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#2437 of 2671 Mini Cooper Advice
Jul 01, 2007 (9:13 pm)
I'm thinking about going to a dealership and buying a 2007 Mini. I really like Mini Coopers and I just want to know from owners some of the technical problems it might have. Or if I should even get a Mini at all. The only thing that I'm worried about with this car is that I live about 300+ miles from the closest dealership.
I am currently seeking a Mini S Auto
#2438 of 2671 Re: Mini Cooper Advice [sinn6]
Jul 03, 2007 (10:22 am)
I picked up my mini cooper S a few weeks ago. I noticed that the wheels got dirty very quickly with some black resedue. I am assuming that its from the brakes and is to be expected.
The only thing that I dislike about the mini is reaching for the seatbelt. However, that can easily be corrected with an attachment to the headrest that pulls out the belt for easy reach.
As time goes by the car becomes more and more fun to drive. My only regret is not getting the sunroof. The multi function steering wheel is a must (the only way you get cruise control).
Best of luck
#2439 of 2671 Re: Mini Cooper Advice [pharmd718]
Jul 03, 2007 (8:53 pm)
I'm really looking foward to getting a Mini S and where I live the only way you can get a good deal on a Mini is at the dealerships (in Pensacola, Fl they sell used Mini's for about the same price a person could get a new Mini for)
#2440 of 2671 My MINI Dealer is Far away. What do you do?
Jul 10, 2007 (9:44 am)
My MINI Dealer is pretty far away from me, about 2 hours and it's mostly highway with a lot of traffic depending on the day. There are only 2 dealers and they are either in Peabody Mass or Boston Mass and I will be way up in New Hampshire. How do MINI owners deal with this distance for oil changes, services or what if your car breaks down? There are closer BMW places but nothing for MINI and Edmunds lists nothing in the entire State of New Hampshire!
I've seen nothing on the MINI site to show anything closer.
So what do people do just take a day off of work or rent a car when you get the car serviced?
Also does anyone have any experiences with either dealership? I can't recall the names offhand but opinions are really welcome. Also about the back seats, are they really useable or is it very tight back there? We won't have the option to actually sit in one for a while as we are outside the country but so far the MINI really appeals to me wife and I like small cars that are good for a lot of highway use.
I'd really appreciate some feedback.
#2441 of 2671 Re: Mini Cooper Advice [pharmd718]
Jul 12, 2007 (4:59 pm)
For me, the sunroof is not that desireable. It's large size really makes for a hot interior on a sunny day. And the mesh-style shade cannot block out the sun effectively.
#2442 of 2671 Questions...
Jul 12, 2007 (5:05 pm)
1. What is the Sport Button and what does it do?
2. Do you need to insert the key fob into the dash before you can start the car with the Start/Stop Button, ala BMW 3-series? And do you need to turn the engine off before the fob can be extracted?
3. It appears there is some sort of a LED light built into the top of the tachometer instrument pod. Is that for the security system option, so that it would blink if the security sytem is installed (and armed)? On the old Mini, the LED is on the tip of the turn-signal stalk.
#2443 of 2671 Re: Questions... [bodble2]
Jul 13, 2007 (3:51 am)
A 1 - From the 2007 owner's manual:
> Engine responds more spontaneously to
movements of the accelerator.
> Steering response is more direct.
With automatic transmission:
> More rapid gear shifting in Sport program
#2444 of 2671 Re: Questions... [bodble2]
Jul 13, 2007 (3:56 am)
A 2 - With Convenient Access, what my Daughter ordered:
PG 25 The engine can be started or the ignition can be
switched on when a remote control is inside the
vehicle. It is not necessary to insert a remote
control into the ignition lock, page 35.
PG 24 The engine can only be started when the
vehicle detects that the remote control is
inside the vehicle.
#2445 of 2671 Re: Questions... [bodble2]
Jul 13, 2007 (6:38 am)
A3 - From the 2007 manual:
In vehicles with an alarm system preparation
package, LEDs are located on the tachometer. If
the vehicle is equipped with an alarm system,
the LEDs indicate the various functional states.
For more information on the alarm system, refer
to the separate Owner's Manual for the alarm
#2446 of 2671 Re: Questions... [rayainsw]
Jul 13, 2007 (10:07 am)
Thanks for the detailed explanation....on all 3 points!