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Sure is a little pricey for some wires and a remote.

Just in time for winter MINI USA has finally(1) released a MINI remote engine starter kit (REnS) for select models. The system utilizes the MINI’s existing keys and is activated by three presses of the lock button. The system communicates with the vehicle’s control units to ensure that the vehicle is safe to start.

The idea of the new MINI Remote Engine Start is to allow owners to warm up or cool down their car from the comfort of somewhere warm.

Here are the details:

The MINI Remote Engine Start has full integration into the vehicle’s existing systems and keys.
The system remains on for 20 minutes before automatically shutting off.
Intuitive and seamless activation from the existing keys.
Easy to use: Simply push the lock button two times, then press and hold it a third time (for about 1-2 seconds) to trigger a remote start.
All remote start kits are coded parts that require an additional coded key to be used during the installation of the remote start system.
Not applicable for vehicles with manual transmission
Pricing & Availability

The kit will initially be offered on the F55 Cooper 5 Door & F56 hatch. Pricing for both will be $845 for the entire kit without installation. The kit will be available to dealers this January.

We say finally because this kit has been available in Europe since 2014.
 

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Why not for manual:( mind you at that price they can fly a kite anyways haha

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Because the car needs to be in neutral for it to start without the car lurching forwards and banging god knows what up

Because some numbnuts would leave their car in gear and plow down the orphanage with a single press of the remote button.
I hope you're kidding (I'm at the tail end of a 13 hour shift). Leaving it in gear is exactly how you should ALWAYS leave your car.
 
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For the record, I ALWAYS leave the car in gear. So I am by definition not the target audience for a remote start.

My quip was in reference to the hold-my-beer-and-watch-this crowd who would find some way to hack a remote start system into a manual car. Then one day (on youtube, naturally) we'll be treated to the spectacle of them watching their remotely started car careening off into the China shop, TNT factory, or LBGTQ Orphanage because they left the car in gear accidentally.

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For the record, I ALWAYS leave the car in gear. So I am by definition not the target audience for a remote start.

My quip was in reference to the hold-my-beer-and-watch-this crowd who would find some way to hack a remote start system into a manual car. Then one day (on youtube, naturally) we'll be treated to the spectacle of them watching their remotely started car careening off into the China shop, TNT factory, or LBGTQ Orphanage because they left the car in gear accidentally.

I have great faith in people.
That's hilarious...I agree there is nothing common about sense anymore however with all of the electronic sensory on the cars I thought maybe they could tie it in so the remote start will only work if the gearshift is in neutral position (as relayed by a sensor) which they should already have because it shows digitally what gear you are in on the gauge cluster...

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For the record, I ALWAYS leave the car in gear. So I am by definition not the target audience for a remote start.

My quip was in reference to the hold-my-beer-and-watch-this crowd who would find some way to hack a remote start system into a manual car. Then one day (on youtube, naturally) we'll be treated to the spectacle of them watching their remotely started car careening off into the China shop, TNT factory, or LBGTQ Orphanage because they left the car in gear accidentally.

I have great faith in people.
That's hilarious...I agree there is nothing common about sense anymore however with all of the electronic sensory on the cars I thought maybe they could tie it in so the remote start will only work if the gearshift is in neutral position (as relayed by a sensor) which they should already have because it shows digitally what gear you are in on the gauge cluster...

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MINI probably doesn't want the liability of some numbnuts using auto start with the manual left in gear! Honestly, it could be designed to work with a manual but it's a sign of the times where the manual is not the focus of designers! Long live the manual!
 
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You can get one installed after market for a whole lot less but than there is always 1 in the crowd with too much $$$$$.:D:D
Sure is a little pricey for some wires and a remote.

Just in time for winter MINI USA has finally(1) released a MINI remote engine starter kit (REnS) for select models. The system utilizes the MINI’s existing keys and is activated by three presses of the lock button. The system communicates with the vehicle’s control units to ensure that the vehicle is safe to start.

The idea of the new MINI Remote Engine Start is to allow owners to warm up or cool down their car from the comfort of somewhere warm.

Here are the details:

The MINI Remote Engine Start has full integration into the vehicle’s existing systems and keys.
The system remains on for 20 minutes before automatically shutting off.
Intuitive and seamless activation from the existing keys.
Easy to use: Simply push the lock button two times, then press and hold it a third time (for about 1-2 seconds) to trigger a remote start.
All remote start kits are coded parts that require an additional coded key to be used during the installation of the remote start system.
Not applicable for vehicles with manual transmission
Pricing & Availability

The kit will initially be offered on the F55 Cooper 5 Door & F56 hatch. Pricing for both will be $845 for the entire kit without installation. The kit will be available to dealers this January.

We say finally because this kit has been available in Europe since 2014.
I inquired the dealership sometime last year and it's still available....
and I've tried the 'after-market place' no luck either :confused:
if anybody hears or knows anything 'new' regarding... please please post.... thanks in advance ?
 
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