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06-22-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 692
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Posted By 2017All4

A Man Walks into a MINI Dealer

Most retail car deals are done with customers who have completed internet research and, maybe, even filled out a contact info form on a dealers web site.

Have you noticed how similar in format all...
Forum: 1st Gear
06-14-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

Congratulations. This thread gives hope that...

Congratulations.

This thread gives hope that there are still a few MINI customers willing to step up and motor in a new MINI.

Next month it will be time for me to put together my order and my...
06-10-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

Right. My suggestion is not to worry too much...

Right. My suggestion is not to worry too much about being fair to the salesperson. If you snag a truly killer deal you can give your salesperson a $100 gift card or whatever.
We DO NOT and CAN NOT...
05-31-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By 2017All4

Okay, not a point award winning load, but on...

Okay, not a point award winning load, but on today's trip to the garden center the sales clerk offered to help carry my stuff out to my "car." I said, "Great. I brought my Good Truck." He started...
05-27-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,980
Posted By 2017All4

No....what you've got yourself is a Good Truck...

No....what you've got yourself is a Good Truck right there. With proper rear doors.

But if anyone hauls a casket, or a dead body, we need to see photos in the Good Truck thread. Many bonus...
05-27-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,980
Posted By 2017All4

If you go to the MINIUSA build page for the...

If you go to the MINIUSA build page for the Clubman S, and you pay close attention as you do a build, you may see the spare tire appear as an included feature at the Iconic level.
As was mentioned...
05-25-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,161
Posted By 2017All4

You're old enough to know better than to drive a...

You're old enough to know better than to drive a MINI with worn out rubber. Or maybe drifting is your thing???:wink:
05-24-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,557
Posted By 2017All4

Welcome to the Clubman Club. I never...

Welcome to the Clubman Club.

I never imagined I would drive a MINI. Turned in a Range Rover and prior to that the daily driver was a Jag XK. I still have a V12 Jag convertible seeping away in the...
05-24-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

Memorial Day Weekend Deals?

MINI USA is putting a little more cash "on the hood" for the upcoming holiday weekend. Still not stunning amounts of money, but for those thinking about getting a new MINI, every little bit counts.
...
05-24-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,557
Posted By 2017All4

I went with the Dinan Sport Tuner single sensor...

I went with the Dinan Sport Tuner single sensor plug-in on my 2017 Clubman S All4. My car has the 8 speed automatic.
I noticed an immediate increase in quickness, especially between 1500 and 2500...
Forum: JCW Garage
05-16-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,540
Posted By 2017All4

:thumbsup: I just quoted you on another...

:thumbsup:

I just quoted you on another thread. https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/f55-f56-hatch-talk-2014/338950-local-dealer-closing.html#post4470155
I owe you a dollar in royalties.
05-16-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,364
Posted By 2017All4

Somehow, car manufacturers remain enamored with...

Somehow, car manufacturers remain enamored with the same marketing mentality that worked so well in the 1950's when there was, for example, Chevy, Pontiac, Olds, Buick, and Caddy. A young family...
05-06-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

Each calendar month the offers are updated --...

Each calendar month the offers are updated -- sometimes it takes a few days after the first day of the calendar month before the MINIUSA Special Offers are updated.

Right now many suspect that...
05-05-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By 2017All4

OTHER Good Truck

We took the trusty Clubman for a 1,000 mile romp up to the Northern California gold country over the weekend. Got a solid 36 combined MPG. The Good Truck ran very well and the Dinan was sweet up in...
04-23-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 25,970
Posted By 2017All4

I just double-checked with the factory. If you...

I just double-checked with the factory. If you add the drop tanks you can't have the 20mm Vulcans that are concealed behind the front driving lights. Man I hate the new ordering restrictions!
Forum: 1st Gear
04-22-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

So, then, you know. Good luck, whatever you...

So, then, you know.

Good luck, whatever you decide.
Forum: 1st Gear
04-22-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

Your candor and introspection are refreshing. ...

