Mini Matters

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    Tharg

    Hi, all. I have a Mini 2.0L Cooper S 3-door on Motability. Whenever I mention this in posts, I often get questions, suggestions etc so, rather than clog up other folks’ topics with off-topic Mini stuff I thought I’d start this thread just for questions, answers, opinions, pix, anything at all about Minis.

    First, proper answer to Gordon (from coversation in Finally Picked Up New Car thread). I went for the Mini because I wanted to downsize. No longer needed long-range comfy-bus (Skoda Superb). Mini fitted bill perfectly as enjoyable shopping-trolley. Only done a few hundred miles but seems to do job. Engine/gearbox very good; former will never be stretched, latter seems to have AI controller sensing what you want. More room for driver and front passenger than you would imagine, v comfy. Back seats OK for small dogs/children. Only reservations are the suspension which, despite an OK test in a 5-door, seems rather hard. I spec’d the adjustable dampers which help a bit but are not as adaptable as VAG’s excellent system on the Superb. The “Sport” setting is only for track work. Other reservation is the Active Sound Design which puts out vroomy noises through the car’s speakers. Fun for first five minutes, thereafter, quite annoying. Trying to get it turned off.

    Overall, very happy with the car. Enjoyable to drive and, if I was ordering again, would probably choose the smaller engined Cooper. Nicer ride and the flat-out 2.0L is really only usable on a race track. One paramount thing before choosing Mini is go and try the one you want as the handling varies considerably between models.

    Second answer, to Mitch (from Weather thread). Have v similar mobility probs as you and was amazed to find that entry/exit from Mini was fine – as long as it was the two-door. Four-door ones were tricky. Am hoping that suspension continues to loosen up as the car is used more; as above, a bit rough, especially on bad British side-roads.

     

     

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  • #136282 Reply
    mitch
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    i did wonder about that sneaky cow, i havent been out the last week its been crap weather here and the snows back today and its freezing so even inside the back and knees are complaining.

    once it turns i will give it a go, it needs cleaning as well lol.

    #136289 Reply
    joss
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    Well done Tharg👍

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    #136300 Reply
    Tharg
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    I was not going to let the tyre tart beat me. Moreover, much as I admire International Rescue, I did not want Tbird 2 landing in the village. Make a shocking mess of the village green.

    Sad though. I’m starting to see inside the mind of a digital doxy. Will I ever be normal again..?

    #136360 Reply
    joss
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    @Tharg where you ever normal to start with ? BMW mini are developing a virtual digital Doxy that sits in the passenger seat when not in use.

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    #136477 Reply
    Tharg
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    @joss depends what you mean by normal, I suppose. Not totally opposed to Avatar in passenger seat so long as she looks like Audrey Hepburn! No, too distracting. How about Susan Sarandon, no! Even worse…

    #138361 Reply
    Tharg
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    @Harry Couple of questions, if I may, about the S Clubman. Moved it here to stop clogging up the drive-choice thread.

    First, does the Clubman have the annoying vroomy noise generator? Second, how do you find the suspension? Only ask because when I got my Cooper S three-door hatch, the Clubman wasn’t on scheme, otherwise I’d have been well tempted. It is, after all, like a Golf with a decent engine!

    The ride on the hatch is pretty hard, even with the “adaptive” suspension which has two settings: hard and very-hard. Can cope with it at present but may need to change and would consider the Clubman as replacement. Also, the hatch S is ridiculously over-powered. So wonder whether the same engine in a slightly heavier vehicle works OK. Will obviously test drive but would appreciate hearing what you think.

    #139246 Reply
    Tharg
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    @mitch have you tried the “really serious” setting on the stability control button? Untouched it gives you brake and drive on-offs to keep straight; one touch turns some of it off; but hold down for four or five seconds and it turns nearly everything off BUT leaves you with a proper useful limited slip differential. Ooh, it really works quite well!! You feel much more securely planted on road with serious direction control and everything happens with much quicker, precise control. Go-kart, fun factor goes up quite a lot. Wouldn’t trust it in the wet though.

    #139262 Reply
    mitch
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    hi tharg, i havent been out for 6 weeks except a quick trip to pick up the prescription.

    so i havent had chance to mess with the idiot in the circle.

    and looking at thr forecast for this week i cant see that changing which is a shame as she needs a wash.

