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#1724 of 2671 hileatus
Dec 12, 2003 (12:25 pm)
First off, CONGRADULATIONS on ordering your "S" !!
I have a 2003 Cooper w/no frills. The car absoloutely stinks on the stock 15" all-season tires in the snow. We just had 18" during our first snowstorm a week ago, even after the roads were plowed, so this is first hand knowledge. My buddy has the "S" and runflat 16's and he said it also was terrible. I just bought 4 Dunlop SP Wintersport M2 and had them installed last night. We have another storm forecast for Sunday/Monday so I'll see how much difference they make, I expect a huge difference !
I will be upgrading in spring to 16" wheels and performance tires.
The 16 & 17" runflat/performance tires we can equip. our Mini's with are just that and should not be used in the winter. IMHO
#1725 of 2671 center armrest
Dec 13, 2003 (1:04 pm)
Anyone know whether there are any aftermarket armrests with storage and/or cupholders--or any plans for MINI to start offering such?
#1726 of 2671 MINI center armrest by MINIFINI
Dec 13, 2003 (3:47 pm)
Try this company:
They just released their award winning center armrest for the MINI Cooper. I had the opportunity to see a prototype installed in a Cooper S a few months ago and was impressed with the quality of materials and overall fit.
It is pricey...retails for about $250, but worth every penny of it IMO. It is only available at MINI dealers in the USA. It can't be bought directly from MINIFINI unless you live overseas.
#1727 of 2671 Cooper S-16" or 17" wheels; DSC?
Dec 13, 2003 (10:12 pm)
I live in Dallas, Texas and am thinking of buying a Cooper S. I would like thoughts as to whether I should get the 16 or 17 inch wheels (increased handling vs. comfort) and how valuable is the dynamic stability control? The car will not be my only car and will be used for fun as well as driving to work roughly half of the time (other cars in the fleet are my wife's new Infiniti G35-great car-and her old 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan). I will be replacing a 2001 Chrysler 300M. At $21,000 with few options, the car is much more of a value than $25,000 with a bunch of options. Thoughts?
#1729 of 2671 big thanks to drivinisfun
Dec 14, 2003 (7:35 am)
I sincerely appreciate your info and opinions. Hope you'll keep posting here, and that others will too...
#1730 of 2671 decisions, decisions...
Dec 14, 2003 (8:47 am)
I'm trying to decide how to configure my future CVT. I'm following drivinisfun's advice, avoiding the packages. This forces me to make more choices, though, and I've already spent too much time on the miniusa site's "Build your own."
Anyone: I need help in deciding between white vs. silver 15" wheels. And--talk about nitpicking--does a chrome exhaust tip matter? (I mean on a MINI, of course.) Do those white bonnet stripes fray or peel in a car wash? Thanks, guys.
#1731 of 2671 Re Decisions
Dec 15, 2003 (11:13 am)
With regards to the white or silver rims...I think the white looks nicer, except be prepared to keep them clean, brake dust and dirt from the pavement make this an ongoing endeavor. I opted for the chrome package which gives you the chrome tipped exhaust and front and rear bumper inserts. I don't have the bonnet stripes, so I can't speak to those, but I have not heard any complaints about them.
Dec 16, 2003 (10:16 am)
I have the 15" silver rims and prefer them over the white for the reason just stated by ozone "cleaning", the white can be a headache and need daily cleaning where as the silver do not show the brake dust as quickly. I also have the bonnet stripes and if they come off in a car wash it would be a surprise to me, the adhesive is very strong once it sets.
#1733 of 2671 BUY THE S WITH 17 INCH WHEELS
Dec 16, 2003 (11:57 am)
aloha folks...i bought a brand new s with the sports package which comes with 17 inch wheels...i also debated it and was learning against it UNTIL my salesman told me that the 2004 are better riding with the 17 inch wheels...HE WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...i drove 3000 miles in my brand new car from sea to shining see and LOVE the 17 inch wheels...the suspension(spelling?) is better and different on the 2004 than the 2003...i drove both...just one mans opinion in this world of talk...aloha,paul