I am looking at buying a new Mini Cooper. Living in Minnesota, I want
a car that starts in cold weather. I have been driving Japanese cars
for several decades with excellent reliability, including performance
in the cold. In fact, the dealer in Duluth where I bought my current
Nissan said they have to pull in the American cars from the lot when
the temperature drops below freezing or they won't start; they never
worry about the Japanese cars. My Nissan has started down to -20
degrees without using a headbolt heater.
Does anyone know how the Minis do in cold weather?
In St. Cloud Mn. my 2004 S has always started after sitting outside for long
periods, but not without a couple complaints. First, it will turn over but
not even try to start. After a second or two, I turn off the key, try again
and it starts right up, sort of like it needs to be reminded that it is cold
outside (the computer). Then the check engine light comes on for the next 5
starts, then goes away. When underway, it heats up rapidly for good
interior heating (also get the heated seats!) It will then also remind you
that it is below 37 degrees F on the readout (yes, I knew that already!) It
is really great on ice and in snow, only stopped by really deep snow. I
tend to turn off the traction control when at a busy intersection, since I
am more comfortable with the wheel spin at start on ice or snow than I am
with the really slow acceleration the system allows you when the control is
switched on. In Duluth, you could always just park "nose down" and release
the brake to bump start it.....
I don't want to put you on the fence again, but there are several threads at
mini2.com discussing other cold weathe problems, mainly door lock issues. I
don't know whether these represent just normal problems with all cars in
cold weather or whether the Mnii has unique problems.
Personally, if I had one car and lived in Minnesota, I'd probably get a
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