Ask a Motoring Advisor

MotoringFile is happy to announce our third edition of Ask a Motoring Advisor. Again this is a chance to ask an actual MINI salesperson (Motoring Advisor in MINI Speak) non-technical questions about the purchase, spec or overall buying process of a MINI.

Here's how it works; post the questions in the comments section that you'd like to see answered. We'll cut off all questions by early this Wednesday. From there the most appropriate questions will be chosen by the MA. Naturally not all are guaranteed to be chosen as I'm sure there will be a few redundancies and some might be too technical in nature. We should have the answers to you by the end of the week.

The Motoring Advisor responsible for the answers will remain anonymous but rest assured – he/she has a ton of real world MA experience!

This session of Ask an MA is now closed. We should see answers for the selected questions in a day or two.

Written By: MF Staff

  • Kev

    To GSKChicago- In regards to your navigation database question…

    The maker of the data is Navteq and you should be able to go to their website and let them know about something inaccurate.

    As far as updating, it generally takes a year or two for an update to be made to the database and then be rolled out as a product.

    Hope that helps!

  • GSKChicago


    SOLID, thanks!. At navteq.com right now checking them out. Wonder if maybe I can even order a new DVD with a British accent. :o)


  • http://www.scmm.org Paul

    How much power can the 2005 Cooper drivetrain (tranny and crank in particular) handle?


  • BillW

    Someone already posted something similar but…

    I am ordering an '05 MCS with the limited slip later this fall for early '05 delivery. Getting the Octagon Red Cloth/Black Leather combo. in a Pepper White MCS.

    Details I know, but can I order a Chili Red dash and have it installed at the dealer?

  • MiniGuy

    How can Driving Light vibration be stopped?

  • Tom Sizemore

    When the heck is BMW going to get with it and allow MINI's to be serviced at BMW dealerships? My closest MINI dealership is around 100 miles and two hours away. The closest BMW dealerships are 25 and 39 miles away. There are seven BMW dealerships within 100 miles of me. With the service department at my “local” MINI dealer not having any Saturday service hours and working 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, how the heck am I supposed to get my car serviced without burning a day's or two pay. I have a number of issues that need attention, including a non-functional passenger window, but just starting a new job I can't get or afford to take the day off. And a 200 mile, four hour round trip for a “free” oil service just doesn't make sense.

    While I love my MCS and hope to replace it with another with a LSD in a few years, the service issue could be a spoiler on this. Before I ordered my MCS it was hinted that eventually either there would be a closer dealership opening up or I would be able get it serviced at BMW dealers. So far none of the above has occured. If you can get a Lincoln or Mercury serviced at a Ford dealer, a Cadilliac or Buick serviced at a Chevy dealer, an Audi serviced at a VW dealer and so on, why can BMW put this together?

  • Rick Lephew

    I have an '05 MCS “waiting for transport”. I am having the factory driving lights installed at the dealer but would like to add a similar set of aftermarket fogs. I know PIAA makes a set of driving lights specificaly for the mini, are you aware of any fogs that would work???

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