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#2632 of 2671 Re: WTF is: 'That's adorable and very misinformed' ? [bodble2]
Aug 28, 2008 (1:25 pm)
Bit of both really and I would get an automatic, the quiet ride is important. I just spent 7 years driving a Saturn L300, not a very quiet car. Steering wheel whistles when turning to the left since the first year. Dealer fobbed me off until warranty up.
Oct 28, 2008 (6:52 am)
My mini Cooper experiences acceleration surges at low speeds. Does anyone else have this problem and what can one do to eliminate it ?
#2634 of 2671 Re: Mini Cooper [versegere]
Oct 28, 2008 (12:13 pm)
I wish mine was capable of that!
#2635 of 2671 Re: One thing that struck me.... [sabrinae]
Oct 30, 2008 (8:18 am)
See my reply to someone else in the "Wheel and Tire" thread.
#2636 of 2671 Re: WTF is: 'That's adorable and very misinformed' ? [coupah]
Oct 30, 2008 (8:33 am)
Blueguydotcom is right, the MINI 6sp auto is a conventional tranny with torque converter. It is NOT a dual clutch device. On the other hand, considering the mechanicals, for its type, it is indeed a very fast shifting, revs-matching (on downshift) auto trans in the Sport Mode, or the Steptronic+Sport mode (shift lever to the left of D, where use use the stick or paddles). Try it !! So the flipside is that Coupah is ALSO right, it can be great fun on very twisty roads, and some drivers (more tentative with manual) will undoubtedly do better (and safer !!) with the Aisin 6sp auto than using the otherwise very good Getrag.
One advantage of torque converters - probably low on the list of MINI owners - is the relatively safer going on icy/snow conditions. Unless you are very good with a manual & know how to drive on ice/snow, the auto trans torque converter allows gentle power transitions to the road, while allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel where they belong under these conditions!!! From my limited experience with dual clutch shifters, this is NOT the situations where they shine....
Whatever you choose, have fun & stay alive !!!!
#2637 of 2671 Discussion back to 40mi commutes [bodble2]
Oct 30, 2008 (8:48 am)
Regarding 40mi commutes: I have a Clubman S, and it is very smooth at high speed. Not too quiet by today's standards, but even that noise is "fun". I have 16" wheels with RFTs, and will probably get non-RFTs as replacements, since I bought an on-board spare (with reservations: see Wheel & Tire thread).
Regarding never buying a Turbo - the MINI S is different, usually no turbo lag. Driven carefully, I get 33+ mpg mixed driving on the Clubman S automatic (the worst mpg combination for a MINI). But I can choose to mash the gas pedal and IT GOES!!!! Of course the mpg also goes (down) too!!! Still, with occassional blasts, I'm easily getting 31+ mpg per tankful in mixed driving. JUST GREAT!!!
#2638 of 2671 Re: Discussion back to 40mi commutes [ltq]
Oct 30, 2008 (11:55 am)
How do you find the rear barn doors? Does the middle post create a blind spot. Despite my 18-year-old son proclaiming the Clubman to be ugly, I find it has a certain appeal --- sort of as an entry-level BMW with a modicum of practicality. The only "dilemma", so to speak, IMO, is that a moderately equipped Clubman S is within about $2K of a BMW 128, or a basic 323, either of which, one could argue, is "more car" than the Mini, and more refined. On the plus side, the Clubman likely performs as well, if not better than, the Bimmers, but offers significantly better mpg, more utility, and is more of an all-season car with the FWD.
#2639 of 2671 Headrests block vision - Re: Discussion back to 40mi commutes [bodble2]
Nov 01, 2008 (11:02 am)
Many have written everything from horrible to just few minutes to get used to the center blind spot. For me, it was the latter, not as much a problem that I thought it would be. HOWEVER, this doesn't change my (and most others) opinions that a hatch would have been far better!!
I tell you what IS a bigger visibility problem that I haven't seen mentioned: the right rear HEADREST. Yeah, the headrest!!! It blocks rear quarter vision a lot when positioned for an adult (the angle depending on the driver's seat position, of course..... I'm 5'8"). Since I put my booster seat there, I simply took off the headrest and put it in the underfloor cargo area. But this is poorly designed. More than a dozen annoying problems with the Clubman S, but ya gotta live with them if you want a "sports car" with utility, great gas mileage, and most "smiles per gallon".
Re: Clubman S vs low-end Bimmer - See the Edmunds Inside Line bizzare comparison of BMW 128i vs Clubman S. Reviewer says MINI loses, but make sure you also read the Exec.Editor (Michael Jordan) Second Opinion that goes with it. For me, my next car was REQUIRED to get real-life 30mpg or better, so the Bimmers were never in the running. In fact, almost nothing except econo-boxes, hybrids (but I already have one), and diesels were in the running; and certainly nothing with the sporty attributes and power of the MINI "S" lineup.
#2640 of 2671 Re: Headrests block vision - Re: Discussion back to 40mi commutes [ltq]
Nov 01, 2008 (4:09 pm)
Thanks for the "heads-up" on the headrest! I'll be sure to watch out for that when I test drive one.
#2641 of 2671 Re: Headrests block vision - Re: Discussion back to 40mi commutes [ltq]
Nov 03, 2008 (8:46 am)
Almost all recent cars have a blind spot caused by the RR headrest, perhaps this is exaggerated in the Mini by the relative narrowness of the car and moreso in the Clubman by the additional blind spot in the center.
It shouldn't be a problem w properly adjusted side mirrors.