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06-07-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,184
Posted By Virgilstar

I don't have pics, but we run a Thule Pulse...

I don't have pics, but we run a Thule Pulse Alpine box (https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/cargo-carrier/car-top-carrier/thule-pulse-alpine-_-1680041). 4 good things... (i) It's about the cheapest Thule...
04-22-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,237
Posted By Virgilstar

I have to laugh at the continued use of Union...

I have to laugh at the continued use of Union Jack styling. Given recent happenings in the UK, the union won't be around for much longer! If it's English style/taste you want, use the flag of St....
03-07-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By Virgilstar

P0127 OBD code?

Just had the car serviced at dealer a couple weeks ago and had a CEL cleared (allegedly a software update was required). All ran perfectly for a while.
Then yesterday, started the car up in 10F...
02-12-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,878
Posted By Virgilstar

I think if I were in this situation (lease) I'd...

I think if I were in this situation (lease) I'd seriously consider the countryman, and probably the plug in hybrid version. Main issue we've had with the the clubby is finding that it sits a bit too...
02-06-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By Virgilstar

Mine came on too, on Feb 1st (2017 F54, 2 years...

Mine came on too, on Feb 1st (2017 F54, 2 years old). But, based on elapsed time it's past due for a service, as per the vehicle status menu, so I'm wondering if this was just a way to get attention...
09-18-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,114
Posted By Virgilstar

Finally figured out the problem. Took the car to...

Finally figured out the problem. Took the car to a good (and I mean really good!) shop and had a good alignment done with new tires fitted. Both camber and toe were way off the charts at the back,...
08-30-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,114
Posted By Virgilstar

Update

So, an update on the Vogues I put on to replace the Pirelli run-flats...
Had been noticing some speed-sensitive "wamp wamp" noise on the highway of late, and went in to get it checked out for a...
08-07-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By Virgilstar

Yeah mine popped off in the Delta Sonic but I...

Yeah mine popped off in the Delta Sonic but I noticed and had them go retrieve it. For a while I would habitually take it off each time I used the carwash, but now I just use a bit of black...
07-26-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 670
Posted By Virgilstar

Do you have the system set to blow/deliver air on...

Do you have the system set to blow/deliver air on the windshield? Most cars nowadays have an interlock so that the AC compressor runs automatically whenever it's blowing air on the windshield, to...
06-26-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,537
Posted By Virgilstar

AFAIK retrofitting LED headlights is not an easy...

AFAIK retrofitting LED headlights is not an easy thing to do at all.





Yes. Lots of people here like it.
06-12-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,053
Posted By Virgilstar

Niiiice! The comfort access (kick open) feature...

Niiiice!
The comfort access (kick open) feature is definitely a learning curve. The trick seems to be 2 swift kicks back and forth in the center. We have a hitch and that doesn't impede it at all...
04-19-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,089
Posted By Virgilstar

Just posted over in another thread (all about...

Just posted over in another thread (all about trailer hitch wiring). I fitted the same model (autovox M6) in an F54....
04-19-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,907
Posted By Virgilstar

Thanks - man this car has a lot of wires!

Thanks to this thread I was able to accomplish a different kind of wiring... namely the installation of a backup camera (this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZYV35G - got it for $75 on promotion...
04-02-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,484
Posted By Virgilstar

The best way to do it is get the factory...

The best way to do it is get the factory installed roof rails (the flush-mount rails that run along the length of the car). Any other system is going to involve clips coming around the edge of the...
03-27-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,669
Posted By Virgilstar

Here in the frozen arctic tundra, I use mid-grade...

Here in the frozen arctic tundra, I use mid-grade (89-91) in winter and premium (93) in summer. Knock (pre-detonation) is far more prevalent in hot weather. Heck, some folks I know in Vegas even...
02-27-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 961
Posted By Virgilstar

I don't think it's particularly scientific, just...

I don't think it's particularly scientific, just telling you if you're driving aggressively or gently. The one on the speedo is essentially a mini version of the fish in a bowl that's on the big...
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12-21-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 5,698
Posted By Virgilstar

HELL NO! There are so many other places to...

HELL NO!

There are so many other places to discuss that stuff. Keep it about Minis here, no need to pollute an otherwise fine corner of the interwebs.
11-16-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,986
Posted By Virgilstar

Working great so far. Couple of snow falls...

Working great so far. Couple of snow falls alredy and they handle well.
10-31-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,986
Posted By Virgilstar

We got our All4 F54 about a year ago, and drove...

We got our All4 F54 about a year ago, and drove all winter (upstate NY) on the OEM runflats, including fully loaded trips up a steep dirt road to a ski cabin in the Adirondacks, with no trouble.
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09-06-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,907
Posted By Virgilstar

Yes plz! If you could post here as a PDF...

Yes plz! If you could post here as a PDF (including details on which supplier you got the wiring kit from) that would be awesome. I don't have a wiring kit yet, so would love to hear the pros/cons...
08-28-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,114
Posted By Virgilstar

Just ordered a set of these. For anyone...

