The Mystery Pipe - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mini Cooper: The Mystery Pipe

July 7, 2015

2014 Mini Cooper

What would a 2014 Mini Cooper road trip be without a quick photo essay? The Cooper roamed cities {above}...

Traversed peaks and valleys...

2014 Mini Cooper

2014 Mini Cooper

Sailed seas...

2014 Mini Cooper

Navigated us through rural towns where our phones couldn't get reception...

2014 Mini Cooper

We were on our return leg of the journey, having spent 30 hours in the Mini, and thought we'd seen it all. Then this happened:

2014 Mini Cooper

We were just about to reach Astoria, Ore., when we hit a rough patch of road and out from under the passenger-side dash jostled a black plastic pipe.

"That just fell out!" my passenger exclaimed. We quickly pulled over and documented the occurrence. The tag on the pipe has a part number and a tag that identifies it as an air vent pipe. We took a long look under the glove box, but couldn't find any pipe-fittings to where this part might attach. We played with the A/C for a bit and didn't notice any difference in performance. What could it all mean?

More to come.

Joe Martinez, Videographer/Editor @ 15,281 miles

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