Mini Cooper / One Model Codes: R-what? Facelift?

While trying to buy mini parts you might come across an R-code e.g. R50, R52, R53, R56 or R57.

Today I had a customer ring up for an alternator belt and belt tensioner. His car was a 2004 cooper, but in the catalogue there’s two 1.6 cooper models running between 2001 and 2009.

So here’s some important facts:

  1. Mark1 (1st generation) has a Facelift in 2004 – the position of the interior clock is the key. if it’s positioned in the centre, it’s a facelift. if it’s up near the interior mirror/sun visor, then your’s is pre-facelift.
  2. R50 = 1st generation, Cooper, One and One D
  3. R52 = 1st generation Cooper S
  4. R53 = 1st generation Cabriolet (all models which are cabriolet)
  5. R56 = 2nd generation, all models which came in 2006/2007

Doctor’s Tip

Find more info on your BMW or Mini car by entering the last 7 digits of your vin number here