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Forum: Detailing 101
Yesterday, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I had a local recent HS grad detailer looking for...

I had a local recent HS grad detailer looking for summer work. He washed & polished my car and did a ceramic coating for $350. Is it the equal of many pro jobs, probably not but I have an older F56...
06-13-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,872
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

MINI sales are way down. Younger buyers aren't...

MINI sales are way down.
Younger buyers aren't into cars like they used to be.
Lots of younger people don't even want to own cars.
Cars are getting more complex and harder to work on.

I...
06-10-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 691
Views: 74,686
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

They have so many different ways to get to the...

They have so many different ways to get to the same goal, which is making money. Dealer cash rebates that the manufacturer pays the dealership on a sale. Last car I bought had $2000 dealer cash that...
Forum: Detailing 101
06-07-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 994
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

The Dawn soap is on the right track. A few drops...

The Dawn soap is on the right track. A few drops mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol and water will make a more efficient cleaner. I made up a batch for cleaning Granite instead of the $20 bottle of cleaner...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-05-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,083
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Put a WTB in the marketplace section here. Might...

Put a WTB in the marketplace section here. Might get you some attention.
06-02-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,863
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

This is the way....

This is the way. https://www.blimeycabrio.com/how-a-stud-lifts-a-mini/
Forum: 1st Gear
06-02-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,938
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

You say you don't know what to search for, yet...

You say you don't know what to search for, yet your list of six things is pretty well defined, better than most posters I'd say. I won't tell you to search, but I don't have a lot of answers.

I...
05-29-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,162
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Don't have the F60, but the "learning driving...

Don't have the F60, but the "learning driving style" claim is pure BS. More likely needs a software update or it has some other issues. I've had transmission adaptations reset on MINIs before (R60 &...
05-28-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,873
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

When you factor in the warranty the $6K premium...

When you factor in the warranty the $6K premium goes up a lot.

I've never driven the R, nor a new JCW CM. However, wife has 2019 Golf Rabbit and it is pretty comparable to a JCW HT for a lot less...
05-24-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,113
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

You probably want to look at an ECU tune. Several...

You probably want to look at an ECU tune. Several vendors on here sell them. Pretty sure they'll find you and post or you can just do search. I don't want to recommend one over the other as I only...
05-23-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,526
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f56-cooper-s-ha...

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f56-cooper-s-hat/repair-manuals/51-body-equipment/51-11-front-bumper/1VnXzKr8Ks
05-22-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,314
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I never buy extended warranties. If I think I...

I never buy extended warranties. If I think I need one for that car, then I probably wouldn't buy the car.

Now that I said that if you really want one, go talk to the shops that you will use to...
05-17-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,509
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

http://files.dinancars.com/webresources/datasheets...

http://files.dinancars.com/webresources/datasheets/9fc0e213347db6a77d887ea78307d2b0.pdf

last page
05-17-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,509
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Don't rely on dealer to register it.. Can't hurt...

Don't rely on dealer to register it.. Can't hurt by doing twice.

Enjoy the added boost!
05-16-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,509
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

$200 is overpriced, but for a MINI dealer...

$200 is overpriced, but for a MINI dealer probably not a total wacked out number. It is a 1/2 hour job at most. Pretty simple even for an inexperience old dude.
05-14-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 964
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I hate the dealerships. Especially the one near...

I hate the dealerships. Especially the one near me (lol) and the feeling is mutual.

In this case, I have to agree with them. Just changing tires can cause a whole new set of rattles as it did for...
05-13-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,892
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I think you mean sided with seller. Would be...

I think you mean sided with seller. Would be interesting to know what the seller provided them to defend his side of the transaction. I wonder if he stated that you should have returned it before...
05-13-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Installed in my F56 last week. Very nice and well...

Installed in my F56 last week. Very nice and well made. Will confuse a valet or anyone you loan the car to. I hated the indicator light at night so for me it was a factor in buying it.
05-08-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 20,354
Views: 2,492,341
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Went over to Cravenspeed HQ and they installed...

Went over to Cravenspeed HQ and they installed this auto transmission shifter knob. Looks great, works great. Almost makes me think back to the days when the body cooperated with a clutch.
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05-08-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,634
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Two hours later after some food shopping and an...

Two hours later after some food shopping and an easy install by the Cravenspeed team, I have it. Looks pretty cool and works well. Best thing is it gets rid of that lit up gear indicator that annoyed...
05-07-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Probably many ways to attack it. If your not...

Probably many ways to attack it. If your not DIY'ing you are probably not going to be under a grand. If you are worried about the factory tuning, then devices like fix series from JL audio will...
05-07-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

You will really need more power to drive a better...

You will really need more power to drive a better quality speaker. Adding HK speakers would be a chore and hardly worth the effort. Bavsounds will improve your sound, but more power is still...
Forum: JCW Garage
05-05-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,312
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

On my F56's I felt the difference immediately....

On my F56's I felt the difference immediately. Turbo kicked in sooner. When in sports mode the car was instantly twitchy until I got used to it.
05-03-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Go as late in the day as possible so they are...

Go as late in the day as possible so they are anxious to move you out asap. Finance guys/gals will try to sell you stuff even if you pre-warn them as they are trained to overcome any and all...
04-30-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Control arms were done on mine. Known issue as I...

