I wasn't mad on it before I got mine, it just seemed so big! But I love it now, it's a feature in itself, it's in a weird place to glance at when your driving, feels unatural, so I always just keep my trip computer on mph.
I've got my driving test next week though, won't get away with speeding, that's for sure!
You know what? It ended up taking the exact same amount of effort to look across at the center speedometer as it does for me to look down at a conventional driver-oriented speedometer. Then again I wear thick glasses, so I turn my head to see ANYTHING.
That said, your other option, if you don't like the nav system, will be to order the Chrono pack, which replaces the center speedo with a center "instrument panel" sorta thing, that has your fuel gauge and oil temp and voltage and suchlike. There's pics around somewhere, I'll see if I can find one.
In Australia we CAN'T get the speedo in the middle. Our configuration is swapped around, speedo on the steering wheel, RPM's on the centre dial. So what you need to find out is the order no's for the Australian speedo and Rev counter. I don't know if addition wiring would be required, maybe a knowlegable Aussie maybe able to help you out with that.
Yes, Australian MINIs have a big Rev counter as the center dial, and small speedo mounted on the steering column, altho my car has satnav, so is the same as any MINI with satnav. I think our various states Depts of transport weren't happy with the Speedo not being directly in front of the driver's vision - hence the change.
My opinion: If a driver can't direct his vision the 20º or so toward the middle of the car in order to see the center mounted speedometer, then the driver probably can't be trusted to look at the center-mounted rear-view mirror and sure can't be trusted to look out the passenger window at the door-mounted external mirror! The simple fact is that drivers routinely scan much more than 20º through the front windshield all the time in the normal act of driving.
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