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  2. The MINI Oxford Plant is the spiritual home of the brand since new MNI production started in 2001. We’ve visited the plan previously in 2004 and found it full of new energy and incredible automation. But a lot has changed since then and there are a lot more MINIs and we wanted to see this change ourselves. This video details how MINI not only produces cars but how it’s able to product ICE, EVs and a variety of body styles on the same production line. When we last visited the plant in 2004 it was still ramping up various aspects of production. For instance the stamping that happened offsite back then is now in a separate facility on the plant grounds. There’s also a new level of automation – especially in that stamping plant. In fact it seems almost devoid of humans as we walked through a sea of busy robots twisting and turning metal and nearly complete chassis. The immediate take away in seeing this part of production is the precision throughout the process. BMW takes the structural design and build of its cars seriously as it had several high-profile issues in the late 90’s and early 2000s with sub-frames. Our guide explained the levels of engineering that goes into every weld and the safety checks that happen throughout the process. The result is a level of precision that wouldn’t seem out of place in an aerospace factory. The Future Is Now One of the most interesting aspects of Oxford’s current production line-up is the fact that the plan produces both ICE and electric MINIs side by side. This clearly foretells the future of the brand as MINI looks to aggressively move to become an all electric brand. Perhaps most interesting were the date codes I could clearly see on many components. Each component that BMW puts in their cars has a form of a date code that states the production date of the part and the range that the part is applicable in a vehicle. In other words you could clearly see when many of the core components for the current MINIs were scheduled to be end of life. That date was marked 2027 in many components were saw. Knowing that MINI will make versions some of these cars until 2030, that could coincide with a refresh of some parts or simply mean nothing as plans have changed since those parts were cast. However knowing what we know about the current generation MINIs we would expect that that means we’ll see some for of redesign and/or final LCI for the petrol powered F56 range. It also lines-up well with the rumored introduction of the all new electric MINI at Oxford. MINI’s plans are to expand production of the next generation J01 electric MINI Cooper and J02 MINI Aceman to the Oxford Plant in 2027 which will require additional investment and reconfiguration. But clear this plant is ready. The current mix of vehicles and drivetrains that come out of a single production line is nothing short of incredible. And exactly the type of innovation that will be required in the years ahead. The post An Inside Look at How MINI Coopers Are Made at it’s Oxford Plant appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
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  4. У БМВ "куланц" - это постгарантия, когда запчасть предоставляется производителем бесплатно, а работа по установке оплачивается владельцем автомобиля. Был ранее неоднократный опыт решения вопросов именно таким способом. Знание о подобном сценарии как раз и помогло, когда уже после приобретения мной в конце марта текущего года JCW F56 (выпуск - январь 2018г) с пробегом 20т.км прослышал о проблемах с АКПП. Сначала думал, что вот меня-то точно минует участь сия. Но настороженное отношение позволило уловить аномалии в работе агрегата. Где-то на 24-25т.км прилетела "ошибка привода" в БК. Т.к. в наличии был ОБД2 адаптер, сразу же считал ошибки. Они явно подтвердили все самые худшие опасения. Связался с ОД. Пару раз съездил к дилеру. Сначала сделали сброс адаптации, но на следующий день вновь появилась ошибка привода. Во второй визит к дилеру задокументировали поведение под нагрузкой - буквально гарантийщик дилера и мастер сервиса установили на торпеду ёмкость с водой и засняли видосик в движении) По итогам 2го визита через 3 дня от производителя пришёл положительный ответ в части замены коробки. Долго она ехала (решение было 21 июня), конечно, но с начала ноября наконец-то катаюсь с новой АКПП.
  5. на F60 от X6 можно поставить, за R-ку не слышал, да и не стоит оно того, лучше "scissor doors" поставить
  6. Сбросить интервал в некоторых случаях можно, процедура такая же как и на старой приборке, но он как был 15к так и останется, изменить его нельзя.
  7. You might have read, we’ve ordered one of the last MINI JCW Clubman. After having two longterm test JCW Clubman over the years (and calling it the best car MINI sells), we wanted to our money where our mouth was. But it wasn’t easy. In fact it almost didn’t happen. Here’s the story as it unfolded over the course of 10 hours last week. Our Clubman JCW Build The build of a MINI is a very personal thing. While MINI has eliminated the ability to create very one-off cars, there’s still enormous variability compared to most other brands. After a lot of debate with the MotoringFile team I wanted to create something that played up the heritage of the brand and its English origins. That means forgoing things like JCW seats (which was hard) and leaning into a color-way that was a nod to the past. For us this mean something understated and British and there’s nothing better in the pallet to us than Rebel Green. And given it’s scheduled to end production this February it was a no-brainer. We had originally wanted to do something rather bespoke so we inquired about unique interior parts from the Final Edition Clubman. However they had all ended production and the parts were no longer in Oxford. So we decided to go with the most classic combination possible – Malt Brown Chesterfield leather seats with white piping and the MINI Yours illuminated Fiber Alloy trim. The Process of Buying our JCW Clubman I’m lucky living in Chicago because we have a handful of great MINI dealers nearby; Bill Jacobs, Patrick MINI and International MINI in Milwaukee. But our closest dealer is MINI of Glencoe and it’s the one we’ve gotten to know over the years since the Knauz Auto Group