Your candor and introspection are refreshing.
There are several of us old timers here who have taken over 60 trips around the sun... we get it.

Yours is truly a "first world" problem -- one with...
04-20-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By 2017All4

Countryman is supposed to get the 300HP...

Countryman is supposed to get the 300HP drivetrain as well -- probably will be available in this calendar year.

The word is that these versions of the Clubman and Countryman will require the auto...
04-20-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By 2017All4

Looking forward to building a few when the MINI...

Looking forward to building a few when the MINI USA configurator will let us. Can't be MINI-less and my current Clubman lease ends this fall. And we do so love our Clubby. I'm getting too stodgy for...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-17-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

Exactly. And once learned, it feels totally...

Exactly. And once learned, it feels totally intuitive.
Forum: 1st Gear
04-17-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

When I ordered my car, the paddles were linked to...

When I ordered my car, the paddles were linked to the tranny selection. If you bought the sport automatic, you got the paddles, regardless of steering wheel -- the default wheel was the one with the...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-17-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

I have satellite gray lounge leather with the JCW...

I have satellite gray lounge leather with the JCW wheel with paddles (and matching red stitching on the shift lever). JCW wheel isn't quite as 'soft' as the other wheel. But the JCW steering wheel...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-14-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

BTW, I think USA-RET has filled you in pretty...

BTW, I think USA-RET has filled you in pretty well on ordering timing. We ordered in August of 2016 and our MINI was delivered to us that October. It is a 2017 production year car. A few weeks after...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-13-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

I was new to MINI waaay back in 2016. Now I can't...

I was new to MINI waaay back in 2016. Now I can't imagine life without one -- and I've got a couple of Jags sitting in the garage that we almost never drive. Every time, either me or the Missus says,...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-13-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 9,178
Posted By 2017All4

Now that you've driven some cars, I'd spend some...

Now that you've driven some cars, I'd spend some quality time on the MINI USA configuration section building different cars. Since MINI switched to the various sub-groupings on the configurator it...
04-02-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,219
Posted By 2017All4

Excellent write up and photos, Mr. Gearhead....

Excellent write up and photos, Mr. Gearhead. Thanks. Enjoy the ride.
03-27-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By 2017All4

Might want to ask JP at JP's European...

Might want to ask JP at JP's European (714-848-3876). He's a mechanic shop but he rebuilds old MINIs and probably knows some good body and paint folks. He's in HB. And he's honest.
03-22-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

Allways good to remember, he/she who has the gold...

Allways good to remember, he/she who has the gold makes the rules.

THE PERSON WHO BRINGS THE MONEY TO THE DEAL HAS ALL THE POWER.

Dealers understand this and their selling systems are designed...
03-22-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

My Clubman was custom ordered. MSRP was...

My Clubman was custom ordered.
MSRP was $42,680
Dealer Discount was 7.5%
MINI Incentives at the time were $2,000 on top of dealer discount
In the end I saved over 12% off of MSRP, plus I got...
Forum: JCW Garage
03-20-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By 2017All4

Gettin' a little political here, fellow...

Gettin' a little political here, fellow travelers... I mean motorers :wink:
03-20-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,087
Posted By 2017All4

All of us on this forum deeply understand the...

All of us on this forum deeply understand the desire to motor in a MINI, so we are pulling for you to get one for yourself. They are special cars. But you are wise to hesitate on a higher mileage car...
03-19-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,087
Posted By 2017All4

Most people who acquire higher mileage MINIs are...

Most people who acquire higher mileage MINIs are looking for a project car -- they have the interest, knowledge, time, and tools to tinker and they want to mod out or track a fully-depreciated car...
03-19-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By 2017All4

You've got a point! Good Truck was about 15 feet...

You've got a point! Good Truck was about 15 feet from the point where they hit the pipe. The V-12 Jag convertible was even closer:eek: (Of course the Jag tries to blow itself up on a regular basis...
03-19-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By 2017All4

Bricks n' Mortar

Sad story with a happy ending.

