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Archive for May 2006

Hi I’m Gabe, and I have a rust problem.

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, Recalls/Campaigns May 31st, 2006 79 Comments

Yes it’s true. My 12 month old Cooper S has the dreaded rust door sill rust. For those that haven’t been following the rust saga, a few people over at North American Motoring have been reporting rust on MINIs in the door sill area over the past week. While it’s mostly been older cars that have been aflicted, there have been a smattering of 2005′s with rust also. Well you can now officially add mine to the list. The good news is that it is very much under warranty and at the earliest of stages. In fact the amount of rust and the location really don’t have me too concerned. However it’s still rust on a one year old car. Not a particularly pleasant thing to see.

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A New Way to Get MotoringFile

MotoringFile Sections: Site News May 31st, 2006 7 Comments

A few weeks ago we quietly rolled out the MotoringFile Email Subscription service in conjunction with Feedburner.com. This new subscription service allows you to receive yesterday’s MotoringFile articles in your inbox every morning. For those too busy to browse the web or even use our RSS feed, this gives you a way to keep up to date with the site without even leaving your email client.

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Official JCW GP Owners Manual PDF

MotoringFile Sections: JCW May 30th, 2006 21 Comments

For all those soon to be GP owners patiently waiting for details on their new cars, we’ve got a new digital addition for your GP collection. This is the official JCW GP Owners Manual that will be in the glove box of all GPs upon delivery. It’s worth noting that there are a few features seen in this manual that are market specific (ie the US market won’t be getting those Recaro seats with thigh support). However most of the instructions and technical specifications should be the same.

[ JCW GP Owners Manual ] Official MINI PDF

MINI Challenge at Pembrey

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports May 30th, 2006 7 Comments

Pembrey Circuit in Wales will most likely be remembered by MINI Challenge teams as this season’s toughest weekend. A high proportion of the field of cars suffered a great deal of damage during the weekend, despite the races themselves being driven cleanly by the competitors.

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Pixar’s MINI Section

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press May 29th, 2006 13 Comments

This comes from long time MF contributor Josh Wardell:

I was just reading this week’s Autoweek, and Dutch Mandel’s article on Pixar’s annual car show shows that a lot of Pixar employees drive MINIs:

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White Roof Radio Podcast #64

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast May 28th, 2006 4 Comments

miniThe rant and news show. Don’t worry, follow the show notes link for contact details.

We are on fire tonight gang! Gabe leads us on a few serious rants before we get to the news of the week including our take on the rust issue, the next generation MCS and the stracco interview. Plus Todd tells us about seeing a CVT MC on the dyno. Good times, good times.

Show Notes | Subscribe | WRR @ iTunes


Next Generation MCS Undisguised!

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) May 25th, 2006 92 Comments

(Updated)Well, almost undisguised. The venerable spy photographer Mr. Lehmann and the boys and Worldcarfans have a the best photo yet of the upcomng 2007 Cooper S. For the first time we can clearly see the new grille (differing from the chrome grille on the Cooper) that we told you about last year.
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