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Old May 26th, 2014, 12:52 PM
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From TT to Mini

I'm new here, tomorrow my 2010 Clubman Cooper S arrives (I hope) and the driver takes my 2007 TT away. Both auto transmission.

It'll be a big change, partly prompted by an upcoming move to a house with a narrow passage entrance.

First I looked at an Abarth 500 as being easily narrow enough. Tiny but looked good. Was given a drive in a two year old auto convertible.

I hated just about everything about driving it; the ride was rigid, the auto gearbox jerky, it didn't go well and it didn't stop well. And the steering was weird, lots of artificial self centring. And though I'm short the steering wheel was miles away from me.

I wasn't thinking of a Mini, but the dealer was just a few yards away. A quick measurement showed it would fit the narrow entrance, and a test in a Cooper D over the same route as the Abarth had me smiling all the way.

I need a Clubman to get a large dog into, and my wife Liz wants an auto (and if it's a good auto, so do I). I went for the Cooper S as being not too much slower than the TT.

There aren't too many Cooper S Clubman autos for sale, but I found one with a main dealer at the other end of the country, 300 miles away. The spec was good, I liked the colour (red with red roof), the mileage was reasonable and the price looked OK.

The salesman did a personal video for me, taking me right around the car inside and out, and emailed the link - what a service. It looks brilliant. Liz wasn't sure, but the video convinced her.

They gave me a good price on my TT and are delivering the Mini and collecting my TT at no charge.

I'm just hoping this doesn't mean they're desperate to get rid of the car for some reason - I've never bought a car unseen before - but they came over as genuine and had only had the car a week. I'll find out tomorrow.

Bit of a long winded introduction, but I'll not post often, I mostly asked (and occasionally answered) questions on the TT forum.
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Old May 26th, 2014, 01:27 PM
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TT to Mini too!

Hello,

I just saw your post and wanted to say Hi, I have just done a similar thing. Traded in my TTs for s Cooper S Convertible after calling the mini dealer and them sending a video though of the car and delivering it. I received it a few days ago.

I loved my TTs but just fancied a change to something very different. I love the mini but so far am finding it quite hard on suspension - I've read this a lot though. but, is certainly fun.

I'd love to know how you get on with the swap to the Clubman!

Luke
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Old May 26th, 2014, 01:37 PM
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[quote=miniluke;3968426]Hello,

I love the mini but so far am finding it quite hard on suspension - I've read this a lot though. but, is certainly fun.



I've heard this too, and expect to change from run-flat to standard tyres when the time comes. I may even use a step higher profile tyres, did this on the TT. It changed the speedo readings of course, but just made them more accurate.

I couldn't detect any downside to grip or handling.
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Yes, I've heard changing from run flats helps. I'd love to know just how much a difference it makes.
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It makes a big difference if you have low profile tyres mine are 205/45 17 & changing them made a massive difference on ride quality, the car lost all the crashiness on the bumps, stopped the tramlining & made it quieter. I have heard people who have 16 inch wheels say it doesn't make as much difference
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It makes a big difference if you have low profile tyres mine are 205/45 17 & changing them made a massive difference on ride quality, the car lost all the crashiness on the bumps, stopped the tramlining & made it quieter. I have heard people who have 16 inch wheels say it doesn't make as much difference

It's def something I want to look into. I have 17 black star wheels with run-flats. All are brand new tyres, so seems quite an expense to swap them over, but may be worth it.

Maybe some garages will buy the tyres off you??
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Old May 26th, 2014, 06:58 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by heathwebbo (original)
It makes a big difference if you have low profile tyres mine are 205/45 17 & changing them made a massive difference on ride quality, the car lost all the crashiness on the bumps, stopped the tramlining & made it quieter. I have heard people who have 16 inch wheels say it doesn't make as much difference

What tyres did you fit, and did you keep the same profile? My car has 17s and I'm pretty sure they're fitted with 205/45 run-flats.

And did you notice any appreciable difference in how your car drove?

In any case, unless you drive track days I don't understand fitting such low profile tyres on road cars.

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Old May 27th, 2014, 05:06 PM
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It's def something I want to look into. I have 17 black star wheels with run-flats. All are brand new tyres, so seems quite an expense to swap them over, but may be worth it.

Maybe some garages will buy the tyres off you??

Koni Mini Cooper FSD Damper kits have been discussed elsewhere on this forum and spoken highly of. At about the same price as a set of tyres, I'd fit these first (and may well do so, have to look at the tyres first).

New proper tyres next time round as well could mean a pretty decent ride.
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