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As my new little VO bundle of joy has just finished ticking itself cool after the 3 hour drive along the twisty back roads of NW Georgia and NE Alabama from the dealership near Atlanta, I can finally feel my shoulders starting to un-knot. Many questions were answered... a few more remain... but the first impressions are in.

Specs: F56, Volcanic Orange, black bonnet stripes, NAV XL with enhanced Bluetooth & Wired Pack, HUD, Storage Pack, 16in Victory Spoke wheels

Driving was just... outstanding. It's fun again. We were on everything from 3 lane Interstate to state roads to little bitty town & country roads. Lots of curves and elevation changes. It just ate them all up. It's everything I'd hoped it would be.

Answers to a few questions that have come up on the forum in the last 2 months:

- The Burning Question: Where was it built? I flung open the door, looked at the sticker annnnnnnd... it doesn't say. Only by tracking the ship am I able to solidly confirm it was built at Oxford.

- Does it have the side sun visor? Yes. It spat out of the factory in March and it did have the side sun visor. Dealership had heard nothing about some cars in other places having had them deleted.

- What did it think of the Android powered Galaxy S5 phone?
So far, they get along just fine. Pairing was very easy. The phone had many questions about what the car was asking it to do... "Hey, this Mini thing wants your texts, you want me to give it access?" and the like. Address book - sucked it right in. Same with my texts. The text to speech function worked great for reading my congratulatory texts from my friends aloud as we drove home. So far, no compatability issues and phone calls worked much better than I expected - good sound quality, excellent reception by the microphones.

- How does the 6 speaker sound system... sound? Bottom line: I was pleasantly surprised - my friend and I agreed it sounded really very good for a stock system. Zero regret for not getting the HK.

- How did the seats feel? Good. Maybe I just missed something along the way, but I expected the sport seats to have a lumbar adjustment. Mine don't. Fortunately, they also didn't need it. Back, very comfy. Seat... as another member mentioned recently, yes, it was kind of pinching my... we'll call it the "upper thigh" on the outside a little and my left leg started feeling a little sore after an hour and a half. Reconfiguring the seat to be a bit more reclined, thigh support extended, steering wheel telescoped out a little more... issue resolved. And that seat padding will mash and soften up a bit more over time.

So far, at least, everything seems to be perfect. And I have to give a big mention to the dealership, Mini of Kennesaw. I was very well treated. Fancy silver Mini Cooper key rings, fancy little folder for my owner's manuals and insurance card/registration, upgraded thick rubber Mini floor mats, shorty antenna, and little "Black Jack" valve stem caps to match my Black Jack side scuttles - all free add-ons they did themselves. Pretty cool.

Hopefully the honeymoon lasts a good long time, but after day one, I'm one happy kid.
 

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If you want to know from which plant your MINI comes, look at the VIN:


Txxxxxx : Oxford
2xxxxxx: Oxford
3xxxxxx: Netherlands


Lumbar support should be present in the seats. There is a turning knob which is used to set the level of support on the inner side
 

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Car looks awesome!!...just about what I was thinking until I went to Midnight Black. I'm glad you dealer experience was a good one as well...that always makes it more enjoyable! Keep us updated on how things go....buyers like me with a long wait are hungry for feedback!

Enjoy!

John
 
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If you want to know from which plant your MINI comes, look at the VIN:


Txxxxxx : Oxford
2xxxxxx: Oxford
3xxxxxx: Netherlands


Lumbar support should be present in the seats. There is a turning knob which is used to set the level of support on the inner side
There are a few threads on that, but we've never been able to 100% confirm where the 2A VINs come from because we (the group here) have had 2A's apparently come from both Oxford and Netherlands. The ship told the story, though.

Lumbar: That's what I thought too... buuuuut it's not there now. That was a head scratcher for the dealer too.
 

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Thanks folks! There will be more to come. The Mini and I are leaving tomorrow on a trip to visit some family in Pennsylvania, about a 10 hour drive away. So the Mini and I will definitely be getting to know each other well.
 