Just ordered a set of these. For anyone interested (no affiliation) DiscountTireDirect just announced their labor day sale, and you can score a $100 visa card rebate on a set of 4 tires, so the...
07-05-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,322
Posted By Virgilstar

Important Caveat...

An important caveat to the Pirelli road-hazard warranty (as I found out this morning): It only covers road hazard damage for the first year OR THE FIRST 20% OF WEAR on the tire, whichever comes...
07-03-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By Virgilstar

Yep, thanks, found out the hard way... the center...

Yep, thanks, found out the hard way... the center bore on Mini wheels is freakin' HUGE! As such, VW wheels (even with the correct diameter and bolt pattern) will not fit :sad:
06-28-2017, 07:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 798
Posted By Virgilstar

Minimum size wheels on 2017 justa Clubby?

We have an old set of wheels with good snow tires (leftover from a TDI VW), and rather than sell, I'm considering keeping them for use on the Clubman in winter. They're the standard German car 5 x...
06-13-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,299
Posted By Virgilstar

Why no love for stop/start? I use it all the...

Why no love for stop/start? I use it all the time when driving in traffic, even in sport mode. I find it's nice to have a bit of peace and quiet at stop lights because the idle on the MINI's 3-pot...
06-06-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,699
Posted By Virgilstar

1st oil change - hard to find oil

We got our '17 justa Clubby last December, and have just over 3500mi on it so far :grin:. I'm generally not a fan of long (10k) oil change intervals, and usually get a change before the recommended...
05-02-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,554
Posted By Virgilstar

I'd say it occupies about 2/3 of the space -...

I'd say it occupies about 2/3 of the space - still enough left for a couple of packed sleeping bags or a decent sized duffel if you're on a long trip. We've taken out the floor on some really long...
04-17-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,816
Posted By Virgilstar

Over the winter MPGs have not been as high as I...

Over the winter MPGs have not been as high as I was expecting, probably due to winter blend gas and low temperatures (northeast). Fully loaded with people and a roof-box crusing in the low 70s,...
04-12-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,455
Posted By Virgilstar

I have to say (at the risk of inciting collective...

I have to say (at the risk of inciting collective ire), I really don't like the front end of the new Countryman. There's just something weird about the headlights, they don't follow the same design...
03-08-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By Virgilstar

We're 3 months in now, about 1800 miles. A few...

We're 3 months in now, about 1800 miles. A few things to report...

- There are some overhead rattles, but we've driven it extensively down dirt roads (it's an All4, that's what it's meant for!) so...
02-27-2017, 05:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By Virgilstar

I used it at the end of last year (ordered in...

I used it at the end of last year (ordered in October, delivery in December and all was OK). BUT... it needs Adobe Flash to run in the browser, which anyone who know jack about security will tell...
02-16-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,014
Posted By Virgilstar

OP is correct. The base clubman All4 has no...

OP is correct. The base clubman All4 has no fog-light switch.
There's a light in the bumper but it's not a fog-light, just a DRL.
The photo posted by JohnnyQuest is the "S" variant.
01-31-2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,817
Posted By Virgilstar

Errr... fake reviews much? Seriously, go...

Errr... fake reviews much?

Seriously, go look at the website. Not a single review under 5 stars. And a bunch of reviews all added on the same day (2/29/2016) plus a big cluster earlier...
12-19-2016, 06:14 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 68,048
Posted By Virgilstar

Niiice! Are those Sparco rims? I used to have...

Niiice!
Are those Sparco rims? I used to have the exact same ones on out TDI wagon before it too got returned and replaced by a Clubman. They were pretty scratched up though, so I turned in the VW...
11-30-2016, 08:11 AM
Replies: 691
Views: 74,739
Posted By Virgilstar

From what I'm reading here, there are a number of...

From what I'm reading here, there are a number of things working to my disadvantage in the pending purchase of a Clubman...

(i) It's a custom order (2017 Clubman, All4, cold weather, premium, pano...
11-21-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,611
Posted By Virgilstar

Ack! Spoke too soon.... Turns out, the...

Ack! Spoke too soon....
Turns out, the WhispBars I have are "railbars" (designed to fit on cars with raised rails). I thought I could just re-use those bars with a flush-mounting tower kit from...
11-21-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,611
Posted By Virgilstar

Thanks! This is a big help, because WhispBar...

Thanks! This is a big help, because WhispBar does sell a set of bars/towers for the R60 Countryman. So, in theory I could buy those towers alone and couple them to my old WhispBar bars from the...
11-17-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,611
Posted By Virgilstar

F54 Roof Rack questions/ideas

My F54 is on the way (woot!) and I'm now looking at roof racks. I ordered it with the flush rails. By all accounts the stock roof rack is noisy, so I'd rather avoid that.

On the car this F54 will...
11-03-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,001
Posted By Virgilstar

We ordered a Clubman All4 (lapis blue with silver...

We ordered a Clubman All4 (lapis blue with silver roof, black wheels) to replace our soon-to-be-bought-back diesel VW sportwagen. We'd owned subarus in the past (terrible quality issues) and are now...
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