"I was very nervous about trusting anyone with my Mini, but throughout the time you were working with the car, you had plenty of time for me to explain things and put me at ease. Not only did you get my car back to better than new condition...My car is now running and looking fantastic. I am really happy with all of the work you did for me and will definitely be brining the car back for any work in the future as well as recommending you to anyone who may need work done on their Mini. You certainly went beyon what was necessary to make sure I was happy"


Martin Jay

March 2012



"I purchased my Mini in 2009 and unfortunately found a ‘Mini Specialist’ who turned out to be anything but. Having made an expensive mistake, I came across Russell’s advert in a Mini magazine and I haven’t looked back since.  Russell & Karen have always been extremely helpful and no request has been too much trouble, always working to a very high standard and ensuring and going beyond the call of duty to help and advice, always acting in my best interests.

I would now never consider looking anywhere else for work on my Mini – I cannot recommend Russell & Karen from DME highly enough."


Tony Duvall

January 2012







"Since moving into the area 5 years ago we have used Downton Motor Engineering for a full range of jobs on our 2000 MPi and now our MK2 Cooper. Russell and Karen provide an excellent service using quality parts they have assessed over time and working with suppliers they trust. Suspension mods and setup through to heater repairs on our MK2 no job is too big or small. Honest advice everytime. "

Kevin Robinson

November 2011


"I have been a customer of Russell & Karen's (DME) for over 12 years. As a Mini owner and driver since the age of seventeen it was a refreshing change to find a reliable, friendly and mini orientated garage. Since then they have provided me with great service, help and support with all my cars. from replacement nuts and bolts and the odd bulb through to full engine and gearbox rebuilds

Regular customers and their cars become part of the Downton family. Katie my 1993 'sprite first saw Russell at round the 40,000 mile mark, various upgrades and multiple services and MOT's saw her mileage climb to 124,000 at which point the engine (and my driving appetite) needed something more. The 1330cc set up that Russell and I decided upon was superb and kept katie as my daily driving and touring car. She completed many overseas trips to International mini Meets and the Nurburgring. At 184,000 sadly the bodywork was in need of significant work. my decision to undertake a full rebuild was discussed with both Russell and Karen and it was natural for them to be key to the project and the work. What the project then evolved into was as much Russell and Karen's doing as it was mine - their commitment to best parts, ideas and work possible - with encouragement from other mini owners and DME customers resulted in a fabulous Mini Magazine feature and cover car!

I am grateful to Russell and Karen for their help and advice,
cups of tea and the banter as well as their commitment to Thames Valley Mini Club and all my cars; Katie, Copper and Poppet!"

Gordon Fletcher 

November 2011


"Downton Motor Engineering have provided me with an honest and reliable service for over a decade. Their friendly attitude and attention to detail have ensured the reliability and longevity of my Mini and I would thoroughly recommend DME for all levels of maintenance, repair and restoration"

Carolyn Low

November 2011

"For the most part I have performed repairs and improvements on my cars myself, but in recent years my health has suffered and my time is limited. Therefore I took my cars to people that I thought I could rely upon to do a good job. More often than not I was dissappointed.

I heard of Downton through word of mouth and adverts in the Mini Press around 14 years ago but it wasnt until i was unable to do certain jobs I turned to them for help. For the last several years I have been taking my Mini's to them for servicing, routine maintenance, MoT's and the odd large job here and there and always come away satisfied in the knowledge that the work they have done has always been performed conscientiously, carefully and considerately.

Russell and Karen Downton will gladly discuss a customers requirements, they are honest and realistic and will always keep the customer up to date with progress and budget.

My cars go onto to Downton Motor Engineering because I wouldnt trust anyone else with my Mini's

Jon Barber

December 2011