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  1. Cant close roof after opening in winter

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    you can manually close it with the crank located in the left side boot behind the panel or use a screw driver to disengage the gears on both sides where the bend in the guide arm (just behind driver and passenger door frame). Then with a friends assistance you lift both sides at the same time...
  2. what bonnet stripes for BRG/green ???

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    I have a BRC green 07 S cab and I installed chrome racing stripes and it came out wonderful.
  3. Strut brace or not??

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    I fitted a JCW upper and notice it in cornering...much more responsive keeping the front end more rigid. And with the JCW model being made exclusive for the Mini there is no clearance issues.
  4. looking after my convertible roof!

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    I use 303 wash and waterproofing when i do the roof. I only wash my soft top at most once a month and in between I vacuum it with a dustbuster type unit to get rid of surface dirt and mine looks show room.
  5. Stereo and speakers

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    The first thing I swapped out on mine (07 S conv without HK) was the head unit and front speakers and it is a simple swap with any single din head unit. I also installed two amps in the back (trunk I guess) protected by a false floor. One amp is a 5 channel Alpine digital that drives the two...
  6. Cleaning/waterproofing Roof

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    I only use 303 products (both cleaner and waterproofing) and my 2007 top looks showroom new to this day. Just don't wash the top but once a month at most. Use a vacuum to clean off between top washings.
  7. Seatbelt retraction

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    Also, the seat belt retraction unit is tied into the air bag system/passenger seat detection sensor and if there are problems with the system the front seat belts will not retract well or not at all. Mine never retracts on its own even after having the seat sensor replaced (twice) but am going...
  8. Cleaning the roof

    First Generation MINI Convertible
    I use (and only have since having my 07 S built) only 303 products and as of today the top looks brand new with no leaking or fading. I only wash the top about once a month using 303 cloth top aerospace cleaner and once dry coat with 303 waterproofing for cloth tops. On the washings that I do...
  9. R56 - Airbag & seat belt warning light

    Second Generation Faults & Fixes
    That very same problem is happening on my '07 S conv. and here in the states it is a faulty pressure sensor in the passenger seat pad...$800.00 fix if out of warrenty. This is the second time it has happened to me and dealer said it is my expense because I was one month past warrenty on the...
  10. Unlocking 2009 convertible boot problems

    Second Generation Faults & Fixes
    My 07 (us) boot lock stopped functioning all together and the only way to open it is by attaching a length of wire to the inside release and running it through the rear seat and pulling it. This is a common problem with the conv. here in the states but of course I was just our of warrenty when...
  11. Should I keep the run flats - recommendations?

    Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
    Switch to regular but keep a can of flat repair in the event of a puncture. Got rid of mine after going through 3 sets of run flats in less then 20000 miles.
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