I've read a few posts here and at the miniusa.com owner's lounge about people driving through water (and swearing it was only a few inches deep) and subsequently hydrolocking their engines. I was driving home from work during a downpour the other day (in my old car....haven't received my new Cooper yet), and I wondered if I would have a problem driivng my new MINI through some of the puddles that had formed in poor drainage areas. So, I asked my MA yesterday and he said that driving through 6" of water used to be a potential problem in MINI's, but that for the '05's it's no longer an issue. I should have asked him to elaborate but I didn't. So, does anyone know why this is a non issue with the 05's? Was there some type of modification on the air intake? I'm just concerned about driving through puddles that form during heavy rains. I have never and would never drive through a flooded area. Thank you for your assistance!