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OWNER'S MANUAL

MINI COOPER Contents


MINI COOPER S
From A to Z

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW MINI
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of this vehicle. It should stay with the
vehicle when sold to provide the next owner with important operating, safety and maintenance
information.
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or a
Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly.
Your MINI is covered by the following warranties:
– New Vehicle Limited Warranty
– Limited Rust Perforation Warranty
– Federal Emissions System Defect Warranty
– Federal Emissions Performance Warranty
– California Emission Control System Limited Warranty
Detailed information about these warranties is listed in the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models or in the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.

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CONTENTS

Using this Owner's Manual At a glance Controls and features

Notes on the Owner's Manual 6 Cockpit 12 Opening and closing:


Symbols used 6 Display elements 13 Keys 22
Symbol for vehicle parts 6 Display elements with navigation Central locking system 23
Your individual vehicle 6 system 14 Opening and closing – from outside 23
Editorial notice 7 Indicator and warning lamps 15 Opening and closing – from inside 26
For your own safety 8 Multifunction steering wheel MFL 18 Tailgate 27
Reporting safety defects 9 Electric power windows 28
Sliding/tilt sunroof 29
Roller sun blind 30
Adjustments:
Correct sitting posture 31
Seats 31
Entry to the rear 33
Seat heating 34
Head restraints 34
Safety belts 35
Steering wheel 35
Mirrors 36
Airbags 37
Transporting children safely 38
Vehicle Memory 41
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Driving: Technology for safety and driving Care and maintenance
Ignition lock 42 convenience:
Starting the engine 42 Automatic Stability Control plus Traction Special operating instructions:
Switching off the engine 43 (ASC+T) 60 Break-in procedures 76
Parking brake 44 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 61 General driving notes 76

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Manual transmission 45 Flat Tire Monitor 62 Refueling 77
Continuously Variable automatic Park Distance Control (PDC) 63 Fuel specifications 78
Transmission (CVT) 46 Antilock Brake System (ABS) 78
Controlling the climate for pleasant
Parking lamps/Low beams 49 Brake system 79
driving:
Indicator/Headlamp flasher 49
Air conditioner system 64 Wheels and tires:

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Instrument lighting 50
Automatic climate control 67 Tire inflation pressure 80
Fog lamps 50
Tire condition 82
Interior lamps 50 Interior conveniences:
Tire replacement 83
Light-emitting diodes 51 Glove compartment 70
Wheel and tire combinations 84
Washer/Wiper system 51 Ashtray/Beverage holder 70
Winter tires 85
Cruise control 53 Cigarette lighter 70
Snow chains 85
Everything under control: Loading and transporting cargo:

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Odometer 55 Luggage compartment cover 71
Tachometer 55 Foldable rear backrest 71
Fuel gauge 55 Loading cargo 72
Coolant temperature gauge 56 Roof-mounted luggage rack 73
Service Interval Display 57
Clock 57

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Computer 58

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CONTENTS

In the engine compartment: Owner Service Procedures Technical data


Hood 86
Engine compartment – Replacement procedures: Engine data 120
MINI COOPER 87 Onboard tool kit 100 Dimensions 121
Engine compartment – Windshield wiper blades 100 Weights 122
MINI COOPER S 88 Lamps and bulbs 101 Capacities 123
Washer fluid 89 Repairing a flat tire 106 Electrical system 124
Engine oil 89 Changing tires – MINI
Coolant 91 with space-saver spare tire 106
Brake fluid 92 Flat tire – safety tires 110
Battery 111
Maintenance and care:
Fuses 112
MINI Maintenance System 93
Caring for your vehicle 94 Giving and receiving assistance:
Vehicle immobilization 96 Warning triangle 113
First-aid kit 113
Laws and regulations:
Jump-starting 113
OBD interface socket 96
Tow-starting and towing 115
Technical modifications 96
California Proposition 65 Warning 97

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Index

Everything from A to Z 128

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Notes on the Owner's Manual Symbols used Your individual vehicle
In compiling this Owner's Manual we have Indicates precautions that must The manufacturer of your MINI is the
made every effort to furnish you with a be followed precisely in order to Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesell-
convenient reference source affording avoid the possibility of personal injury schaft (BMW AG).
quick access to all the essentials. The and serious damage to the vehicle. On purchasing your MINI, you have decided
fastest way to find detailed information on in favor of a model with individualized
any specific subject is to turn to the Contains information that will equipment and features. This Owner's
comprehensive index at the back of the assist you in gaining the optimum Manual describes the entire array of
manual. If you wish to gain an initial over- benefit from your vehicle and enable you options and equipment available with a
view of your vehicle, you will find this in the to care more effectively for your vehicle. specific manufacturer model range.
first chapter.
Should you wish to sell your MINI at some Refers to measures that can be taken We hope you will understand that equip-
time in the future, please remember to to help protect the environment. ment and features are included that you
hand over this Owner's Manual to the new might not have chosen for your vehicle. To
owner; it is an important part of the < Marks the end of a specific item of assist you in identifying possible variations
vehicle. information. between your own vehicle and the
If you have any additional questions, your manual's contents, the passages describing
* Indicates special equipment, country- optional accessories and special equipment
MINI center will be glad to advise you.
specific equipment and optional extras. are marked with an asterisk *.

Identifies systems or components, If your MINI features equipment that is not


which your MINI center can either described in this Owner's Manual (a car
activate or adapt to suit an individual radio, for instance), we have enclosed addi-
driver's requirements ("Vehicle Memory"), tional Owner's Manuals. We ask you to
see page 41. read these manuals as well.

Symbol for vehicle parts


Indicates that you should consult
the relevant section of this Owner's
Manual for information on a particular part
or assembly.
Notes
Symbols
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Editorial notice
The manufacturer pursues a policy of
continuous, ongoing development that is
conceived to ensure that the MINI
continues to embody the highest quality

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and safety standards combined with
advanced, state-of-the-art technology. For
this reason, it is possible that the features
described in this Owner's Manual could
differ from those on your vehicle. Nor can

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errors and omissions be entirely ruled out.
You are therefore asked to appreciate that
no legal claims can be entertained on the
basis of the data, illustrations or descrip-
tions in this Owner's Manual.

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For your own safety Important safety information. sional advice on using these items, are
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels available from all MINI centers.
containing up to and including For your own safety, use genuine parts and Installation and operation of non-MINI
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with up accessories approved by the manufacturer approved accessories such as alarms,
to 2.8% oxygen by weight (i.e. 15% MTBE or of the MINI. radios, amplifiers, radar detectors, wheels,
3% methanol plus an equivalent amount When you purchase accessories tested suspension components, brake dust
of co-solvent) will not void the applicable and approved by the manufacturer of the shields, telephones (including operation
warranties with respect to defects in mate- MINI and Original MINI Parts, you simulta- of any portable cellular phone from within
rials or workmanship. Field experience has neously acquire the assurance that they the vehicle without using an externally
indicated significant differences in fuel have been thoroughly tested by the manu- mounted antenna) or transceiver equip-
quality (volatility, composition, additives, facturer of the MINI to ensure optimum ment (e.g. CB, walkie-talkie, ham radio or
others) among gasolines offered for sale in performance when installed on your similar) may cause extensive damage to
the United States and Canada. The use of vehicle. the vehicle, compromise its safety, inter-
poor-quality fuels may result in driveability, The manufacturer of the MINI warrants fere with the vehicle’s electrical system
starting and stalling problems especially these parts to be free from defects in mate- or affect the validity of the MINI Limited
under certain environmental conditions, rial and workmanship. Warranty. See your MINI center for addi-
such as high ambient temperature and tional information.<
The manufacturer of the MINI will not
high altitude.
accept any liability for damages resulting
Should you encounter driveability prob- Maintenance, replacement, or repair
from installation of parts and accessories
lems which you suspect could be related to of the emission control devices and
not approved by the manufacturer of the
the fuel you are using, we recommend that systems may be performed by any automo-
MINI.
you respond by switching to a recognized tive repair establishment or individual
high-quality brand. The manufacturer of the MINI cannot test using any certified automotive part.<
Failure to comply with these recommenda- every product from other manufacturers to
tions may result in unscheduled mainte- verify if it can be used on a MINI safely and
nance. without risk to either the vehicle, its opera-
Obey pertinent safety rules when you are tion, or its occupants.
handling gasoline.< Original MINI Parts, MINI Accessories and
other products approved by the manufac-
turer of the MINI, together with profes-

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The following only applies to vehicles owned and operated in the US.

REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS


If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately

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inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying BMW of North America, LLC.,
P.O. Box 1227, Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227, Telephone (201) 307-4000.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of
vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems
between you, your dealer or BMW of North America, LLC.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C.

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area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information
about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.

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COCKPIT

1 > Parking lamps/Low beams 49 2 Washer/Wiper system 51 6 Hood release 86


> Turn signal indicators 49 3 Instrument lighting 50 7 Horn 18
> Standing lamps 49 4 Outside mirror adjustment 36 8 Steering wheel adjustment 35
> High beams 49 5 Hazard warning flashers 9 OBD interface socket 96
> Headlamp flasher 49
> Computer 58

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DISPLAY ELEMENTS

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1 Tachometer 55 4 Indicator for 5 Trip odometer, reset to zero 55
with indicator and warning lamps, see > Odometer 55 6 Fuel gauge 55

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from page 15 > Trip odometer 55 7 Engine coolant temperature gauge 56
2 Display for computer 58 > Service Interval 57
> Program display for Continuously
3 Speedometer with indicator and warning
Variable Transmission (CVT) 48
lamps, see from page 15

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DISPLAY ELEMENTS WITH NAVIGATION SYSTEM *

1 Tachometer 55 3 Speedometer with indicator and warning 5 Indicator for


with indicator and warning lamps, see lamps, see from page 15 > Odometer 55
from page 15 4 Trip odometer, reset to zero 55 > Trip odometer 55
2 Display for computer 58 > Service Interval 57
> Program display for Continuously
Variable Transmission (CVT) 48

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INDICATOR AND WARNING LAMPS

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Technology Red: stop immediately Brake warning lamp ●
that monitors itself Battery charge current ● If the lamp comes on when the
The system runs a check on the warning The battery is no longer being parking brake is not engaged:
and indicator lamps marked by "●" each charged. Indicates a defective alter- Check the brake fluid level. Before driving
time you switch on the ignition. They each nator drive belt or a problem with the further, be sure to comply with the infor-

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light up once for different periods of time. charge circuit. Please contact the nearest mation on pages 79, 57 and 92.
If a malfunction should occur in one of MINI center. Brake warning lamp for Canadian
these systems, the corresponding lamp If this lamp lights up, the power-assist for models.
does not go out after the engine is started steering can be deactivated.
or it lights up while the vehicle is moving.

