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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2014, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is Mini not good for long trips?

I just came back from holiday in Peak District in my Mini One Seven (2006). I live in London, so it was 175 miles each way. The car did very well without any problem, and I stopped only once in each trip. I found so many Minis on country roads and in cities, they were everywhere, but not on motorways. Actually I saw very few Minis on motorways, which made me curious and start wondering if doing long trips would hurt my Mini. What do you think?
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I would drive my Mini any distance I'd drive any other car.
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Why would it hurt it? Only reason I can think that puts most people off by doing big journeys in a Mini is the "buzziness" and lack of storage space.

If I want to be able to get out of the car and not have the possibility of headache at the end of a long journey I'd take our big comfy Volvo and also have the ability to take the kitchen sink as well. If neither of these apply then a Mini is perfectly adequate.
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Yeah, I would say it's fine if you don't plan on needing a lot of luggage. My Mini Cooper S did fine on about the same distance of travel at about 70mph / 113kph. Seemed great except for the Power Steering issue that is common in my year and model Mini. I'm getting it fixed this coming Monday.
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Drove my Dooper Convertible down to the south of France and it was fine, loaded up with luggage, dog cage and dog. Wouldn't want to do the journey in the back though, not that there was any room for back seat passengers though.
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Minis are more fun going round corners than along straight motorways.
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A long motorway trip won't hurt your Mini....the least wear and tear is on a car travelling at a constant speed on a straight road with engine at full operating temperature, running at low revs in 5th or 6th gear with minimal use of brakes and gear changes. Motorways are also the safest roads according to statistics.

The most wear and tear occurs in cars used mainly for stop, start driving in town traffic for a short journey where engine does not reach full temperature and clutch, brakes and gearbox are in constant use....so the low mileage car used for local commuting and shopping trips is often more worn out than the higher mileage car used for long motorway trips as a company car!
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It would be lack of space I suppose, many people go on the motorway if they are doing long trips to get there quicker, and normally when they are going on holiday and have to carry lots of luggage, thats when you would leave the MINI at home and take the larger car if you have one I would think.
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Yup, two children, the wife, bucket and spades, flip flops, shorts and surf boards don't fit in a Mini very well. Although I'm sure we take more than that on holiday.
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I guess you will fill up the space you have. The Ex Wife insisted that we needed a roof box for our Astra when we went to Cornwall with the children several years ago, and we filled that as well as the car. Whether we used everything we took was debatable.

The following year as we were getting ready to pack she managed to fall onto the box in the garage and broke it, we packed what we could in the car and left behind what we couldn't fit in and we survived.
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I've done about 500 miles in my Cooper Diesel in the past week.
I've only had it since August last year, so it was the first long journeys.
It handled it fine, it cruised nicely and gave good mpg, so I never got any impression that it was under duress (why would it be?)
The seats were comfy, no aches and pains.
The only thing I found tiring was the ride, it literally never gives you a moment's peace.
But I have 17 inch wheels mine, I suppose I'm asking for it, but I like the looks they give.
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Thanks guys. Apparently I was worried too much. I've only had the car for 7 weeks and love it too much to risk doing anything that could possibly hurt it.
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I drove my R53 600 miles one day, spent two days at my destination and drove back the following day. It was happy motoring along at 80mph. I can't say the same for my brother, the passenger. He's a nervous nellie.
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Thanks guys. Apparently I was worried too much. I've only had the car for 7 weeks and love it too much to risk doing anything that could possibly hurt it.
Long trips are simply not possible in the UK, everywhere is too close to everywhere else.
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