Red Cooper

Update: This car is for sale (minus the JCW Soundkit bits). Contact Autobedrijf Klijn in Kaatsheuvel for more information. Stay tuned for an update to this page about my new ’04 R50.

Since September 2008, I have a new job, without a lease car. I barely considered going back to using the White Cooper as a daily driver; I couldn’t bare seeing it run away from me as it did before I got a lease car. After a lot of calculating, I decided I should get a new Mini of my own. I found a nice 2002 Cooper, in Chili Red, with a white roof, wing mirrors and bonnet stripes.

I took the soundkit of the Checkmate before returning the car (I did pay for it myself, after all). Not all components can be used; the updated ECU software I had to leave in the Checkmate, and the modified air filter lid will not fit on the pre-2005-facelift model. Some under-bonet cosmetics, as well as the JCW exhaust, could be fitted to the new car. Instead of the Soundkit airfilter, I’ll be fitting a K&N cold air intake soon.


  • 1598 Tritec engine
  • John Cooper Works Soundkit exhaust (catback)


  • Standard manual gearbox (Midland 5-speed)


  • Standard disk brakes all round


  • McPherson front struts
  • Z-link back suspension


  • Silver Mini S-Spoke wheel
  • Pirelli P Zero Nero 205/45R17 tires


  • Chili Red
  • White roof
  • White wing mirrors
  • White bonnet stripes
  • Chrome grill, bumpers, boot handle


  • Black cloth and black leather upholstery
  • Mini Sports seats
  • Heated seats
  • “Patina”” interior panels
  • “Wave” radio/cassette playe
  • CD changer

In addition to finding all news about the Red Cooper on my frontpage mixed with all other stuff happening in my live, I’ve collected everything about this car in a blog of its own.

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