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Forum: 1st Gear
Yesterday, 07:39 AM
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Posted By USA-RET

I'm kinda "diggin'" the Mary Kay license plate...

I'm kinda "diggin'" the Mary Kay license plate frame.:wink:
Yesterday, 07:27 AM
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Posted By USA-RET

Couple of things here I'll weigh in on since I...

Couple of things here I'll weigh in on since I test drove a 2017 Porsche Cayman (in a search to replace my 2015 C7 Corvette) while owning a 2015 Mini S w/ a JCW tune.

The Porsche is a beautiful...
Forum: 1st Gear
07-15-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Betting ArchiMark is motoring hard.....:lol: ...

Betting ArchiMark is motoring hard.....:lol:

I'm certainly not, just turned 200 miles on mine and it's been a month since we took delivery. Rainy weather and sharing duty w/ my other car.so it's...
07-14-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 772
Posted By USA-RET

Regardless of what cars I've owned in the past,...

Regardless of what cars I've owned in the past, owning a brand new one always trumped the older car. New tech, ride tightness, smell all seem to overshadow the older stablemate. I love Porsche...
Forum: 1st Gear
07-12-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

This has been a very "fun" thread....hopefully...

This has been a very "fun" thread....hopefully all those who have been waiting for their Minis have taken possession and are enjoying them. Perhaps we can continue this conversation w/ pix of mods...
Forum: 1st Gear
07-11-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Couple of nice improvements over my 2015 MCS. ...

Couple of nice improvements over my 2015 MCS. Much better center stack screen display. Also like to option to choose a 5 pulse turn signal choice compared to the previous 3 flashes.. Wish my...
Forum: 1st Gear
07-11-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Very nice looking car.. Gray interior w/ the...

Very nice looking car.. Gray interior w/ the chrome-line exterior looks classy to my eye. Of course, I'm a bit biased in that regard. :wink: The car was definitely worth the wait. I'm really...
07-04-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,881
Posted By USA-RET

Here's something to consider as this had been...

Here's something to consider as this had been discussed on the BMW forums (regarding the Dinan Elite tuner) and in a sense confirmed w/ Dinan.

The discussion went something like this. How come...
Forum: 1st Gear
07-02-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By USA-RET

Welcome aboard...great stablemates. Mine shares...

Welcome aboard...great stablemates. Mine shares the garage w/ a 2017 Dinan Stage 1 M240i.
Forum: 1st Gear
06-28-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Beautiful car, love that brown leather interior. ...

Beautiful car, love that brown leather interior. The cross-stitch is really nice. Color combo really goes nicely together. Have fun and be safe, Always nice to share a thread with great people...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-27-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Congrats..post a pix when you have a chance. We...

Congrats..post a pix when you have a chance. We all love "Car Porn". :grin:
06-26-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,853
Posted By USA-RET

Dinan has been pretty good about doing refunds on...

Dinan has been pretty good about doing refunds on components that don't perform as expected. Just go back though the dealer that bought and installed it, as Dinan will want their input on what was...
06-25-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,853
Posted By USA-RET

BMW M240i Elites had similar issues. Mine still...

BMW M240i Elites had similar issues. Mine still does, but have mitigated it somewhat by running it with the shift lever in the M/S position all the time. Higher RPM's seem to eliminate the CEL's. ...
06-22-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,460
Posted By USA-RET

I thinking you should feel a big bump in power...

I thinking you should feel a big bump in power with the Dinan installed. All that have other tuners installed say the car turns into a little beast.

FWIW, I had an Elite installed on my M240i...
06-22-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,460
Posted By USA-RET

Amen. Numbers are nice, but in the end, they are...

Amen. Numbers are nice, but in the end, they are just that...numbers. I'd rather drive the car and if I can feel the difference and that difference puts a smile on my face, I'm happy

The...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-21-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Mine did the same thing. Stopped on one side of...

Mine did the same thing. Stopped on one side of the bay and moved to the other. I think that is normal for different cargo unloading. It should be setting to sea shortly. Mine came straight to...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-20-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

With only a $500 incentive, I'd be hard pressed...

With only a $500 incentive, I'd be hard pressed not to gamble on something better when July hits. Certainly can't get worse although, I think I saw a $250 incentive when I bought my 2015.

I had a...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-20-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

My experience has been that the MA is usually...