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You will see how to react correctly to this If the drive belt is defective, do not With navigation system option:
below. continue driving. The engine could be Coolant temperature warning
damaged due to overheating. When the lamp in the speedometer ●
power-assist is deactivated, increased If the lamp comes on while oper-
steering effort is required.< ating the vehicle, the engine has over-
heated. Switch off the engine immediately
Engine oil pressure ● and allow to cool down, see also page 56.

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Stop immediately. Switch off
engine. Check the engine oil and
top up as required. Please contact the
nearest MINI center.

Do not continue driving, otherwise,


the engine could be damaged

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because of inadequate lubrication.<

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Yellow: stop immediately Red and yellow: continue to drive; Red: an important reminder
Flat Tire Monitor ● drive cautiously Brake warning lamp
Flashes: tire failure. Brake warning lamp together with with parking brake applied.
Reduce speed immediately and yellow indicator lamps for ABS, EBV More information on the parking
stop the vehicle. and ASC+T/DSC: brake on page 44
The control system ABS, EBV and Parking brake lamp for Canadian
With safety (run-flat) tires:
ASC+T/DSC has failed. Drive models.
Reduce vehicle speed carefully to under
cautiously and defensively. Avoid
50 mph (80 km/h).
full brake applications. Please have
In both cases, avoid hard brake applications Fasten safety belts ●
the system checked by your MINI
and steering maneuvers. Check the tire Depending on model, with acoustic
center as soon as possible.
inflation pressures. signal*. Lights up either for several
More information on pages 60, 61
Conduct in the event of a flat tire, see seconds or until the belt is engaged, de-
Brake warning lamp together with pending on version.
pages 106, 110.
the yellow indicator warning lamps More information on page 35
General information on the system, see ABS, EBV and ASC+T/DSC for Cana-
page 62 Depending on the level of equipment,
dian models.
the indicator lamp is in the vicinity of
the navigation system.<

Airbags ●
Please have the system inspected
at your MINI center.
More information on pages 31, 37
Depending on the level of equipment,
the indicator lamp is in the vicinity of
the navigation system.<

Hood/tailgate
Lights up when the hood and/or
tailgate are open.
More information on pages 27, 86

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Yellow: check as soon as possible Service Engine Soon ● Green: for your information
Flat Tire Monitor ● If the warning lamp comes on Turn signal indicators
Stays lit: the system is defective. either continuously or intermit- Flashes when turn signal indicator
Please have the system inspected tently, this indicates a malfunction in the is on, also for trailer towing.
at your MINI center. emissions-related electronic systems. Rapid flashing: the system is defective.

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More information on page 62 Although the vehicle remains operational, More information on page 49
you should have the systems checked by
Antilock Brake System (ABS) ● Cruise control*
your MINI center at the earliest possible
ABS has been deactivated in Lights up when the cruise control is
opportunity.
response to system malfunction. activated. Operation via the multi-
Conventional braking efficiency is avail- "Service Engine Soon" warning function steering wheel.

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able. Please have the system inspected lamp for Canadian models. More information on page 53
at your MINI center.
More information on page 78 Engine electronics* ● Blue: for your information
ABS indicator lamp for Canadian Malfunction in the engine elec- High beams
models. tronics. You can continue to drive Comes on when the high beams
with reduced engine output or engine are on or the headlamp flasher is
speed. Please have the system inspected at actuated.

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Automatic Stability Control plus
your MINI center. More information on page 49
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC) ●
Indicator lamp flashes:
System active: drive and braking forces are
regulated.
The indicator lamp stays lit:

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ASC+T/DSC switched off with button or
defective. In the event of a defect: please
have the system inspected at your MINI
center.
More information on pages 60, 61

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MULTIFUNCTION STEERING WHEEL MFL *

The control buttons integrated within the Buttons facing the driver Buttons facing away from the driver
MFL multifunction steering wheel have 1 Cruise control: activate/interrupt/ Left:
been designed to allow you to operate a deactivate 1 > Radio
number of accessories both quickly and 2 Continue cruise control Press briefly: scans for stations in FM
safely, without taking your eyes from the 3 Horn band
road: 4 Cruise control: store and accelerate (+) Extended pressure: station tuning
> Some audio source functions 5 Cruise control: store and decelerate (–) > CD
> Cruise control. Press briefly: jump to next track
The illustration shows the possible full Extended pressure: fast forward in track
equipment level. For further details, please > Cassette
consult the description of the relevant item Press briefly: stop track scan or fast
of equipment. forward
Extended pressure: fast forward/
rewind

Right:
1 Volume
2 Switch between radio, cassette and CD

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KEYS

Initializing the master key with remote


control
When you activate a master key with
remote control (replacement, additional
key or after a battery change), it must be
initialized.
This initialization can be performed in two
ways:
Press button 1 or button 2, see page 24,
four times in succession
or
Depending on the equipment fitted, your Changing battery
if the vehicle is unlocked:
MINI has up to three key variations: Replace if it is no longer possible to unlock 1. Switch the ignition on briefly (position 2)
1 Master key with remote control and the vehicle via the remote control. and then off
battery 2. Within 10 seconds, press button 1 and
Only use a battery of the type speci- button 2, see page 24, in succession.
If the battery is discharged, please fied on the battery (CR 2032) and
consult your MINI center. Battery make absolutely sure that it is fitted in the In the event of a system malfunction,
changing, see next column.< correct position.< please contact your MINI center. You
can also obtain replacement keys and
2 Door and ignition key 1. Apply a screwdriver at the recess batteries there.<
This key can only be used to open the 2. Use the screwdriver to lever out the
doors mechanically cover.
3 Spare key for storage in a safe place, such
as in your wallet. This key is not intended Return used batteries to a recycling
for constant use point or your MINI center.<

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The concept Via remote control For US owners only
The central locking system is ready for The remote control gives you an exception- The transmitter and receiver units comply
operation whenever the driver's door is ally convenient method for unlocking and with part 15 of the FCC (Federal Communi-
closed. The doors, the tailgate and the fuel locking your vehicle. It also offers another cation Commission) regulations. Operation
filler door are unlocked or locked. function: is governed by the following:

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The central locking system can be oper- To open the tailgate, refer to page 24. FCC ID: LX8765S
ated: The tailgate will open slightly, regardless of LX8765E
> From outside via the remote control as whether it was locked or unlocked. LX8CAS
well as via the door lock Whenever you unlock (lock) the vehicle, Compliance statement:
> From inside by pressing a button. you simultaneously deactivate (activate)

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This device complies with part 15 of the
If operated from outside, the anti-theft the anti-theft system, and switch the inte- FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
system is activated at the same time. This rior lamps on (off). following two conditions:
prevents the doors from being unlocked via If the vehicle has been properly locked > This device may not cause harmful inter-
safety lock buttons or door handles. using the remote control, the hazard ference, and
In the event of an accident, the central warning system lights up once. > this device must accept any interference
locking system unlocks automatically. The When the vehicle is unlocked, the hazard received, including interference that may

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hazard warning system and interior lamps warning system does not react. cause undesired operation.
are also switched on.
Children might be able to lock the Any unauthorized modifications or
doors from the inside. Always take changes to these devices could void
the vehicle keys with you so that the the user's authority to operate this equip-
vehicle can be opened again from the ment.<
outside at any time.<

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OPENING AND CLOSING – FROM OUTSIDE

To unlock To lock and secure


1. Press button 1 once to unlock the Press button 2.
driver's door only The hazard warning system flashes once.
2. Press button 1 a second time to unlock
the other door as well as the tailgate and Do not lock the vehicle if there are
the fuel filler door. passengers still inside, because they
When the vehicle is unlocked, the hazard cannot unlock the doors.<
warning system does not react.
Non-MINI systems
To open the tailgate External systems or devices may cause local
Hold button 1 pressed for approx. five interference in the functions of the remote
1 Unlocking and opening the tailgate seconds. control.
2 Locking and securing The tailgate will open slightly, regardless In this case, use the master key to unlock
of whether it was previously locked or the door lock.
If the remote control does not react,unlocked.
the battery is discharged.
In the event of a system malfunction, Before and after a trip, be sure that
please contact your MINI center. You can the tailgate was not opened uninten-
also obtain replacement keys and batteries tionally.<
from your MINI center.
Battery changing, see page 22.<

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Manual operation Convenience feature via door lock
(in the event of electrical malfunction) You can also operate the power windows
Turn the key to the extreme left or right to and the sliding/tilt sunroof via the door
unlock/lock the door. lock.

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> To open: with the door closed, turn the
key to the "Unlock" position and hold it
> To close: with the door closed, turn the
key to the "Lock" position and hold it.

Watch during the closing process to

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be sure that no one is injured.
Via the door lock Releasing the key stops the operation.<
1. One turn of the key in the driver's
door lock unlocks the driver’s door only
2. Turning the key a second time unlocks
the other door, the tailgate and the fuel

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filler door.
If the vehicle has been properly locked, the
hazard warning system flashes once.
When the vehicle is unlocked, the hazard
warning system does not react.

Do not lock the vehicle if there are

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passengers still inside, because they
cannot unlock the doors.<

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OPENING AND CLOSING – FROM INSIDE

The central locking system can be To lock


locked automatically as soon as you Touch the switch for the central locking
begin to drive if you desire. This can be system
adjusted to be vehicle-specific.<
or
To unlock and open the doors press the individual safety lock buttons
down.
1. Touch the switch for the central locking
system
Children might be able to lock the
2. Pull the door handle above the armrest
doors from the inside. Always take
or the vehicle's keys with you so that you can
pull the door handle for each door twice: to open the vehicle again from the outside at
With this switch, you operate the central unlock first and then open. any time.<
locking system when the doors are closed.
The doors and tailgate are unlocked or Convenience opening mode
locked only. From ignition key position 1:
The anti-theft system is not activated. Also, Hold the switch in the "Unlock" position.
the fuel filler door remains unlocked to The windows and sliding/tilt sunroof open.
allow refueling.
Convenience closing is not possible
If the remote control has been used by means of the central locking
to unlock only the driver's door, see system. You should therefore close all the
page 24, and you touch the switch when windows and the sliding/tilt sunroof indi-
the driver's door is open, the other door, vidually.<
the tailgate, and the fuel filler door are
unlocked.
If the driver's door is closed, touching the
switch locks it.<

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TAILGATE

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Opening from outside Manual operation Closing
Press the button in the handle. In the event of an electrical malfunction, The handle recesses in the interior trim
The tailgate opens slightly. you can also operate the tailgate manually. panel of the tailgate make it easier to pull
3. Fold the rear seat bench upwards the lid down.
Opening with the remote control, see
page 24. 4. Pull the ring.

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The tailgate is unlocked. To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the tailgate is clear
when it is closed, as with all closing proce-
dures.
Operate the vehicle only when the tailgate
is closed. Otherwise, exhaust fumes could
penetrate the interior of the vehicle.

