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  1. Denzien
    12-01-2014 09:25 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    Very nice! Congrats on your purchase - you will love carving corners. But you must be careful when sitting behind the wheel of another car

    Personally, I had few requirements in a Mini for purchase (BRG, Leather, Nav, S model), but the combination I wanted was very difficult to locate. Popped up only once just before I was ready to buy and was gone just as quickly.

    I test drove a used SC Mini myself once (a 2006, I believe), it was definitely more visceral - but for a DD I was looking for something with a bit more warranty

    Can't wait to see your new toy!
  2. wierling
    11-21-2014 03:54 PM - permalink
    wierling
    Wow thanks for the detailed reply! Some great tidbits of info there I hadn't known about yet! ( and I've been researching this stuff extensively for the past few days, have an appt at mini dealer on Monday, will let you know if/when I join the club!). Btw- what year is yours?
  3. Denzien
    11-21-2014 09:59 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    Oh...and the F5x models do away with some of the strange, quirky things of the Rxx models:

    For instance, in my Mini, the first pull of the interior door handle of a locked door only unlocks it - the second opens the door. You have to get in the habit of telling new passengers to "pull twice" when you park...or else, manually unlock all the doors before parking.

    The speedometer has been relocated to the steering column from the center stack. Currently, there's a digital speedo readout on the column, but it is superseded by messages like "low fuel", "low tire pressure" and "cold outside temperature" and I have not yet trained myself to use the analog speedo.

    - Will
  4. Denzien
    11-21-2014 09:58 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    Still, I'm jealous of some of the tech that's on the newer hard top - which has not yet made it to the convertible (such as a HUD). If the new styling doesn't put you off (a compliance measure for new pedestrian safety laws), you should maybe consider waiting for this version (2016 M/Y) as it also has adaptable suspension settings accessed via a Sport/Regular/Eco mode selector. It will also have a 2.0L BMW engine instead of the 1.6L N18 Prince engine (Peugeot/BMW) - though the total output is not significantly different, it drives well. Also new will be the start-stop technology for fuel savings at lights (this can be disabled). It was not offered in the U.S. before the F56 (that's the model code for the 3rd gen hard top...F57 for the 3rd gen convertible. R56 and R57 for the 2nd gen hard top and convertible, respectively).
  5. Denzien
    11-21-2014 09:57 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    Turbo lag is present, but torque peaks at ~1800rpm and continues almost through redline - so it doesn't take as long as, say, my old Volvo 850 turbo wagon. It's rare that anyone accelerates to the speed limit faster than my car will do by pulling only 3000-3500rpm. Because it's so small I fit into tiny places pretty easily...I scare the crap out of myself sometimes, squeezing between [stationary] cars to get to an empty lane, when most sane people would have just waited.

    But I digress. Get the factory heated seats. Seriously. I can drive top-down in temps as low as 38 with just a regular jacket, hat and scarf with the heated seat and the heater blowing on my feet. But then, I'm a sadist that way. I also drive it top-down in up to 105* weather.
  6. Denzien
    11-21-2014 09:57 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    As a central Texan, I have not driven my Mini in Snow. However, it does have a rather good DSC and Traction control system...which is actually pretty annoying when you are purposefully attempting to slide around a corner as it activates the brakes and backs off the throttle right in the middle until the vehicle is "under control". Luckily, I checked almost all the boxes, including a button to deactivate these features. The car is a lot more fun as a driver's car with DSC deactivated. Spinning the front wheels is simple with this disabled and sport mode enabled. I did not get the sport suspension. The ride is firm enough for me without it.
  7. Denzien
    11-21-2014 09:56 AM - permalink
    Denzien
    Hi Bob, I love my Mini. It's quick, handles really well and is easy on gas. I'm driving mine the way I want (read: fast) and I'm getting 24mpg city. If I was less thrill-seeking, I would easily get 27-28 again (city). I've gotten over 35mpg highway on a long trip and 45mpg when drafting off an 18-wheeler. I made it from New Orleans to Austin on a single tank of gas this way...but you have to drive slow. It really wasn't worth the extra 1-2 hours the trip took. Storage space is, obviously, minimal - but that's not what this car is for. That's what my wife's Honda Odyssey is for!

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