Control arms were done on mine. Known issue as I recall.
04-29-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 691
Views: 74,686
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Recent car buying experience thoughts - Wife...

Recent car buying experience thoughts - Wife wanted to end her MINI experience and lease is about up. So we went shopping. It got so bad I refused to go to one of the visits. Salespeople are so...
04-27-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I had someone else do the sway bar. It wasn't...

I had someone else do the sway bar. It wasn't hard but he didn't follow directions perfectly and I need to correct it slightly or have someone else do it. I put it on stands and tightened some bolts...
04-26-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 852
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

It isn't nice, but he gave you the money back so...

It isn't nice, but he gave you the money back so I consider it a minor infraction. Happened to me recently although we never got to me sending any money. Obviously local sale is easier and safer for...
04-22-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

If you want to save some cash, take your tow hook...

If you want to save some cash, take your tow hook and dip it into a can of PlastiDip or similar coating. I've done several items like that and they come out great.
Forum: JCW Garage
04-19-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Seemed to have everything correct on my car....

Seemed to have everything correct on my car. Porsche charges more so maybe they pay for better software programmers when they aren't busy defeating the pollution control programming. :lol:
04-19-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20,354
Views: 2,492,341
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

New rotors (Centric), Pads (EBC Red) installed,...

New rotors (Centric), Pads (EBC Red) installed, much better after just a few hundred miles on my F56S.

Installed VIP 23mm Sway bar - not sure why I waited so long. Vast improvement.

Used my...
04-19-2019, 07:38 AM
04-15-2019, 11:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,501
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Certainly could have created a leak somewhere but...

Certainly could have created a leak somewhere but if the gas cap is original it is time for a new one. They can seem tight but still leak due to old seal.
04-15-2019, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 517
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I've had good luck with Samsung or SanDisk USBs....

I've had good luck with Samsung or SanDisk USBs. Particularly like the compact ones that don't extend far out of the recepticle.
Forum: 1st Gear
04-11-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,457
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

3rd generation cars all have turbo's. The S is...

3rd generation cars all have turbo's. The S is faster for sure and depending on driving style might not be needed at all. My wife has the non S and if she feels the need for a bit more power just...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-10-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 7,457
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Long test drive of both. Nothing I can tell you...

Long test drive of both. Nothing I can tell you would be like that. I like both engine configurations.
04-10-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,212
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

They want $595 install fee on top of the Dinan...

They want $595 install fee on top of the Dinan Elite cost? If that is the case it is pure rip off. If for some reason that includes the Elite then that is a steal. The install for a competent...
04-09-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Is it the original battery in the car? Have it...

Is it the original battery in the car? Have it tested. If it is the original you probably need a new one as a failing battery can create all kinds of electronic gremlins.
Forum: 3rd Gen FAQs
04-06-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,218
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

The filter that came out of my car had the blobs...

The filter that came out of my car had the blobs of hot glue on the bottom. Not sure if they still do this when installing new filters or has the newer part corrected the issue.

Did they purposely...
04-01-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

https://afepower.com/afe-power-77-46309-scorcher-g...

https://afepower.com/afe-power-77-46309-scorcher-gt-module

Has all the same looking connections as the Dinan Elite and several other piggyback devices. Nice thing is that you can change maps. It...
03-29-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,222
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

For pics, Google safety wiring bolts, that is...

For pics, Google safety wiring bolts, that is where I got the idea from years ago.
03-29-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,222
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Drill a hole from the side of the protruding...

Drill a hole from the side of the protruding stub, formerly known as the head. Insert rod, bolt or something strong and turn the bolt with some pliers gripped on the new handle you created. Always...
03-29-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,222
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I'd just drill a hole through the side and put a...

I'd just drill a hole through the side and put a strong nail or bolt and turn it out. Old fashioned and cheap method.
03-29-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,180
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

1. Nitrogen vs. Atmosphere (70%+ Nitrogen...

1. Nitrogen vs. Atmosphere (70%+ Nitrogen already). Moneymaking scam to replace lost undercoating revenues, have I dated my age?. I recall some tire shops doing free Nitrogen fills with new tires....
03-28-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,180
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Did you see this thread?...

Did you see this thread? https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/f55-f56-hatch-talk-2014/308686-how-to-buy-a-new-mini-the-art-of-the-deal.html

A great read for buying a new car.
Forum: Site Feedback
03-27-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Top of screen on right when you click on your...

Top of screen on right when you click on your name don't you get those options?
03-26-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,180
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

You can ask for whatever you want. MINI sales are...

You can ask for whatever you want. MINI sales are in the dumps so they should be anxious to sell you a car. Cash sales are a loser to the dealership as they don't make the finance commissions....
03-22-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

I'd just be concerned with plastic rattling. Do...

I'd just be concerned with plastic rattling. Do you have under seat woofers? I upgraded my under seat woofers to Bavsounds and added a 6 channel amp, so I am getting more power to a more efficient...
Forum: JCW Garage
03-20-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 940
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Define youngsters? This short thread didn't...

Define youngsters?

This short thread didn't get political at all. It merely talks about BMW sending MINIs out to be produced in low cost environments. The rest of my comment has been...
03-20-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By Minnie.the.Moocher

Doubtful that it will work and provide proper...

Doubtful that it will work and provide proper sound. You need crossovers, etc. to send the correct signals to the tweeters or a new amp and more... They aren't even good tweeters to finish off the...
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