My experience has been that the MA is usually right within 24 hours overall...but did not a have a clue on the ship's itinerary. Was originally quoted a 15 day delivery time from England to...
06-19-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,065
Posted By USA-RET

Call Tire Rack, they have the correct size for...

Call Tire Rack, they have the correct size for your car and those wheels. $1.50 each + shipping (USPS)..Total $13.21 (shipping is more than the parts.) I just ordered 4 myself.

Your wheels are...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-18-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Personally wouldn't spend the money for the short...

Personally wouldn't spend the money for the short time of use. You can try other website like vessel tracker and using a few can provide additional information. I was about the see my ships route...
06-07-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,881
Posted By USA-RET

I have a friend that swears Bounce Dryer sheets...

I have a friend that swears Bounce Dryer sheets deter mice from getting into his winter stored Corvette. Sets the sheet on and around his wheels as they appear to be the entrance ramp into his cars....
Forum: 1st Gear
06-04-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Wow guys. That's terrible. Are either of your...

Wow guys. That's terrible. Are either of your cars a part of the $2K incentive that Mini offered if you ordered your cars before 31 March? The deal was order before 31 March and take delivery...
05-29-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 80
F55/F56 JCW Tuning kit
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Posted By USA-RET

Saw these, which are significantly less than...

Saw these, which are significantly less than dealer pricing:

Genuine Mini parts:

https://new.minimania.com/part/G3NME3501/Mini-Cooper-Exhaust-Tips-Jcw-Chrome-Pair-Oem-Gen3-F55-F56-F57
...
Forum: 1st Gear
05-28-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

My car's vessel hits Halifax NS tomorrow morning...

My car's vessel hits Halifax NS tomorrow morning 5 AM. Should be a 24 layover to unload whatever and then on to the next port...Boston? Savannah? Brunswick GA. is where it needs to get to...
Forum: 1st Gear
05-22-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Yes, much depends on how the ship is manifested. ...

Yes, much depends on how the ship is manifested. I've ordered two other cars from Europe. First Mini was on a ship that stopped in Savannah and then Brunswick. Car was onboard something like 10...
Forum: 1st Gear
05-22-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Mine is on a "sea cruise" now. heading to Halifax...

Mine is on a "sea cruise" now. heading to Halifax as the first stop. Should make Brunswick in 15 days (from May 19th -ETA 3 June or thereabouts).
Forum: 1st Gear
05-13-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Called today (Mon 13 May), my car is in Paint...

Called today (Mon 13 May), my car is in Paint shop (since 10 May) and should be completed tomorrow.

I asked about being able to track production online. Was told they (Mini) are still in the...
Forum: 1st Gear
05-10-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

No clue either. My car was listed as "150...

No clue either. My car was listed as "150 scheduled for production on 29 Mar 2019. I plan to call Mini on Monday (May 13) which is when my car was scheduled to be completed based on discussion with...
04-23-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By USA-RET

Cooper S will be noticeably quicker for sure. ...

Cooper S will be noticeably quicker for sure. When you test, make sure you are not in Eco mode. Try it it Mid mode and then Sport mode. Sport will likely put a grin on your face. I normally test...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-21-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Yep, can certainly be overwhelming when you...

Yep, can certainly be overwhelming when you factor in all the possibilities. I find it makes it easier if I prioritize my wants and needs. If it's just transportation or it's a car I cannot afford...
04-21-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 286
Posted By USA-RET

Churchill says "Happy Easter"

Picture says it all -
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.northamericanmotoring.com-vbulletin/620x869/25690259_funny_dog_dressed_like_the_easter_bunny_605252a83b7dd8dc060098754eff6a980a64d330.jpg
Forum: 1st Gear
04-16-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

FWIW, try and strike up the "I'd like to order a...

FWIW, try and strike up the "I'd like to order a new car" conversation w/ one of the sales managers (the guys wearing a different color shirt and usually sitting in an office) rather than the sales...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-15-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Just know that going in, the incentives Mini (or...

Just know that going in, the incentives Mini (or other car makers) offer do not come off the dealer profit margin. So, if the dealer's profit on a car is $3000 and Mini has an incentive of $2000, the...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-13-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

I just check my MPG reports using the button on...

