"There was a whole industry built around tuning the classic mini, but so far the go-faster brigade has kept away from the new model.
However, all that has now changed, and there have been at least three specialists fighting to be the first to get their hands on the Cooper S and build the most powerful MINI yet.
German tuner Hatge - normally associated with boosting BMWs - won the race. And we (Auto Express)pulled out all the stops to be the first to get behind the wheel of the uprated version."
"Our only concern, apart from the slightly bumpy ride, was the way the traction control sometimes struggled to cope with the 250Nm of torque going through the front wheels.
On wet roads and pushing out of corners, the warning light flashes away all the time. Still, it certainly makes things entertaining" WOOHOO !!!!
Well I am off to pester my MINI dealer
Christmas Special Auto Express On Shelves Now!!!
New MINI....more than the sum of its parts.
Last edited by robinboyes; Dec 19th, 2002 at 06:00 PM.
Well you'd better not change a single thing on your car, including the stereo as any change, in theory, will invalidate your warranty.
I think LMB meant your post never mentioned anything about warranty, even though your thread title did.
However, Birds themselves have looked into it and will be btter placed to say how much it will cost, but expect somewhere about £400.
Alternatively, tell your dealer upfront, don't ask, just tell them, they might even come round to your way of thinking.
I have already checked with MINI Customer services and my dealer and both say that modifications can be done to the stereo (removal ETC) but if something went wrong as a result of that, then the warrenty for that particular thing would be void but anything else that goes wrong is still covered.
Here's the warranty issue again. Know that Hartge is BMW's unofficial house-tuner with a long and respectable history. I never heard anything negative about this company and I'm not worried for one second these guys knows exactly what they're doing.
Come on people, let's not make such a big issue about warranty, better make sure you're insurance is still valid after the upgrade, IMO far more important and anyway far, far more called upon than a factory warranty. If you want warranty pay the extra GBP 2,000 for JCW-kit, it's all your decision. I know what I'm going for though and it's gonna be real soon
I do remember reading somewhere that Hartage/Birds are looking into providing thier own warranty ?
If you want MINI warranty then the JCW version is the answer, which is one of the reasons I've gone down that route. At the end of the day IMHO when your spending all that money on a car, I'd prefer to spend that little bit more for warranty and peace of mind.
JCW Works S, DS/DS, Chilli, DSC, HAB, HK, panther black/lapis blue (Cloth) S0007
My Sentiments exactly, you can see where I comming from then! Hopefully mine will be booked in for JCW conversion before the end of next year! I don't get the car till April!
I know what you mean about Hartage getting their own warrenty but thats only going to be for one, maybe two years!!! Like you say, get a JCW conversion and you will have warrenty for the full five years!
Thats right it all looks good when you come to seel the car and the other thing is people like Top Gear will tell customers that if they are going to get one with a conversion, then to get one thats MINI Warrented! Very nice!
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