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  • in reply to: The Italian Job #257859
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      Haha , that’s what I thought but didn’t want to assume that just in case there was a secret button that cleaned the reverse camera or another part of the car

      But you’re spot on, it gets dirty sooooo easy eh? Every time I go a decent run it comes home looking like I’ve sneaked onto some rally stage!

      My Alloys get particularly filthy!

      But the cars there to be enjoyed and driven so well just need to deal with it ha

      Sometimes if I’ve had a lousy week and barely looked at the car let alone driven it I forget how enjoyable it is behind the wheel – So its nice when I sometimes find myself starting to smile like a right wally after a few mins of driving

      def one of the best decisions I’ve made for a good long time ??

      do you ever wave or get a wave/flash when you pass another Mini?

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      in reply to: The Italian Job #257766
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        Hi Windy

        thats great to hear that you’re enjoying your Mini so much, when you mention self clean function I don’t know if you’re having a laugh because they get dirty so quickly lol or if you’re being serious ?

         

         

         

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        in reply to: The Italian Job #257666
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          Hello my fellow Mini drivers ?

          it took me some time to scroll back and find this thread ?

          I was just wondering how everyone is getting on? Full of Love or Full of Regrets? ?

          i’m assuming by now there is a few more Mini drivers on here so let’s hear how you’re getting on

          here’s a little clip of mines the other week when I was testing out my drone before the snow got too heavy!

          When the action is sped up and the drone is tracking the car it sure reminds me of those Benny Hill chases ?

           

          https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2bKTmYI3nW/?igsh=MWJuMmM1NDY2djh5MA==

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          in reply to: Phev range in cold weather going down #250383
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            If you ever get stranded mate and need a tow just gimme a shout ??

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            in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #241954
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              Sorry to be the guy who does this but I thought I would share my Morning view from a little earlier ?

              temp wise sitting at a very toastie 30 degrees here in UAE ☀️

              have a great day folks

               

              • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by Avatar photoWinston.

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              in reply to: Still awaiting news on mini #236845
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                My wife got her Cooper S convertible in 7 weeks from ordering to delivery.

                not related to the original post sorry just wondered how your wife is getting on in her mini? Have yous had before , what do you think of it?

                just curious ?

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                  Spoiler alert: customer cancels Cupra Formentor to order Audi Q4.

                   

                  I like this version better ?

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                  in reply to: Does anyone have a Virgin Media Wi-Fi pod? #236558
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                    Hi Brydo ?

                    is it too early to ask if if you got your early Xmas bonus? Or shall I ask you after the weekend ??

                    I wish I was in some secret bunker , that’s right up my street! But the only thing that resembles a bunker in my house is the old 7ft thick concrete walls lol

                    i still play the exact same lottery numbers and all I can say is I’m still on Motability and driving a Mini, a fun one but still a Mini

                    but you need to be in it to win it as they say

                    I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a few health issues , I hope they are under control or manageable ☹️

                    any progress with your Virgin Media?

                    I got the iPhone 15 pro max yesterday and this is my speeds today

                    can’t get much better! And that’s something I never thought I’d ever say about VM ?

                     

                    what car are you driving now? You got long left on the lease?

                     

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                    in reply to: Does anyone have a Virgin Media Wi-Fi pod? #235832
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                      Hi Mate ?

                      long time ? hope your good self and the fam are keeping well

                      I have a small one bed flat but the walls are that thick I’m certain I’d be safe from a direct hit of a nuclear missile ?

                      i reluctantly switched to VM nearly 2 years ago and I’ve had the usual problems of it dropping regularly , They sent me 3 of those Wi-Fi pods ( one for each important room )  as pretty much everything here is connected , usual stuff  Alarm, Hive, ring door bell , bPhilips Hue , TV’s PS5 and plenty of other devices and so on but with upgrading my cctv on the outside about 6 months ago the Wi-Fi was becoming more unstable with drop outs were getting more frequent

                      So I bought a mesh system and I initially noticed a slight improvement but then it quickly got worse than ever , so much so I couldn’t play the PS5 because it would drop all the the time only for 20 secs or so but that disconnect from the current online game and was starting to miss ring door bell notifications

                      so I sent the mesh system back and bought a more expensive one on prime day

                      I reset the full VM system back to factory defaults and set up the new mesh wifi system and holy moly it’s the best I’ve ever saw it

                      Since July it’s not dropped once and the speeds are amazing

                      I have the 1gb plan with Virgin Media

                      on my phone I have saw speeds of up to 800 mbs , and on the PS5 which is connected directly by Ethernet over 900 mbs upload speeds on all devices are steady at 105 mbs

