This is for all the U.S. MINI owners. I've seen so many threads talking about this (it even creeps into non-related threads), and I just don't understand. So many people are passionately (almost violently!) upset about the lack of rear fog-lights on the MINI. I had never even heard of rear fog-lights until I started reading the MINI forums, and don't really see the need unless you live in London or Seattle. I'm 32, and in 15 years of driving have never even used the front ones, and didn't order them on my MINI. I suspect that most of the people are upset over the empty toggle space, rather than the lack of the lights. I don't have my MINI yet, will be here soon, but how annoying can an empty spot be to get you all this upset? Maybe somebody could explain this to me to help me understand.
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Ok, I am not violently upset, I am just annoyed that mini would leave the spot empty. Think about it. On the MFSW, there is a button on the left side that does nothing. They didn't just leave the spot where the button should have been blank. All I wanted for mini to do was to put a switch in that spot that does nothing, just to fill up the pannel.
I agree, when we saw the empty space, we just thought it would have been a no-brainer to stick a toggle for something else or one that does nothing in there to keep that cool panel complete.
Then we found out what it was for and realized how silly it was for them to take it out in the first place...
It seems to me that there are 2 camps in this argument:
Camp #1: Upset because they get a panel with 5 toggle switches instead of 6, thus leaving one blank, where the rear fog light switch should be located. (For the record I have 3 empty toggle switch spaces in our Cooper CVT...no DSC, no front fog lights either).
Camp #2: The rear foglights are an essential safety element. other German automakers already offer them in the US, such as Audi. Therefore, not having the rear fog lights enabled constitutes a serious safety breach in part of MINI.
So, which one does everyone belong to?
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The passion and zeal surrounding this issue has surprised me too.
I suppose they might come in handy sometime, but I mostly doubt it. Chatham fog here is famously thick at times, but I can always see the cars lights in front of me. From what I've seen and read of the massive fog-related highway pile-ups, it wouldn't make any difference at all if you had a bank of ralley lights on your rear bumper because so many drivers are still doing 80 mph and driving as if conditions were perfect.
Next, someone here on mini2 actually stated that they refuse to buy a MINI because of the missing toggle switch! PUHLEEZZ! This is totally mind boggling. This car is so much fun, who gives a foo about a lousy toggle switch!
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I think the sting over this issue is more complex – multifaceted. It’s the fashion thing, the safety thing, and an attitude/class warfare thing.
...Lets for arguments sake say we weren't discussing rear fogs, but ABS brakes instead.
A few years back lots of folks said "why should I want or pay more for ABS?" "…I've survived up to now without it... What good is it?" Now... only a few years later ABS has gained market-wide acceptance. Most folks won't think twice about a car that doesn’t have ABS. Airbags are in the same category.
Yeah… no one NEEDS ABS , but there are a lot of people out there who's butts have been saved due to the extra margin of safety they provide. You might believe that you know how to brake well… and that you can stop as well (or better in some conditions) as with ABS. BUT as we all know it’s those emergency stop conditions where ABS can & does pay for itself.
So, I pose the argument: Why not think of all of these items – rear fogs included as safety features?
It’s a lot like life or home insurance? You buy this type of insurance because you might need it, and you hope you never do. Think of all the people living to ripe old ages without ever collecting on accidental death/dismemberment, or fire insurance. ...Does this mean people shouldn't buy these types of insurance? Is this insurance somehow less valuable because the odds of needing it seem low?
Any extra margin of safety's a good thing.
Didn’t you see all of those news articles last year & this about mutli-car pile-ups (50+ cars) on major highways? I bet all those folks thought they could see the car in front well enough too!
Last couple of points – I promise! BMW vs. MINI issues.
- High $ US BMW's get rear fogs... MINI's don't (at least not here)
- Rear fogs are standard on ALL European cars - MINI's too
- US MINI's are close to 99% equipped to activate the rear fogs
So... someone somewhere @ MINI/BMW had to make the decision NOT to equip US/CAN MINI's with rear fogs. WHY? What could the reason be? Doesn't it simplify things to outfit all cars with the same gear where possible? Wouldn’t it be more cost effective? - Guess not?
There's the knowledge that MINI/BMW decided to:
a) Lie when questioned as to why the fogs weren’t' there
b) Refuse to activate r- fogs for those who want, even if we offered to pay for this service.
What harm could there be in giving us a feature they already offer in other markets? Especially considering it requires minimal labor & an ECU reprogram?
Doesn't this all seem wrong on numerous levels?
Shouldn’t all members of the BMW family get the safety of rear-fogs… or must we have spent X thousands & have a little BMW logo on the front of our cars to qualify?
While you might not value rear fogs I would hope you might appreciate these perspectives.
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