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MINI Cooper, Hatchback
Jan 06, 2003 (11:55 am)
Is not available in North America, so it is irrelevant to us.
There is a greater selection of "Hot hatches" in Europe. Unfortunately most of these will not make the trip accross the pond.
I would like to own a Peugeot 307 Hatchback, but no luck...Peugeot has delayed their tentative "2004" return to the US market.
But if MINI buys engines for the next generation Cooper from PSA-Peugeot...Ohhh La la!!!!
That will be the best thing in the world.
Jan 06, 2003 (11:56 am)
Kudos to BMW/MINIUSA for their 2003 North American car of the year award!!!!
#1193 of 2671 John Cooper Works modified MINIs would also be
Jan 06, 2003 (12:02 pm)
somewhat equivalent to a factory tuned version of the MINI like the SVT and RS Focuses are to the standard street models since the JCW models retain the original warranty. Their stuff is still vapourware over here but remember also that this is the 2nd year of the MINI so we'll see what we get after a few years of having it on the market.
If you just want equivalent power, other tuning shops are turning out 215HP MCS cars now (e.g. Hartage).
#1194 of 2671 onboard computer
Jan 07, 2003 (5:05 am)
I have noticed something peculiar with my onboard computer and I wonder if anyone else has experienced the same thing. On occasion, I will hear a "ding" sound from the dash. When this happens, the reading for the outside temperature flashes for about five seconds and then stops. The owners manual says nothing about this. Any thoughts?
Jan 07, 2003 (5:15 am)
Said ding is to warn the driver of low temperatures and possible ice on the road. The same happens on my 3 series when the temperature is less than 3°C.
Jan 07, 2003 (8:56 am)
I hear the ding as well on my Passat. I have a digital read out for the outside temperature and the ding coincides with the temp read out flashing and a little snowflake flashing next to it. This occurs at 39F and at 32F. It is a warning system to let you know that conditions are ripe for slippery driving conditions.
Jan 07, 2003 (10:37 am)
It's good to know that the car is in fact doing what it's supposed to do instead of the opposite. After years of driving American cars, I got used to hearing "dings" and the like only when things went wrong. Knowing this will certainly make that noise sound so much better.
Jan 07, 2003 (10:48 am)
Is the tire pressure warning. It dings and flashes when you lose pressure (or put your winter tires on and forget to reset the system...)
Jan 07, 2003 (8:12 pm)
I am on the list to order my Mini, but I have a question that owners could help me with. I am interested in getting as high mileage as possible and I do a great deal of freeway driving.
What kind of mileage are you getting? I find the stickers are not always very accurate. What is your maximum freeway mileage? Especially interested in the base Cooper 5 sp. and how about the CVT on 6th gear? Can the auto in 6th get better than the manual in 5th?
Thank you for the help.
Jan 07, 2003 (9:59 pm)
If I drive using cruise, without the a/c on, I've gotten 32mpg at about 72 for a few hundred miles. (according to the trip computer that's the milage, average speed is usually about 68). This is usually along interstate 80 in PA. I've gotten up to 33.1 once on the same stretch. I usually use BP premium gas. Importantly, its always when I have at least 100 lbs of extra stuff in the car. I had probably 300 lbs this last trip when it was about freezing the entire time and got 31.3 for 500 miles if I recall.
I figure the only way to get the rated 37 in the 5sp is with cruise at 55 somewhere perfectly flat. As I don't drive that speed, nor travel anywhere that flat, I haven't come close to that.
I got about 1-2 mpg lower when I had a/c on doing the same thing. City driving milage is really low (in the low 20s when its all congested city av speed in the low 20s), but I personally don't keep track of milage all the much and happily like the engine/gearing being performance tuned instead of economy. In a mix of 45mph curvy roads in quasi-rural suburbia (av speed 30-40), I usually get high 20's mpg.