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i must be mad ;) 16k on a mini one diesel.

here goes

electric blue
s spokes
auto air con
anthracite roof lining
darkened glass
elec fold exterior mirrors
leather seats
front seat heating
heated mirror/washer jets
pepper pack
white bonnet stripes
rear spoiler
remote control alarm
sport seats-front
xenon headlights&wash
without one d badge
white mirror caps

is there anything i have mist?? oh i dont want sat nav ;) :D

regards
aston
 

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The s-spokes look very nice, but are you aware that you will get 5 MPG less with them? The problem with them is that they weigh double the weight of some other "Light" alloy wheels and definitely the steels. The runflats weigh a ton. You can get away with their weight on a "S", but on a "D" they really do impact on performance.


I haven't bothered to weigh mine yet, but in the morning I'll weigh the 17" S-spokes with runflats against a set of 15" 7- holes . We have tried s-spokes on 2 different One Ds and both have lost 5mpg when they were fitted. The 7-holes were, and might still be, the lightest wheel available. They were used on all the JCW race series cars no doubt because the tyres were cheaper and the handling improved. The faqs say S-pokes weigh 25lb compared to 12lb on the 7-holes, but I don't know if this includes the tyre.

We really love the look of the s-lites, but they really go against the diesel mpg philosophy.I really don't know what wheel I would swap them for in the "looks" arena that would also give a decent fuel economy.

"Anything I have mist?", you ask. If you were intending a pun then this is your answer!:D

The heated front screen is very useful at the moment and saves on de-icer. The warm up time on the diesel is not that fast, so electrically heating the windscreen saves a lot of time getting the car ready for the "off". I think you might still have to buy it as part of the visibility package still. That means also getting the auto-dip rear view mirror and rain sensitive wipers. These features are both clever to see operating, not essential, but add to a safer driving environment as they remove one more distraction from the driving environment.

The auto climate control has had some criticism from some owners who say that it has a mind of its own. The manual version does the job without the need for a lot of intervention, and the auto version does the job with the aesthetics. Form or function? If it was a cash choice my money would be on the manual a/c version and the spare cash going on the heated front screen, but I'm not you, and my needs are probably very different than yours.

The xenon spec is an excellent choice!:cool:

Having owned a non-xenon MINI in the past, I know how poor the standard dipped beams can be. This is one extra option that I would place as a top priority! Watching the auto headlamp wash operate is almost good enough a reason to want the xenons!


Perhaps it might be useful for a poll of the options from owners of second MINIs? Their opinions are pretty useful as they have already tested the options on their first MINI they have owned, and their second MINi should reflect their experience of having owned a MINI.

Using a format of a list of the extra options on the their first MINI compared with the list of options on their second MINI would be very revealing of the usefulness or not of certain options.

I can confirm that heated leather seats as opposed to the non-heated version are a pretty good idea in this nippy weather. Non-heated cloth sports seats though will reduce your outlay and are definitely an improvement over non-sports seats. If you want a red interior then you will have to go this option if you don't want the black cloth standard seats. I mention this really out of interest to buyers who are thinking of different colours than EB!

Why do you not want the sat nav? If it is because of the aesthetics or the high cost, then you might consider a 1-din slot in unit from after market firms such as Becker that still look very stock and also give the ICE a boost compared to the standard non-cd Wave radio. The bonus is that when you sell, you can refit it in your next MINI, unlike the MINI sat nav which must remain firmly in place. Becker High Speed units can be found on ebay for around the £400 mark, and will cost you about £90-100 to get fitted by a ICE specialist. They contain an inertial gyro, and take a speed pulse from the cars wheels to keep your position when Sat-lock is lost, something the cheaper PDA things do not do.

As far as the alarm is concerned, I would ask how much insurance premium are you saving? Lower insurance rated drivers living in low risk areas and who garage their cars probably won't save enough to warrant the expenditure. The D is already a low insurance group car, so I would guess that in most cases, but not all, the saving will be minimal.
You will get peace of mind though,especially if you park on street a lot, which I imagine you might do as you have opted for the electric folding door mirrors- unless you have a narrow garage entrance perhaps!

