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Loving our VO Mini! have had a couple issues but I'm not going to grumble about those. Instead I'm just going to ask a question...

Does anyone else suffer from a horrendous amount of bugs that insist on ending their lives on the windscreen? (windshield in the U.S.) it's unbelievable!

Also any suggestions for a good cleaner fluid (not using wipers as I'd go through washer fluid like crazy) to wash the dried bliters off...?

Thanks in advance. Ali.
 

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My previous Mini (R57 Convertible) was just like this - it is the fault of the upright windscreen copied from the original Mini's styling. The only (partial) cure is the much more sloped screen on my R59 Roadster.
 

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I'm personally averaging about the usual number of Alabama insects between this and my truck. It was reeeeeeeeeally buggy a couple weeks ago, but things seem to have settled down now.
 

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I use Simple Green and dilute it in the Washer Bottle on my Semi works great to remove them Bugs off the Windshield while going down the Road also the Spray does a good Job.

 

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Loving our VO Mini! have had a couple issues but I'm not going to grumble about those. Instead I'm just going to ask a question...

Does anyone else suffer from a horrendous amount of bugs that insist on ending their lives on the windscreen? (windshield in the U.S.) it's unbelievable!

Also any suggestions for a good cleaner fluid (not using wipers as I'd go through washer fluid like crazy) to wash the dried bliters off...?

Thanks in advance. Ali.
Hah!
Well Ali, I have ordered some of this today....

"Sonax 271141 Xtreme NanoPro Screen Wash 1:100 , 250 ml makes 25 litres, cleaning fluid".

There are lots of good reviews on the web about this stuff, the only issue is that it specifies as a summer screen wash. Apparently people just add some to their winter screen wash and say that it makes a difference.

So time will tell if it does what the makers say it will, at least it looks very economical to use as it dilutes well.
I got mine for £6.99 off Amazon, so that works out at around 28p per litre of screen wash when diluted. Seems pretty good to me if it works?;)
 

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When I was young, French Elf stations sold a wipe-on screen cleaner which was utterly superb at shifting bugsplats. I think it had such a high alcohol content that it's not surprising you never see it now - some folk were probably drinking it.
 

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Think that's called vin de table angib. You are right re the upright screen. Makes our cars prone to chips from stones too. Got three on mine now for the same miles as our duster which has none! The demo Cooper jcw out our dealer had a huge bullet type chip in it one day after launch!
 
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Yeah, when mine gets low I'm going back to my old bug was... this stuff that came in the car doesn't do diddly to scrape the bug innards off. It certainly is pungent, tho... I expected better from something I can smell from inside my car at 73mph
 

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Think that's called vin de table angib. You are right re the upright screen. Makes our cars prone to chips from stones too. Got three on mine now for the same miles as our duster which has none! The demo Cooper jcw out our dealer had a huge bullet type chip in it one day after launch!


I concur! When I went to view my new (used) S after putting a deposit down on it, there were a few stone chips in the windscreen, one of which was starting to spider out, right in the apex of the screen. They tried to tell me it would 'be fine' until I was about to walk away from the deal, then they agreed to fit a new screen for me. I now have a shiny new screen but am wondering how long it will last :( I've had the same issue with all of my previous MINI's, very prone to stone chips.
 

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It certainly is pungent, tho...
As a bit of a red herring, I use the psycho -25 screenwash all year round as it works well and avoids that problem in early winter of trying to use up weak summer screenwash in preparation for freezing conditions.

Every time I wash the screen, I get that pungent smell.... which always makes me think of a cousin who is a 'recovering alcoholic' (they don't like 'former alcoholic' as it is bad karma). The one thing he allows himself, that is as near drinking as is safe, is as much pungent screewash as he wants - on the windscreen, that is, not to drink!
 

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I just had normal screen wash in mine, but the window is coated with Gyeon View, Likes of Gtechniq G1 would also prevent them sticking as much when wipers are used.
 
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