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????