by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on September 30, 2015
As reported by Ed Hellwig in July, the mirror cover on the driver side sun visor of our 2014 Mini Cooper had given up the ghost, flopping into view whenever you lowered the visor. Long Beach Mini ordered up a new visor, and I delivered the car for the repair. After about 90 minutes, the service folk had the new sun visor in place, and the mirror now stays closed until vanity calls.
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 28, 2015
We are here at Long Beach Mini delivering our 2014 Mini Cooper in the pre-dawn hours on a Thursday morning. This isn't our first time using the early-bird option. I grab an envelope from the neighboring BMW dealership, write in some basic contact information, seal the key inside and place it in the drop-slot back on the Mini side.
There are no surprises on this quiet morning. Those started a week earlier.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 24, 2015
We only had one scheduled service on our previous long-term 2007 Mini Cooper S. It requested the first service around the 17,000-mile mark and we returned the car to Mini with just 18,244 miles on the odometer.
Our 2014 Mini Cooper is a little different. It required its first service at 9,800 miles, and we guessed the second service would be due around 20,000 miles. The maintenance light illuminated in the instrument panel as expected and it was time to visit the dealer.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on August 27, 2015
I happened to look at our 2014 Mini Cooper's Continental ContiSportContact 3 summer tires not long ago (run-flat). The front tires looked a lot more worn down than the rears and I wondered how much life they had left since we recently passed 20,000 miles.
It was time to investigate further.
March 16, 2015
At 9,800 miles the service light in our 2014 Mini Cooper illuminated. We tried a little something different this time, utilizing the early bird drop-off at Long Beach Mini...
February 5, 2015
There is only one thing worse than a troubling car sound. And that's a troubling car sound you can't replicate.
I was driving our 2014 Mini Cooper from Long Beach to Irvine at 6:00 a.m., and from the Mini's right rear, I heard a high-pitched, whistling whine that I usually associate with someone else's car in need of a power-steering fluid transfusion. But as I accelerated away from the car I thought had the problem, the pitch rose and stayed with me. I realized it wasn't someone else's car, but the Mini. The whine persisted throughout the trip whenever I exceeded 40 mph.
December 30, 2014
In my last update I reported that after getting a low-tire warning (please link to the 12/29 Mini update) in our long-term 2014 Mini Cooper I followed the car's instructions to fill up the tires and run its in-car diagnostics.
December 29, 2014
It was 8:00 a.m. as I started up the 2014 Mini Cooper for a coffee run. L'Amande Bakery in Torrance makes the most wonderful cafe au lait, breads and croissants. They are worth braving the morning chill air to get the French yummy goodness.
October 15, 2014
October 8, 2014
Among the service alerts I've seen pop up in our long-term cars over the years, the 2014 Mini Cooper's is the most cryptic.
At first, while driving I noticed a tiny orange triangle had appeared in the upper right corner of the odometer display. I mean tiny. No other information was shared with said triangle at this time. It was a mystery.