Lack of MINI Coopers

Discussion in 'Other Manufacturers' started by nervousmini, May 8, 2009.

  1. nervousmini

    nervousmini Well-Known Member

    I admit that my previous driving style was less..ehem.... than exempelary, but having been forced to buy my blazer (and not for my personal ego), I have also been forced to change the way that I drive in order to make it affordable.

    It has been quite a transition from very high performance based vehicles to a heavy, slow, inefficient lump of detroit steel. But I have always been aware of the people around me and the lack of driving skill or even minimally maintained vehicles - believe me I see some very scary cars DRIVE into my shop on a daily basis, it's truly terrifying at times to be aware of what could be in the lane next to you or someone else.
  2. Nevyn

    Nevyn Well-Known Member

    Compared to their window tags, my cars are both only in the 92-95% of EPA combined, mostly due to mechanical issues and previous owner abuse. The only reason I've gotten mine up really is FAS.
  3. drimportracing

    drimportracing Pizza driver: 61,000+ deliveries

    Seen this yesterday in my delivery area, sorry about the photo quality, I had to stop in the road and didn't adjust well:


    - Dale
  4. nervousmini

    nervousmini Well-Known Member

    Not too bad, still looks like it can be saved - for what I'm not sure......

    The original minis are an absolute blast to drive, if you haven't and ever get a chance don't hesitate.
  5. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    That old Mini is not worth 4k. It's been rolled. The SCCA sticker leads to why it was rolled. LMAO. Mini's roll very well at auto-x. :)
  6. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    Ok, I'm new here but I will keep track of my new mini clubman mileage facts for all to see.

    Here's what I bought:

    2010 Mini Clubman, Normally aspirated, 6speed manual, sunroof, cold weather pack, sport
    seats, 16" wheels with 195/55/16 contisport run flat tires.

    It now has 115 miles on it. Tonight I will go to the local truck scale to see if I can get the
    actual weight of the car as equipped.

    Car I gave up: 2008 Honda Fit Sport, 6speed manual. I kept track of every mile and fuel
    used. My average over the 44,000 miles was 38.4 miles per gallon on the stock
    Dunlop SP31 Tires.

    I traded off a wonderful Fit for this Mini that the government rates with higher MPG than the fit. I am going to find out if this is fact or fiction.
  7. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    If you don't mind my asking, what prompted you to trade the 'wonderful Fit' for the Mini?
  8. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    I drove a 2002 Mini S a little when they first came out and absolutely loved it. Many
    times I almost ordered one but could never justify the inability to carry what I normally carry
    with me conveniently. The Clubman answered that problem. I almost bought the Mini
    instead of the Fit, but, at the time I did not want to wait the 8months I was quoted from the Mini dealer to order one. With the new economy purchasing a Mini was never easier, so
    I did. And I really want to find out if the fuel economy can trump the Fit, given the increased
    level of comfort.
  9. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    My first car in New Zealand was a 1971 Astin Mini Clubman (1.0L) Mint Green :D

    I used to race around town all over the place and still only had to give it $10 worth of gas for the whole week. I wasn't keeping track of MPG at that time but it was sure fun to drive. :D all smiles :D

    We had a great assortment of fuel efficent cars from Japan, Austraila and the UK. There were also desiels, LPG and CNG powered cars. I knew a person that had a Holden Commador that could run on CNG and gas.
  10. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    The Clubman weighed in at 2730lbs., with 9-10 gallons of gas, which would be 54-60lbs.
    I thought it would weigh more considering it has sunroof and premium sound. We will see
    what the first tank logs for mpg.
  11. jimepting

    jimepting Well-Known Member

    The regular Mini is a wonderful car. My daughter works at the Richmond dealership and owns one, which she lets me drive occasionally. I think that Mini owners are more interested in the performance than the FE, though that doesn't escape their attention.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2010
  12. Taliesin

    Taliesin Well-Known Member

    I think Jimepting hit it...

    Everyone I know of that is interested in the MINI doesn't care about the FE at all...

    To them it's a cool vehicle with potential for a high hp/weight ratio...

    In otherwords: Performance!

    The people I know interested in them are very concerned with making the FE as bad as possible.
  13. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    You cannot shut the engine off while the car is moving in the Mini, so no engine off, key on,
  14. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Is it a push button start?
  15. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    Push button, yes
  16. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Well that stinks. :( Engine off coasting is worth an awful lot of FE.
  17. orchardist

    orchardist Member

    I'll keep you posted on the actual mileage I'm getting. The fuel system is direct injection
    and complete fuel shutoff is stated in BMW's technical articles on this engine when in gear
    under 0 load (coasting in gear). Considering how high the epa highway economy is rated
    I have been surprised not to find actual mileage accounts by owners.
  18. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Can the car be bump started? If so (yes, I know this is brand new vehicle :eek:), you might be able to stall it out with a switch inline with the fuel injectors -- this is how several of our members have implemented a FAS switch.
  19. nervousmini

    nervousmini Well-Known Member

    Hey there, Nice to finally see a MINI here. I can't wait to see what can really be done with it. :bananajump:

    The weight sounds about right. Premium sound doesn't really change much weight, but the sunroof is a big hit - they are mother to replace!

    I would really have to advise against a FAS switch for the direct injection setup currently in use. It is EXTREMELY sensitive and I'm not sure how it would accept a loss in the signal to the injectors (it is monitored by the DME).

    Yeah, the push button start/stop is kinda funky and really gets in the way of doing anything creative - it is actually connected to a separate control unit from the DME.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
  20. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Thanks for the additional info -- how's the car put into "ACC" mode?

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