left the MINI brand. Thankfully MINI of Glencoe can make magic happen. And specifically Evan Williams who we worked with to create a JCW Clubman out of thin air. As you’ll see in the video MINI of Glencoe didn’t have an allocation for an F54 JCW. As I quickly learned there were eight Clubman JCW allocations left for the US as of Wednesday November 22th. That meant that dealers had specced the cars (most already sold) and were expecting them to go into production within days. Yes days. When we told you to order your Clubman asap we didn’t realize how right we were. As can happen, MINI moved up production end dates for certain models and one of those is the Clubman JCW. As it happened our dealer did have a Countryman JCW allocation and were ready to make a trade. Luckily Dreyer Reinbold MINI did and they were in the same region. So MINI USA helped facilitate a quick trade and the order was confirmed that night and went into the books. Fast forward only five days and the car is now officially in the production queue! The post Our Journey to Buy One of the Last JCW Clubman appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  8. We have a world exclusive today with our first look at the technical details of the first ever MINI Aceman EV. We’ve known the Aceman will be smaller than the new Countryman but until today we didn’t fully understand what that meant. And the numbers are interesting to say the least. Especially in how they compare to smaller MINIs of the past. The Aceman will be 4079mm / 161in in length which is not surprisingly quite a bit smaller than the 4444mm / 175in U25 Countryman. What’s really interesting is comparing this new MINI crossover with the original 2010 R60 Countryman. The R60 was 4119mm / 162.2in which is actually larger than the new Aceman. Going deeper we see that trend playout elsewhere; R60 shoulder width is 1341mm / 52.8in which is smaller than the 1370mm in the Aceman. Not surprisingly the same is true for front legroom. The R60 is 1025mm / 40.4in. while the smaller Aceman has more with 1045 mm / 41.1in. You get the idea. The Aceman has a small footprint but is magically larger inside than the original Countryman. This is a result of MINI using a bespoke electric platform and being able to rethink much of the interior design. The Aceman is slotted below the new MINI Countryman and effectively replaces the wagon-like Clubman. However the Aceman is electric only and will share much of the technology we’ve already in the J01 MINI Cooper EV. The new J05 Aceman will be available initially in E and ES variants with the JCW version to follow shortly after launch. The E will have an output of 135 kW/184 hp while the SE will offer 160 kW/218 hp and torque of 330 Nm. Aceman Specifications vs the U25 Countryman Now let’s take a look at the full specs and how that compares to the new electric Countryman SE. ModelsJ01 Aceman E J01 Aceman SEU25 MINI Countryman SEPower184 hp 218 hp313 hpTorque214 lb-ft243 lb-ft365 lb-ftTransmission1 speed1 speed1 speed0-60 mphTBATBATBALength (mm/inches)4079 mm / 161 in4079 mm / 161 in4444 mm / 175 inWidth w/o Mirros (mm/inches)1754 mm / 69 in1754 mm / 69 in1843 mm / 73 inHeight (mm)1514 mm / 59.6 in1514 mm / 59.6 in1661 mm / 65 inWheelbase (mm)2606 mm / 102.6 in2606 mm / 102.6 in2670 mm mm / 81 inCurb weight (kg/lbs)1645 kg / 3,627 lbs1710 kg / 3,770 lbs1735 kg / 3825 lbsLuggage capacity (seats up/seats down300 / 1005 liters300 / 1005 liters450 / 1450 LNext we’ll take a look at the performance and how it compares to the J01. As you can see MINI has carried one the drivetrain completely including battery size. While we don’t have range figures yet, it’s safe to say they will be lower than the J01 due to the increase in weight of the Aceman. 2025 J01 MINI Cooper E2025 J01 MINI Cooper SE2026 J05 MINI Aceman E2026 J05 MINI Aceman SEHorsepower184 hp218 hp184 hp218 hpRange (WLTP)200 miles250 milesTBATBABattery Size40kWh54kWh54kWh*32.6 kWhAll numbers provided by MINI except * which are confirmed only through unofficial sources.J05 MINI Aceman Release Info The MINI Aceman will initially be built in China by a joint venture with Great Wall Motors. Those vehicles will be sold in Asia and Europe exclusively. Then in 2027 MINI will move some of that production to Oxford along with the J01 MINI Cooper EV. This will allow MINI to avoid tariffs and sell the Aceman in the US sometime in the 2027 calendar year. Pricing will likely be 10-15% cheaper than the U25 Countryman EV. Here’s the The New MINI FamilyDrivetrainPricingStart of ProductionJ01 MINI Cooper EElectric32,900€ 11/2023J01 MINI Cooper SE Electric36,900€ 11/2023U25 MINI Countryman CICE (Petrol)39.900€ 11/2023U25 MINI Countryman D ICE (Diesel)42.900€ 11/2023U25 MINI Countryman E Electric43.500€ 03/2024U25 MINI Countryman S ALL4ICE (Petrol)45.900€ 11/2023*U25 MINI Countryman SE ALL4Electric49.500€ 03/2024*U25 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4ICE (Petrol)56.500€ 03/2024*F66 MINI CooperICE (Petrol)TBD03/2024*F66 MINI Cooper SICE (Petrol)TBD03/2024*F66 MINI Cooper JCWICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*F65 MINI Cooper 5 DoorICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*F65 MINI Cooper S 5 DoorICE (Petrol)TBD07/2024*F67 MINI Cooper ConvertibleICE (Petrol)TBD11/2024*F67 MINI Cooper S ConvertibleICE (Petrol)TBD11/2024*J05 MINI AcemanElectricTBDTBDJ05 MINI Aceman SElectricTBDTBD* Available in the USFor more coverage of the new generation MINIs, check out the following articles and videos. MINI Cooper EV: Premier | MINI Cooper EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Cooper EV: Video Review MINI Countryman EV: Premier | MINI Countryman EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Countryman EV: Video Review New MINI Family: 1st Look Video | MINI Circular Display & MINI OS9 Hands-On Review The Aceman concept gives us a clue of what to expect for MINI’s new in-vehicle digital experience.The post Exclusive: J05 2025 MINI Aceman EV Technical Details & Specifications appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  9. Еще как предусмотрена возможность самостоятельно менять межсервисные интервалы...как раз этой кнопкой при удержании (hold). Только надо разобраться как именно жать...смотрите видео