How long until you get your car?
 

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Wot no sunroof?

I would really miss the glass sunroof - I rarely open it, but like the airy feeling, and personally would cut out a few non-essentials, but each to their own! Good luck & hope you enjoy it!
 

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Yellow/Black OneD said:
Aston, have you copied my spec?Apart from my seats being half-leather it sounds the same. Are you having any decal on the roof? Sounds good, EB must be the way to go after LY.
got to spec the car by tomorrow!!!!! might go for pepper white or yellow,i cant make my mind up ;)
 

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Apial said:
The s-spokes look very nice, but are you aware that you will get 5 MPG less with them? The problem with them is that they weigh double the weight of some other "Light" alloy wheels and definitely the steels. The runflats weigh a ton. You can get away with their weight on a "S", but on a "D" they really do impact on performance.


I haven't bothered to weigh mine yet, but in the morning I'll weigh the 17" S-spokes with runflats against a set of 15" 7- holes . We have tried s-spokes on 2 different One Ds and both have lost 5mpg when they were fitted. The 7-holes were, and might still be, the lightest wheel available. They were used on all the JCW race series cars no doubt because the tyres were cheaper and the handling improved. The faqs say S-pokes weigh 25lb compared to 12lb on the 7-holes, but I don't know if this includes the tyre.

We really love the look of the s-lites, but they really go against the diesel mpg philosophy.I really don't know what wheel I would swap them for in the "looks" arena that would also give a decent fuel economy.

"Anything I have mist?", you ask. If you were intending a pun then this is your answer!:D

The heated front screen is very useful at the moment and saves on de-icer. The warm up time on the diesel is not that fast, so electrically heating the windscreen saves a lot of time getting the car ready for the "off". I think you might still have to buy it as part of the visibility package still. That means also getting the auto-dip rear view mirror and rain sensitive wipers. These features are both clever to see operating, not essential, but add to a safer driving environment as they remove one more distraction from the driving environment.

The auto climate control has had some criticism from some owners who say that it has a mind of its own. The manual version does the job without the need for a lot of intervention, and the auto version does the job with the aesthetics. Form or function? If it was a cash choice my money would be on the manual a/c version and the spare cash going on the heated front screen, but I'm not you, and my needs are probably very different than yours.

The xenon spec is an excellent choice!:cool:

Having owned a non-xenon MINI in the past, I know how poor the standard dipped beams can be. This is one extra option that I would place as a top priority! Watching the auto headlamp wash operate is almost good enough a reason to want the xenons!


Perhaps it might be useful for a poll of the options from owners of second MINIs? Their opinions are pretty useful as they have already tested the options on their first MINI they have owned, and their second MINi should reflect their experience of having owned a MINI.

Using a format of a list of the extra options on the their first MINI compared with the list of options on their second MINI would be very revealing of the usefulness or not of certain options.

I can confirm that heated leather seats as opposed to the non-heated version are a pretty good idea in this nippy weather. Non-heated cloth sports seats though will reduce your outlay and are definitely an improvement over non-sports seats. If you want a red interior then you will have to go this option if you don't want the black cloth standard seats. I mention this really out of interest to buyers who are thinking of different colours than EB!

Why do you not want the sat nav? If it is because of the aesthetics or the high cost, then you might consider a 1-din slot in unit from after market firms such as Becker that still look very stock and also give the ICE a boost compared to the standard non-cd Wave radio. The bonus is that when you sell, you can refit it in your next MINI, unlike the MINI sat nav which must remain firmly in place. Becker High Speed units can be found on ebay for around the £400 mark, and will cost you about £90-100 to get fitted by a ICE specialist. They contain an inertial gyro, and take a speed pulse from the cars wheels to keep your position when Sat-lock is lost, something the cheaper PDA things do not do.

