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Good Mechanic

suzeq
December 27, 2016 09:55AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 7

Recently moved to STX. I'm looking for a good mechanic to service 2005 Mini Cooper S. Recommendation & contact info would be appreciated.

Re: Good Mechanic

speee1dy
December 27, 2016 10:23AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,375

sent you a PM.

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LiquidFluoride
December 27, 2016 02:12PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

is that the Turbo version?

I'll take it for a test drive for you wink

Re: Good Mechanic

suzeq
December 27, 2016 03:20PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 7

Yep, it is fun when I can find a decent road...

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jumbie75
December 27, 2016 07:43PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 146

Jeff n Terry in La Grande Princesse. 718-3325

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Alana33
December 27, 2016 11:02PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,674

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suzeq
Yep, it is fun when I can find a decent road...
Ha! Welcome to the VI!

Re: Good Mechanic

specialk
December 28, 2016 07:06AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 569

Mike at MPH at Five Corners is great thumbs up

Re: Good Mechanic

suzeq
December 28, 2016 07:19AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 7

Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!

Re: Good Mechanic

vasecs
December 28, 2016 10:03AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 175

We had a 07 Cooper S Convertible on island for 5 years. The mechanic that worked on it for various reasons was "Hayden" 340.277.3606. He was always attentive and responsive to vehicle's needs, which were many! We finally shipped car back to states for relief and the ability to use it!

The main problem we had was the quality of premium fuel was so poor on island that it constantly clogged fuel filters along with lack of use. Good luck, you are going to need alot of it along with wiring instructions to pay for repairs!

Re: Good Mechanic

LiquidFluoride
December 28, 2016 03:08PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

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vasecs
The main problem we had was the quality of premium fuel was so poor on island that it constantly clogged fuel filters along with lack of use. Good luck, you are going to need alot of it along with wiring instructions to pay for repairs!

Funny thing a bout new cars, you don't have to run premium in them unless you want a tiny bit of extra power, your car's ECU will adjust to the fuel your using and adjust the timing accordingly.

I wouldn't run premium fuel in a vehicle unless I had specifically tuned my car for it. plus I'm sure that stuff sits in the tanks a lot longer, regular fuel is cycled out much more often & I'd trust it more.

Re: Good Mechanic

Scubadoo
December 28, 2016 11:17PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,878

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LiquidFluoride
Funny thing a bout new cars, you don't have to run premium in them unless you want a tiny bit of extra power, your car's ECU will adjust to the fuel your using and adjust the timing accordingly


I tested that theory once in a rental Lexus in FL on a road trip. Definitely noticed the lower power on one tank of gas and used premium for the rest of the trip. But of course no knocking like in the old days. Definitely no need for premium unless the manufacturer says it's required. May not make so much difference using regular for STX driving if premium is required.

Re: Good Mechanic

LiquidFluoride
December 29, 2016 12:34AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 1,940

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Scubadoo
Definitely no need for premium unless the manufacturer says it's required.

Not even needed then, the same thing will happen, your ECU will adjust for the fuel.

My truck requires 91 octane "minimum" I've put "regular" (usually 89 octane) in it for 108,000+ miles now except for the few times I took it to the drag strip, then I reset the ECU, let it re-learn on C16 (race gas, 117 octane).

My hobby in Alaska was car racing (yeah, Alaska.... stupid i know)

Re: Good Mechanic

Scubadoo
December 29, 2016 02:29AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 1,878

Yes, the ECU will adjust but there will probably be some some loss of power. That was the point.

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