I just check my MPG reports using the button on the left side wheel stick (car computer). Shows avg speed, MPG, and other sundry info. Don't know how accurate it is, but that's what mine has been...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-13-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

The $2K incentive expired on 31 March. Dealer...

The $2K incentive expired on 31 March. Dealer did not know what (if any) incentives would be offered by Mini after that. He mentioned that generally there could be @ least $1k or maybe $1500 on any...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-13-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

As I recall, Econ (automatic transmission) starts...

As I recall, Econ (automatic transmission) starts the car out in second gear rather than first and also shifts through the gear rather quickly to get you into the top gear faster than the other two...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-12-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

Production for the 2020's start in July. I'd...

Production for the 2020's start in July. I'd imagine once the plant reopens in May (closed for April), your dealer maybe can start ordering a 2020. You can check and see if Mini has any incentives...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-11-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

FWIW, on my order (in process now), I went with...

FWIW, on my order (in process now), I went with Dynamic dampers. I have/had them on my 2015..when you switch to sport mode you can select a softer ride. For me I liked the extra zip, but didn't want...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-11-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 13,445
Posted By USA-RET

I was in a similar situation a while back. I had...

I was in a similar situation a while back. I had an MCS and thought about going with a Justa for my next car. Went to the dealership and did a test drive. Justa was fine, but lacked power and pep,...
04-10-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,280
Posted By USA-RET

Dinan lists install time as 1 hour (so dealer...

Dinan lists install time as 1 hour (so dealer should not charge more than 1 hour shop time plus any rip-offs for supplies). Had my BMW dealer do my M240i ($165 labor plus the price of the Elite...
04-06-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31
F55/F56 2020 f56
Views: 3,305
Posted By USA-RET

This is only "Boot" I want to...

This is only "Boot" I want to encounter........https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.northamericanmotoring.com-vbulletin/190x190/das_boot_5c95de3d850d1e30e564d1a1d65a3a5659b40864.jpg
03-26-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
F55/F56 A/C on always?
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Posted By USA-RET

Florida owner and cannot remember the last time I...

Florida owner and cannot remember the last time I had the AC "off" Averaging 36 MPG w/ the JCW tune normal driving.
03-09-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 80
F55/F56 JCW Tuning kit
Views: 6,680
Posted By USA-RET

Here are some dyno numbers for two 2016's- #1 w/...

Here are some dyno numbers for two 2016's- #1 w/ a JCW tune: #2 a Full JCW

2016 F56 Cooper S w/ JCW Tuning Kit:
Wheel Horsepower: 206.53 whp
Wheel Torque: 236.99 ft-lbs
Crank Horsepower:...
02-20-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 80
F55/F56 JCW Tuning kit
Views: 6,680
Posted By USA-RET

Here's a thread that covers holder and placement...

Here's a thread that covers holder and placement options
...
12-27-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,825
Posted By USA-RET

This may Help: ...

This may Help:

http://www.motoringfun.com/2015/11/09/dyno-comparison-2016-f56-factory-jcw-and-2016-f56-s-jcw-tuning-kit/
12-27-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,825
Posted By USA-RET

I have not heard of any issues w/ the Elite and...

I have not heard of any issues w/ the Elite and the Mini Motors B46/B48 (unless there have been significant changes to the B46/48 motors for 2019).

There are issues is the BMW B58 (I have one...
12-24-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 268
Posted By USA-RET

Merry Christmas to All

Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and a safe and healthy New Year....
10-19-2018, 05:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,389
Posted By USA-RET

More than likely, the dealers svc guy thought you...

More than likely, the dealers svc guy thought you were talking about "torque steer" under hard acceleration. What you are describing is not that. I'd be into the deaership right now and have the...
10-09-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,180
Posted By USA-RET

Elite has the piggyback warranty from Dinan...

Elite has the piggyback warranty from Dinan (which covers what the Mini warranty doesn't should something major go wrong), the sport doesn't (even if dealer installed). However there is a warranty on...
08-31-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 35
F55/F56 Tune Comparison
Views: 3,355
Posted By USA-RET

Regarding the "Butt Dyno" comment, "Justa" (pun)...

Regarding the "Butt Dyno" comment, "Justa" (pun) clarify a point, the WHP and Torque gains are measurable on a dyno. @ 8 lbs per wheel (32lbs overall) an 11 WHP and similar Torque gain was measured...
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