                      Ive just had a look at the system I bought and it’s on sale then now , I’ll attach the link

                      my own personal experience of those pods is they are not much more than decoration that take on the space of 2 plugs

                      but this mesh system is fantastic

                      I’ve just checked and I’ve currently got 23 devices connected just now including Eufy 4k cameras on my outside walls and I can stream the live feed seamlessly

                      I always change  my WiFi networks name and password , but once I had reset it the system goes back to the default log in details , but once I  changed it back to my personalised one all the devices rember it and log in automatically

                      so I’d def go down the reset procedure first before you set up the WiFi pods to hopefully get rid of any gremlins in the system

                      good luck mate ??

                      here’s the system I bought in July

                       

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                      in reply to: Travel Insurance #235004
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                        Thanks for the replies guys , seems a wide range of prices right enough

                        I’ll do another quick search tonight and I’m fine with that

                        my Uncle is £600 for a year so I’m glad I’m not in that category yet lol

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                        in reply to: Travel Insurance #234914
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                          This is the included details of my quote

                           

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                          in reply to: The Italian Job #234322
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                            Strap Set Up ?

                            Fits perfectly into its Bosch tool bag

                             

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                            in reply to: The Italian Job #234321
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                              So since ordering the Mini I’ve been watching tonnes of videos and I saw that caught me eye and it was a guy drying his car with a leaf blower

                              That got me thinking ?

                              So after some investigation I discovered this was an actual thing and some folks used those big blowers for drying dogs etc , those ones have to be plugged into the mains and I couldn’t be annoyed with more cables to trip over

                              As I have a few Bosch Pro tools and batteries I figured I’d give this little thing a bash , quite light in the hand , no cables and easy for me to balance whilst holding my crutch

                              It Did work and it was fun and games for about 27 mins blowing the little heads of water around until both shoulders felt like I’d been hanging from Monkey Bars ( remember them ) for hours on end

                              I was convinced the principle was sound I just needed a little more oomph!

                              By luck Bosch had just released a brand new model, something much bigger and more powerful , If the Terminator was a gardener this looks like the one he’d use ?

                              The power is unreal with a scroll wheel to easily control the power from a breeze to a Hurricane in your hand! –

                              If  still use a skateboard I swear I could use this blower to get me to the shops and back lol

                              My own little Tesla Skateboard ?

                              I bought a couple of straps from Amazon and a few fasteners and came up with a system that’s super comfy and balanced

                              So there’s no strain on my shoulders and when no one is looking I can pretend I’m Big Arnie

                              The water just disappears! And it would even better if I had a proper ceramic coating

                              Although I’d never hold the blower near the ground where it could suck up a bit of grit or stone I’ve attached a filter to the blower just to be 100% sure I won’t sandblast the car ??‍♂️?

                              it honestly works a treat with no risk of swirl marks or scratches when drying it

                              anyone else use something similar?

                              I’ll attach a couple of pics of little and large Little…

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                              in reply to: The Italian Job #234320
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                                @Winston Hi Winston my door fix arrived can you send a link where you place them just so I’m sure thanks for your help

                                 

                                Hi Mate,

                                Sorry im just seeing this after jumping ( well rolling ) into bed ?

                                I’m going to attach a link to the video I watched on YouTube and he shows you exactly how it goes , honestly it’s super easy and I’d hate to think how it would look now if I hadn’t installed it

                                 

                                how is the car looking after the Ceramic Coating? I’ve been on the fence with whether or not to get it done ??‍♂️

                                I do have something that you might be interested in now yours is coated , I’ll explain in the next post

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                                in reply to: The Italian Job #233707
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                                  Oh how are you finding the HK stereo? I was and still am very impressed , big improvement of the Dynaudio system I paid extra for in my Tiguan

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                                  in reply to: The Italian Job #233706
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                                    MINI Cooper Door Shut Paint Protection Kit (F56 | F57)

                                    that’s it there mate, I had ordered it before collecting the car and got a bit lazy when it came to fitting it but after inspecting the paint work after only 2 weeks I could see exactly where the damage would be if I didn’t bother. So I quickly cleaned it all and installed and now 3 months later it’s perfect ??

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                                    in reply to: The Italian Job #233705
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                                      that looks absolutely cracking! Great choice ???

                                      is the Mrs happy with it too?

                                      I like the look of those seats too! Very nice indeed

                                      time flies eh and standstill for no one!

