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#2503 of 2671 Re: Hill Assist [waterflame]
Apr 13, 2008 (6:05 pm)
I assume your car wasn't made for the European market.Did you have to ask for it? The MINI salesperson told me flat out that the hill-assist feature was not available for American markets.
Your salesperson is wrong. My car is a 2007 Cooper S and it has the hill hold feature just like my 06 330i.
Also,any reason why you think its silly? My stick driving skills are a little rough-edged when it comes to stop-start situations on uphill slopes. I still haven't gotten the hang of letting the clutch out just enough to stop the car from rolling back. I think having this feature would heavily bias me to getting a manual tranny.
It's on there. Go drive one. Come to a complete stop on a hil, push in the clutch and the car will hold as if the brake were pressed.
I learned to drive on a stick at 10 and my parents had a rule about driving stick on the real roads - you cannot ever roll backward when accelerating from a stop on a hill. You can use the e-brake, slip the clutch or just hit the gas and brake with your right foot while releasing the clutch. Regardless, with a Mini it's got hill hold and a mini dealer should know that.
#2504 of 2671 aftermarket cruise control
Apr 19, 2008 (8:47 am)
I'm looking at a mini. Don't like the looks of the multifunction steering wheel, but would like a cruise control. Anybody have experience with aftermarket ones?
#2505 of 2671 Re: aftermarket cruise control [matt14]
Apr 19, 2008 (8:50 am)
I thought the cruise control was always there. Doesn't the multi-function steering wheel just put it on the wheel instead of separate stalk like the wiper controls?
#2506 of 2671 Re: aftermarket cruise control [waterflame]
Apr 21, 2008 (8:11 am)
No, the multifunction wheel is the only way to get factory cruise on the Mini.
#2507 of 2671 MPG 2006 v 2007
May 01, 2008 (4:36 pm)
Don't kill me because I am sure the answer is buried 2000 posts ago, and my searches aren't fruitful... is the 2007 Cooper MPG really better than the 2006 on average?
Before I bought my 2006, I considered waiting for the '07 because of this, but went ahead anyway. So, are the '07s paying off in extra MPG savings as expected?
Thanks for your replies.
#2508 of 2671 Re: MPG 2006 v 2007 [zgrrrl]
May 06, 2008 (5:58 am)
Consensus on other Mini forums seems to be that yes, the 2007+ is noticeably better on fuel than the 2006 and earlier Minis.
#2509 of 2671 Re: Noisy engine anyone? [blueguydotcom]
May 18, 2008 (9:37 pm)
"...after enduring a year in a 2006 BMW 330i..."
You make it sound like such a hardship!
#2510 of 2671 Re: MPG 2006 v 2007 [zgrrrl]
May 18, 2008 (9:39 pm)
Our '07 automatic Cooper base probably averages about 10 - 15% better mpg than our previous '05 automatic Cooper base.
#2511 of 2671 Re: Noisy engine anyone? [bodble2]
May 18, 2008 (10:08 pm)
I find the e9x BMW's painfully bland. I would have preferred my old 2003 Protege ES to that BMW.
#2512 of 2671 Re: Noisy engine anyone? [blueguydotcom]
May 19, 2008 (7:58 pm)
I guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Some of the sedans may not be the sexiest, but the coupes always look nice, especially when shod with the bigger wheels and tires.