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Should it be absolutely necessary to
operate the vehicle with the tailgate open:
1. Close all windows. Shut the sliding/tilt
sunroof
2. Sharply increase the air supply for the air
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control, see pages 64 and/or 67.<

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ELECTRIC POWER WINDOWS

To close: After the ignition has been switched off:


Press the switch upwards. You can use the electric power windows as
The window closes until you release the long as no one opens any of the doors.
switch If a door is opened during operation, the
or opening/closing process stops immedi-
ately.
when the engine is running:
Briefly press the switch upwards. When leaving the vehicle, always
The window closes automatically. remove the ignition key from the
Pressing the switch again stops the opera- lock and remember to close the doors to
tion. prevent children from operating the power
windows and injuring themselves, etc.<
Open and close windows The window on the front passenger
From ignition key position 1: side cannot be closed automati- For the convenience mode via the door
To open: cally.< lock, refer to page 25.
Press the switch downwards.
Watch during the closing process to
The window opens until you release the
be sure that no one is injured.<
switch
or
briefly press the switch downwards.
The window opens automatically.
Pressing the switch again stops the opera-
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SLIDING/TILT SUNROOF *

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To prevent injuries, exercise care Do not use force to close the sliding/
when closing the sliding/tilt sunroof tilt sunroof in its raised position, as
and keep it in your field of vision until it is damage to the mechanism could result.<
shut.
When leaving the vehicle, always remove After the ignition has been switched off:

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the ignition key from the lock and You can still operate the sliding/tilt sunroof
remember to close the doors to prevent for up to one minute, as long as no one
children from operating the sunroof and opens any of the doors.
injuring themselves, etc. If a door is opened during operation, the
Be sure that adequate clearance is main- opening/closing stops immediately.

OPERATION
tained for the opening path of the sliding/
tilt sunroof, otherwise damage can occur.< Automatic opening and closing
Raising – Opening – Closing
To open:
For the convenience mode via the door From ignition key position 1:
lock, refer to page 25. Push the switch past the resistance point:
To raise: The sunroof opens completely
Press the switch
To close:

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or
1. Push the switch past the resistance
push the switch backwards to the resis- point:
tance point. The sunroof closes to the raised position
2. Push the switch again:
Opening and closing The sunroof closes completely.
1. Push the switch in the desired direction Touching the switch briefly during opening

DATA
until you feel resistance and hold in this or closing stops the movement immedi-
position ately.
2. Release the switch when the desired
position has been reached.

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SLIDING/TILT SUNROOF * ROLLER SUN BLIND*

Safety feature
As of approximately the middle of the roof
opening, if the sliding/tilt sunroof encoun-
ters resistance during closing, the closing
operation is interrupted and the sunroof
opens again slightly.

Despite this safety feature, be


extremely careful that the closing
path of the sunroof is not obstructed when-
ever it is closed. Otherwise, triggering the
closing-force limitation may not be
ensured in some situations (with very thin Manual opening and closing 1 Opening
objects, for instance). In the event of an electrical malfunction, 1. Press the button in the handle, see
You can override this safety feature by you can also operate the sliding/tilt arrow 1.
pressing the switch beyond the resistance sunroof manually: The cap is unlocked
point and holding it.< 1. Push the clock towards the interior and 2. Guide the roller sun blind towards the
remove back.
2 Use an Allen wrench to turn the sliding/
tilt sunroof in the desired direction. 2 Closing
1. Use the handle to pull the roller sun
blind forwards
2. Engage the handle in the device, see
arrow 2.

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CORRECT SITTING POSTURE SEAT ADJUSTMENT

OVERVIEW
The ideal seating position can make a vital Safe with safety belts Important adjustment information
contribution to relaxed, fatigue-free Never allow more than one person to Never try to adjust your seat while
driving. The correct seating position also wear a single safety belt. Never allow operating the vehicle. The seat could
works together with the safety belts and infants or small children to ride in a respond with an unexpected movement,
airbags to provide occupants with passenger's lap. Avoid twisting the belt and the ensuing loss of vehicle control

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maximum levels of passive safety in an while routing it firmly across the hips and could lead to an accident.
accident. To ensure that the safety systems shoulder, wear it as snugly against your Never ride with the backrest reclined to an
operate with optimal efficiency, we body as possible. Do not allow the belt to extreme horizontal angle (especially impor-
strongly urge you to observe the instruc- rest against hard or fragile objects. Do not tant for front passengers to remember).
tions contained in the following section. route the belt across your neck, or run it Keep the backrest relatively upright to

OPERATION
For supplementary information on trans- across sharp edges. Be sure that the belt minimize the risk of sliding under the
porting children, refer to page 38. does not become caught or jammed. safety belt and sustaining injury in an acci-
Avoid wearing bulky clothing that prevents dent.<
Sitting correctly with airbags the belt from fitting properly, and pull on
Always maintain an adequate the belt periodically to retension it over Adjusting the seats, see next page.
distance between yourself and all of your shoulders. In the event of a frontal
the airbags. Always hold the steering wheel impact, a loose lap belt could slide over the

REPAIRS
by the rim with the hands at the 9 and hips, leading to abdominal injury. In addi-
3 o'clock positions to keep any chance of tion, the safety belt's restraint effective-
injury to hands or arms to an absolute ness is reduced if the belt is worn loosely.
minimum, should the airbag be deployed. Expectant mothers should always wear
No one and nothing is to come between the their safety belts, taking care to position
airbags and the seat occupant. the lap belt against the lower hips, where it
will not exert pressure against the abdom-

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Never use the front passenger airbag cover
as a storage surface for objects of any kind, inal area.<
or as a support for legs or feet, as this will
increase the risk of injury in a collision severe For information on using the safety belts,
enough in which the airbag will deploy.< refer to page 35.

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For airbag locations and additional infor-
mation on airbags, refer to page 37.

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SEAT ADJUSTMENT

Longitudinal seat adjustment Seat height Lumbar support*


1. Lift the handle 1. To raise: You can adjust the contour of the backrest
2. Push the seat into the desired position Pull the handle up repeatedly, for additional support in the curvature of
3. After releasing the handle, apply pres- continuing until the seat reaches the your spine's lumbar region.
sure to the seat to ensure that the latch desired height The upper hips and spinal column receive
engages securely. 2. To lower: supplementary support to help you main-
Push the handle repeatedly, continuing tain a relaxed, upright posture.
Make corrections in the longitudinal until the seat reaches the desired height. Turn the wheel to increase or decrease the
adjustment of the seat to ensure that curvature.
the safety belt still fits firmly against your
body. If you do not do this, the protection
provided by the safety belt may be
reduced.<

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SEAT ADJUSTMENT ENTRY TO THE REAR

OVERVIEW
When returning the seat to the rear
position, ensure that no one is
injured and that no objects are damaged.
Engage and lock both seats and backrests
into position prior to driving, otherwise

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unexpected movement could increase the
risk of accident.<

OPERATION
Backrest tilt Easy Entry
1. Pull the lever at the inside of the seat 1. Press the lever on the outside of the seat
2. Apply weight to or remove weight from downwards, see arrow 1.
the backrest as required The backrest folds forward automati-
3. Release the lever so that the backrest cally

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locks into place. 2. Push the seat forwards, see arrow 2.

Original position
1. Push the seat back into its home posi-
tion
2. Fold the backrest back to the home posi-
tion to lock the seat.

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HEATED SEATS* HEAD RESTRAINTS

Installation
1. Press the button and at the same time
insert the head restraint in the reception
points
2. Adjust the head restraint.

To avoid possible violation of


traffic laws, never retract the head
restraints unless the rear seats are empty.
Always ensure that the head restraints are
raised before transporting passengers in
the rear seat.<
The seat cushion and backrest can be Adjusting the head restraints
heated with the ignition key in position 2. To raise: pull the head restraint upward.
To lower: press the button and push the
Select the temperature setting:
head restraint downward.
Press each button briefly.
You can reduce the risk of spinal
Direct deactivation from second tempera- injury and whiplash by adjusting the
ture setting. head restraint to a height at which it is
Press the button for a longer period. centered roughly at ear level.<

Removal
1. Pull up the head restraint, continuing
until it is at maximum extension
2. Press the button and remove the head
restraint at the same time.

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SAFETY BELTS STEERING WHEEL

OVERVIEW
CONTROLS
OPERATION
Drive with your safety belt on Safety belt height adjustment To adjust the steering wheel height
Even though there is an airbag, wear a Use the height adjustment mechanism to 1. Push the locking lever downward
safety belt every time you get in the adapt the safety belt to the ideal position 2. Adjust the desired steering wheel
vehicle, because airbags enhance safety by for your own body: position
providing added protection. Press the button and at the same time push 3. Pull the lever back in.

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the entire unit upwards or downwards.
To fasten Do not adjust the steering wheel
Also observe the instructions on adjusting
Make sure you hear the lock engage in the while the vehicle is moving, other-
the seats on page 31.
belt buckle. wise unexpected movement could increase
the risk of accident.<
If the safety belts are damaged or
To release stretched in an accident: have the
1. Press the red button in the belt buckle safety belt system replaced by your MINI

DATA
2. Hold the belt center and the belt anchors checked, other-
3. Guide the belt back into its reel. wise the safety function can no longer be
guaranteed. If a child-restraint system was
in the vehicle during an accident, consult
the manufacturer's instructions regarding

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replacement.<

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MIRRORS

Manual adjustment
The mirrors can also be adjusted manually:
Press the edge of the lens.

Electric heating*
Both mirrors are heated automatically
when the ignition key is in position 2.

Adjusting exterior mirrors Interior rearview mirror


1 Switch for choosing between the left and To reduce glare from vehicles behind you
right mirror when you are driving at night:
2 Switch for 4-way adjustment. Tilt the lever forward.

Illuminated vanity mirror


From ignition key position 1:
1. Fold down the sun visor
2. Fold the cover panel upwards.

Sun visors
Can be swung sideways.

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MIRRORS AIRBAGS

OVERVIEW
designed to help support the seat occu-
pant's upper body.
For information on sitting posture, refer to
page 31.