  10. Напишу свой вариант "не заводится", чтобы не плодить темы. Mini Cooper R56S. -2, снежок, утро. Чих-пых и не заводится. Схватывает, но на рабочие обороты не выходит и тут же глохнет. И так 10 раз, с перерывами, с разной степенью чих-пых. Такое уже бывало недавно по утрам и в прошлую зиму тоже и в позапрошлую тоже, но обычно два-три раза и заводится. Днем и вечером заводился без проблем. И утром как правило тоже с первого раза. Подумал, что наконец то умер аккум. Купил, зарядил, поменял. Но все осталось по прежнему. Чих-пых, то никак, то почти, но не заводится. На нажатие педали не реагирует никак. Подержать стартер дольше не получается, т.к. кнопка умная и отключает стартер как только типа "завелась". После этих весёлых стартов на улице пахнет бензином. Значит он поступает. Воздух. Маловероятно, т.к. на ходу проблем не было, ездил бодро, без провалов. Свечи вроде менял тыщ 20 назад, ngk, хорошие, ходят обычно долго. Ошибок не показывает. Подключил elm327 (obd-сканер) и Torque. Ошибок нет. Начитался интернета про причины не запуска. Смотрю параметры в Torque. Температура двигателя в норме. Дроссельная заслонка - видно, что при запуске двигается. Давление в рампе до старта 75psi (примерно 5 атм), что вроде норма для R56S, далее при старте давление прилично растёт. Вольтаж в норме. Подергал катушки, подвигал машину на нейтрали взад-вперед, попинал колеса - не помогло. Продолжаю курить инет. И нахожу, что у нашего капризного друга есть свойство загаживать свечи при небольших поездках. И просто загаживать, т.к. он ещё и масло поджирает (у меня от замены до замены за 10 тыщ км на Мин уходит). Плюс я заводил, он пыхтел, и явно свечи залил. Почитал как чистить свечи. Купил свечной ключ (14 мм, 12 граней, высота 35 см) и комплект свечей на всякий случай. Вывернул свечи, посмотрел при свете фонарика телефона (уже темно было) - вроде коричневые норм. Взял их и зашёл в дом - а они чёрные-пречерные, расстояния между электродами почти нет из-за сажи. Взял газовую горелку, прокалил электроды докрасна и ещё поддержал так, чтобы сажа перестала искрить. Дальше остыли, почистил слегка зубной щеткой и слегка мелкой шкуркой. Поставил на место и УРА! завелась с первого раза. А прошлой зимой я с такими же симптомами не завёлся пару дней, отвёз машину на эвакуаторе в сервис с утра пораньше, выгрузили там машину, пришёл мастер, воткнул ключ и она завелась. Что было никто не знает.
  11. Всем привет, может кто слыхал че за доводчики? Хотелось бы установить
  12. Друзья, хотел бы поднять тему вот почему: у меня Mini F56 JCW 2015г, масло в акпп менял в Лондон авто года полтора назад, даже не задумываясь на тот момент что да как, просто привез с просьбой поменять масло. Сейчас решил снова поменять и спросил в Лондоне какое они лили, но.... молчат, говорят просто - приезжайте с баблом, поменяем. А какое льют не говорят. В общем вопросов 2: 1. если вдруг лилось ATF TYPE T-IV (JWS-3309) и сейчас я поменяю (частично) залив ATF WS (JWS-3324) - криминал получится? 2. смотрел что сейчас на рынке с допуском JWS-3324 наткнулся на масла категории Multi ATF, у которых есть допуск JWS-3324 - можно ли использовать в моей акпп для частичной замены данный тип масла?
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  14. MINI is going all in on the circular theme with its introduction of the new MINI Countryman. Playing off of its industry first round OLED display, MINI is launching its first US media campaign around the digital experience of its new cars at the Sphere in Las Vegas. The brand has partnered with independent creative agency Pereira O’Dell to launch a creative campaign with Spike, MINI’s Intelligent Personal Assistant and digital companion within the New MINI family’s technology experience. Sebastian Beuchel, Head of MINI Global Brand Management spoke to the unique canvass MINI used; “Sphere presented us with a new kind of creative challenge. Both in a physical sense, and a contextual one. We wanted to think of this campaign as an art piece, not as an ad.” The campaign’s content kicked off on Sphere on November 27, featuring Spike interacting with the 2025 MINI Countryman Electric, running across the 366-ft. high and 516-ft. wide screen. The display also included the Las Vegas backdrop and all the spectators inside and outside of Sphere to highlight the interactive nature of the space. The takeover of Sphere will run until December 2, with a special four-hour takeover on December 1. To learn more about the new all-electric 2025 MINI family, visit MINI The post MINI launches New Countryman Media Campaign at the Sphere in Las Vegas appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  15. We’ve called it the best car MINI makes so today we’re putting our money where our mouth is and ordering one of the last MINI Clubman JCWs. And when we say one of the last, literally one of the last eight allocations in the US. And the process from speccing to ordering to a build date was shockingly quick. Our Clubman JCW Build Let’s start with the build itself. This is one of the last ever Clubman and will be a daily for us. So we spared no expense with options. But first let’s talk about the colors inside and out. Consulting with other MF contributors the consensus was Nanuq White originally. However when we learned that MINI was killing Rebel Green with the F54, F56 and F60 JCWs, we couldn’t pass up a chance to have it before it’s gone. And truth is, it’s our favorite factory produced color. The only one better was the one that inspired it – Connaught Green, in the WC50. Our initial inclination was to make this as performance focused a Clubman as possible. That mean a sunroof delete and manual seats. However the change to Rebel Green and the fact that this was one of the last classic internal combustion MINIs got us thinking. What if we went as classic as possible and created a “modern heritage” spec? We had originally inquired about some unique interior parts from other limited edition models but unfortunately they had all ended production and the parts were no longer in Oxford. So we decided to go with the most classic combination possible – Malt Brown Chesterfield leather seats with white piping and the MINI Yours illuminated Fiber Alloy trim. To finish it off our first thought was a full white roof. However that Clubman roof is massive and white (or Chili Red) is a lot of roof color to deal with. Our solution came in the