Have you called around for this yet? If not, be prepared to be shocked. No kidding. This is something that we have been discussing on the show quite a bit lately, including Chad giving us the full skinny on aftermarket batteries.
Here is what you can do. First of all, you need to know that replacing your battery is 100% DIY. In fact, there is a tool in the kit that came with your MINI that is the exact size needed to loosen the cables from the battery terminals. Once the cables are loose, you can remove them, pull the battery out of the box (Cooper or MCS, doesn’t matter) and set it aside. Then, place the new battery in it’s place. No kidding gang, start to finish should be well under 10 minutes. You girls out there in the audience having a hard time lifting the battery (it’s fairly heavy) might want to get some help.
As far as procuring the battery, from the dealer (if you are hardcore and have to have OEM parts in your MINI) really shouldn’t cost more than $150 at the parts counter. Work the club discount if you can. It’s a 24 or 36 month battery, so the value isn’t quite there.
What you can do instead is give a call to your local Napa part house. They will sell you the 7547, which is an exact fit for the MINI, for $100 – $130.
The take away here is that there is no reason to pay the dealer for a battery installation. Save the $150 and get yourself something nice.