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The airbags do not deploy in response
to minor collisions, rear impacts and
certain kinds of vehicle rollover.<

Even when all safety guidelines are

OPERATION
observed, there is a small residual risk that
passengers will sustain facial, hand or arm
Interior rearview mirror, automatic 1 Side airbags in seats on the driver and
injuries in isolated instances. The ignition
dimming feature* passenger sides (front)
and inflation noise may induce a mild
The mirror dims automatically as required. 2 Head airbags on the driver and temporary hearing loss in sensitive individ-
The mirror becomes clear again when you passenger sides for both rows of seats uals.
engage reverse gear or select selector lever (front/rear)

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position R. 3 Front airbags on the driver and Do not apply adhesive materials to
Keep the photocells free and clean to passenger sides the cover panels of the airbags, cover
ensure that the mirror functions perfectly. them or modify them in any other way. Do
There is one photocell in the mirror frame; Protective effect not fit covers, cushions or other items to
the other is on the back of the mirror. The front airbags supplement the safety the front seats that have not been specially
belts by helping to provide additional approved for seats with side airbags. Do
Do not cover the area between the not hang clothing, e.g. jackets, over the

DATA
protection for the driver and front
inside rearview mirror and the wind- passenger in the event of a frontal collision backrests. Do not attempt to remove the
shield, and do not place stickers or toll tags in which the protection afforded by the airbag restraint system from the vehicle. In
on the windshield in front of the mirror.< belts alone may no longer be sufficient. the event of malfunctions, immobilization
When needed, the head and side airbags or use (triggering) of the airbag restraint
help to furnish protection in the event of system in accordance with its intended

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side impact. Each of the side airbags is function, only commission a MINI center
with the inspection, repair or disassembly.

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AIRBAGS TRANSPORTING CHILDREN

Do not make any changes yourself to the Indicator lamp


individual components and wiring. This The indicator lamp on the instru-
includes the padded cover of the steering ment panel shows the airbag
wheel, in the instrument panel and the roof system status starting from igni-
supports, as well as the sides of the roof- tion key position 1.
liner and the original backrest covers on the
System operational:
front seats. Do not attempt to remove or
dismantle the steering wheel. In view of > The indicator lamp comes on briefly.
the applicable safety regulations, arrange
for your MINI center to dispose of the System malfunction:
airbag generators. Unprofessional > The indicator lamp does not come on
attempts to service the system could lead > The indicator lamp fails to go out after
to failure in an emergency or undesired the engine has been started, or it comes Children younger than 13 years and/or
airbag activation, either of which could on during normal driving. smaller than 5 ft (150 cm) should only
result in personal injury. Do not touch the travel in the rear in suitable restraint
A system defect could prevent the airbags
individual components directly after the systems.
from deploying in response to a severe
system has been triggered, as otherwise impact occurring within the system's Commercially-available child-restraint
there is a danger of burns.< normal triggering range. systems are designed to be secured with a
lap belt or with the lap belt portion of a
At all times, occupants should sit Have the system checked as soon as
combination lap/shoulder belt. Improperly
upright and be properly restrained possible by your MINI center.
or inadequately installed restraint systems
(infants and small children in appropriate can increase the risk of injury to children.
child-restraint systems; larger children and Always read and follow the instructions
adults using the safety belts). Never let an that come with the system.
occupant's head rest near or on a head If you use a child-restraint system with a
airbag because the inflating airbag could tether strap:
cause serious or fatal injury. A child which
is not properly restrained could place his or
her head on or near the airbag.<

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TRANSPORTING CHILDREN SAFELY

OVERVIEW
Adjust the tether strap according to
the child restraint manufacturer's
instructions. Before installing any child-
restraint device or child seat, please read
the following:

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Never install a rearward-facing child-
restraint system in the front passenger seat
of this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the front

OPERATION
passenger. Because the backrest on any
rearward-facing child-restraint system –
Your vehicle has one of two different types Both seating positions are fitted with a of the kind designed for infants under
of child-restraint anchor fittings on the head restraint. Lift the head restraint and 1 year and 20 Ibs./9 kg – would be within
back of the rear seats, see arrows 1 or 2. pass the tether strap between the head the airbag's deployment range, you should
restraint and the seat back. It is recom- never mount such a device in the front
Depending on the location selected for
mended to readjust the head restraint into passenger seat, since the impact of the
seating in the rear passenger area, attach
the lowest possible position.

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the tether strap to the corresponding airbag against the child restraint's backrest
anchorage point to secure the child- could lead to serious or fatal injuries.
restraint system. If it is necessary for a child – not an infant –
to ride in the front seat, certain precautions
Adjust the tether strap according to the should be taken. First, move the passenger
child restraint manufacturer’s instructions. seat as far away from the instrument panel
as possible. This important precaution is

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Anchor fitting 1 is shown above. intended to maximize the distance
Anchor fitting 2 is shown in the next between the airbag and the child. Older
column.< children should be tightly secured with a
safety belt, after they have outgrown a
booster seat that is appropriate for their
age, height and weight. Younger children

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TRANSPORTING CHILDREN SAFELY

forward-facing child-restraint system that To lock the belt


has first been properly secured with a Pull the entire length of the belt from the
safety belt. Never install a rearward-facing belt retractor. Allow the reel to retract the
child-restraint system in the front belt somewhat and engage the buckle,
passenger seat. then tighten the belt against the child-
We strongly urge you to carefully read and restraint system. The retraction mecha-
comply with the instructions for installa- nism is now locked.
tion and use provided by the child
restraint's manufacturer whenever you use To unlock the belt
such a device.
Release the buckle, remove the child-
Be sure that all occupants – of all ages –
restraint system and allow the belt
remain properly and securely restrained at
Child seat security retractor to reel the belt completely in.
all times.
According to accident statistics, children All of the rear belt retractors and the front
are safer when properly restrained in the passenger's safety belt can be locked for
rear seats than in the front seating posi- mounting and securing child-restraint
tions.< systems.
Information regarding this is located near
All rear seats in your vehicle conform to the the buckle latch of each safety belt.
guidelines defined in SAE J1819, an
industry recommended practice for
securing child-restraint systems in motor
vehicles.

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TRANSPORTING CHILDREN VEHICLE MEMORY

OVERVIEW
How the system functions > Automatic activation of windshield
Doubtless you have often reflected on how wipers on cleaning
great it would be if you could configure > "Follow me home" lamps
your vehicle's various adjustment settings Low beams light up for a short time after
to meet your own personal requirements. the engine has been switched off

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In developing this vehicle, the manufac- > Locking when engine is running (with
turer has incorporated a number of options second key)
that your MINI center can program to > Stop function of power windows on
reflect your individual preferences. opening/closing
> Activating/deactivating daytime driving
lamps*

OPERATION
What the system can do
> Switching on interior lamps via remote
LATCH child-restraint system Your MINI center can provide you with
control.
details on the capabilities of the Vehicle
Open the cover.
Memory system.
The illustration is an example showing This symbol draws your attention to
Examples for Vehicle Memory: other Vehicle Memory functions
the mounts for the LATCH (Lower Anchors
and Tethers for Children) child-restraint > Signals an acknowledgement when described in the Owner's Manual.<

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mounting system at the right rear. locking or unlocking your vehicle
The system is also available at the left rear > Automatic locking after starting off
position. > Automatic unlocking when the parking
brake is applied
Always follow all manufacturer's > Selective central locking
instructions and observe all safety First open the driver's door, then the
precautions when installing the LATCH whole car

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child-restraint system.< > Automatic opening/closing of sliding/tilt
sunroof
> Opening/closing windows and/or
sliding/tilt sunroof via remote control
> Speed-dependent windshield wiper

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IGNITION LOCK STARTING THE ENGINE

Vehicles with Continuously Variable Do not allow the engine to warm up with
automatic Transmission (CVT): the vehicle at a standstill. Move off imme-
Do not move the selector lever from posi- diately at a moderate engine speed.
tion "P" until the engine is running.
Your vehicle is equipped with an interlock. Do not allow the engine to run in
Therefore, the ignition key cannot be enclosed spaces. The exhaust gases
turned to position 0 and removed until the contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and
selector lever is in position "P" (Interlock).<colorless, but highly toxic gas.
Breathing the exhaust gases poses an
1 Steering unlocked extreme health risk, and can lead to uncon-
Individual electrical accessories are ready sciousness and death.
for operation. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with
0 Steering locked the engine running. An unattended vehicle
1 Steering unlocked You will find that it is often easier to turn
with a running engine represents a poten-
2 Ignition switched on the ignition key from position 0 to posi-
tial safety hazard. When driving, standing
3 Starting the engine tion 1 when you move the steering wheel
at idle or when parking, take precautions to
slightly to help disengage the lock.
avoid contact between the hot exhaust
0 Steering locked system and easily flammable materials
The key can be inserted or removed in this
2 Ignition switched on (grass, hay or leaves, for example). Such
position only. All electrical accessories are ready for oper- contact could lead to a fire, resulting in
ation. serious personal injury and property
To lock the steering: damage.<
1. Remove the key
3 Starting the engine
2. Turn the steering wheel slightly to the Vehicles with manual transmission:
left or right until the lock engages. Step on the clutch when starting the
vehicle. A lockout prevents the engine from
starting if the clutch is not depressed.<

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STARTING THE ENGINE SWITCHING OFF THE ENGINE

OVERVIEW
Starting Manual transmission You should never remove the ignition
When starting the engine, do not press the 1.Engage the parking brake key when the vehicle is in motion, as
accelerator pedal. 2.Put the manual gearshift lever in neutral the steering lock could engage.
3.Press the clutch pedal When you leave the vehicle, always remove
Do not actuate the starter for too 4.Start the engine. the ignition key and engage the steering

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short a time. Do not turn it for more lock.
than approx. 20 seconds. Release the igni- Continuously Variable automatic When you park on downward slopes,
tion key immediately when the engine Transmission (CVT)* engage the parking brake.<
starts. 1. Press the footbrake
Extended starting attempts, characterized Manual transmission
2. Put the selector lever in position P or N

OPERATION
by excessively frequent or long periods 3. Starting the engine. Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.
with the starter engaged, can lead to
damage in the catalytic converter.< Move the selector lever to position N Continuously Variable automatic
and engage the parking brake before Transmission (CVT)*
If the engine does not start on the first leaving your vehicle with the engine Engage selector lever position P, turn the
attempt (the engine is very hot or cold, for running. ignition key to position 1 or 0.
instance): Do not leave the vehicle with the engine

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> Press the accelerator pedal halfway running. An unattended vehicle with a
down while engaging the starter. running engine represents a potential
Cold starts at extremely low temperatures safety hazard.<
(as of approx. +5 7(–15 6)):
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter

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> For the initial start attempt, allow the
starter to remain engaged somewhat
longer (approx. 10 seconds).

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PARKING BRAKE

If, in exceptional circumstances,


it should be necessary to engage the
parking brake while the vehicle is
in motion, do not pull the lever with
excessive pressure. Keep your thumb
pressed against the release button while
carefully pulling the lever up to apply
moderate pressure.
Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking
and loss of traction (fishtailing) at the rear
axle.
The brake lamps do not come on when the
The parking brake is designed primarily to parking brake is engaged.
prevent the vehicle from rolling when it is Vehicles with manual transmission:
parked. It operates against the rear wheels. Always engage the parking brake when
parking on hills and inclined surfaces, as
To engage first gear or reverse may not provide
Lever automatically locks in position. adequate resistance to rolling.
The warning lamp in the instrument cluster Vehicles with CVT:
comes on when the ignition key is in posi- Place the selector lever in P.<
tion 2, see page 16.

