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Old 12-30-2017, 03:52 PM
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If you check out the Gen1, 2 and 3 areas will note that some good information is in place for both Newbies and Oldies on their respective cars. What are some good questions that you had when you first bought your Countryman and then some others as the cars aged?
 
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I got my 2014 Countryman in October and had no idea where the battery was and more importantly, how to access it. I think this is something that should be on the top of the list of the first things to find out. Found a video on youtube how to access it and remove it.
Its easy to get to once you know how to do it, but can be intimidating at first.
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The battery is a good one, I found mine in our ‘12 S ALL4 by pure accident. After getting it, I wanted to familiarize myself with the location of the dipstick and other essentials. While looking my son pointed and said “what’s that little compartment thingy” while pointing at it. I decided to find out, and there was the battery.....was really surprised by the placement of it.
Another is the importance of keeping the oil level topped up, along with regular oil changes, because of the VANOS and other reasons why it’s essential.
 
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I think sometimes people get frightened away a little bit by reading about the some of these issues. If I had read some of these before I bought my Countryman I may very well never have bought it. I think there is a bit of fear about reliability for a lot of folks. The repair costs are another issue with these. The labor charges for some of the stuff is definitely prohibitive. But now I also know that once you get a little bit more familiar with them, you realize that a lot of the maintenance can be done yourself by somebody that is mechanically inclined. And the other users on this sight are a phenomenal resource for educating yourself and learning how to do some of the work yourself. I have found that most are happy to help and lend you their knowledge and experience.
TLDR: Don’t be scared away by the negative reports, these are fantastically fun cars and maintenance isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.
 
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