    #139265 Reply
    Tharg
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    Mitch, hi. Know what you mean, my friend. Still isolating ourselves but have had to make a few (v short) trips: to go get Covid-jabbed; take Mrs T to GPs and go to collect supermarket shopping (getting almost impossible to get deliveries from some stores!). Won’t complain, though. At least I get a legit chance to go out.

    #142828 Reply
    mitch
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    i see the 3dr mini’s are back and the electric option is not bad.

    if only i could sort my back i would go back to the 3 dr electric as on wpms the level 1 is 0ap.

    even the level 3 is £1131 but my choice would be the level 2 as you can have brg in that and that is £131.00.

    so considering gcb of 600 and an auto grant of 660. any option would suit.lol.

    just need to sort my spine out, or maybe there will be an electric countryman in 2 years time lets hope.

     

    #142834 Reply
    Wigwam
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    Mazda MX-30, Mitch?

    #142835 Reply
    DBtruth
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    I’m not sure if there’s an electric countryman in the pipeline but I’d be amazed if there wasn’t considering there’s already a phev and how popular electric SUV’s are becoming

    #142836 Reply
    mitch
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    wigwam, i like the look of the mx30 and i love the doors, i almost went for the bmw i3 when it was on but i missed the 0 ap offer that was around for all of 24hrs a year ago i missed it by 12 hrs teach me to sleep on it lol. ive still got 2 years to go now and may even extend as i love the countryman even though ive not been very far. so with luck there will be much more choice by then.

    #142841 Reply
    Wigwam
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    I’m hoping so too, Mitch. We’ll have had our X1 three years in July but will be extending in anticipation that something we like appears.

    #142842 Reply
    Tharg
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    Excellent to see BMW’s go-kart back again. AND including the EV this time. Pity the range of the latter is not much to write home about. APs across the board seem much the same, if not a little lower. However, I think the AP for the drop-tops seems to have gone up quite a bit?

    #142851 Reply
    mitch
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    yes the ragtops do seem a bit pricey but theyre almost the only ones on the scheme so if you want topless motoring there aint much choice. i think theres the fiat 500 but its not a full drop top.

    regarding the range its just about enough for me and the recharge rate is quite good so even on a long journey its not much more than a coffee break. the mx30 would probably be the better fit for me given the ride height but if the countryman went e then all would be well with the world. ap depending.

    #142854 Reply
    Tharg
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    Yeah, know what you mean, Mitch. Almost all the time the Mini EV would be OK. But (when Covid Crap is over) I need something like a definite 150+ miles once in a while or I cannot visit my kids. Neither of them have a charging spot and I really do not fancy going into the services on M25!

    MX30 looks very good. Those doors are just so right! Again, the range is a bit naff. Wait for the long-range one with a wee rotary lump to top up?

    #142855 Reply
    Wigwam
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    The MX-30 range extender should be here early next year by all accounts.  Mazda don’t come cheap on Motability though so although it would be my preference as things stand, I’m not sure the AP will be realistic.

    #142858 Reply
    mitch
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    i would be just about ok with either the furthest i usually go is over to worcester or to norwich which one way should be doable then recharge overnight prior to the return.

    other than that theres the trip dahn saaf to southampton to go on a cruise holiday but thats far easier by train.

    luggage goes by a company that specialises in delivering to/from cruises so the train is a doddle, with luck and advance booking etc i can usually get a 1st class seat with free refreshments and decent legroom, sheffield to southampton with no changes bliss.

    #142860 Reply
    solent60
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    i would be just about ok with either the furthest i usually go is over to worcester or to norwich which one way should be doable then recharge overnight prior to the return. other than that theres the trip dahn saaf to southampton to go on a cruise holiday but thats far easier by train. luggage goes by a company that specialises in delivering to/from cruises so the train is a doddle, with luck and advance booking etc i can usually get a 1st class seat with free refreshments and decent legroom, sheffield to southampton with no changes bliss.

    What???

    We don’t want your sort around here Mitch… bloody riff-raff from oop north blotting the landscape. Southampton is God’s own city (and football club) and we’re not keen on flat caps, whippets or black pudding.

    Whatever next… 😉

    #142866 Reply
    mitch
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    its ok they dont let the dog on the cruiseships lol

    and were going to be back in the premiership next season too. 10 point lead so far.

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