So you get the little screen and outside temperature reading anyway? Fab. I didn't get the OBC because that would delay the car from May to September. If you're telling me I get the screen and the temp anyways, you've made me really happy.
Okay, but I've been told that it is GOOD to keep your fuel tank reasonably full.
In the winter, a full tank is less suceptable to moisture condensation, and ultimately water in your fuel tank leads to rust, which leads to debris in the tank and ultimately tank failure.
Not running until your empty on an older car can also prevent your fuel system from drawing sediment in the bottom of the tank.
A reasonably full tank (1/4) provides adequate cooling for the fuel pump.
Some or all of this may not apply to the MINI, who knows what plastic tanks, vapour recovery systems, fancy fuel filtres, water absorbing materials and combination supply/pressure fuel pumps it may or may not have.
But, at the very least, a full tank cannot harm your car anymore than the few extra pounds of gas.
Back to the original thread. A range meter is neat, but I don't think I would use it after the novelty wore off. If I get the display on my tach at all, without purchasing the OBC, then it's a bonus.
Also, does the MINI bundled w/o the OBC still get a trip odometer?
Exactly, when I saw 'on board computer' I added it to my spec list straight away. Didn't have a clue what it did, but it couldn't be all bad, after asking my dealer, it turned out it would be pretty cool! )
the obc is standard on the Cooper here in NL. It is real handy especially for convincing the girlfriend about how much further you can drive til the next tank, it avoids those panic "we must get to the fuel station, there is only a quarter left" situations
Took me about 3 hrs to explore where to put the push button and to fit everything (finally I did it just as described in the above mentioned document. The location besides the mirror control knob needs the least effort).
My dealer activated the OBC software for free. Even if it is not extremely useful it was a cheap extra gadget ...