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Just a quick update. Gave the car a clean today and took the opportunity to change to the piano black LCI badges. I like the look and can’t wait to get the light/grill surrounds done now.

The bad news, I found this pot hole the hard way last night in the dark so 2x runflats ruined and damage to 2x alloys - though £50 a wheel should get them looking great again. That’s sped up my changing of the tyres anyway so Yokohama’s going on all round on Tuesday, will then get the wheels sorted after Christmas and send the bills for 2x tyres and the wheel work to the local council!
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Nasty. Try to get a ruler and pit it in the hole to show the depth . The roads are a mess!
 

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Light surrounds now on :cool: Had to snap the rears off as they were not easy but I have spare chrome ones anyway from my previous Mini.

Will give the grill a try in a few days as I’m fully expecting to snap that one and want to have plenty of time so as not to damage anything around it!

Love the look of black on black, really makes a nice difference to the look of the car!

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Just a quick update. Gave the car a clean today and took the opportunity to change to the piano black LCI badges. I like the look and can’t wait to get the light/grill surrounds done now.

The bad news, I found this pot hole the hard way last night in the dark so 2x runflats ruined and damage to 2x alloys - though £50 a wheel should get them looking great again. That’s sped up my changing of the tyres anyway so Yokohama’s going on all round on Tuesday, will then get the wheels sorted after Christmas and send the bills for 2x tyres and the wheel work to the local council! View attachment 68198
:S I normally put 40 psi on my tires to help avoid sidewall bubbles, but not sure if it would work for a pothole that size (probably not). Sorry for your tires/wheels :|

The car's looking great though, congrats!!
 

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New tyres are an absolute dream. Done a hundred or so miles in them now and much quieter and smoother ride. For anyone considering ditching run flats, it's well worth it for the daily experience! That said, I'm glad I had a run flat post-damage as it did enable essential journeys over Christmas whilst waiting to get sorted.

Next stop, get the alloys touched up and back to being pristine before sending the bill to the council. Wish me luck!

Will try and get the black grill fitted this weekend, just nervous about doing it by snapping off the chrome one as it's so much effort taking the bumper off just for this small mod!
 

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Grille doesn't look very black ;)
I swapped mine with the bumper on - started at the top by pulling it off as far around as possible then used trim tools to lever the bottom section out in 4 pieces as it kept snapping - make sure you put some masking tape along the bottom edge of the paintwork - a sharp edge chipped mine
 

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Looking shiny! (y)

Did the council refund you the expenses related to the tires/wheel?
Not yet, they’re ignoring me at present! Solicitor will be instructed end of the month if no reply.

In the meantime I’ve gotten around to replacing the faulty washer on the bonnet - and typically Mini have changed them slightly (they’re now bigger) so my OCD means I’ll have to replace the other! Working perfectly again though so it’s done the trick.

As for detailing, I’ve discovered Meguiars Ceramic Wax - brilliant stuff!!!
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Wow significantly bigger-yes now you do need the other! Good luck with the Council-it was at the solicitor point I gave up many years ago but mine was only 1 wheel and tyre and it was a catseye that had been dislodged so they had the 'hadn't been reported ' argument! ( not a mini)
 

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Claim now with the courts for the damage to my Mini. This is taking far too long. Had an email today continuing to refuse liability. We’ll let the judge decide!
 

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Wow significantly bigger-yes now you do need the other! Good luck with the Council-it was at the solicitor point I gave up many years ago but mine was only 1 wheel and tyre and it was a catseye that had been dislodged so they had the 'hadn't been reported ' argument! ( not a mini)
I wrote off a motorbike in 1992, in one of B'hams tunnels due to water leakage onto a bend. They used the delay tactics and denied that the problem could even occur. Went solicitor route, but threw the towel in after a couple of years. Life had moved on. Councils are very good at playing the waiting game unfortunately.
 

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Claim now with the courts for the damage to my Mini. This is taking far too long. Had an email today continuing to refuse liability. We’ll let the judge decide!
My Local Council got out of paying for damage on my Mini by claiming they had a schedule of works in place and that covered their liability. I had to prove that they had no intention of doing any repair, but if they could prove they checked the particular section of road on a regular basis they were not liable.

I gave up on my claim as it was 1 tyre, still over £150 worth and I was not happy.

My plan of action if I was going to take it further was to go down the route of saying if they knew about the fault they should have notified road users with cones or metal plate covering (as other sections of road with similar issues).
 
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