form of MINI’s just released Multi-Tone roof. We opted for the White, Melting Silver and Black combo which works perfectly with the modern heritage spec. It also visually reduces the roof and height of the car in back. And if we don’t love it we’ll have wrap it. As we mentioned above, this will be a daily driver and one that we intend to use for everything from Chicago commuting to cross-country road-trips. Thus we wanted a loaded car with as many comforts as possible. That made MINI USA’s Iconic package a no-brainer as it fully options the car with just about everything conceivable. Key options include the Adaptive Cruise, 40/20/40 split rear seat, Harmon Kardon and the HUD. We would have loved manual seats but work to go through that and still get our order in (more on that in a minute) would have jeopardized the order itself. Finally a couple of key options for us. Having tracked the Clubman JCW quite a bit, we chose Sport Suspension instead of Adaptive Suspension as it slightly lowers the ride and creates a more eager and adjustable car at the limit. Similarly the 19″ Track-Spoke wheels and tires give the car a more razor edge and look fantastic. That said we’ll be grabbing a pair of winter tires and wheels to make this truly a year round car. Finally roof rails were essential as we plan on using this Clubman for just about everything possible. That includes bikes, skis and who knows what else on top. How The Hell Did We Get One of the Last Builds? It’s not because we pulled in any favors. We just followed our own advice and worked early (barely) with a MINI Dealer we knew could make it happen. In our case that was MINI of Glencoe and Evan Williams who simply would not accept defeat. Which was a good thing because we wouldn’t either. As I quickly learned there were eight Clubman JCW allocations left for the US as of Monday November 20th. That meant that dealers had specced the cars (most already sold) and were expecting them to go into production within days. Yes days. When we told you to order your Clubman asap we didn’t realize how right we were. As can happen it would appear that MINI moved up production end dates for certain models and one of those is the Clubman JCW. Initially our dealer didn’t have an allocation however they did have a Countryman JCW allocation and were ready to make a trade. Luckily Dreyer Reinbold MINI did and they were just 4 hours away. So MINI USA helped facilitate a quick trade and the order was confirmed that night. And one week later… our car has entered production. That my friends is just about a record. We’ll have more on our car as it goes through the production, shipping and delivery process. We’ll also be looking at modifications and accessories along the way. So if you have any favorites you think we should consider, let us know. The post We’re Ordering One of the Last MINI Clubman JCWs! appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  16. Что значит по куланцу? Насколько я понял мое авто уже не на гарантии, ремонтировать только самостоятельно, чем собственно я и занялся ( насчитали примерно 250к рублей за капиталку) Машина очень радовала, и купил ее с низким пробегом итд ухоженную ( но попадос на 250к убил все впечатления)....
  17. The 20 year experiment of run-flats is over for MINI. After years of customer complaints about ride quality, performance impacted by weight and high replacement costs, MINI has decided to eliminates run-flats as it transitions into its 4th generation cars next year. BMW mobility kit, MINI’s is nearly identical. The plan for MINI is to offer run-flats in some models for those who specifically require them. We’re told that run-flats will likely still be available but only on specific tires sizes and could even cost more. And for those that don’t go out of their way to order them, MINI will add a tire mobility kit to every car moving forward. This kit will include a small air compressor a bottle of one-time use tire sealant and a pair of handy rubber gloves. This is a big change for the brand. Since the launch of the new MINI, almost every model and every tire size had runflats as standard. Part of this was due to the fact that the original R53 Cooper S and JCW models had no room for a spare due to the exhaust layout. MINI’s strategy was to borrow the run-flat technology from BMW (who had just introduced them as well) eliminating any concern from the buying public. It was also assumed that the technology would become closer to normal tires over time with prices being driven down as production increased. While that has happened to a degree, there’s still a material difference in feel and cost. Some current models like the Clubman JCW with the optional 19″ wheels have already moved away from run-flats.Runflats are a double edge sword for many of us. For those who own MIINI’s without a spare they offer peace of mind. However for anyone who cares about ride quality, performance and replacement cost, they’re a burden. Why? The rigid side wall that allows the tires to still function with no air pressure creates a harsh ride that is often cited as a complaint from owners and reviewers. Then there’s the added unsprung weight which, depending on the run-flat tire, can be noticeable. The Countryman JCW’s optional 20″ wheels and 245/40/20 tires. It’s also a performance issue as the tires don’t have the same “on the limit” tendencies as conventional tires. Where a typical performance tire will gradually lose traction, the stiff side walls on the run-flats make the transition more abrupt. Then there’s the replacement cost because run-flats can’t easily be repaired like conventional tires. They’re also not so great for MINI. They cost a lot, they produce cars with compromised ride quality and there also heavier which counts against the brand’s efficiency targets. But perhaps the most important data-point is that consumers don’t seem to care. Reportedly there’s a lack of consumer interest in run-flats once it comes time to buy replacement tires. The post Exclusive: MINI Is Killing Run-flat Tires in All Future Models appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  18. Публичных сведений нет. Не поленился даже сходить в раздел сайта Росстандарта, в котором есть перечень отзывных кампаний: Первую информацию по этой теме получил лишь в минипипл-чате телеграма.
