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Question Can my Mini get me to the coast?

I know this may seem daft, but I am concerned about making a 3 hour journey in my Mini (from the West Midlands to Dorset) because I am worried about overheating issues. I must state that this vehicle has had its leaky coolant system repaired and it now doesn't leak - as we know, this is a known fault on them. So that's on plus point.

What bothers me is the fact that the temperature gauge (as I understand it) remains at mid temp even if the temperature goes up. The only time the driver is alerted to the fact that the car is very very hot is when it's reached such a degree of heat that a warning light comes on. Back in the day in other vehicles should the temp start edging up above the normal I would have pulled over, flipped up the bonnet and sat for half an hour to let it cool down. Sensible, responsive management of a hot engine. Then check the water and add more if necessary before continuing my journey. I managed to nurse a Ford Escort to and from Dorset using this method quite a few times on the outward and return journey as it had developed a leak which only occurred under pressure when the engine was running. My concern is that I can't do this now (because I feel like I wouldn't find out there was an issue until it had reached dire levels). I feel like I'm working blind without a 'normal' temperature gauge. I would be up **** creek if my car blew up!

Secondly, it's all well and good if you are lucky enough to get an unbroken journey with no traffic jams. On sitting around or crawling through jams even for a short while (10 minutes or so) the car gets 'hot' (well, as far as I'm concerned it's exhibiting symptoms of being hot due to the smell and the bubbling/popping noises that emanate from under the bonnet). Whilst I might just feel that, maybe with a brief break on the way, we could make it there ok, in the event of a traffic jam I would be really worried and stressed out (and when you couple this with the daft way that they have the temperature gauge set up) again my worry is, I don't want to end up with a damaged engine...

Can anyone provide any further understanding/assurance or operational advice for such a journey????

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What MINI is it?

If I felt my car wasn't reliable enough for me to do any type of journey, I would get rid. (Clearly not the answer you wanted!)
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I have a 2010 Cooper D and that does not have a temperature gauge, and neither does my daughters Corsa SXI diesel, wonder if it is a sign of things to come.

If you find that you are overheating, I was always told the best thing you can do is to turn the heating up to full , open up all the vents into the car and turn the fan on full. That gets the heat away from the engine.
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Not saying it is unreliable, but the no meaningful temp gauge weirds me out!

Not sure about others, but if I'm in a traffic jam for 30 mins I hear bubbling from under the bonnet - is that normal behaviour? I just need to know that's OK and normal and engine isn't 'suffering'!

I cannot just get rid of my car!!
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if you find that you are overheating, i was always told the best thing you can do is to turn the heating up to full , open up all the vents into the car and turn the fan on full. That gets the heat away from the engine.
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It works, temperature gauge drops, but it's interesting if it is in the summer, nice and hot inside the car.
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It works, temperature gauge drops
Whatever you say :roll eyes: coolio!
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Had a coolant problem last year in my mini. Turns out the cap had not been screwed tight enough so it worked itself loose and the coolant leaked out as steam. I heard this bubbling sound then, but not since.
I have driven 3.5 hours from Hertfordshire to North Wales without any problem, free running all the way on motorway though without traffic. Cant remember if the problem was before or after the drive (I think after.)
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It works, temperature gauge drops, but it's interesting if it is in the summer, nice and hot inside the car.
Mid Life Mini is absolutely correct for anyone who may be doubting their wise words! It's a known and effective way of taking heat away from the engine if it's getting hot.
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Had a coolant problem last year in my mini. Turns out the cap had not been screwed tight enough so it worked itself loose and the coolant leaked out as steam. I heard this bubbling sound then, but not since.
I have driven 3.5 hours from Hertfordshire to North Wales without any problem, free running all the way on motorway though without traffic. Cant remember if the problem was before or after the drive (I think after.)
Well that is certainly something I shall check. I did have a leak but within the actual system not the cap but that was repaired. I will check this but I have to say at all times since I've had the car before/after its leaky coolant system repair, it's always bubble and burbled if it gets hot. Since the repair was done, it never invokes the fan (which it was doing before).

I guess really I'm asking is it normal operation during driving the Mini One Convertible and getting into a bit of traffic, for the car to be making bubbling burbling noises (obviously from the coolant system) - is this just considered normal operation??
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