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I bought it new from a MINI dealer in 2013. Bought it off the lot. I put on a set of Borrani wheels that I had on my 2007 R56. The Borrani distributer drew my name out of a hat at MINIs in the Mountains 2010. They custom made them for my at their factory in Milan. One of them got T-boned by a lady in an Accord, so the factory wheels are back. The run-flat tires have been replaced by Michelin Pilots. Love the Michelin's, they're so much better than the run flats that BMW seems to think we all should have. If you have a MINI, and it still has run flat tires, replace them with non-run flats the next time you buy tires -- you'll be glad you did. The brakes are good, from the factory. I want to paint on the calipers, either Red or Black. Tower braces seem like a easy, if perhaps pointless mod -- all the cool cars seem to have them. I'm researching coilovers, ÖHLINS Road & Track seem like the ones to get -- but I'm still pondering. The suspension is stiff and I'd like to get something that will make the ride a little more comfortable -- without changing the handling too much. The car doesn't seem to want for power. It's not a JCW, just an "S", but when I punch it -- it moves well enough for a daily driver. Put it up on a lift and it's really dry for a MINI. It does not seem to consume oil, like a lot of MINI's do. It only took MINI seven years to get this engine right. I've had mine since April 2013 and it's been a painless experience -- if you discount getting lot damage in a mall, getting the suspension t-boned by a lady in an Accord and getting rear-ended by a van. It has an automatic with paddle shifters, which I like more than I thought I would. My last MINI was a manual, the automatic is easier to live with. It is faster than the manual.
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