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The MINI arrived on the morning of Wednesday 21st September. I was told the car would be a driven delivery and was pleasantly surprised to find it was a trailored delivery to our home address with 7 miles on the clock & 1/2 a tank of fuel
The car had been Dealer prepped & TBH I have only found the odd light mark on the black roof which will easily polish out when the car gets detailed by me
SWMBO is very happy indeedy!
We went out for an 'A' & 'B' road blast today & this thing feels rapid !
The engine is nice and loose but the gearbox is still a bit tight at the mo
The wife and I have both commented that this MINI feels world's apart from our old
More updates as & when
Changed the OEM yellow DRL's to white LED one's
Yellow OEM on the left (as you look at the picture)
White LED on the right -
Both with white LED's -
ThanksLooks good! I'll be looking out for you around Ingleby! Be sure to wave!
No dash warnings with these fittedTempted to get an order in now before mine is delivered by Thursday. Might have to go for a UK seller.
Any warning lights on dash yet?
Did you consider any others or recommend what I should look out for when purchasing the fog lights (you say they're DRLs?)?
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Were they pricey I've been tempted to do thisI've replaced the candle like bulbs, that come as standard with the halogen headlights on the standard F55S, with these bad boys -
No before & after pic's but they make a MASSIVE difference
Some would say the difference is between night & day lol
As I had a 'spare' Audi warning triangle going, I bought some genuine MINI warning triangle brackets, part no. 51497375203, to fit into the recess in the boot lid
The warning triangle is a nice tight fit & doesn't rattle around in the brackets
The halogen bulbs or the warning triangle brackets ?Were they pricey I've been tempted to do this
Cheers i was looking at the warning triangle bracketsThe halogen bulbs or the warning triangle brackets ?
The bulbs were £13.88 delivered from Amazon Uk
& the warning triangle brackets were £5.23 delivered from Cotswold MINI
Hope that helps
A few things for the MINI have been arriving in the post these last couple of days
Set of Philips WhiteVision Halogen Headlamp Bulb's & matching sidelights bulbs to replace the no doubt rubbish OEM bulbs
Brand net of four Genuine MINI velour/carpet interior mats & fitting kit
2 X PSX24W High Power XPE Cree LED Super White Bulbs (Daytime Running Lights Xenon White 6000K) to replace the OEM yellow halogen jobs
& I haven't even got it yet!
Like you say there is no reassuring click Its just a matter of gently wiggling the LED DRL back into placeI've had the same DRLs delivered and tried to replace them today.
Firstly, I knew the F55 had a ridiculous turning circle but you realise how bad it is when you're turning wheel to the max to access front wheel arch.
After a bit of fiddling around I managed to get the old FRL bulb out.
I connected the LED DRL and also replaced the black plastic ring. Upon trying to plug the whole unit back into place there doesn't appear to be any reassuring click or anything at all to hold it in place. I twisted and turned but no success, still loose.
I placed the halogen bulb back in for now and that went back in to the housing easily and fixed in place.
What am I doing wrong?
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Like you say there is no reassuring click Its just a matter of gently wiggling the LED DRL back into place
My thoughts after the first month & 525 miles
The engine! What a peach! The torque is fab. Considering our last MINI was a new R56 JCW, this one does feel quicker thro' the gears & it ain't fully run in yet. Feels more than 192hp to me
Economy is better than I expected it was going to be in the first 500 miles from a 2 litre petrol turbo. Averaging around 35mpg using Shell V-power
Handling gets better with more speed (see 'ride' below)
I/we don't notice the extra length of the F55 when driving
Love the 5 door looks. The F55 is more in proportion than the 3 door with the longer bonnet
Colour combo. Never liked the white silver on the R56's but looks so much better on the F56/F55 etc IMHO
Build quality. Like a different manufacturer compared with the R56
No key slot. Still can't get used to thatNo CD player. Unusual omission but I've never used the CD player in my AudiIt feels more like a BMW than a MINI now. Is that a bad thing? I'll let you decide
The ride. I was expecting it to be a bit more compliant with the 16" wheels on, but its still on the stiff side. How you folks get on with the bigger wheels is beyond me. But that could be as I'm getting on a bit.
Exterior piano (gloss) black plastics. The F55's must be killing the world supply of this stuff as its covered in it. Front brake ducts, front number plate / grill section, A pillars, lower front window 1/4, thin section on B pillars, rear window 1/4, C pillars, rear spoiler supports, boot handle, rear foglight grill surround.This stuff looks great when its new but is a real PITA to keep that way as it marks VERY easily
Standard spec. is appalling for a £22k car IMHO
Xenon headlights should be standard spec. £800+ for the upgrade LED headlights is a joke
No interior mats as standard! Even the wife's old £7.5k Ford Ka had interior mats as standard
What on earth is going on with the boot shape? Ridiculous, unless you spend another £120
Rear door child locks are to easy to knock off (we carry our young Grandkids in the back of the MINI)
Another ridiculous petrol gauge & no coolant gauge AGAIN!
I see plenty of F55 MCS, but they all seem to be the diesel variety. I'm yet to see another petrol version, so far
Pic of the 'flake pop'. Not an easy task with the white silver lol
A gratuitous reflection shot -
New car detail completed by me on the MINI