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One Week Before NAIAS 2015

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, NAIAS Jan 5th, 2015 1 Comment

naias2As you already know, MotoringFile and White Roof Radio will attend the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. MINI USA Execs (David Duncan – Vice President, Chris Potgieter – Product Manager, Lee Nadler – Marketing Communication Manager) have been kind enough to allocate 30 minutes of their time each to talk to us on everything MINI. Thanks to your comments we already have a number of interesting questions lined-up for them to answer. If there’s anything else you would like us to ask, now’s the time to speak up. Head over to the comment section to do so.

Ask MF: How to Choose the Right Used MINI

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Dec 19th, 2014 23 Comments

r56 vs r50

Choosing the right pre-owned MINI is no easy task. There are tones of, sometime contradicting, information online about the topic and it’s easy to get lost in the process.

Naturally, one of our readers, Vincent, decided to reach out and ask if we could steer him in the right direction. Vincent is interested in models from 2004 and onward, but he is not sure what he should be mindful of as far as potential mechanical issues are concerned.

The big choice there is between the R50/R53 generation and the R56 generation. In our minds both have excellent cases to be made but the only real deciding factor will be test drives.

Based on our experience, we have a couple of recommendations for Vincent:

  • LCI models are better options. That is MINIs between 2005-2006 and 2011-2013 (this is especially true of the R50/R53)
  • Stay away from automatic CVT at all costs in the R50
  • Watch for potential rust in the door sills of the R50/R52/R53 cars
  • Make sure to check the service records as MINIs are known to have oil starvation problems
  • On the 2007-2010 R56 be very careful to investigate any chain tensioner issues

My ultimate recommendation would be to reach out to Nathaniel as he is selling a very well maintained 2006 Cooper S, but that’s just me. There’s also the MotoringFile also Buyers’ Guides for the R50 and R53 that contain precious tidbits. And since I’m definitely not the mechanical expert, I’m sure our readers won’t hesitate to chime in and provide Vincent with valuable advice.

Thanks again Vincent for reaching our and thank you all in advance for your comments!

Ask MINI USA Execs Anything You Want

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, NAIAS Dec 18th, 2014 31 Comments

naias2This is that time of the year again! In less than a month, MotoringFile and White Roof Radio will rendez-vous at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will give us a chance to sit down with MINI USA Executives (David Duncan – Vice President, Chris Potgieter – Product Manager, Lee Nadler – Marketing Communication Manager) and getting up to speed on all things MINI for the US market, but more specifically on anything related to the F56 John Cooper Works. So we’re opening it up to you. Have questions about the new JCW? Want to know the status of the upcoming Clubman and Convertible? How about suggestions for the current range? Diesels? Hybrids? Superleggera? Rocketman? Let’s hear all the questions you want us to ask in the comments below.

White Roof Radio #526

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, Podcast, Technology Oct 8th, 2014 2 Comments


At long last our interview with Glympse’s Partner Product Manager, James Stanton is available! James was kind enough to give us some of his precious time to discuss a number of topics, including: the various ways people use the app, the process of working with MINI on the MINI Connected integration, and upcoming features (i.e. a Glympse keyboard! How rad is that?!).

As a reminder, the app is free and you can find it on the App Store, on Google Play and on the Windows Phone Store. Again, we are fan of the app so don’t hesitate to give it a try. You’ll like it too.

Also note that this week’s show has been edited. We were going to talk about the “surprising” EPA ratings of the F56, but we are holding off on that, for now, waiting for some more information and clarifications from MINI USA and the EPA. Stay tuned!

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MF / WRR Interview: Glympse

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, Podcast, Technology Sep 24th, 2014 5 Comments

glympse_720 Long-time follower of White Roof Radio should remember that we used to invite contributors to the MINI Community on a regular basis. We also record exclusive conversations with MINI Executives during official events such as auto shows, press junkets or MINI Takes The States.

Next week we will kick-off our 2014-2015 interview season with James Stanton, Partner Product Manager at Glympse. continued →

Ask MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna Anything

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Jul 28th, 2014 69 Comments


Later this week at MINI Takes the States we’ll be sitting down with with MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna and getting up to speed on all things MINI’s for the US market. So we’re opening it up to you. Have questions about the F56? Love the MINI Superlegera concept and want to it? How about suggestions for the current range? Diesels? Hybrids? Lets hear them all in the questions you want answered below. continued →

The Official MotoringFile JCW GP Q&A

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP Nov 16th, 2012 54 Comments

Today is GP day here in the US as the car is officially on-sale via a phone reservation system. However for most the remains a bit of a mystery. It’s toured the US (in faux GP form mind you) and the final car was only just driven by journalists (including us) last week. Unfortunately that means much of the knowledge of the car is locked up in our review and frankly in my head as I’m one of the few people on the planet that has had a chance to drive the car. So here’s your chance to ask any questions that didn’t get answered in previously published review on MF (which you can find here).

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