Mini Cooper Brake Fluid

Question: 2002 Mini Cooper Brake Fluid
NOTE: I own a 2002 5 speed Mini Cooper. Can I purchase any brand of DOT 4 fluid or do I need to purchase DOT 4 from my local mini dealer….I guess the real question to ask: Is there a difference between DOT 4 fluids as they pertain to use in the Mini? The vehicle is driven very seldom and relatively gently, so the demands on the braking system are typically very low….

Hi Cary,
Thank you for your email.
The MINI calls for DOT 4 brake fluid – standard off the shelf fluid works fine as long as it is DOT 4.
MINI recommends replacing the fluid every 2 years. This reason for this is the hygroscopic nature of the brake fluid – it attracts water / moisture. Over time the water content of the fluid increases and may lead to reduced braking efficiency and possible damage to the ABS. Great article on Mini Cooper Brake Fluid
Hope this helps.
Best regards,

MINI Cooper Side Scuttle

I’m interested in getting the Union Jack Scuttles for my wife for Christmas. I want to know first of all, can I use the carriers that are on the car now? My Mini is designated as a 2012 R56 LCI. I want to make sure everything fits right.

Hi Jeff,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
The stock MINI Cooper side scuttles are a ‘one piece’ units where the optional scuttles with the ‘patterns’ are two-piece units. So, if you want to add the Union Jack scuttles, you will need the carriers as well.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,

Mini Cooper cigarette lighter

Mini Cooper cigarette lighter auxilliary socket (NMI8640)
I have sourced an assembled socket to fit into my R53 Mini but I think it needs to be inserted in its component parts (as per your picture) in order to fit.
Are you able to advise how you disassemble the socket into the 3 parts shown so I can then fit it into the car?

Hello Alistair,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
The luminous rings has plactic barbs at the 12 and 6 o’clock position (as oriented in the photo).
The bulb socket has barbs the hold the lips on the luminous rings.
I recommend you warm the parts in warm water before you attempt to dis-assemble. Otherwise the plastic luminous ring may be brittle and break.
Good luck,

Mini Mania’s MINI Cooper Turbo Upgrade Offer

Although the factory turbo does a splendid job of forced induction for the Cooper S, there is room for improvement. We are offering two excellent Turbo upgrades  have been developed with emphasis on ‘Quick Spool’ for faster response and are suitable for road or track applications.

Mini Mani is offering two Turbo upgrade options for your 2007 MINI Cooper S:

Option 1. K03 SUPER 42 Turbo Upgrade

These units will work with many of your existing  OEM components. and are designed to be a No Tuning Required turbo that will deliver ~ +30hp as a stand alone. Additional horsepower is available  when combined with other upgrades such as Hi-Flow Intakes, Upgraded Downpipes,  Exhausts, and ECU upgrades.

These units use an optimized selection of different turbochargers parts to deliver added durability as well as quick spooling speed.


The Super 42 high pressure high-flow dual scrolling turbo upgrade uses a big 42mm compressor to give you boost that starts early and last much longer than even the JWC turbo. This turbocharger delivers outstanding response with torque and power gains across the entire power-band and the 42mm design gives you extra boost at the top end when you need it most. If you are looking for an extreme street upgrade that delivers full race performance this is the turbo for you. It will deliver great torque, spool early, and last long. For race applications we recommend one of the aftermarket exhaust systems which will allow this turbo to reach its full potential.

Option 2. K04 EXTREME 45R Turbo Upgrade

When we say High flow we mean it!  The K04 turbocharge has a larger exhaust turbine which is designed to increase the amount of air flowing though your engine. Since the exhaust turbine is larger it will spool up a little slower but wait until the top end! This means that instead of spooling up at 1800rpms like in the OEM K03 turbocharger the K04 will spool up at 2800rpms to 3000rpms.


The K04 Extreme 45R upgrade high pressure high-flow dual scrolling turbo uses a large 45mm compressor to give you full boost at the top end. This turbocharger delivers the boost at the higher RPM which is perfect for the track, or any off-road application and extreme street applications. The 45mm design gives you extra boost at the top end when you need it most and prevents the torque loss you see with the stock Mini Cooper turbo.

If you are looking for an extreme track, strip, off-road or extreme street upgrade that delivers full race performance this is the turbo for you. It will deliver great torque, and last longer than any other turbo on the market. For ALL applications you should consider installing a high flow / low backpressure aftermarket exhaust system which will allow this turbo to reach its full potential.

The K04 Extreme 45R turbocharger is engineered to be the most reliable and high-performance upgrade turbo for the 2007+ Mini JCW. This is the number 1 upgrade for your JCW and gives you extreme power for all applications above 400hp.

  • Huge 45mm compressor
  • Upgraded 360deg bearing
  • Designed for higher pressure
  • High temperature alloy turbine housing
  • Dual scrolling turbine housing
  • Water cooled bearing housing

Mini Mania can supply a  Turbo Install Kit, part number G2NMK2222 This kit includes all the most commonly replaced gaskets and seals, plus a new oil supply line. Additional gaskets, seals and other hardware may be required depending on the installation.

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