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Hello all, I'm here on the forum to help out MINI owners to the best of my ability. I work at a MINI dealership in California and work as a MINI Genius. I do deliveries and assist the sales team on a daily basis. I have professional knowledge of the F55, F56, Countryman/Paceman, Roadster/Coupe.

You can find me here on the forum during my downtime at the dealer. I hope to answer any questions you might have; I take pleasure in helping out enthusiast communities like this one. I've lurked here for a few weeks, and I like what I see so far. Good people and great looking rides!

Also, feel free to send me a private message if you would like to reach me directly. As a reminder, we are not allowed to speak on future products ;)

Thank you for having me and I'll see you all around the boards.

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Hello, I heard that the newer production models will not have a handbrake to pull up, but a button switch only. Should be no secret, all configurators still show the handbreak lever. Thanks and welcome to the forum, am new here as well!
 

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Hello, I heard that the newer production models will not have a handbrake to pull up, but a button switch only. Should be no secret, all configurators still show the handbreak lever. Thanks and welcome to the forum, am new here as well!
The F55 and F56 all have manual handbrakes at this time.
 

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Hi [email protected] Glad you're offering to share your knowledge in this forum.

I have a question about the rev-matching on 2015 F56. I've read in this forum (and on another) that this was removed for the 2015 builds. However, it was also said from these same forums that there's now a firmware update to bring it back. How should I go about to getting the update?

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Hi [email protected] Glad you're offering to share your knowledge in this forum.

I have a question about the rev-matching on 2015 F56. I've read in this forum (and on another) that this was removed for the 2015 builds. However, it was also said from these same forums that there's now a firmware update to bring it back. How should I go about to getting the update?

Thanks.
I'm curious about this as well. Also, is is only on the S, or is it on the base as well?
 

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I have a question about the rally lights.

Everyone at my dealer said that you can only use the rally lights when the high beams are activated due to the wiring.

Does this mean if you have the active driving assistant with auto high beams, and the auto high beams are active, will that allow you to turn on the rally lights, (and they will turn on and off as the high beams adjust) or is it only if you manually activate the high beams first.

My dealer was stumped.
 

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Sept 14 , Cooper 1.5 petrol, i definitely have the rev match function; it's fantastic all bar 1st gear! smoothest gear changes down wards EVER and i use d to take pride in the odd double declutch.
 
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Hi [email protected] Glad you're offering to share your knowledge in this forum.

I have a question about the rev-matching on 2015 F56. I've read in this forum (and on another) that this was removed for the 2015 builds. However, it was also said from these same forums that there's now a firmware update to bring it back. How should I go about to getting the update?

Thanks.
Its for sure available on all F5x models with the manual transmission.

I have a question about the rally lights.

Everyone at my dealer said that you can only use the rally lights when the high beams are activated due to the wiring.

Does this mean if you have the active driving assistant with auto high beams, and the auto high beams are active, will that allow you to turn on the rally lights, (and they will turn on and off as the high beams adjust) or is it only if you manually activate the high beams first.

My dealer was stumped.
This is true, the rally lights are only able to turn on when the high beams are on as well. There is an extra button on the right side of the steering column where a normal ignition would typically be. If you have the active driving assistant, you will still need to manually control the rally lights, even if the auto high beams are initiated.
 

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This is true, the rally lights are only able to turn on when the high beams are on as well. There is an extra button on the right side of the steering column where a normal ignition would typically be. If you have the active driving assistant, you will still need to manually control the rally lights, even if the auto high beams are initiated.
That's good to know, because I ordered the rally lights on my JCW. The only reason I ordered them was to assist on dark twisty roads since there are no fog lights on the JCW. I have no issue with them only working with the high beams, but it seems weird to me...is there a reason for this?

It's weird, because I have Fogs on my '76 2002...I think they are Bosch..I installed them myself (on the bumper)...and they are manual (connected to a fog lamp switch on the dash), and they can only be on with the low beams...the relay cuts them out when the high beams turn on! Actually, I believe they can be on without the headlights on...need to check...never do that!:laugh:

So, the rally lights being the opposite is kind of weird IMO...they should be on any time the lights are on and when you want more light. They are obviously not going to be on when on a highway with other traffic anyway. The high beams draw more current, so electric drain is not the reason...again then, what is the reason for this?...will be good for me to know since my dealer will be dealing with this on my car.
 

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In a professional rally competition, the more light, the better. Rally lights are installed on MINI to imitate the professional rally lights used in racing. Rally lights work in conjunction with the high beams, allowing the driver to see around those dark twisty curves that you speak of. MINI only lets us use the rally lights with the high beams because they've already figured that someone out there is going to try to run them with the low beams, impairing the vision of other drivers on the road. Many states have laws about too much lighting, and that's why fog lights don't work with high beams. The rally lights are also mounted up higher on the vehicle, so they're not necessarily fog lights (which are typically mounted much lower on the bumper to illuminate the road "under" the fog). Its also not safe to run high beams in the fog because they obscure the driver's vision much more, doing more harm than good. But rally lights help in lighting needed for long-range vision and that's another reason why they only work with the high beams.
 

