I have had my Mini Cooper Coupe 6 months and am getting a little fed up with the hardness of the ride and feeling every single bump in the road, I know this is something that attracts many people to the car however, since getting it my job has changed slightly and now involves driving 500 miles every other weekend and it is becoming too uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do to minimise this change tyres? or anything else. I am stuck with this car for a few more years, does anyone have any tips!?
Ok there are a few options.
what size wheels do you have now and do you have run flats
Depending on wheels size if you have 17" with run flats you could change to non run flats that makes a difference.
Or source a spare set of 16" wheels with non run flats,
The only thing I am not shore about on your car is how your tire pressure is monitored on the later cars, so you may have to be careful changing the wheels but nothing that can not be over come.
Someone here will know how there monitored and can help,
also check your tire pressures you may find there on the high side, causing a hard ride when I had run flats I drop my tire pressures 3-4 psi and it made it abit more bearablep
Hope this helps
Ps if you have only had it six months you could try going back to mini and sweet talking then into a swap for another size wheel may be don't ask don't get :-)
I'm assuming that in addition to runflat tyres, you have the sports suspension option as well - it seems to be the combination of sports suspension and 17" runflats that really make people suffer.
If so, the 'nuclear' option would be to change your car to standard suspension by swapping out all four dampers. These cost £440 at full dealer prices and then there's the labour to change them, but that would keep you on OEM MIni parts and so not void your warranty. You might be able to get your dealer to pressurise Mini into making a contribution.
This sounds a dramatic/expensive solution, but four new tyres isn't going to be all that much cheaper.
If you have standard suspension with 17" runflats, then changing the tyres would help a bit. My experience is that changing 16" runflats to 16" non-runflats doesn't make a huge difference.
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