                                      One min you have one of the newest cars on the road then you start to see the 73 plates appear ??

                                      I thing I can give you advice on is to get that PPF for the well known Mini F56 model issue with the paint marking up and ultimately rusting if not treated.

                                      it’s so easy to install yourself with hot soapy water , just 1 little section on the frame ( on each side ) when the door closes it only takes a couple of weeks to start damaging the paint

                                      this clear thin plastic prevents that happening and keeps the car looking magic

                                      I’ll see if I can find the link to it

                                      hope you guys are enjoying every min of it

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                                      in reply to: The Italian Job #229964
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                                        Yeah that’s exactly what I thought, when I first saw it I thought oh that’s pretty cool but the more I looked into it the more I didn’t like the way it was done

                                        the red at the front fine , the black at the back fine but the fade section was too big and I think ruined a very good idea

                                        but that’s only my take on it lol

                                        it’s a lot of money too, and with the sunroof there’s not a lot of metal left to paint

                                        So for what it’s worth I think you’ve made the right call ??

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                                        in reply to: The Italian Job #229954
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                                          Hi Mate,

                                          i had the multi tone roof on my test drive and went back n forth with do I like it or do I not ?, I went back to the dealers see it a few more times before deciding I didn’t like the way it looked on the colour scheme I had picked and I’m happy with that decision

                                          But you’ve just got to go for what appeals to you , if we all liked the same thing things would be dull

                                          so if you like it then I’d go for mate and get the car exactly the way you want ???

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                                          in reply to: The Italian Job #229701
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                                            Ha ha,

                                            after I replied I looked again and saw the 2nd one in the shadows ? they must keep you entertained ?❤️?❤️

                                            that’s great to hear that both of you are so excited with your choice , that’s what it’s all about , if it can help bring a bit of sunshine into or give your life a little boost then it’s the one for you ??

                                            Tonight I’m takin my Neigbhour out a little spin for an hour or so, she’s 85 and been on at me since I got it

                                            so tonight is the night, she said I can go as fast as I like she doesn’t mind ??‍♂️?

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                                            in reply to: The Italian Job #229661
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                                              Ha, your reply has just came in at the same time and I posted mines lol, so you’ve already answered the due date part

                                              thats a big handsome doggo you have, what kind is that?

                                              Well all the way up to collection day I was thinking what a mistake I’ve made with the White and Roof! But thankfully for me those fears evaporated when I saw it in the flesh

                                              Have you had a Mini before?

                                               

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                                              in reply to: The Italian Job #229656
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                                                Don’t have too many photos but hopefully this one shows the colour better

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                                                in reply to: The Italian Job #229655
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                                                  Not sure how well you’ll be able to see to White but here’s a little video I made not too long after collecting it , need some nice weather to make another lol

                                                  https://www.instagram.com/reel/CvGUuZQIV9V/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

                                                   

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                                                  in reply to: The Italian Job #229653
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                                                    Hey,

                                                    Absolutely no need for any sorry’s in here , Every shape and size of Mini is very welcome here ? No discrimination or snobbery ?

                                                    This little particular thread was started as a little bit of fun as a few of us had ordered a Mini around the same time  so the more people we get taking part in it the better ??

                                                    I’ve never drove a mini before and never gave it much thought but it’s honestly been magic

                                                    And everyone who has saw it or sat in the passenger seat has been impressed

                                                    So it would be good if this thread continued with members contributing any little tips or issues/fixes they’ve came accross cos I don’t know anyone else with one ??‍♂️?

                                                    as for the Nanuq , I swore I wasn’t getting another White car after having 3 white cars in a row and when I was in the showroom there was one that was very similar to your order and I was sold on it!

                                                    when I went outside there was a couple of brand new electric BMW’s in the same colour  ( mineral white in BMW talk ) and it looked even better in the Sun

                                                    i don’t think there is a bad colour choice , I think it’s such a quirky looking fun car that it looks good in any of the colours available

                                                    but If you’ve went for the Nanuq White I can safely say you won’t be disappointed ??

                                                    When are you hoping to collect it?

                                                     

                                                     

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                                                    in reply to: The Italian Job #229612
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                                                      Hi Winston an guys my Mini is being delivered this afternoon and cannot wait BRG with red roof and mirrors.

                                                       

                                                      Great to hear Tim ?? I’m sure we all are really chuffed for you and welcoming a new member to the Italian Job

                                                      i hope everything goes super smooth for you

                                                      please post some pics when you get the chance, colour choice sounds mega ?

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