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MINI Cooper Accessories & Modifications

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  • I am currently an owner of a 2003 Mini Cooper S, fully equip with all the bells and whistles and best of all it has the dual glass sunroof. I live in Viva Las Vegas and with our excruciating 115 degree heat my poor Mini Cooper has a difficult time keeping the cabin cold with the A/C. This is due to the fact that the Mini Cooper's sunroof is only equip with a see through mesh screen, rather than a solid screen, used to cover up the cabin from the sun. I had thought about tinting the sunroof, but many professionals told me not to, since it may shatter due to the tempered glass not being able to accept the window tint's difference in temperature rating.

    By now I am entirely fed up with my sunroof, so I went online searching for some kind of sunroof sunshade to protect my interior, and luckily I was only able to find a company that produce a good quality sun shade.

    Visit their website:
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    I just recently ordered this sunroof shade and it works phenomenally. Forget the window tint, this is definitely the way to go.

    MCS_Fanatic
  • Living in Austin you should really consider getting yourself a ZippeeShade!!! I just picked one up in Las Vegas at the AMVIV 6 car show. The ZippeeGear guys had a booth there and I'm so glad I got mine. It sure beats that crappy mesh screen that our Mini Coopers come with. Check them out, I think their website is link title :)
  • mathew1mathew1 Posts: 42
    Hi Everyone,

    We recently purchased a Mini Club in Boston. Any recommendations on where to go to purchase quality stripes and get them installed. Is it better to order stripes online and get them installed at a local store. What stores would install them in Boston area? The car is chocolcate bwown with silver roof. So any aesthetic recmmendations would be helpful as well. Thanks for your help in advance.

    -Mat
  • tsiggytsiggy Posts: 1
    I put in an Alta 19mm Rear Sway Bar and an M7 Strut Tower Brace...the car is much tighter and turn in is now very responsive. Looking at the Koni FSD for added control and comfort though the ride feels good right now..I'll let this settle and see how I feel about what's next.
  • tno80303tno80303 Posts: 3
    Hi,

    In the process of getting a '09 base MINI. Should I get just the Nose Mask or the Full Nose Mask? I'm leasing it so want to avoid the excessive wear/tear charges down the road. Thanks!
  • fkhn1fkhn1 Posts: 1
    2003 mini cooper s with 55,000km on it. spent 2800 C$ fixing fried wiring and tachometer due to water leak into the car from the sunroof. i had large puddles on passenger and driver's side.

    had to take out all the roof lining and change rusted out wiring and electrical connectors.

    according to bmw dealer technician - he blurted out that: all bmw's with sunroofs have the potential to have this problem. over time, all the rubber seals and joints shrink and thus start to come apart or come loose which allows water, wind etc to creep in.

    there are tubes running down the A pillars, from the sunroof, in order to exhaust excess water.

    if the rubber seals of the sunroof shrink and lets water in and subsequently, the components joining these tubes come apart - guess what - there is water in the car.

    my car has little wear and tear. if this happens to a car like this - then what happens to a car with 120k km on it; the average for a car of this age?? i was under the impression that bmw's had great quality in materials, workmanship etc.
    not so sure about that anymore. cooper s , new, loaded still runs about 45k in canada. not a cheap second car i'd say.

    i'd recommend prospective used car buyer to drench car in a drive through car wash and / or manual power wash and test if there is a water puddle on the floor: both passenger and driver's side. if so, discount the car by C$ equivalent 2800 for sure to get it fixed.
  • I have a 2002 MCS with the Borla Catback Exhaust system. Recenty, I discovered that the after market exhaust intake boot had a tear in it and the tech suggested putting the factory box back over the intake, which he did. Does anyone know how this affects hp, if any or how it affects anything? Obviously, I don't. I guess my main concern is, with the Borla system, do I need some other type of Intake Boot besides the factory one? Thanks for your input.
  • I have a 2002 MCS with the Borla Catback Exhaust system. Recenty, I discovered that the after market exhaust intake boot had a tear in it and the tech suggested putting the factory box back over the intake, which he did. Does anyone know how this affects hp, if any or how it affects anything? Obviously, I don't. I guess my main concern is, with the Borla system, do I need some other type of Intake Boot besides the factory one? Thanks for your input.
  • my 2009 Mini John Cooper Works has a rear view mirror that is SO HUGE it partially blocks vision forward....it contains the remote door lock electronics ......any suggestions for a source for a smaller mirror ?
  • I just got a power chip on e-bay and the paper work said to install it in the plug-in for the ITA sensor ? Ok but I'm not sure where it located at? Somewhere on the intake box? :lemon:
  • 25houses25houses Posts: 1
    I am considering a Mini C. with convenience fob. I just had an incident with a Lexus. out of town at an art show, late evening 25 miles from hotel, 8 1/2 hrs from home, nearest dealership 40 miles away and closed for the day. I was the lucky one it was found and turned to Lost and Found. I honestly don't know what I would have done had it not been found. Mini C dealerships are few and far between I questioned dealer how to resolve this situation? they will tow you up to 500 mi. or to nearest cert mech. That is not good enough when you are stranded in the middle of nowhere late at night and your spare is
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    edited August 2010
    I would definitely recommend that you NOT install this type of "mod" chip in your MINI and that you return it for a refund.

    For a more detailed criticism of this type of chip, please read below:

    How Not to get Ripper Off By Tuning Goodies

    You would probably be better off buying an ECU re-flash through Autologic.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    edited August 2010
    I'm in the process of installing the supercharger pulley reduction modification and running into difficulties with corrosion. My car now lives in California but spent a few years in Michigan, and this has made the installation rather tedious.

    Biggest problem is that the supercharger pulley would NOT come off the shaft--seized on there. I had to remove the compressor and press the pulley off on a hydraulic press.

    By all means, if your car lives in a harsh winter climate, you might anticipate a struggle with stubborn bolts on your MINI's front end.

    I'll let you all know how the modification affects performance. :D

    VISITING HOST
  • Considering getting a mini with the premium package with panoramic sunroof. Has there been any recent problems with sunroofs? Please post. I want to anticipate problems or not get the sunroof at all.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    Only things I ever heard were a) they can rattle a bit when open and b) they are pretty noisy when you're going down the freeway. I bought a clamp on wind deflector which helps quite a bit and I'd recommend you do that, too.
  • I've seen other guys complaining about the sunroof refusing to work often times. This was in 2010 so it could have been in older models. Basically some of the parts had to be replaced, which could reach an amount of 1600 pounds. I have been driving a mini cooper s with the panoramic sunroof and it refused to open once, but the next day it was working again.
    You can rest assured though that BMW will replace the parts free of charge, just so that they can avoid bad publicity...
  • halserhalser Posts: 20
    I just purchased a 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman. How can I tell if the car has cruise control?
    Can it be added if it is not there?
    Thanks, Hal
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    Buttons on the steering wheel I believe.
  • halserhalser Posts: 20
    On my 2009 Clubman. How hard and expensive would be to add cruise control to my car?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,637
    to my knowledge, which may be limited (it's been known to happen!), you can't retrofit it on a MINI (as yet).
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