To release
1. Pull up slightly
2. Press the button
3. Push the lever downwards.

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MANUAL TRANSMISSION

OVERVIEW
Reverse
Before selecting reverse gear, ensure the
vehicle is stationary; then, fully press the
clutch pedal and pause briefly before
moving the gearshift lever into position.

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As you do this, the backup lamps will turn
on automatically when the ignition key is
in position 2.
5-speed transmission:
Press the gearshift lever to the right and to

OPERATION
the back.
The manual gearshift lever neutral plane 6-speed transmission:
lies in the gear plane of the 3rd/4th gear. Press the gearshift lever to the left to over-
When shifting from each gear into come the slight resistance and press
"Neutral", the manual gearshift lever forwards.
springs back automatically into the gear- As you do this, the backup lamps will turn

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shift lever neutral plane. on automatically when the ignition key is
in position 2.
6-speed transmission*
When changing gear in the 5th/6th Do not hold the vehicle in place on
gear plane, press the gearshift lever slopes by slipping or "riding" the
to the right to prevent shifting to a gear of clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
Riding the clutch causes the clutch

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the 3rd/4th gear plane.<
assembly to wear out sooner.<

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CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT) *

You can drive with a steplessly shifting CVT. While the vehicle is stationary and
In addition, you can also shift manually. before shifting out of P or N, press
When you move the selector lever from the the brake pedal in order to disengage the
D position to the right into the M/S + – selector lever lock mechanism (Shiftlock).
range, the performance-oriented shift If the engine speed is too high when the
programs of the CVT are engaged. Step- vehicle is at a standstill, the selector lever
tronic enters the manual selection mode is also blocked to protect the transmission.
and executes the desired shift whenever Hold the brake pedal down until starting
you tap the selector lever in the direction off. Otherwise the vehicle will "creep" when
indicated by "+" or "–" . a drive position is engaged.<
Whenever you want to use automatic
To prevent the vehicle from starting
again, just move the selector lever toward Selector lever positions off on its own, always move the
the left to position D.
P R N D M/S + – selector lever to position P or N and engage
the parking brake before leaving your
In positition D, you achieve the
Range selection vehicle with the engine running.
lowest fuel consumption for average
Inadvertent engaging of certain selector Do not leave the vehicle unattended with
driving.<
lever positions is prevented by a lock. the engine running. An unattended vehicle
with a running engine represents a poten-
Press the button on the front side of the tial safety hazard.<
selector lever knob. The lock is released.
If the selector lever is not placed in
position P when the vehicle is parked,
the position display of the selector lever
stays on. This can lead to battery
discharge.<

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CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT) *

OVERVIEW
P Park The transmission will only execute upshifts
Select "P" only when the vehicle is and downshifts that will result in a plau-
completely stopped. Transmission locks to sible combination of vehicle speed and
prevent rear wheels from turning. engine rpm, forinstance, downshifts that
would result in excessive engine speed are

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R Reverse not executed.
Select "R" only when the vehicle is Switching from M/S + – into the selector
completely stopped. lever positions P, R and N and switching
from manual mode back into the Sport
N Neutral program is only possible via D.

OPERATION
Select "N" only if your journey is inter-
rupted for a long period. M/S + – Manual mode and Sport
program
D Drive (CVT driving position) Switch from D into M/S + –:
This position is designed for driving under Activates the Sport program and indicates
all normal operating conditions. SD in the gear indicator in the speedo-

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meter.
"Kickdown" > Press briefly:
In "kickdown", you achieve maximum CVT shifts from the Sport program to the
acceleration and maximum speed in posi- manual mode
tion D. > Press selector lever briefly towards "+":
Press the accelerator pedal past the Transmission shifts upwards
increased resistance point at the full- > Press selector lever briefly towards "–":

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throttle position. Transmission shifts back.
1 to 6 appear in the gear indicator.

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CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT) *

Do not work in the engine compart-


ment when a drive gear (forward or
reverse) is engaged. If you do this, the
vehicle could move.<

Jump-starting and towing, refer to


pages 113, 115.<

Available displays
P R N D SD 1 2 3 4 5 6 EP

Electronic transmission control module


If there is a malfunction in the transmission
system, EP appears in the display.
All selector lever positions can still be
selected. In positions for driving forward:
The vehicle can now only be driven with a
limited gear selection.

Avoid high engine loads. Proceed to


the nearest MINI center.<

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PARKING LAMPS/LOW BEAMS SIGNAL/HEADLAMP FLASHER

OVERVIEW
You can also have this function acti-
vated.<

Switching on the standing lamps


For parking, you can activate lights on one

CONTROLS
side of the vehicle (observe local laws).
In ignition key position 0:
Move the lever into the relevant turn signal
indicator position.

OPERATION
"Lights on" warning
Switching on the parking lamps If the lights have not been switched off and 1 Turn signal indicator (green indicator
Turn to the first position. the ignition key is in position 0, an acoustic accompanied by periodic clicking sound
The front, rear and side vehicle lighting is signal sounds for a few seconds when you from the relay)
switched on. open the driver's door to remind you that 2 High beams/Headlamp flasher (blue
One-sided standing lamps, see next the lights have not been switched off. indicator lamp)

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column.
Daytime driving lamps* To signal briefly
Switching on the low beams If you desire, the light switch can be left in Press the lever up to but not beyond the
Turn to the second position. the second position: detent.
With the low beams on and with the igni- When the ignition is switched off, the
tion switched off, only the parking lamps external lighting is also switched off. If the indicator lamp of the indicators
will remain on. and the clicking from the relay are

DATA
You can have this function set by both faster than normal: one of the turn
"Follow me home" lamps your MINI center.< signal indicators has failed.<
If you switch off the engine with the low
beams on, and then switch off the low
beams, they remain lit for approx. one

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minute.

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INSTRUMENT LIGHTING FOG LAMPS INTERIOR LAMPS

To control the instrument lighting, press When the parking lamps/low beams are Switching the interior lamps on and
the button. switched on: off manually
Briefly press the switch upwards or down- Press button 1.
To increase the illumination intensity wards.
Keep the button pressed until the desired Briefly press once again to switch off. Switching the reading lamps on and
brightness is reached. off
Fog lamps* Press button 2.
To decrease the illumination intensity
Fog lamps switched on:
Press the button briefly.
Green light-emitting diode in the
With each brief press of the button, the
switch lights up.
illumination intensity is reduced in steps.
The fog lamps are deactivated whenever
the high beams are switched on.

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LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES WASHER/WIPER SYSTEM

OVERVIEW
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) installed Rain sensor*
behind translucent lenses serve as the light The rain sensor is located on the wind-
source for many of the controls and shield, directly in front of the interior rear-
displays in your vehicle. These light-emit- view mirror. When the rain sensor is
ting diodes are related to conventional activated, the windshield wipers are auto-

CONTROLS
lasers, and legislation defines them as matically controlled depending on the
"light-emitting diodes, Class 1". amount of water (or snow) landing on the
windshield.
Do not remove the protective lens
To activate the rain sensor:
and avoid staring directly at the unfil-
From ignition key position 1:

OPERATION
tered beam for several hours, as inflamma-
tion of the iris could result.< Lever in position 1.
0 Wipers parked The wipers move across the windshield
1 Intermittent operation or rain sensor once.
2 Normal wiper speed
To deactivate the rain sensor:
3 Fast wiper speed
4 Brief wipe Put lever in position 0.
5 Clean windshield and headlamps

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Switch the rain sensor off when
Intermittent operation passing through an automatic car
wash. Failure to do so could result in
(not on vehicles with rain sensor)
damage caused by undesired wiper activa-
The interval varies depending on the speed tion.<
being driven.

DATA
You can have this function set by Fast wiper speed
your MINI center.< When the vehicle is stationary, the wipers
switch automatically to normal wiper
speed.

You can have this function activated/

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deactivated by your MINI center.<

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WASHER/WIPER SYSTEM

Cleaning windshield and headlamps*


The system sprays washer fluid against the
windshield. The wipers are automatically
activated for a brief period.
When the vehicle lighting is on, the head-
lamps are also cleaned at appropriate inter-
vals.

Do not use the washers if there is any


danger that the fluid will freeze on
the windshield. If you do so, your vision
could be obscured. For this reason, use an Rear window wiper
antifreeze agent, see page 89.
6 Intermittent operation:
Do not use the washers when the reservoir
Turn the cap to position 6
is empty, since this could cause damage to
The rear window wiper moves across the
the washing pump.<
window a number of times before
switching to intermittent operation
Windshield washer jets*
The windshield washer jets are heated Cleaning the rear window
automatically when the ignition key is in
7 Intermittent operation:
position 2.
Turn the cap to position 7 and hold in
place
8 In lever position 0:
Turn the cap to position 8 and hold in
place

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CRUISE CONTROL*

OVERVIEW
To activate the system To decelerate
From ignition key position 1: Press button 4.
Press button 2. If you are already driving with active cruise
The indicator lamp in the instrument control, the speed is decreased by approx.

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cluster lights up. 1 mph (2 km/h) every time you briefly tap
Cruise control is active. the button.

To maintain and store speed or to Press and hold button 4.


accelerate With the cruise control active, the system
automatically reduces the throttle opening

OPERATION
Press button 3.
to slow the vehicle. When you release the
The system maintains and stores the
Starting at about 25 mph (40 km/h), the button, the system maintains and stores
current vehicle speed. Every time you tap
vehicle maintains and stores any vehicle the current speed.
the button, the speed increases by approx.
speed that you specify.
1 mph (2 km/h).
Do not use cruise control on twisting
Press and hold button 3.
roads, when high traffic density

REPAIRS
prevents driving at a constant speed, when The vehicle accelerates without pressure on
the road surface is slick (snow, rain, ice), or the accelerator pedal. When you release
when the road surface is loose (rocks, the button, the system maintains and
sand).< stores the current speed.

If, on a downhill gradient, the engine

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braking effect is not sufficient, the
controlled speed may be exceeded. Speed
can drop on uphill grades if the engine
output is insufficient.<

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CRUISE CONTROL*

To cancel the cruise control To continue cruise control


When the system is activated, press Press button 1.
button 2. The vehicle accelerates to and maintains
The indicator lamp stays lit. the last speed stored. If you turn the igni-
You can use the cruise control again as tion key to position 0, the stored speed is
required. deleted and the system is deactivated.
In addition, cruise control is canceled auto-
matically To deactivate the system
> if the brakes are applied With cancelled cruise control, press
> when you apply pressure to the clutch button 2 once again.
pedal, or when you move the CVT The indicator lamp goes out and the stored
selector lever from D to P, N or R speed is deleted.
> or if the cruise speed is either exceeded
or not met for an extended length of
time (if you press the accelerator pedal
and exceed the stored speed, for
example).

