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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 2014, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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I recently purchased a 2012 Coupe SD and am having a couple of teething problems. I mentioned in my introductory post that I was unable to play music from my 2nd Gen iPod touch through the Apple cable. I've since discovered that I need a Y cable from BMW for £49 or a cheapo from Amazon for £6.99, which doesn't have very good reviews. Any other suggestions?

The boot unlock doesn't do anything on either of the fobs, is there a personal setting I need to set or should I go to the dealer?
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I went for the BMW/Mini Y Cable - expensive but I had the cheaper one 1st which stopped working after 2months.

Regarding tailgate unlock button on key fobs, you might want to check with Dealer - I got my Cooper S Coupe 4weeks ago and never had an issue with tailgate unlock button on either key.
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Try using the Apple USB charging / sync cable, it worked with mine.
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I've booked it into the Mini dealer to have a look at the non boot opening button plus the Start Stop didn't seem to be working. Of course now that I've booked it in it's behaving itself but I've asked them to check it anyway.

The Apple connector doesn't work so I'm going to check with the dealers whether their Y connector suits my 2nd Gen iPod Touch.

Plus, I've posted this in the tyre forum but perhaps someone can give me an insight here:

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I've had my 2012 '(61 plate) Coupe SD for two weeks now and find that the ride is very rough over potholes and broken tarmac. So rough in fact that my oh is not enjoying being in the car at all. I read on Car Magazine's long term test review (I Can't post a url as I haven't the required number of posts) that fitting Continentals would improve the way the suspension absorbs ruts and ripples considerably while leaving the ride firm.

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So here’s the good news. On ‘standard’ Continental Contisport 3 205/45 R17 tyres – ie non-runflats – the Coupe’s ride quality has significantly improved. The brittle jaggedness that had the Mini crashing and thumping over every intrusion on runflats has been rounded off. There’s a welcome degree of compliance and give in the way the suspension now absorbs ruts and ripples. Yes, the ride can still only be described as very firm but it’s now less aggressive and harsh.
The handling hasn’t been adversely affected by this step up in compliance and comfort either. Body control remains exceptional, and the Mini can still be whipped through corners at silly speeds with the slightest flick of the wrist. The Coupe never feeling anything but taut, alert and agile. Superb brakes, too. So if you have the choice, opt for the standard tyres and get a tin of puncture foam. Your spine and filings will thank you.

I'm currently driving on Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 205/45 R17 84V tyres and am looking for suggestions and advice on swapping to something more forgiving. I noted on here mention of needing a compressor and filler which the car came with so that shouldn't be an issue.

Plus, are there any dealers that do part exchange for part worn tyres?
I'll report back what happens at the dealer.
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Hi Sheffmax, I have commented on your tyre post. Hope it helps.
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Hi Sheffmax, I have commented on your tyre post. Hope it helps.
Hi, thanks and yes I read your reply but you said despite being happy with the Hankooks you prefer the Bridgestones. What advantages did they give? From research on the web it would seem that they are more 'sporty' and grip better at higher speeds but it seems to me that at the speeds attainable on UK roads that doesn't seem enough reason to put up with the bone shaking.

Are yours the Hankook 205/45R17 84V Ventus V12 Evo?

I'm probably going to go for the Continentals or maybe the Dunlop 205/45R17 88V XL SP Sport 9000 or the Hankooks if they are those.
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The dealer has had a look at the car and the key fob doesn't unlock the boot, the manual is a bit ambiguous about this, it unlatches it after unlocking the car. Apparently, this was changed as so many Mini drivers had opened the boot with the fob, put the key down while loading and then shut the boot leaving the key inside.

The Start Stop wasn't working because the previous owner hadn't done many long journeys, 4,000 miles in 2 years, so the battery wasn't getting fully charged and was at 67% when I took it in.

It transpires that my tyres aren't run flats so that means the ride is the best it's going to get. In fact, they lent me a 63 plate Roadster S on Conti Sports which was just as unforgiving.
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Hi, thanks and yes I read your reply but you said despite being happy with the Hankooks you prefer the Bridgestones. What advantages did they give? From research on the web it would seem that they are more 'sporty' and grip better at higher speeds but it seems to me that at the speeds attainable on UK roads that doesn't seem enough reason to put up with the bone shaking.

Are yours the Hankook 205/45R17 84V Ventus V12 Evo?

I'm probably going to go for the Continentals or maybe the Dunlop 205/45R17 88V XL SP Sport 9000 or the Hankooks if they are those.
Hi there, I preferred the Bridgestone Potenza's bizarrely because they gave a much firmer/harder/harsher ride, you felt every bump and jolt and tramline and I really like that.

Yes the Hankook's are the 205/45 17 Ventus Evo, can't fault them apart from my quirk of enjoying the harsh ride.
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Another small niggle.

The rear cargo cover which clips in when the boot lid is raised rattles when going over uneven ground, of which there is a lot around Sheffield. It's easily solved by leaving the cover in the garage but it would be nice if anyone else who has experienced this has found a better solution.
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Another small niggle.

The rear cargo cover which clips in when the boot lid is raised rattles when going over uneven ground, of which there is a lot around Sheffield. It's easily solved by leaving the cover in the garage but it would be nice if anyone else who has experienced this has found a better solution.
Nope, that isn't it. I left both cargo covers off this morning but there's still a rattle when going over bumps and it's getting worse. I had a look at the rubber bumper things in the lid and the plastic supports on the chassis and these all look to be doing their job.
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Another small niggle.

The rear cargo cover which clips in when the boot lid is raised rattles when going over uneven ground, of which there is a lot around Sheffield. It's easily solved by leaving the cover in the garage but it would be nice if anyone else who has experienced this has found a better solution.
I think you will find the Coupes do suffer ( or should I say their owners) from rattles, mostly from the parcel shelves.
I have fitter rolls of draught strip, sponge pads, around practically everything, its ok for a while, but they seem to come back, maybe not quite so bad, but it seems to be a ongoing chore!!!
Im amazed this day and age a car can't be made more rattle free.
Can you imagine paying 30k for a new JCW with these rattles, no way.
Trouble is, I have a second hand JCW, and love the b….. thing
If you find a cure, let me know ! Best of luck.
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If you find a cure, let me know ! Best of luck.
It's going into the dealer on Tuesday for them to have a look, it's still in warranty so any little thing and it goes in. I'll let you know what happens.
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It was the parcel shelf which is now clunk free. Whilst there, I also had the trim round the boot hatch replaced as a piece had fallen off. So, fingers crossed, that's it for the time being.
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I thought the rattle from the parcel shelf had returned, probably due to the poor state of the roads around here. However, I've just returned from a round trip to Birmingham and on the way out the rattle was there but on the same roads coming back it had disappeared. I checked, and the parcel shelf hadn't dropped off.
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