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2011 Mini Cooper Countryman: What Part of "Stop" Don't You Get?

November 15, 2011


I hate when people blare their music out their cars. I hate it even more when they park their car in my peaceful neighborhood and play some vile J-Lo top 40 song that sounds like a car alarm. Why would you do this? Also, get off my lawn!

But the Countryman turns me into "that guy."

You see, when I park and hit the start/stop button, the stereo stays on. That bugs me. In other cars, once you pull on the door handle the music stops. Okay, that's not so bad. But in our Countryman, it keeps playing until you lock it. Arrrrgh!

When I hit the stop button, I think everything should shut down. Thankfully, if you hit the button one more time with your foot off the clutch, it will shut off. But I saw no mention of this in the manual, nor is there a menu to change this setting to your preference. Sure, it's a small inconvenience, but if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a grumpy old man today.

What do you think? Would this bug you, or should I just get back on my meds?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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