  19. If you’ve been following our coverage on the new (U25) MINI Countryman internal combustion models you’ll notice an unusual discrepancy. The US spec versions of the Countryman S and Countryman JCW have noticeable more power than the European versions. Historically it’s been the opposite with US regulations affecting the output of European cars in order to meet emissions regulations. However things are changing in a big way. Now that European regulations are becoming more aggressive, we’re seeing a pretty major shift in what market has more power. Let’s start by looking at the recently release MINI Countryman S with ALL4. In Europe and the UK that car comes equipped with a mild hybrid version of the B48 to lower C02 and fall into compliance with the stringent emissions. MINI USA decided to not take the mild hybrid version of the B48 for several reasons. For one it’s not needed as the B48 easily meets emissions standards. Second MINI USA preferred to reduce the weight and complexity of the car for better overall performance. The upside is the Countryman S in the US will make 241 hp and 295 lbs ft. It’s a similar story on the Countryman JCW however with no mild hybrid to confuse things. There European and UK versions of the Countryman JCW have their B48 tuned to 300 hp due to the same emissions compliance issues. The US market was able to stretch things a bit to 312 hp – a new high power figure for the MINI brand. Europe vs The US – MINI Countryman S and JCW Technical Specifications Countryman ModelCountryman S (Europe)JCW (Europe)Countryman S (USA)JCW (USA)Power218 hp300 hp241 hp312 hpTorque266 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbs295 ft lbsTransmission7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCT7 speed DCTDrivetrainall-wheelall-wheelall-wheelall-wheelPowertrain typepetrol/mild hybridpetrolpetrolpetrolCylinders4444Displacement1998199819981998Engine Power201 hp300 hpTBD313 hpEngine Torque 266 ft lbs295 ft lbsTBD295 lbElectric Power19 hp (temporary)N/AN/AN/AElectric TorqueTBDN/AN/AN/A0-60 mphTBDTBDTBD5.1Maximum speedTBD132 mph132 mph155 mphCurb weight (LBS)TBDTBDTBD3,825 lbsThis change will likely affect all petrol powered MINI including the forthcoming F66 MINI Cooper which will debut this February and go on sale in March. Check back for more details and technical specifications as we uncover them. The post Europe vs the US – Where The New MINI Countryman Has More Power Might Surprise You appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  20. Не слышал про такое, хотя имено на JCW 18 года откатал 60к. А есть бюллетень от BMW или они тщательно скрывают проблему?
  21. Если у Вас 8-ступенчатая АКПП, то принимайте "поздравления" со вступлением в клуб дефектных коробок. Весь модельный год 2017/2018 имеет данную проблему. К счастью, на своём JCW F56 удалось в этом сезоне добиться замены АКПП по куланцу.
  22. The 3rd Generation MINI Cooper (known as the F56) is ending production and with it the manual transmission. Replacing it will be the F66, an almost entirely new MINI Cooper that will be exclusively internal combustion and equipped with a DCT. But today we’re here to talk about the F56 and how you can grab one of the last ones (and a manual). How to Buy One of the Last Manual MINI Coopers Much like ordering a Clubman (which we detailed earlier this week), we’d recommend not waiting until the last moment. Yes production will go until February. However part availability might start to dwindle which could eliminate some options and even models. So the first step is immediately getting in touch with your favorite MINI store. The second is to spec your car and get it into the ordering system asap. While production should continue into February, it’s unclear what part shortages might start to appear as production winds down. If it were us ordering a Clubman we would want to get our order in no later than the end of December. That should ensure that options, colors and models are all still available. Another pro-tip as well. If you’re curious about things like roof racks and rally lights, even accessories will eventually of out of stock. We’d encourage you to pick those up over the next year if not sooner. Why is MINI Killing the Manual? Why would MINI eliminate manuals despite having over a 50% take rate in the US on JCw models? And making the case seem even more straight forward is the fact that the F66 (the replacement of for the F56) is nearly mechanically identical. According to our sources it’s about simplifying drivetrains components, cutting costs within manufacturing and for Europe (where CO2 targets are much more stringent) making MINIs pollute less. Well sort of. The manual isn’t necessarily dirtier than the auto. However the way cars are tested for CO2 emissions makes the manual particularly vulnerable. Automakers can tightly control C02 emissions with an auto because there’s so much control to be had with software. The very nature of a manual is that the driver has control and thus there are more variables at play during testing – almost a limitless number. Some of those variables produce higher C02 emissions in testing – despite the fact that a manual is often not any more dirty than an automatic MINI. This is forcing European automakers hands and causing many to eliminate the option. However in markets like US, where CO2 targets don’t have the same impact, why not continue to offer it? That’s likely down to the business case. Offering it one country means that the volumes go down dramatically which means MINI is spending more per unit and MINI would lose a chance to simplify the production process just has it’s about to get more complex with new models. But more than that the amount of time and money that would be spent to test, validate and federalize a manual option for one market simply doesn’t make sense at the prices that MINIs are sold for. The F56 MINI Cooper Replacement The F66 will replace the F56 and will be the last internal combustion MINI Cooper ever. While it’s based on the F56, it will look and feel almost entirely like a new car. However it all do without the much loved manual transmission. Production will start in March which means Europe and the UK should see it towards the end of that month with US sales starting in Q2 of 2024. We’ll have much more on the F66 soon but in the meantime head to the MotoringFile F66 section to get up to speed on MINI’s new Cooper. The post Warning – Production of the 3rd Generation MINI Cooper (and Manuals) is Ending appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  23. The MINI Clubman production is ending and with it our favorite current MINI made. Dealer