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#1 of 64 MINI Cooper Owners: Accessories & Modifications
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Dec 02, 2003 (9:41 am)
Dec 30, 2003 (8:55 pm)
I'm placing an order for an S. I am opting for the Sport package, leather seats, sport steering wheel with cruise, and Electric Blue finish. Later I'll look into performance mods, such as exhaust and intake upgrades, hopeing to add about 10 to 15 HP. Dan
#3 of 64 engine swap
Jan 01, 2004 (9:19 pm)
Modifications can do a lot for your Mini. Staright fromthe factory you could opt for the John Cooper Works Package. The works is sold straight fom MINI and when it is put with the coopers S BHP is increased to 200. The "Works" package sells for 4,500 USD.
For only $5,000 you can purchase a Stage 3 Power Pack from Mini Madnes. It increases Power from 163 in the cooper s to 245 with the power pack instaled.
Another route you could go, would be to do an engine swap. Now, I have not done my homework to see what can fit in the engine bay, but lett me give you some options.
-VW VR6-- A narow angle V6 that is easily modified.
-Porsche flat 6-- It is a small engine with lots of power. In the Porsche gt2 it makes about 480 bhp with the help of twin turbos. SO, installing a turbo on this engine could give your MINI some monster power.
(Bothe engines mentioned will need Different engine mounts and depending on the power of the engine may require you to reinforce your chassis.
-NOS (nitrus oxide)
- Bigger and drilled "brembo" disk brakes
-MOMO steering wheel (i don't like the way the stock wheel feels ni my hands)
#4 of 64 Center armrest \ console
Jan 08, 2004 (11:01 am)
I bought and installed a center armrest from woodcompanyusa.com in my girlfriends MINI. I thought it was well built, and installation was quick. As the bracket goes into the rear center cup holder, its use in now limited. Rather that the top being hinged at the rear, it slides forward. The advantage of this is that it make the "box" more useful as an armrest. The disadvantage of this that due to the opening being at the rear of the unit, access into the box is awkward. To center the box during installation, I suggest doing so with the front seats all the way back. It makes it easier to see the clearance. The company was very pleasant to deal with.
#5 of 64 Quest 4 Performance
Feb 03, 2004 (8:08 pm)
I've owned a mini S '04 for 2 months, and I'm already addicted. I tested the Mazda rx8, the Acura TL, the Honda S2000, and amazingly, considering the price of course, the Mini S is a much more fun and responsive than all of them. Now, how do I get my mini to go faster? I'm an amateur race car driver with some funds. I need to find an all-in-one place where I can get advice, parts, etc., on how to take my mini's performance to the max, but I have not yet found such a place. Does it even exist? As a mini newcomer I have not in-depth knowledge of what I'm pursuing except the fact that I want the fastest mini around. Thanks for your comments and help.
#7 of 64 XM engine noise?
May 10, 2004 (10:12 am)
I'm considering getting a base Mini. I already have XM in my other cars and home, and use the same receiver for all locations. I really don't want to opt for Sirius on my Mini as a result ($$ up front and additional subscription). I thought I would add the auxiliary jack accessory to the Mini and plug my XM Roady receiver into it.
But--does anyone know my risk for engine noise? It's terrible in my 96 Accord with a crappy stereo that has an auxiliary input, even after we directly wired the power supply for the Roady into the dash instead of using a cig lighter. Engine noise is not a problem in my 99 Gr Cherokee with a good stereo where I use one of those cassette adapter things. Should I upgrade to Harman Kardan in the Mini to reduce the potential problems, maybe? And I'm forgoing the wheel audio controls, right? Or will volume still work?
I think I will lease so I can't do drastic stuff to the Mini.
#8 of 64 Just ordered '05 Mini...
Jul 09, 2004 (1:57 am)
I just ordered an '05 Mini. Althought I got every option available (except Sport Package - I didn't want the run-flats so I got everything else in the package seperately) but there are a few things that I wanted but weren't available.
In January '05 they will add a new "Convenience Package" which includes automatic headlamps. I assume it is the same ones that are now standard on all BMWs. I couldn't wait that long but does anyone know where/if I can get this added on to my MINI? I'm coming from larger GM cars and haven't had to turn on my headlamps manually for well over 10 years!
Also, are there some good places to get a nice armrest/console? I got the Cordoba Leather and I haven't seen any in that beige.
#9 of 64 Re: Just ordered '05 Mini... [mfullmer]
Jul 09, 2004 (4:41 am)
mfullner, If you have your order number you should go to the MINI USA site and register at the MINI owners' lounge. You will find that forum much more knowledgeable in all areas of MINI ownership. I have found that very few owners post here and only owners/buyers can post on the MINI owners lounge.
Oh, and before I forget, Congratulations on your order. Do you have a name for him/her yet?
I haven't heard of an add-on for the auto headlamps.
I have the euro style armrest from Moss MINI (www.mossmini.com)but as far as I can tell, it is only available in black.
Jul 09, 2004 (4:45 am)
Actually I don't have the order number yet. I'll have to ask for that. Not sure how long it takes to get it.
They are changing the individual options of Homelink, Auto Dimming Mirror, Rain Sensing wipers in January to a "Convenience Package" which includes all three plus automatic headlamps. I don't know why that, and the automatic for the S are January phase ins. I was a bit bummed but I can I can turn on and off my own lights if I have to.