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Old 06-23-2021, 01:12 PM   #1
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Mini-Cooper 07 potential TOAD?

We are looking for a small cheap TOAD (currently using my wife's 2017 Jeep Cherokee), and a 2007 Mini Cooper convertible with manual transmission has popped up for sale cheap locally. (going to hopefully go look at it tomorrow morning) Are there any words of warning for this particular model, overall it appears in good shape has about 150,000 miles, though the engine has been replaced with a low mileage engine (I understand the engines are a problem with this model year range) Clutch has also been recently replaced, I don't know much else about this one, though it will need a base plate, etc. to convert to TOAD duty, I did a DIY base plate installation on our Cherokee, so I suspect it will be similar, though I will look up the youtube videos etc. for this model.


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We've got a 2013 Mini. I think BlueOx Makes a base plate for the 07 as well.

I did the initial install of the base plate. It connects to the bumper core support. If you have the ability to do a bit of welding, I'd make a tab to also get an attachment bolt to the unibody. The bumper core support is a weak point.

The N14 engine is know to have issues. We have an N18. The 07 Convertible may still be using the Supercharged engine. (if it's an S) If that's the case it's NOT an N14 as those are turbos.

We went from an 05 Convertible (non-S AKA Justa as in Just a Cooper) (never towed) to the Roadster S. Our current car is our 3rd Mini. I sold the 05 to a friend with 180K miles on it about 5 years ago and he just sold it recently with about 240K on it to someone else for more than he paid me so they do hold up pretty well.
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