Hauls Leaf Springs - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: Hauls Leaf Springs

March 3, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

After seven years of missing all the fun, I've decided to take my 1976 Pontiac Trans Am on this year's The Bandit Run. The event, which takes place this May, is an annual road trip tribute to Smokey and the Bandit, the greatest movie of all time.

It should be "redneck heaven" to quote the great Bo Darville.

But a four-thousand-mile road trip in a 40-year-old car takes some preparation. And the scramble has begun.

Good news, replacement Trans Am leaf springs (four leaf) fit easily in our long-term 2014 Mini Cooper.

I was concerned. I was envisioning some huge box wedged into the Mini's cargo bay, both sides of its rear seat folded and its passenger seat pushed ahead on its rails. Every inch of the little car's available space would be needed. That's what I thought.

I was wrong.

The springs weren't boxed. The long, heavy hunks of steel were loose, which helped, and I only had to flatten the small side of the Mini's rear seat to fit them easily. Incredibly three adults could have still fit comfortably in the car.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 9,123 miles

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