stock is quickly dwindling and in some markets orders have already been completely shut down. However if you’re in the US or most of Europe there is still time to get a Clubman. Read on for tips on timing and the risks of waiting even another month. The beloved for its mix of utility and performance, the Clubman has become a cult favorite for the brand. In JCW form the F54 Clubman isn’t only the fastest current MINI (0-60 in 4.6 seconds) but will likely remain fastest petrol powered MINI of all time. How do we know? The Countryman JCW has more power in its new generation but lost a substantial amount of torque while gaining weight stunting its performance a bit. Why is MINI killing the Clubman? It’s unfortunately due to sales. In a world that can’t get enough of small crossovers, the wagon-like Clubman is getting squeezed out. However the passion of its owners haven’t been enough to save it as MINI plans to focus on crossovers with its next generation of cars due to customer demand. Winter tires, All4 and a lower center of gravity. The Clubman JCW is a snow monster.The Clubman in particular has had a hard time finding an audience. In fact the current F54 generation has only hit its sales targets in one major market; Japan. And despite MotoringFile calling the F54 JCW Clubman the best all around MINI ever made, it’s also been a hard sell for dealers. Especially next to the taller more SUV like Countryman – a shape that is clearly a consumer’s preference these days. The new multi-tone roof looks especially great in white and on a Clubman.How & When to Buy One of the Last Clubman First step is immediately getting in touch with your favorite MINI store. The second is to spec your car and get it into the ordering system asap. While production should continue into February, it’s unclear what part shortages might start to appear as production winds down. If it were us ordering a Clubman we would want to get our order in no later than the end of December. That should ensure that options, colors and models are all still available. Another pro-tip as well. If you’re curious about things like roof racks and rally lights, even accessories will eventually of out of stock. We’d encourage you to pick those up over the next year if not sooner. The Aceman will be a crossover roughly the size of the original R60 CountrymanThe Clubman’s Replacement But there is a replacement MINI is replacing the Clubman with the small electric Aceman crossover. The Aceman will have the same electric drivetrain as the J01 MINI Cooper which means we’ll see range and performance figures a bit lower than that car. So expect a range just one 200 miles in SE trim and 0-60 times in the low 7 second range. Crucially it will be small compared to the Countryman. In fact it’ll be roughly the same size as the R60 Countryman with more interior volume. The current, larger F54 Clubman on the left and the first (new) generation R55 Clubman on the right.The Modern History of the Clubman The original Clubman is a bit divisive. With the third door on the wrong side or right-hand drive markets, it was looked at as the “other” MINI even but the brand’s own marketing. While we loved the concept, it never really jelled for us as it felt too close to the R56 and didn’t find the sweet spot that the F54 ultimately did in terms of utility and performance. The Clubman JCW is surprisingly capable on a track. The F54 Clubman on the other hand has been our favorite MINI model since it’s introduction in 2015. We’ve run three of them over the years – a manual Cooper S All4, the 228 hp JCW and most recently a 306 hp JCW. While all were great cars, the 306 hp JCW Clubman might just be out favorite new MINI ever made. You can read a collection of reviews of that car below. Why? Its mix of utility and performance is unmatched in the range. As a wagon (even if MINI won’t call it that) it has can deliver almost all of the utility a crossover offers with none of the performance trade-offs. Having driven a Clubman on everything from the Dragon to the track to snow covers mountain roads we can confidently say there is nothing that comes close to the broad capabilities of the Clubman – especially in JCW form. Saying it will be missed is a massive understatement. MotoringFile Take If you need something a bit larger than the two door MINI Cooper, but still want a MINI, we can’t imagine a scenario where a Clubman doesn’t make sense. Having had three of them over the years we are convinced by their blend of utility, performance and style that feels so unique in the segment. And if you can spring for the JCW version, you will have not just a great everyday performance car, you’ll have the fastest petrol powered MINI ever. We’ll have more on the Clubman as we review one of the last 2024 Clubman JCWs made in the coming weeks. Our Favorite MINI Clubman Reviews The post MINI Clubman Production Ending But There’s Still Time to Order appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  24. You’re looking at the all new MINI Countryman S for the first time. The 241 HP, 295 ft lbs brings substantially more while also delivering higher levels of tech and utility. While we’ve seen the electric Countryman SE and the petrol Countryman JCW, until today MINI had yet to officially show-off what petrol powered “S”. But the power increase is probably the least interesting thing here. Pricing and Equipment Changes Everything. This is a ground-up rethink of the Countryman inside and out. And it’s inside where we see some real revolutionary moves. But before we get to that let’s talk about pricing. The all-new MINI Countryman S ALL4 will have a starting base price in the US of $38,900. There will be no Countryman models below the S in the US market which means the base price has moved up dramatically. But with that comes a huge increase in performance and standard equipment. How does that compare to the F60 generation Countryman S? First you have to look at what comes standard. The biggest news there is that MINI USA will be making MINI’s all wheel drive system, All4 standard across the range. Keeping that in mind the base price has increased $3,900. But that includes a lot more tech. MINI USA is making the heads-up display standard and of course including the incredible new circular OLED screen. That coupled with a big increase in size and performance at that $3,900 starts to looks a bit different. Production for the US market begins March, 2024 with first units expected to arrive at dealers early May, 2024. Power and Performance In the UK and Europe MINI Countryman S ALL4 offers a mild hybrid version of the B48 to lower C02. That set-up produces an output of 160 kW/218 hp and a torque of 360 Nm in those markets. However. In US trim the MINI Countryman S ALL4 will offer 241 hp and 295 lb.ft of torque all without that mild hybrid assistance. Why the difference? The US doesn’t have the stringent requirements of the EU and can offer the simpler, lighter B48 without the mild hybrid assistance. 