As far as the alarm is concerned, I would ask how much insurance premium are you saving? Lower insurance rated drivers living in low risk areas and who garage their cars probably won't save enough to warrant the expenditure. The D is already a low insurance group car, so I would guess that in most cases, but not all, the saving will be minimal.
You will get peace of mind though,especially if you park on street a lot, which I imagine you might do as you have opted for the electric folding door mirrors- unless you have a narrow garage entrance perhaps!

How long until you get your car?
some really good points here. many thanks.

build date last week in feb05 for 1st march delivery. cant wait.it will be my 3rd mini in 18 months. :D
 

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Red Devil said:
I would really miss the glass sunroof - I rarely open it, but like the airy feeling, and personally would cut out a few non-essentials, but each to their own! Good luck & hope you enjoy it!
had a sunroof on my cooper and only used it twice.it always rain's in wales ;)
 

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interceptor said:
SNAP!!!!!!!

Also Snap that you are on your 3rd MINI in 18 months!!!

My D is being built in week 6 ready for the 05 Plates :)
wicked :D what spec are you getting?? got to spec mine by tomorrow,but cant make my mind up :confused: so many optional extras to chose from :cool: :D i havent even driven a mod yet!!!!! just want to stay with the mini2ers but need more miles to the gallon.
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You really should try a D before you buy. You may hate the performance and the way a diesel drives.

Have you considered a ONE (petrol)? I averaged about 36mpg in mine which meant the light came on at about 310-320 miles. Always thought the performance adequate too.
 

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KenL said:
You really should try a D before you buy. You may hate the performance and the way a diesel drives..
I would echo this comment, I have driven the One, One D and Cooper. The fuel saving was impressive but I couldn't justify it against the drop in performace (I mean no offence to any One D owners)
 

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ollymale said:
I would echo this comment, I have driven the One, One D and Cooper. The fuel saving was impressive but I couldn't justify it against the drop in performace (I mean no offence to any One D owners)
No offence taken....
Honestly, I have had mine for 1 year 6ish omnths now, and now got 16800miles on the clock, and I'm sure it is still getting faster, and I am still learning how to get more perfomance out of it in different situations. Overtook a car this morning on a quiet straight road, went from 55mph to 70mph IN 6th in no time at all, the torque is great. And I am sure that it would leave a MINI One petrol for dead in this situation. You have got more power/torque on tap more of the time, and once you get used to it, the D really is fun to drive just like the petrols. Oh, and my fuel economy has DROPPED to 53.5mpg, because of the cold weather. I'll have to fill up again in another 2 weeks (500 miles).....
No offence intended towards petrol owners, they are also great cars, I'm just trying to get a point accross about the OneD.
Oh and get a Tunit VCR fitted, and you will be looking for ways to get past the Cooper-S that is holding you up.
 

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KenL said:
You really should try a D before you buy. You may hate the performance and the way a diesel drives.

Have you considered a ONE (petrol)? I averaged about 36mpg in mine which meant the light came on at about 310-320 miles. Always thought the performance adequate too.
i was getting 340mpg from my cooper ;)
 

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Yellow/Black OneD said:
No offence taken....
Honestly, I have had mine for 1 year 6ish omnths now, and now got 16800miles on the clock, and I'm sure it is still getting faster, and I am still learning how to get more perfomance out of it in different situations. Overtook a car this morning on a quiet straight road, went from 55mph to 70mph IN 6th in no time at all, the torque is great. And I am sure that it would leave a MINI One petrol for dead in this situation. You have got more power/torque on tap more of the time, and once you get used to it, the D really is fun to drive just like the petrols. Oh, and my fuel economy has DROPPED to 53.5mpg, because of the cold weather. I'll have to fill up again in another 2 weeks (500 miles).....
No offence intended towards petrol owners, they are also great cars, I'm just trying to get a point accross about the OneD.
Oh and get a Tunit VCR fitted, and you will be looking for ways to get past the Cooper-S that is holding you up.
Yeah your quite right actually, both my mum & dad have diessel cars and my dads has just gone over 35000mikes and its never been quicker or got better mpg...

Diesel cars are an amazing the mixture of speed and mpg they give, i'm just a sucker for the noise of a petrol car :)
 
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