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- What did it think of the Android powered Galaxy S5 phone?
So far, they get along just fine. Pairing was very easy. The phone had many questions about what the car was asking it to do... "Hey, this Mini thing wants your texts, you want me to give it access?" and the like. Address book - sucked it right in. Same with my texts. The text to speech function worked great for reading my congratulatory texts from my friends aloud as we drove home. So far, no compatability issues and phone calls worked much better than I expected - good sound quality, excellent reception by the microphones.
Glad to hear about this, as i have just bought the S6 and should have my car in the next month. Hope they can both play nice together
 
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Are you varying your speed to break in the engine during these 3-10hr trips so early in its life?
Yep. The roads I'm taking you really can't help it... up and down hills, through various speed zones, little towns... more fun that way too. Yesterday it went through a wide range of driving conditions, speeds, and worked some in all 3 modes. Basically got it limbering up across the spectrum. It will have to do some boring interstate work in the next two days, but I'm not doing all 10 hours in one shot just to give the little guy a break.
 

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I think in order to get the lumbar support, you have to order the leather seats. In the USA configurator, anyway.
I believe you are correct. I can confirm that my sport seats do not have lumbar support and I did not upgrade to leather.
 
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Thanks folks! There will be more to come. The Mini and I are leaving tomorrow on a trip to visit some family in Pennsylvania, about a 10 hour drive away. So the Mini and I will definitely be getting to know each other well.
Nice, always good to take a long trip just to work in the car and it's engine!
Drive fast but safe;).
 

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If you are coming anywhere near Lancaster County in PA feel free to give me a shout! I promise not to drool all over your new little buddy! (or I'll bring a towel). :)


Have a safe journey & look out for Smokey (I think he likes red & orange colored cars!)


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Yep. The roads I'm taking you really can't help it... up and down hills, through various speed zones, little towns... more fun that way too. Yesterday it went through a wide range of driving conditions, speeds, and worked some in all 3 modes. Basically got it limbering up across the spectrum. It will have to do some boring interstate work in the next two days, but I'm not doing all 10 hours in one shot just to give the little guy a break.
I find myself thinking up excuses to take longer and longer trips to get the break-in period out of the way so that I can enjoy some long trips.
 

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O2 - definitely on my mind! In fact, yesterday we had a Georgia State Police subdued unit following us for about 20 miles. My buddy caught sight of his hidden lights in the grill before I did anything stupid, though we were being actually very careful to stick within a couple mph of posted limits, even though I do run a radar detector.

And that brings up another really good point - I can't drive around town like a dingus and expect to be anonymous... I'm the only VO F56 for miles and miles and miles...

I'll have to check the map - I'm heading up to Pittsburgh for my eldest sister's retirement. And you can drool on it... I'm gonna give it a little wax here this afternoon lol
 

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I find myself thinking up excuses to take longer and longer trips to get the break-in period out of the way so that I can enjoy some long trips.
I know I'll be the same. It's such a driver's car! We were laughing and hooting going through the hills last night and I can't remember ever having that much real fun driving a car before.
 

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I'll have to check the map - I'm heading up to Pittsburgh for my eldest sister's retirement. And you can drool on it... I'm gonna give it a little wax here this afternoon lol
Well, that's on the other end of the State (about 5 hours away from me...poohoo). Just enjoy your trip, and my best to your Sis!

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PA to San Diego would be a nice Short Road Trip just do not get caught putting the Hammer down.:D:D

 

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I'll have to check the map - I'm heading up to Pittsburgh for my eldest sister's retirement. And you can drool on it... I'm gonna give it a little wax here this afternoon lol
Well, that's on the other end of the State (about 5 hours away from me...poohoo). Just enjoy your trip, and my best to your Sis!

John
Doh! Ah well, I'll honk at my closest approach lol. Thanks very much! We are excited to be able to get 4 out of 5 of us together and not have it be for a funeral or wedding! As much fun as getting there will be (I hope), that's the real payoff.
 

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There are a few threads on that, but we've never been able to 100% confirm where the 2A VINs come from because we (the group here) have had 2A's apparently come from both Oxford and Netherlands. The ship told the story, though.

Lumbar: That's what I thought too... buuuuut it's not there now. That was a head scratcher for the dealer too.


I doubled checked in the system: Oxford only produces Txxxxxx and 2xxxxxx. The T, the 2 and the 3 show the production location. The second digit or letter is just part of the sequence, they say nothing. I work at one of the MINI plants, so I can check it ;)
 
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