0-60 times have yet to be published but we’d expect that number to be in the low 6s. Quick ratio steering and the combination of single-joint McPherson strut front axle and multi-link rear axle are unmistakable traits of MINIs no matter how big they are. The Countryman takes this formula and refines it even further with an optional adaptive suspension which lowers the car in sport mode 15 mm for better response and weight distribution. The Interior Revolution MINI has a lot to talk about inside starting with that circular display. So we’ll let our recently published demo of the display and MINI OS9 do the talking. Aside from the infotainment system, MINI has made huge changes. The brand has moved away from leather and chrome and leaned into new materials in a way that we’ve never seen from other manufacturers. The result is impressive. The new Vescin leather alternative feels better than the typical leather found in MINIs. While it doesn’t quite match the suppleness of the Lounge Leather options, it’s very close. In fact the grade of Vescin on the steering wheel actually feels just as good. You can read much more about Vescin and why MINI has gone leather free in our exclusive report. We really liked the look and feel of the textiles but time will tell in terms the longevity. According to MINI the material is 90% recycled and should be easily cleaned with a damp cloth – no chemicals needed. One area that we’re eager to test is the center console. Gone is the storage under the armrest and in its place a very solid feeling extendable armrest. In fact it extends so far I could see someone propping a laptop on it and working. But we’re still at a loss for why MINI couldn’t figure out how to include storage in it. The console itself has a small cubby that acts as storage. Interesting we’re told it’s relatively easy to remove and potentially replace with different forms to storage. According to MINI we should watch this space for potential future accessories. While it’s big in the MINI world, the new Countryman is clearly not big when compared to a BMW X7How Big is This Thing? The U25 MINI Countryman is all new and based on the same platform as the new BMW X1 and X2. And since those two vehicles have grown, so has the Countryman. But that growth is more about what customers want. MINI tells us that the data clearly points to owners reluctantly moving away from the brand due size. It sounds obvious for a brand called MINI. But the brand feels they can grow the Countryman slightly while still appealing to those looking for something different and smaller in the segment. So MINI’s answer was to increase the size of the Countryman while introducing a new model to bridge the gap from the Cooper. That model is the electric Aceman which will have a footprint similar to the original R60 Countryman. That strategy was key for MINI being able to grow longer by over 5” and taller by 2”. R60 Countryman (’10-’16) F60 Countryman (’17-’23)U25 Countryman (’24-’32)Length4097 mm / 161.3 in4298 mm / 169.2 in4429 mm / 174.37 inHeight1562 mm / 61.5 in1557 mm / 61.3 in1613 mm / 63.5 inWheelbase2596 mm / 102.2 in2670 mm / 105.1 in2670 mm / 105.11 inWhile the Countryman has grown, the Aceman will offer customers an R60 sized crossover.It’s no secret that the U25 Countryman shares a platform with the BMW X1. However what we didn’t know is how it differs under the skin. When MINI Design evaluated the X1 platform they immediately realized that they needed to find a way to downsize it to better fit MINI proportions. More specifically the rear overhang had to shrink. The answer came in the form of leveraging the rear section of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (not a car we get in the US) and replacing what was there in the X1. The result are proportions that not only fit a MINI shape better but a reduction in weight where you really don’t want it. To our eyes this increase in size is hidden by the proportions of this car as well as clever styling. That “blade” in the c-pillar? One reason it’s there is to break-up the length of the roof so it didn’t look like a tall station wagon. Autonomous Driving Comes to MINIs One of the biggest tech additions to the Countryman is its autonomous driving features. Driving Assistant Professional is a massive improvement over the previous adaptive cruise and is a first for the brand. With the Driving Assistant Professional, the MINI Countryman enables partially automated Level 2 driving on highways for the first time. If you’ve been following MotoringFile all year you’ll remember us exclusively reporting on this feature last spring. However until recently we didn’t have some of the final technical details. When engaged, Driving Assistant Professional allows the driver to take their hands off the wheel at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h), as long as they have their eyes on the road (as determined by an eye tracker) and are ready to intervene at any time. The thin grey strip above “set” is one of the two LED lights that lets you know the system is active Once you reach 38 MPH the system switches modes and goes into a more simplistic autonomous setting which requires a driver’s hands to rest on the wheel. However the system works identically, following traffic, the curves of the road and will even change lanes based on the driver using the turn signal. However at these speeds the system requires hands-on the wheel or at least pressure of some kind. This feature has been optional on BMWs for years and in our experience is ideal for stop and go traffic. However MINI’s system adds a new wrinkle as it can identify gaps in traffic needed to change lanes to get to an exit. It then brings the vehicle to the optimum speed for assisted lane changes. The MINI will let know when it’s successfully on via two green lights on the steering wheel. When it can’t detect your eyes (in hands-free) or hands (at higher speeds) those green lights being to flash orange. While MINI is focused on that Level 2, hands-free mode intended mostly for traffic jams, it’s the higher speed (above 38 mph) that you’ll likely find much more useful. In this mode the system uses a combination of adaptive cruise and steering input to follow well marked highways without intervention. It uses steering and lane