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ODOMETER TACHOMETER FUEL GAUGE

OVERVIEW
CONTROLS
OPERATION
1 Trip odometer Do not operate the engine with the needle In the speedometer
To set to zero: in the red overspeed zone of the gauge. Once indicator lamp 1 stays on continu-
With ignition key in position 1, press the To protect the engine, the power is reduced ously, there are still approx. 2.1 gallons
button until the trip odometer is at zero. when you approach a certain engine speed (8 liters) of fuel in the fuel tank.
in this sector. Tank capacity: approx. 13.2 gallons

REPAIRS
2 Odometer (50 liters).
You can activate the displays shown in the When you switch on the ignition, the indi-
illustration with the ignition key in posi- cator lamp lights up briefly to confirm that
tion 0 by pressing the button in the instru- the system is operational.
ment cluster. If the tilt of the vehicle varies (when you
are driving in mountainous areas, for
example), the needle may fluctuate

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slightly.

Please refuel early, since driving to


the last drop of fuel can result in
damage to the engine and/or catalytic

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converter.<

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FUEL GAUGE TEMPERATURE GAUGE

1 Red indicator lamp


When you switch on the ignition, warning
lamp 1 comes on briefly to confirm that the
system is operational.
If the lamp comes on while operating the
vehicle, the engine has overheated. Switch
off the engine immediately and allow it to
cool down.

Navigation system option


Coolant temperature warning
In the navigation system Low temperature lamp in the tachometer.
Please also comply with the instruc- The needle is located at the bottom or on If the lamp comes on while oper-
tions in the previous column.< the right. ating the vehicle, the engine has over-
heated. Switch off the engine immediately
The engine is still cold. Drive at moderate
Once indicator lamp 1 switches from and allow it to cool down.
engine and vehicle speeds.
orange to red, there are still approx.
2.1 gallons (8 liters) of fuel in the fuel tank. Center position
Normal operating temperature of the
engine.

High temperature
As soon as there is a deviation from the
center position upwards or to the left:
Drive moderately and at low engine speed,
if necessary, switch off the engine and
allow to cool down.
Checking coolant level, see page 91.

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SERVICE INTERVAL DISPLAY

OVERVIEW
A flashing message and a "–" in front of the
number mean that the service interval has
already been exceeded by the distance
shown on the display. Please contact your
MINI center for an appointment.

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For more information on the Service
Interval Display, see page 93.

OPERATION
Remaining distance for service Brake fluid change
The displays shown in the illustration You can obtain a display of the number of
appear for a few seconds when the ignition days remaining until the next due brake
key is in position 1 or after the engine is fluid change, see page 92.
started. While the next due service is displayed,

REPAIRS
The next service due appears in miles (kilo- press the button in the display element.
meters) with the message INSPECTION or/ As of the due date of the brake fluid
and OILSERVICE, together with the distance change, the clock symbol also lights up in
remaining before the next scheduled the remaining distance display for Service,
service. The computer bases its calculations see left column. Please contact your MINI
of the remaining distance on your driving center for an appointment.
style in the period immediately preceding

DATA
your data request. Periods of immobilization in which
the battery is disconnected are not
taken into account by the display.
For this reason, ensure that the brake fluid,
independent of the display, is replaced

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every two years at the latest, see page 92.<

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CLOCK COMPUTER*

The displays appear in the following order:


Outside temperature, cruising range,
average fuel consumption, average vehicle
speed.
Starting with ignition key position 1, the
last active setting is displayed.

If the vehicle is equipped with a navi-


gation system, see chapter covering
the computer in the navigation system
Owner's Manual.<
Settings Mode selection
From ignition key position 1: With the ignition key in position 1 and
Left button: hours higher, you can use the button in the turn
signal indicator lever to retrieve informa-
Right button: minutes
tion from the computer for display in the
tachometer. By pressing the button briefly,
Move forward in increments:
you can call up a new function for display.
Press the button
or
Fast forward:
Press and hold the button

Changeover from 24-hour to 12-hour


mode:
Press both buttons at the same time for
approx. 5 seconds.

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COMPUTER*

OVERVIEW
Average speed –
Average fuel consumption
Press the button in the turn signal indicator
lever for a longer period.

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The average speed value/consumption
value on display is recalculated.
Any time spent when the vehicle is
stationary and the engine is switched off
is ignored for the calculation.

OPERATION
Outside temperature
If the vehicle is equipped with a tacho-
meter, but not with a computer, the
temperature is always displayed.

REPAIRS
You can display the exterior tempera-
ture and distance driven in other
units of measurement.<

Cruising range
The computer bases its calculations for the
cruising range on the driving style and on

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the remaining fuel in the tank.

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AUTOMATIC STABILITY CONTROL PLUS TRACTION (ASC+T) *

The concept Indicator lamp


This system optimizes vehicle stability and The indicator lamp on the instru-
traction, especially when just starting off, ment cluster will go out shortly
when accelerating or when cornering. after the ignition has been
ASC+T recognizes the danger present in switched on, see pages 16, 17.
traction loss and will increase driving If the indicator lamp flashes:
stability and traction by reducing the ASC+T controls the drive and braking
engine's output, and if necessary, by forces.
applying the brakes to the front wheels.
ASC+T is operational each time you start If the indicator lamp fails to go out
the engine. after the engine is started, or if it
Switch off the ASC+T comes on during normal driving and stays
The laws of physics cannot be on:
repealed, even with ASC+T. An appro- Briefly press the switch. If the system is either defective or was
priate driving style always remains the The indicator lamp stays lit. switched off with the button, then the
responsibility of the driver. Avoid using the When driving with snow chains or to "rock stabilizing applications described are no
additional safety margin provided by the free" in snow, it can be helpful to switch off longer available. You can, however, drive
system as an excuse for taking unnecessary the ASC+T for a brief period. the vehicle normally without ASC+T.
risks. In the event of a malfunction, please see
Do not make any modifications to the To maintain vehicle stability, always your MINI center, see pages 16, 17.<
ASC+T system. Allow only authorized tech- drive with the ASC+T switched on
nicians to perform service procedures on whenever possible.<
the ASC+T.<
Switch the ASC+T back on
Briefly press the switch once again.
Indicator lamp goes out.

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DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL (DSC) *

OVERVIEW
The concept Indicator lamp
This system maintains driving stability The indicator lamp on the instru-
even in critical driving situations. ment cluster will go out shortly
The system optimizes vehicle stability after the ignition has been
switched on, see pages 16, 17.

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during acceleration and when starting
from a full stop, as well as optimizing trac-
tion. In addition, it recognizes unstable If the indicator lamp flashes:
vehicle conditions, such as under- or over- DSC controls the drive and braking forces.
steering, and, as far as is possible within
the laws of physics, helps keeping the If the indicator lamp fails to go out

OPERATION
vehicle on a steady course by reducing the after the engine is started, or if it
rpms and brake applications to the indi- comes on during normal driving and stays
To switch off the DSC on:
vidual wheels.
Briefly press the switch. If the system is either defective or was
The DSC is operational every time you start
The indicator lamp stays lit. switched off with the button, then the
the engine. DSC contains the functions
stabilizing applications described are no
Antilock Brake System ABS/Electronic Brake When driving with snow chains, it may be
effective to switch off the DSC for a brief longer available. The vehicle will remain
Force Distribution EBV/ASC+T.

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period. completely operational, however, without
DSC.
The laws of physics cannot be
To maintain stability, always drive In the event of a malfunction, please see
repealed, even with DSC. An appro-
with the DSC switched on whenever your MINI center, see pages 16, 17.<
priate driving style always remains the
responsibility of the driver. We therefore possible.<
urge you to avoid using the additional

DATA
safety margin of the system as an excuse To switch DSC back on
for taking risks. Briefly press the switch once again.
Do not make any modifications to the DSC Indicator lamp goes out.
system. Allow only authorized technicians
to perform service procedures on the
DSC.<

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FLAT TIRE MONITOR

The concept Flat tire


The tire inflation pressure is determined The indicator lamp in the instru-
from the signals of the ABS sensors. ment cluster informs you by
The system provides an alert whenever the flashing when the tire inflation
tire inflation pressure drops below the pressure of a tire drops in relation to any
pressure in any other tire. other tire. In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded.
Requirement > Vehicles with safety (run-flat) tires, see
So that the system can "familiarize" itself notes on pages 110, 80, 84
with the correct inflation pressure, please > Vehicles with normal tires, see notes on
do the following: pages 106, 80.
1. Check the tire inflation pressure in all Initializing the system
tires The Flat Tire Monitor cannot alert you
Only initialize the system if the inflation
2. Compare them with the inflation pres- to severe and sudden tire damage
pressure, e. g. after a tire change, has been
sure table, see page 81, and adjust the caused by external factors. Another factor
corrected.
pressures if necessary which the Flat Tire Monitor does not recog-
nize is the balanced and very gradual pres- 1. Ignition key in position 2
3. Initialize the system.
sure loss that takes place in all tires over an 2. Press the button long enough for the
extended period of time.< yellow indicator lamp in the instrument
Check the tire inflation pressure
cluster to light up for a few seconds
regularly and correct it if necessary,
Malfunctions 3. Start the engine.
see page 80.<
As long as there is still a malfunction, the After a few minutes driving time, the Flat
yellow indicator lamp on the instrument Tire Monitor sets the current inflation pres-
cluster will stay lit up. sure in the tires as the target values to be
The indicator lamp also lights up in the monitored.
event of a system malfunction.
Please contact your MINI center in these
cases.

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FLAT TIRE MONITOR PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC)*

OVERVIEW
Do not initialize the system when The concept System malfunctions will be indicated by
snow chains are fitted. When driving The PDC assists you when you back into a a continuous high-pitched tone when the
with snow chains, false alarms can occur or parking space. A signal warns you of the system is activated the first time. Please
pressure losses might not be detected.< distance to an obstacle. To do this, four have your MINI center resolve the problem.
ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper

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In the following situations false measure the distance to the nearest object. Even with PDC, final responsibility for
alarms can also occur under certain The range for the sensors located at both estimating the distance between the
circumstances or the detection of inflation rear corners ends approx. 2 ft (60 cm) vehicle and any obstructions always
pressure loss can be delayed: behind the bumpers. The range for the two remains with the driver. Even when sensors
> When driving on roads covered with middle sensors is slightly less than 5 ft are involved, there is a blind spot in which

OPERATION
snow or on other slippery road surfaces (1.5 meters). objects cannot be detected. Moreover, the
> A sporty driving style (slip at the driven detection of obstructions can approach the
The system starts to operate automatically
wheels, high lateral accelerations).< physical limits of ultrasonic measurement,
about one second after you select reverse
as occurs e. g. in the case of thin and
with the ignition key in position 2. PDC is
wedge-shaped objects.
deactivated when you shift back out of
Certain sources of sound, such as a loud
reverse.
radio, could drown out the PDC signal

REPAIRS
tone.<
Acoustical signals
The distance to the nearest object is indi- Keep the sensors clean and free of ice
cated by a tone sounding at various inter- or snow in order to ensure that they
vals. As the distance between vehicle and will continue to operate effectively.
object decreases, the intervals between the Do not apply high pressure spray to the
tones become shorter. A continuous tone sensors for a prolonged period of time.