Our next door neighbor is doing a major remodel. While removing an old concrete walkway between the neighbor's garage and our garage, the crew managed to hit our gas...
03-13-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 63,985
Posted By 2017All4

:thumbsup: Showed your post to my wife. She said...

:thumbsup: Showed your post to my wife. She said it reminded her of the time the partner of a friend of ours said to her when they were first dating, "You wanna look at some pornography together?"...
Forum: JCW Garage
03-09-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,710
Posted By 2017All4

Maybe. But not necessarily. The common wisdom...

Maybe. But not necessarily.
The common wisdom is definitely "buyer beware." Any mods not done by the dealer should be assumed to be at buyer's risk. Lease or purchase is not really material during...
03-02-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

Money on the Bonnet

MINIUSA is putting an additional $1,250 cash out there for the month of March, on top of other existing offers.
And who knows what, if any, hidden manufacturer-to-dealer incentives are going on?
If...
02-26-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 470
Posted By 2017All4

Production changeover historically happens in...

Production changeover historically happens in July. MINI, like the parent BMW, usually does a mid-cycle refresh (called the LCI) about every 3 years. So, when a new model/generation is released,...
02-20-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By 2017All4

And today, we were indeed greeted by our mechanic...

And today, we were indeed greeted by our mechanic with a big smile. He even had a MINI stuck in among a few other British vehicles -- sandwiched between a Rolls and a Bentley. And then there's a...
02-14-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By 2017All4

Notice those tires are run-flats. I was an early...

Notice those tires are run-flats. I was an early adopter. What was I thinking???
02-13-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,762
Posted By 2017All4

Son, when you get to be my age, it's a problem...

Son, when you get to be my age, it's a problem finding the car even without stealth. :nod:
02-13-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,762
Posted By 2017All4

If you can code your side mirrors to fold and...

If you can code your side mirrors to fold and unfold with the fob, you can add the cannons, if you have the sunroof.

As an aside, the toggle to the immediate right of the red start/stop toggle has...
02-13-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,762
Posted By 2017All4

Oh, I forgot to mention, you need to do a Carly...

Oh, I forgot to mention, you need to do a Carly coding to make it work. Gotta be careful or when you activate the folding mirrors with the key fob, you might start shooting. Complex stuff. Proceed...
02-13-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,762
Posted By 2017All4

My Clubman came with two factory-installed 20mm...

My Clubman came with two factory-installed 20mm Vulcan cannons. I forget the feature build code. I think it was a $1,200 option. There's a toggle that flips the fog lamps open and the barrels are...
02-11-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,944
Posted By 2017All4

Striving Toward Good Truck Perfection

Took the Good Truck into the local MINI dealer for the second annual scheduled service (time flies). Was asked if I had any issues with my MINI. I told the service writer the only thing that was a...
11-21-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 692
Views: 75,306
Posted By 2017All4

That's the way to work a deal -- especially when...

That's the way to work a deal -- especially when it's on the car you want. Well played!!
Forum: JCW Garage
11-20-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,667
Posted By 2017All4

Still lovin' my Dinan Sport. Just enough extra to...

Still lovin' my Dinan Sport. Just enough extra to tell me it's there. No issues coming up on 2 years and about 12,000 miles continuous use. No hassle from the dealer when I went in for 10,000 mile...
11-17-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By 2017All4

So if someone responds to this thread by saying...

So if someone responds to this thread by saying they got $1,000 off of MSRP, maybe that's a great deal or maybe they left 2 more grand on the table. Or 3. Or even 4. Depends on the number of dealers...
11-02-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,993
Posted By 2017All4

I got the special from ECS around this time of...

I got the special from ECS around this time of year in 2016.

Lots written on different threads regarding warranty worries. I think Moocher summarized it well. Basically it's buyer beware.
After...
09-12-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 68,644
Posted By 2017All4

Nice. You may wish to check out the My Good...

Nice.

You may wish to check out the My Good Truck thread as you might have some pics to post there.

https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/f54-clubman-talk-2015/314784-my-good-truck.html...
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