guidance assistant and also includes lane keeping, lane change assistant with active side collision protection and the emergency stop assistant. The 2025 MINI Countryman Model Range The Countryman begins production this November in C, D and S All4 models. The electric production should begin this March alongside the new JCW Countryman. MINI Countryman – Electric ModelsDrivetrainGerman PricingUS PricingStart of ProductionU25 MINI Countryman E Electric43.500€ N/A03/2024U25 MINI Countryman SE ALL4*Electric49.500€ $45,20003/2024MINI Countryman – ICE ModelsU25 MINI Countryman CICE (Petrol)39.900€ N/A11/2023U25 MINI Countryman DICE (Diesel)42.900€ N/A11/2023U25 MINI Countryman S ALL4*ICE (Petrol)45.900€ $38,90011/2023U25 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4*ICE (Petrol)56.500€ $46,90003/2024* Available in the US2025 MINI Countryman Photo Gallery The post First Look: the 241 HP Petrol Powered MINI Countryman S appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  25. The world is full of cheap plastic phone mounts that squeeze into a vent or stick on a dash. But one has earned a reputation as the opposite of that. The CravenSpeed Gemini phone mount looks and feels completely different because it is. But can this all metal mount live up to its $75 price? We wanted to find out. Designed and made in the US from 100% high-grade steel, the Gemini phone mount has all the hallmarks of a product that is made by people who care. Case in point, the brackets themselves are laser cut and powder coated steel. The result is incredible structural rigidity that keeps the phone stable. Then the bushings are press fit into the brakes which further adds to the overall stability of the mount. There are two components to the system – the mount and the bracket. The scissor mount is one we didn’t test but is the most universal as it can expand and contract to any mobile device. Given that we primarily use an iPhone 15 Pro Max we tested Cravenspeed’s two magnetic mounts; the CraveSpeed’s own Magnetic mount and the MagSafe version. It’s important to note that the MagSafe mount is actually just a round enclosure that is designed to place a MagSafe charger into. The MagSafe Mount is a thin enclosure that accepts a MagSafe Charger perfectly.The supplied Torx screw-driver was a nice touch.A magnetic grabber is a recommended addition to the tool list but not mandatory. Installation on our F56 took about 20 minutes and was extremely straightforward. The process revolves around removing the center cluster and reusing screw points where the plate is then mounted. CravenSpeed provides both the small Torx screw driver and longer screws that make the job extremely easy. That said I would highly encourage you have a magnetic grabber tool available just in case you drop a screw in the process. We say that because that’s exactly what we did when one slipped behind the plastic panel under the steering wheel. Luckily that piece is a press fit and easily removable. The Cravenspeed Gemini Mount with the Cravenspeed Magnetic Mount. And yes, there are two versions of the plate for either the analog or digital versions of the 3rd generation MINI cluster. For our first couple of days we used the MagSafe adapter which acts as a cradle for an Apple MagSafe charger you’ll need to provide. As an iPhone user it felt like a no-brainer as it would not only hold the phone but charge is. And on smooth highway roads the set-up worked perfectly. However on some of the more broken roads of Chicago we quickly found that the magnets in the Apple MagSafe Charger itself weren’t strong enough to keep the phone from flying (literally) from the magnet. The mount can be positioned to be more discrete or closer to your line of sight. It can also be pushed down to minimize it entirely. The mount can be positioned to be more discrete or closer to your line of sight. It can also be pushed down to minimize it entirely. After a few days of playing defense we decided switch from the MagSafe mount to Cravespeed’s own much stronger magnetic mount. That move transformed the experience in a few ways. On the positive side it’s rocking a 100% success rate for holding my phone over the worst roads. On the not so positive side I do have to stare at the Cravenspeed logo quite a bit. While it’s a great company and the logo certainly isn’t offensive, it would be nice to see it a touch smaller. But that’s coming from me, a fairly Type A designer who tries to eliminate as many logos as possible. There’s a good chance it won’t bother you. The Most Over Engineered Mount Possible The Cravenspeed Gemini mount has been a huge add to the cabin of our non-CarPlay F56. The placement, adjustability and quality puts it at the pinnacle of phone mounts we’ve tested or even seen. In short this thing is over-engineered in ways that is rare in consumer products these days. There’s simply nothing better on the market that we’d want in our MINI. It’s not cheap but for $75 you get the ultimate phone mount that will likely outlive your MINI itself. In our minds that’s not a bad bargain. The post Review: The CravenSpeed Gemini Phone Mount appeared first on MotoringFile. View the full article
  26. Есть коды ошибок? сдаётся мне дело не в коробке... С коробками никаких проблем на таких пробегах не наблюдается, даже если каждый день стартовать с 2х педалей.
  27. Друзья, добрый день! Может кто-то сталкивался с подобным. Авто 2017 года выпуска ( пробег под 50к), за машиной стараюсь ухаживать, лью только 100й Лукойл. На машине излишне не жарю, недавно начал замечать рывки и пинки коробки , а особенно при переключении на R авто думает примерно 2-3 секунду и с тычком включает передачу + иногда при переключении с 1-2ю бывает неприятный тычок от коробки ( Может кто-то сталкивался с подобным) + вчера выскочила ошибка привода и машина перестала переключать передачи ( благо остановился на обочине и перезапустил двигатель, ошибка прошла и больше не появлялась). автомобиль сегодня пригнал в хороший сервис, считали ошибку ( что-то с клапаном распределения, а это уже капиталить коробку). Слили масло из коробки ( оно было прям в плохом состоянии, черное с запахом гари), было решено скинуть адаптацию коробки + поменять масло и проехать некоторое время ( думаю это вредил поможет, но будет надеятся что хуже точно не станет). В целом, был наслышан что автомобили в кузове f56 достаточно надежные и проблем не доставляют, особенно на моем пробеге, но увы столкнулся с такой вот проблемой капиталить коробку это 200-300к рублей.... Может были у кого-то подобные ошибки/неисправности на JCW f56, поделитесь плиз опытом...
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