DATA
indicates the presence of an object less Always maintain a distance of more than
than 9 in (20 cm) away. 4 in (10 cm).<
The warning signal is canceled after
approx. three seconds if the distance to the
obstacle remains constant during this time

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(if you are moving parallel to a wall, for
instance).

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AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM

1 Air onto the windshield and onto the 4 Temperature 65 8 Air distribution
side windows 5 Windshield heating 65 9 Recirculated-air mode 65
2 Air for the upper body area 66 6 Blower for air supply 65 10 Rear window defroster 65
3 Air for the front and rear footwells 7 Air conditioner 65

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AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM

OVERVIEW
Air supply Rear window defroster Air conditioner
You can select blower speeds Rear window defroster switched Air conditioner operation
from 1 to 4. Position 0: blower is on: switched on:
switched off. The button for Indicator lamp lights up. Indicator lamp lights up.
recirculated-air mode fully blocks As long as the indicator lamp is lit, the The air is cooled and dehumidified and –

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the supply of air from outside. heating operates at high power output depending on the temperature setting –
Heating and ventilation operate as of posi- (rapid defrosting). rewarmed.
tion 1. Indicator lamp goes out. After the engine start, the windshield can
The heating continues to run with reduced fog over briefly.
Temperature power output and then switches itself off

OPERATION
Condensation forms in the air condi-
Turn to the right (red) to increase automatically.
tioner system during operation, and
the temperature of the
Windshield heating* then exits under the vehicle. Traces of
passenger compartment.
condensed water under the vehicle are
Rapid heating: turn to the Windshield heating switched on:
therefore normal.<
extreme right. Then select a pleasant inte- Indicator lamp lights up.
rior temperature. As long as the indicator lamp is
Recirculated-air mode
lit, the heating operates at high power

REPAIRS
output (rapid defrosting). Supply of outside air into the
Air distribution vehicle is blocked: indicator lamp
Air distribution in upper body Indicator lamp goes out.
lights up.
region , upper body region The heating continues to run with reduced
The air within the vehicle is recirculated.
and footwell , footwell , power output and then switches itself off
footwell and windows and automatically.
Do not run the recirculated-air mode
windows .

DATA
for longer than approx. 30 minutes,
All intermediate positions are possible, see as otherwise the air quality in the interior
illustration and overview on page 64. will deteriorate.<

If the windows fog over in the recir-


culated-air mode, switch the recircu-

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lated-air mode off and increase the air
supply as required.<

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AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM

Microfilter
The microfilter removes dust and pollen
from the incoming air.
Your MINI center will replace it during
routine maintenance. A substantial reduc-
tion in the air supply indicates that the
filter must be replaced before scheduled
maintenance.

Draft-free ventilation Defrosting and demisting the


Air supply for the upper body area: windshield and side windows
Button 1: open and close the vent outlets 1. Set the rotary blower speed control for
as required by turning. the airflow rate to position 4
The points indicate the position in each 2. Turn the rotary temperature control
case. completely to the right (red)
3. Rotary control for air distribution in posi-
Vent 2: change the direction of the airflow
tion
by swiveling.
4. To defrost the rear window: switch on
the rear window defroster and, if
required, the windshield heating.

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AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL*

OVERVIEW
CONTROLS
OPERATION
REPAIRS
1 Air onto the windshield and onto the 5 Interior temperature sensor – please 10 Temperature 68
side windows keep clear and unobstructed

DATA
11 Display for temperature and air
2 Air for the upper body area, see page 69 6 Recirculated-air mode 68 supply 68
3 Air for the front and rear footwells 7 Air conditioner 68 12 Blower for air supply 69
4 Rear window and windshield 8 Automatic air distribution and 13 Defrosting and demisting the
heating 68 supply 68 windshield and side windows 69

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9 Switching the automatic climate 14 Individual air distribution 69
control on/off 68

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AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL*

Automatic air distribution and supply After the engine start, the windshield can Rear window defroster and windshield
Automatic program (AUTO): fog over briefly. Switching on the air condi- heating*
Indicator lamp lights up. tioner reduces condensation on the Rear window defroster and wind-
Automatic adjustment of the air distribu- windows. shield heating switched on:
tion and the air supply and adaptation of Indicator lamp lights up.
the specified temperatures to external Condensation forms in the air condi- As long as the indicator lamp is lit, the
influences (outside temperature and tioner system during operation, and heating operates at high power output
sunlight). then exits under the vehicle. Traces of (rapid defrosting).
condensed water under the vehicle are
In the automatic program (AUTO), the air Indicator lamp goes out.
therefore normal.<
conditioner is activated automatically. The heating continues to run with reduced
power output and then switches itself off
Recirculated-air mode
Switching the automatic climate automatically.
control on/off Supply of outside air into the
vehicle is blocked: Temperature
The blower, heating and air condi-
Indicator lamp lights up.
tioner are switched off. Setting the temperature:
The air within the vehicle is recirculated.
To switch the automatic climate control on Move or turn the wheel in the
In the automatic program (AUTO) in hot appropriate direction to increase
again:
weather conditions, the recirculated-air the temperature step by step.
Press any button of the automatic climate
mode is activated temporarily to enable
control. The figures in the display provide a general
faster cooling.
indication of interior temperature. When
Air conditioner Do not run the recirculated-air mode
you start the vehicle, the system ensures
Air conditioner switched on: that the selected temperature is achieved
for longer than approx. 30 minutes,
Indicator lamp lights up. as quickly as possible and then maintained.
as otherwise the air quality in the interior
The air is cooled and dehumidified and – will deteriorate.<
depending on the temperature setting – Permanent heating with maximum
rewarmed. power output at temperature selec-
If the windows fog over in the recir-
tion "HI". Permanent cooling at "LO".<
In the automatic program (AUTO), the air culated-air mode, switch the recircu-
conditioner is activated automatically. lated-air mode off and increase the air
supply as required.<

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AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL*

OVERVIEW
Air supply Microfilter/activated-charcoal filter
Press the left or right half of the The microfilter removes dust and pollen
button: the air supply varies. from the incoming air. The activated-char-
coal filter provides additional protection by
Defrosting and demisting the filtering gaseous pollutants from the

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windshield and side windows outside air.
Press the button briefly. Your MINI center replaces this combined
The indicator lamp flashes. filter as a standard part of your scheduled
Ice and condensation are removed from the maintenance. A substantial reduction in
rear window/windshield and side the air supply indicates that the filter must

OPERATION
windows. be replaced before scheduled maintenance.
The rear window defroster/windshield Draft-free ventilation
heating is switched on automatically. It can Air supply for the upper body area:
be switched off again separately.
Button 1: open and close the vent outlets
Press the button for a longer period. as required by turning.
Only air to the windshield. The points indicate the position in each

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case.
Individual air distribution Vent 2: change the direction of the airflow
Combine the air distribution by swiveling.
yourself. This switches off the
automatic program.

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GLOVE COMPARTMENT ASHTRAY/BEVERAGE HOLDER CIGARETTE LIGHTER

To open: Ashtray From ignition key position 1:


Pull the handle. The ashtray is located in one of the Press the cigarette lighter in.
The light goes on. beverage holders in the center console. Remove as soon as the lighter jumps back
In the rear, an ashtray can also be fitted in out.
To close: the beverage holder at the end of the
Fold the door up. center console. Hold or touch the hot cigarette
lighter by the knob only. Holding or
To prevent injury in the event of an Beverage holders touching it in other areas could result in
accident, close the glove compart- There are two beverage holders at the front burns. <
ment immediately after use.< of the center console. Another is located at
the end of the center console. Lighter socket
Suitable for attaching power supplies for
flashlights, car vacuum cleaners, etc., up to
a rating of approx. 200 Watts at 12 Volts.
Avoid damaging the socket with plugs of
different shapes or sizes.

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LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT COVER FOLDABLE REAR BACKREST

OVERVIEW
When the tailgate is opened, the luggage
compartment cover is also raised.

Never place heavy or hard objects on


the luggage compartment cover, as

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otherwise occupants could be injured
during braking maneuvers.<

The warning triangle* is located


beneath the luggage compartment

OPERATION
cover, see page 113.
Comply with legal requirements requiring
you to carry a hazard warning triangle in Removal Unlock and fold
the vehicle.< To load bulky luggage, the compartment 1. Pull lever
cover can be removed. 2. Fold the rear backrest forwards.
1. Remove the retaining straps on the
tailgate When folding the backrest back into

REPAIRS
2. Pull the luggage compartment cover out its original position always ensure
towards the rear. that the detent engages securely. A loose
backrest might fail to prevent cargo from
entering the passenger compartment
during sudden braking or evasive maneu-
vers, posing a potential hazard to occu-
pants.<

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LOADING CARGO

Stowing cargo > For very heavy loads when the rear seat Securing the load
> Load heavy cargo as far forward as is not occupied, secure each safety belt in > For small, light items, secure using the
possible – directly behind the backrests – the opposite buckle. This provides addi- luggage compartment net* or elastic
and as low as possible tional stabilization for the rear backrests. straps
> Cover sharp edges and corners > For large, heavy items, see your MINI
> Do not pile objects higher than the top center for load-securing devices*.
edge of the backrest Lashing eyes are provided at the inner
corners of the luggage compartment for
attaching these load-securing devices
> Comply with the information enclosed
with the load-securing devices.

