My daughter wants a Mini-Cooper but finds the clutch pedal
takes much too much force, especially the "S". Is there an
adjustment or an aftermarket replacement that would require
less foot effort? She will be living in Boston where you can
spend a lot of time on the clutch.
She has also driven the RSX (including the "S") which has
more horsepower without having such a heavy clutch.
Well, I was trying to get this thread moving in the right direction. At the
time of my post, the responses were IMO smartass answers (auto, gym
membership). Yes, I do admit my ignorance on this subject - I have never
been in a MINI or know anything about them. I have owned 2 BMW's though and
2 VW's and know more about those makes. The important thing, again IMO, is
getting the answer for the OP. If I sound ignorant in the process it's no
big deal as long as the person with the question gets a valid answer.
Well, that's why he came here... to cure his ignorance.
That said, it might be possible to loosen the return spring a little bit
but it won't make a huge difference in the feel. It might make enough
to satisfy her, though.
Personally, I think the clutch pedal on the Mini is pretty light and I'd
prefer something that took a little more force. Chacun a son gout and all
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
All the posts I have seen (mostly on roadfly's Mini forum)
say that the clutch is "light". Minis have hydraulic clutches
so there is no adjustment or spring to change. To change
the feel, you'd have to change both the master and slave
cylinders; you're talking about several hundred dollars at least.
You mean hydraulically operated clutches, I think, and even with those
sometimes the operating arm is external and you can modify the
leverage point. I have no idea if the new minis are like that or not.
If all the minis you've tried have a stiff clutch then her leg might
ache for a little while but should get used to it. When I go skiing
my left leg is always fine and my right aches very quickly.
If you mean the proper Issigonis designed Mini I'd say the only
interchangeable parts would be some of the light bulbs.
I like the BMW Mini as a car but it's simply not a Mini as envisaged.
It's a large small car tight for interior space - the exact reverse of the
In my youth I had some 4 Minis - all vans - and had as much fun driving
them as anything legal. They were the first vehicles I owned that could be
driven flat out all day without breaking down. Or braking, come to
*If God had wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Ok, you *had* to drive them flat out everywhere.
They'd go all day without breaking down, but then wouldn't start in
the morning :-) Actually, my bro's BL one wouldn't but my Mk1 Morris
with electric fuel pump would start first time on the button.
Great cars to drive but I remember the rust, the electrics, the
subframe mounts, the steering balljoints, the hub balljoints, the
"king" pins, the trailing arm bushes, the waterpump hose, ... ...
On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 16:55:03 +0100, "Dave Plowman (News)"
I splashed out on a very nice brand new 1973 Clubman 1275 GT, and put
a full length Webasto sunroof in it. Then my drunken bitch of an
ex-wife promptly drove it full on into an old Land Rover that was
parked perfectly innocently on the side of the street and wrote it
off. When she got home, the thing that worried her most was that she
had lost one of her shoes. I miss her *so* much.
I have a few other 'real' Minis in the same timeframe, in various
states of tattiness and/or tune. They were definitely some of the
most fun cars at the time.
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