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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2017, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie question!

Hi all.

I'm after some advice if possible, we're currently in the process of looking to buy a 1st gen Cooper convertible. The car is for my partner who's fallen in love with them after a test drive!

She's going to be going from a 54 plate fairly basic Nissan Micra. I've had a good read through the buying advice and what to look for so am fairly confident with what we're doing!

The only thing that I can't find much advice on (although there are a number of threads) is traction control. I drive a Mk4 golf GTI and have always had 'quick' hatchbacks. I personally wouldn't have a car without it but I am mindful that I'm running 200+bhp whereas the cooper will only make 115bhp.

The Micra that she drives at the moment doesn't have traction control of any kind but only pushes out about 70bhp

From what I can gather before 2009 the convertible didn't come with traction control as standard and that there are two types that you could spec, if the toggle isn't there then there's no TC.

My question is whether this is something that you think is a must have. We'll be looking for a 05 onwards model and she drives about 150 miles a week on a mixture of dual carriage way, back lanes and city centre.

Any advice you can offer would be really helpful.


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Traction control was poorly implemented in the 1st generation. It would cut power completely instead of trying to modulate it. It could leave you stranded across a T junction. You had to let off power and re-apply, not difficult but then it isn't difficult to reduce power if the front wheels spin. It isn't a feature I would be concerned with having.

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