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In a professional rally competition, the more light, the better. Rally lights are installed on MINI to imitate the professional rally lights used in racing. Rally lights work in conjunction with the high beams, allowing the driver to see around those dark twisty curves that you speak of. MINI only lets us use the rally lights with the high beams because they've already figured that someone out there is going to try to run them with the low beams, impairing the vision of other drivers on the road. Many states have laws about too much lighting, and that's why fog lights don't work with high beams. The rally lights are also mounted up higher on the vehicle, so they're not necessarily fog lights (which are typically mounted much lower on the bumper to illuminate the road "under" the fog). Its also not safe to run high beams in the fog because they obscure the driver's vision much more, doing more harm than good. But rally lights help in lighting needed for long-range vision and that's another reason why they only work with the high beams.
That all makes sense....just hoping I use the darn things because the cost isn't really worth it just for the "looks". Plus, they obscure the JCW grill badge! Wondering if they are really worth it now.

The one thing I'd somewhat disagree with you on is the placement of the fog lights. Yes, typically, they are lower but they don't have to be. They can be mounted on the bumper. Fogs spray the beam laterally to help with the field of vision close, while rally/driving lights are more focused for down the road vision...use doesn't necessarily dictate placement. What you said is fine though, just that I know I will miss using my fogs with the F56 JCW. That's the main reason I opted for the rally lights, as I drive a lot of twisty country roads.

I've never had LED headlights however, so maybe it's a moot point.
 

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Rumor has it that the F55\56 were supposed to have the ZF 9HP before a deal fell through. Is there any truth to the rumor, and does Mini have plans to use a ZF 9spd in the future?

This is just curiosity, and will have little to no effect on when\if I pull the trigger on a new F55. I do not consider the current 6spd auto to be significantly inferior to anything I've driven with a ZF 8HP.
 

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That all makes sense....just hoping I use the darn things because the cost isn't really worth it just for the "looks". Plus, they obscure the JCW grill badge! Wondering if they are really worth it now.

The one thing I'd somewhat disagree with you on is the placement of the fog lights. Yes, typically, they are lower but they don't have to be. They can be mounted on the bumper. Fogs spray the beam laterally to help with the field of vision close, while rally/driving lights are more focused for down the road vision...use doesn't necessarily dictate placement. What you said is fine though, just that I know I will miss using my fogs with the F56 JCW. That's the main reason I opted for the rally lights, as I drive a lot of twisty country roads.

I've never had LED headlights however, so maybe it's a moot point.
My Ridgeline let me use the fogs all the time (except on high beam, as discussed). I've never had LEDs either, but man am I glad I got them on this car... never going back. The lights on the F56 are exceptionally well aimed - I clearly don't annoy anyone, but see like crazy down the road on low beam. And you are right - the fogs are great for illuminating the side of the road. I use them a lot once I get off the highway to illuminate whatever critters are lurking in the ditches and trees - the Mini fogs are spectacular at that. And fog... yeah, they do well there too. I didn't expet the lights to be one of my top favorite features of the car, but they are. You're going to be very pleased with your config on that fancy JCW!
 

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My Ridgeline let me use the fogs all the time (except on high beam, as discussed). I've never had LEDs either, but man am I glad I got them on this car... never going back. The lights on the F56 are exceptionally well aimed - I clearly don't annoy anyone, but see like crazy down the road on low beam. And you are right - the fogs are great for illuminating the side of the road. I use them a lot once I get off the highway to illuminate whatever critters are lurking in the ditches and trees - the Mini fogs are spectacular at that. And fog... yeah, they do well there too. I didn't expet the lights to be one of my top favorite features of the car, but they are. You're going to be very pleased with your config on that fancy JCW!
Thanks Tiger! Appreciate the feedback. For the record, my fogs on my '76 BMW 2002 are Hella's, not Bosch...but I love those things. We have a lot a deer here in PA and my fogs have helped me avoid those antler'd fellows on more than one occasion. I'm keeping the rally light option, so my JCW will be built that way...I can always remove them if they aren't to my liking...easier than adding after the build.

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That all makes sense....just hoping I use the darn things because the cost isn't really worth it just for the "looks". Plus, they obscure the JCW grill badge! Wondering if they are really worth it now.

The one thing I'd somewhat disagree with you on is the placement of the fog lights. Yes, typically, they are lower but they don't have to be. They can be mounted on the bumper. Fogs spray the beam laterally to help with the field of vision close, while rally/driving lights are more focused for down the road vision...use doesn't necessarily dictate placement. What you said is fine though, just that I know I will miss using my fogs with the F56 JCW. That's the main reason I opted for the rally lights, as I drive a lot of twisty country roads.

I've never had LED headlights however, so maybe it's a moot point.
Good points. :)

Do the diesels with manual transmission auto rev-match too?
I don't know, diesels aren't offered in North America

Rumor has it that the F55\56 were supposed to have the ZF 9HP before a deal fell through. Is there any truth to the rumor, and does Mini have plans to use a ZF 9spd in the future?

This is just curiosity, and will have little to no effect on when\if I pull the trigger on a new F55. I do not consider the current 6spd auto to be significantly inferior to anything I've driven with a ZF 8HP.
Maybe with the Clubman, but I am just speculating. I haven't heard anything about a 9 ZF since I started working here.
 

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Don't suppose there's any kind of news about a snap in adapter that will do anything for Android/Samsung users coming someday...
 

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Don't suppose there's any kind of news about a snap in adapter that will do anything for Android/Samsung users coming someday...
I have a feeling that BMW Group and Steve Jobs spent a night together long long ago.. the snap adapter doesn't currently fit the iPhone 6/+ (at least in the US of A)
 
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