Long'ish question on handling/how does the S behave?
Been driving a 2003 cooper S for about 6 months now.
Totally standard, 17 inch S lites, almost new dunlop 9000's at the rear, pretty old soon to be replaced pirelli euforia's up front.
Had a few "scary" experiences while driving at speed.
Just want to know if this is normal and I should learn to expect/control it, or not?
On the highway, doing about 140/150kph, through fairly wide open bends, if i just tip the brake gently to slow down a lil, the car immediately throws itself into, what i think is, oversteer. In a right handed turn, all weight transfers to the left front tyre and the back feels as though its about to come around.
I'm guessing that this is expected, and yes, i shouldnt be touching my brakes even slightly through a bend at speed.
But the only reason this irks me is that, I've done similar speeds in previous cars and have never been/felt close to losing it.
Previously drove BMW E30 325 and E36 318..so i've always been a RWD driver. I could fling those cars through these same wide (not tight) bends on the highways at 140kph+ and brake pretty hard if i needed mid bend, and still maintain control. Not ever feel close to losing it.
Is this something I just need to get used to on the MINI or FWD cars in general? (ie: just dont brake mid bend, ever.)
I've had similar experiences at lower speeds, 100-110kph or so, and abt to miss an offramp, so braked firmly n turned toward the offramp, but the car felt dangerous when I did this, all weight transfers to the outer front wheel and just feels like im going to throw it into a spin. Never had this kinda behaviour from the 2 previous cars I drove, in similar circumstances.
Just feel it's a bit much, in a car with a reputation for handling. I've felt much more stable in the previous 3 series E30/36 that i owned. I even moved over from "my fast lane" for a MKV GTI yest
, i just didnt feel too confident!
I could brake fairly firmly, if needed, mid bend in those old 3 series bimmers. Just cant do it in my MINI.
Is this totally normal and expected? Just adjust driving style?
IF yes, can any adjustment to tyre pressure at rear/front help, if so what adjustment?
Or is it not normal at these speeds, with wide bends. Is it too much? What could cause it? maybe rear control arms, toe in etc may need adjustment? Don't want anything aftermarket as i'm trying to hold on to my warranty/motorplan.
Just wondering if its normal...and i need to be shot for wanting to brake
(need to brake sometimes though..sigh)
Thanks in advance for any input/advice/etc..
2003 Dark SIlver Cooper S