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Default Should I buy a fJCW R56?! - 12th June 2017, 08:23 PM

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Keano, in case you`re not quite sold on the GP2 yet mate, I`m going to leave a little video here, of the GP2 that you may/may not have seen, but even if you have, it`s gotta be worth watching again





Lol. Yeah I have seen that one ta but you realise that's an r53 gp right?! Lol

Still very cool though 👍 I do like frigo's vids. 👍


Try this one 😊

https://youtu.be/hlaaXLxTxco

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Default 12th June 2017, 09:50 PM

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Lol. Yeah I have seen that one ta but you realise that's an r53 gp right?! Lol
LOL, yeah, sorry mate; knew it was the GP1, but I had it in my head as I was typing that you were after a 2, and as I`d already typed it once on the same line...

That`s my story anyway, and I`m sticking to it LOL !

No, as you`d mentioned the E92 M3 already in the thread, I was just reminding you how well a GP can go; even against the the (much) more powerful stuff...

Have you decided then; GP2, or another R56 JCW - modded to hell ?


  
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Default 13th June 2017, 10:09 AM

The GP2 is not without it's foibles: those rims are a bit cack, even if they are 17x7.5. We find that 215/45-17s over 17x7s fill the arches better and take a couple of hard edges off the ride. We've also found that different GPs have different setups from the factory: ours wouldn't go down more than 0.5cm, others ride much higher. And some others are very much more tail happy. You might want to peel off the vinyl but if you do you might find the paint has discoloured since 2013, so be aware. A whole new set from Costwold MINI is still pretty steep.

Those missing back seats are still bones of contention with the CFO. My management insisted - with stamping of foot and much wagging of finger - that I wasn't allowed a two seater. Even if you can fit four rims in the back. Which I thought was a good argument. So instead of a 3.4 litre Cayman, I bought a 3.8 litre 991. Which worked out well. Except for the rims (you can only fit two).
  
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Default Should I buy a fJCW R56?! - 13th June 2017, 06:08 PM

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The GP is coming out pretty well in terms of overall spend I must admit - a lot of the problem is there aren't many good options about for a fJCW really, or if they are good they are silly money that means may as well get the GP 😂😋
I told you. GP. Go buy one.
  
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Default 13th June 2017, 07:17 PM

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I told you. GP. Go buy one.
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Default 16th June 2017, 09:44 PM

GP2 are over rated and seem to be the "it" car atm. every **** has one.
yes they are already set up, but the shocks are ****.. too many warranty claims, it has less spec than a jcw, costs more, and yes has no back seats.
your buying in the "GP club"
Get a low mileage N18 jcw and have just as much fun with all the niceties.
if you dont want comfort, get an N14 for cheap, rip out all the **** and track it.
  
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Default Should I buy a fJCW R56?! - 16th June 2017, 10:21 PM

Why anyone would want back seats is beyond me. Only kids fit in the back of the mini and why the **** would anyone want kids in their car.

Shocks can be rebuilt for like 100 a corner or something like that. Inverted shocks leak - nature of the beast.

211 UK cars currently taxed, 35 sorn (what on earth has happened to the rest?????)... That's everyone having one apparently... Yes if you're an enthusiast and go on forums, go to meets etc, shock-horror - you will see a few of the flagship model about as they are an enthusiasts car.

I get **** from people for having mine all the time from other Mini owners. I really don't​ get it.
  
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Default 16th June 2017, 11:07 PM

I've recently returned to the MINI fold after a couple of years in BMWs (E46 330ci and E90 320d). The former was a very capable car and the latter was a reasonable commuter car.

Replaced with an N18 fJCW, and it was the best car decision I've made in a long time Mine is Midnight Black with the red roof that you dislike

I searched to find one with full lounge leather and media pack in budget, very glad that I did as they really improve the feel of the interior. Being my third R56 I was keen to ensure it didn't feel too familiar.

It's too early for me to comment on things like reliability, but with just over 40k on the clock it feels smoother than my N14 Cooper S ever did (owned between 30k and 60k)

Good luck with whatever you decide to do mate, and a preemptive welcome back to the fold


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Default Should I buy a fJCW R56?! - 17th June 2017, 05:47 AM

Well Ian through a cat amongst the pigeons yesterday by taking me out in his r53........ man that took me back and I've still got a massive grin on my face - I had forgotten how lovable they are!!

I should never had got rid of mine...

So they are slower and less refined, plus more expensive in fuel, than the newer offerings but my god they are a hoot!!

This has complicated matters and I suspect won't be resolved for a little while 🍿
  
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Default 17th June 2017, 10:27 AM

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GP2 are over rated and seem to be the "it" car atm. every **** has one.
yes they are already set up, but the shocks are ****.. too many warranty claims, it has less spec than a jcw, costs more, and yes has no back seats.
your buying in the "GP club"
Get a low mileage N18 jcw and have just as much fun with all the niceties.
if you dont want comfort, get an N14 for cheap, rip out all the **** and track it.
Every **** over here checking in
I've seen 4 on the road including mine, I've seen more Ferrari 458's than GP's.

This mythical low mileage N18 JCW you speak of with the higher spec than a GP is actually pretty close in terms of price so it's really a matter of priorities.

Why do people pay more for anything different? M3 CS's weren't "different" but their values are going mad.

Stop whining about everything because it's a tad boring
  
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