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MINI Cooper, Hatchback
Apr 25, 2003 (2:48 pm)
There are unconfirmed reports (MINIUSA is expected to announce equipment changes and prices for the 2004 model year in August) that the current Electric Blue metallic color will be available for the first time in the regular MINI Cooper and likewise, Pepper White (A cooper only color) will be available for the first time in the Cooper 'S' model.
Someone hear wanted an Electric Blue Cooper....well wait until September/October. In fact you can put an order for a new 2004 MINI from now. Just make sure that Electric Blue will in fact be available in your "base" Cooper.
#1321 of 2671 Finally received our Mini
Apr 25, 2003 (10:00 pm)
Hi folks; new to the list. I, like dwabid, live in Wisconsin and am thinking of getting an S. I would like to know if anyone has had experience w/ these cars in snow and ice, something we have an abundance of in Wisconsin...actually not bad this year. I presently drive a 97 Mustang GT and run Blizzaks in the winter and have had no problems. I have a couple of LBC's (Little British Cars) which of course do not see winter. Always wanted a Mini but the original were a little on the small side for me.
Apr 26, 2003 (4:48 am)
Check back a few pages. I've posted a few times about my MINI in snow. With snow tires on the car, it is a great snow car, never even close to getting stuck and able to drive quite quickly even in deep snow and on sheer ice. With summer performance tires, you don't want to do that -- some friends who didn't bother to swap were doing 360s. With all seasons it sounds like they do OK but still better with snows. The car is well balanced and the road clearance was never an issue for me.
#1323 of 2671 MINI S on snow
Apr 26, 2003 (5:39 am)
Mine replaced a WRX as a winter driver and did fine on the stock 16" Dunlop A/S runflats. We got over 100 inches of snow. If you need more, Dunlop has a "performance snow" runflat (Winter Sport). My only problem all winter was when the MCS was parked facing downhill on a sheet of ice and the tires lost traction backing up the hill. A slight push from the parking attendant was all it needed. From then on, I was careful to park facing uphill when there was ice on the ground.
#1324 of 2671 Hi dwabid- Welcome back...
Apr 26, 2003 (5:39 am)
and congrats on your new Mini Cooper S! We look forward to hearing about your ownership experience.... Happy motoring!
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#1325 of 2671 Dunlop Winter Sports
Apr 26, 2003 (1:40 pm)
Are what I had on my MINI this past winter. Great snow and ice tires, IMO, and H rated runflats too.
Apr 26, 2003 (8:37 pm)
Hey Dwabid! Were you folks headed toward Madison on I94 today? Saw a green S w/ bonnet stripes!
I knew I was going to like this site! Thanks folks!
I've been to TireRack and was looking at the Dunlop Winter Sports...didn't realize they were runflats.
Intended to get them when the time comes. Expensive but so are the Blizzaks for the Mustang. I live on a hill and always walk right up...people don't understand how i can do that in a rear drive car. I'm old...I learned on rear wheel drive. My 65 Mustang never got stuck....nor did my MGB, except once when I tried to blast thru a 3' drift, youthful ignorance, sigh.
#1327 of 2671 Wintersport M2s vs. M3s
Apr 27, 2003 (3:16 am)
The M2s are not DSST (Dunlop Self Supporting Tire) runflats but the M3's are. The M3's have a different tread pattern too. Around here I got mine for a reasonable price, less than tirerack ($125) and about what I'd pay for regular winter tires in the same 195/55R16 size. 16" winter tires are out of the same league as the cheaper 15"ers.
#1328 of 2671 Hileatus - Heading towards Madison
Apr 28, 2003 (6:35 am)
Actually we were driving 94 from Milwaukee to Madison on Saturday. Certainly could have been us...
May 03, 2003 (8:52 pm)
Anyone else checkout the Works S on MiniUSA?