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LOADING CARGO ROOF-MOUNTED LUGGAGE RACK *

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Always position and secure the load When loading a roof-mounted
carefully. If you do not, it can luggage rack, ensure that there is
endanger the passengers during braking sufficient space for the movement of the
or evasive maneuvers. sliding/tilt sunroof and that no objects
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and axle load, see page 122, otherwise the gate, as otherwise damage can occur.<
vehicle's operating safety is no longer
assured and you are in violation of the law. Do not secure the roof-mounted
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in the luggage rack to the trim panels/
passenger compartment without first strips: the lack of a secure hold could lead

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securing them. Otherwise they would be to damage or accidents.<
thrown around during braking and evasive
maneuvers and endanger the occupants.< Special roof-mounted luggage racks
for your MINI are available as acces-
sories from your MINI center.<

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OPERATION, CARE, MAINTENANCE

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OWNER SERVICE PROCEDURES

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BREAK-IN PROCEDURES GENERAL DRIVING NOTES

To ensure that your vehicle provides Tires Parking the vehicle


maximum economy throughout a long Due to technical factors associated with Condensation forms in the air conditioner
service life, we request that you comply their manufacture, tires do not achieve system during operation, and then exits
with the following information: their full traction potential until after an under the vehicle. Traces of condensed
initial break-in period. We therefore ask water under the vehicle are therefore
Engine you to drive with extra care during the first normal.
Up to 1,200 miles (2,000 km): 200 miles (300 km).
Attempt to constantly vary both vehicle Brakes
and engine speed during these initial miles Brake system Do not rest your foot on the brake
while remembering to avoid engine speeds Approx. 300 miles (500 km) must be driven pedal while driving. Even light but
in excess of 4,500 rpm and/or vehicle before the brake pads and rotors achieve consistent pedal pressure can lead to high
speeds of over 95 mph (150 km/h). the optimum pad-surface and wear temperatures, brake wear and possibly
Absolutely avoid using the full-throttle or patterns required for trouble-free opera- even brake failure.<
kickdown position for the accelerator. tion and an extended service life.
Once you have driven 1,200 miles Hydroplaning
(2,000 km), both the engine and vehicle Clutch When driving on wet or slushy roads,
speed can be gradually increased. Roughly 300 miles (500 km) must be driven reduce road speed. If you do not, a
You should also comply with these break-in before the clutch starts to operate at wedge of water can form between tires and
procedures if the engine has to be replaced optimum efficiency. Remember to engage road surface. This phenomenon is charac-
at a later point. the clutch carefully during this initial terized by a partial or complete loss of
period. contact between the tires and the road
surface. The ultimate results are loss of
steering and braking control.<

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GENERAL DRIVING NOTES REFUELING

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Driving through water Simple and environmentally friendly
Do not drive through water on the Always observe all safety precautions
road if it is deeper than 1 ft (30 cm), posted at the service station when
and then only at walking speed at the handling fuel.<
most. Otherwise, the vehicle's engine, the

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electrical systems and the transmission When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
may be damaged.< completely into the filler pipe. Pulling the
nozzle out of the pipe during refueling
Clothes hooks > results in premature pump shutoff
When suspending clothing from the > and will reduce the effect of the fuel

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hooks, ensure that they will not vapor recovery system on the pump.
obstruct the driver's vision. Do not hang Always switch off the engine before As long as the filler nozzle is used properly,
heavy objects on the hooks. If you do so, refueling. If you do not, fuel cannot the fuel tank is full whenever the nozzle
they could cause personal injury during be filled into the tank and the "Service shuts off the first time.
braking or evasive maneuvers.< Engine Soon" lamp may come on.< Tank capacity: approx. 13.2 gallons
(50 liters).
High temperatures 1. Open the fuel filler door

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High temperatures occur in any 2. Turn the filler cap counterclockwise Close the fuel cap carefully after
vehicle equipped with a catalytic 3. Put the filler cap in the bracket attached refuelling until a "click" is heard.
converter. Do not remove the heat protec- to the fuel filler door. While closing, be sure not to squeeze the
tion plates fitted in the area of the exhaust strap which is fastened to the filler cap.
system and do not apply body-cavity Always observe all applicable precau- A loose or missing cap will activate the
protectant to this area. When driving, tions and regulations when handling "Service Engine Soon" warning lamp.<

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standing at idle or when parking, take fuels. Never carry spare fuel containers in
precautions to avoid contact between the your vehicle. Whether empty or full, these Refill early to avoid damaging the
hot exhaust system and easily flammable containers can leak, cause an explosion, catalytic converter; never attempt to
materials (grass, hay or leaves, for and lead to fire in the event of a collision.< drive to the last drop of fuel in the tank.<
example). Such contact could lead to a fire,
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FUEL SPECIFICATIONS ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS)

The engine uses lead-free gasoline only. The concept


Required fuel: The ABS keeps the wheels from locking
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline, while braking, thereby enhancing active
driving safety.
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index. ABS also includes Electronic Brake Force
Distribution (EBV).
Do not use leaded fuels. The use of
leaded fuels will cause permanent Braking with ABS
damage to the emissions-control system's To achieve optimal performance from ABS
oxygen sensor and the catalytic when reacting to critical situations you
converter.< should apply maximum pressure to the
brake pedal ("panic stop").
Since the vehicle maintains steering
responsiveness, you can nevertheless avoid
possible obstacles with a minimum of
steering effort.
Pulsation of the brake pedal in conjunction
with the sound of hydraulic regulation indi-
cates to you that you are driving at the limit
and reminds you to readapt your vehicle's
speed to road surface conditions.

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BRAKE SYSTEM

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Brake fluid level It is a good idea to periodically dry the Brake pads
If the brake fluid level is too low and brake brakes with a gentle application when For your own safety: use only brake
pedal travel has become longer, there may driving in rain and on wet roads. pads that the manufacturer has
be a defect in one of the brake system's Monitor traffic conditions to ensure that released for your particular vehicle model.
hydraulic circuits. this maneuver does not endanger other The manufacturer cannot evaluate non-

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road users. The heat generated in this approved brake pads to determine if they
Proceed to the nearest MINI center. process helps dry the brake pads and rotors are suited for use, and therefore cannot
Higher brake application pressure to ensure that your brake system will ensure the operating safety of the vehicle
may be necessary under these conditions, respond with undiminished efficiency if they are installed.<
there may be slight "pull" to one side, and when you need it.

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brake pedal travel may be longer. Please Extended or steep mountain descents
remember to adapt your driving style should be driven in the gear or in the
accordingly.< driving position in which only minimal peri-
odic brake application is required. This
Disc brakes helps avoid placing excessive loads on the
When the vehicle is driven only occasion- brake system. Stay within the allowable
ally, during extended periods when the speed range, refer to page 55.

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vehicle is not used at all, and in operating
conditions where brake applications are Do not coast with the clutch pressed
less frequent, there is an increased or with the transmission or selector
tendency for corrosion of the brake rotors lever in Neutral. Do not coast with the
and accumulation of contamination on the engine switched off. The engine provides
brake pads. This occurs because the no braking effect when the transmisson is
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minimal pressure that must be exerted by
the pads to clean the rotors by brake appli- braking when the engine is switched off.<
cations is not reached.
Corrosion on brake rotors is signaled by a
running or pulsation during braking; even
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TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE

Information for your safety


The factory-approved radial tires are
matched to the vehicle and have been
selected to provide optimum safety and
driving comfort if used properly.
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and – above all else –
driving safety that depend on the condition
of the tires and the maintenance of the
specified tire pressure.
Incorrect inflation pressure is a frequent
cause of tire damage. It also significantly Inflation pressures are on a sticker attached Checking the inflation pressure on the
influences the roadholding ability of your to the B-pillar and visible with the driver's space-saver spare tire*
MINI. door open. There is a valve extension accessible from
the outside on the bumper for checking the
Check tire inflation pressures regularly Checking tire inflation pressures inflation pressure.
– at least every two weeks and before All pressures are specified in the standard
beginning a longer trip. Failure to observe units of pressure for your country (bar, psi, Safety (run-flat) tires*
these precautions can result in incorrect tire kilopascal), and apply to cold tires (tires at
Safety tires are an optional extra consisting
pressures, which cause instable handling ambient temperature). of self-contained tires and special rims. The
response as well as tire damage, and can
Vehicles with Flat Tire Monitor: tire reinforcement ensures that the tire
ultimately lead to an accident.
After correcting the tire inflation pressure, retains residual safety in the event of pres-
Also check the inflation pressure on the
reinitialize the Flat Tire Monitor, see sure drop and driving remains possible to a
space-saver spare tire.<
page 62. restricted degree. The vehicle is equipped
with a Flat Tire Monitor which indicates a
Comply with tire approval flat-tire.
specifications
More information, see pages 62, 110.
The specified pressures apply to the tire
brands recommended by the manufacturer,
which your MINI center can provide for you.

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TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE

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Model Tires

Pressures specified in bar (kPa/psi)

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175/65 R 15 2.1 (210/30) 2.1 (210/30) 2.4 (240/35) 2.4 (240/35)
195/55 R 16
2.1 (210/30) 2.1 (210/30) 2.4 (240/35 2.4 (240/35
205/45 R 17
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175/60 R 16
2.3 (230/33) 2.3 (230/33) 2.6 (260/38) 2.6 (260/38)

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All winter tires
Space-saver spare tire 4.2 (420/61) 4.2 (420/61) 4.2 (420/61) 4.2 (420/61)
195/55 R 16 2.1 (210/30) 2.1 (210/30) 2.4 (240/35) 2.4 (240/35)
205/45 R 17
MINI COOPER S 195/55 R 16 M+S 2.3 (230/33) 2.3 (230/33) 2.6 (260/38) 2.6 (260/38)
205/45 R 17 M+S

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175/60 R 16 M+S 2.5 (250/36) 2.5 (250/36) 2.8 (280/41) 2.8 (280/41)
In the case of all-season tires, the tire inflation pressure for summer tires applies.
This data only applies to tires approved and/or recommended by the manufacturer, about which your MINI center will be glad to
provide information.

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TIRE CONDITION

The tread depth should not fall below Do not continue driving on depres-
0.12 in (3 mm), although e. g. European surized (flat) tires, except with safety
legislation only prescribes a minimum tires. A flat tire greatly impairs steering and
tread depth of 0.063 in (1.6 mm). braking response, and can lead to complete
Below 0.12 in (3 mm) tread pattern depth, loss of control over the vehicle.
there is an increased risk of hydroplaning, Avoid overloading the vehicle so that the
even at relatively moderate speeds and permitted load on the tires is not exceeded.
with only small amounts of water on the Overloading can lead to overheating and
road. increases the rate at which damage
Wear indicators in the tread-groove base, develops inside the tires. The ultimate
see arrow, are spread around the circum- result can assume the form of a sudden air
ference of the tire and are marked on the loss.
Tire tread/tire damage side wall of the tire with TWI – Tread Wear Unusual vibrations while driving, e. g.
Inspect your tires frequently for tread wear, Indicator. driving over a curb or similar, can indicate
signs of damage and for foreign objects The indicators in the tread indicate at tire damage or other damage to the
lodged in the tread. Check the tread depth. 0.063 in (1.6 mm) tread depth that the vehicle. This is also true for irregularities in
legally permitted wear limit has been the vehicle's handling characteristics, such
reached. as a pronounced tendency to pull to the left
or right. Should this occur, respond by
immediately reducing your speed. Proceed
carefully to the nearest MINI center or
professional tire center, or have the vehicle
towed in to have its wheels and tires
inspected.
Tire damage (up to and including blowouts)
can endanger the lives of both the vehicle
occupants and other road users.<

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TIRE REPLACEMENT

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To maintain good handling and vehicle The relative performance of tires depends Sustained high temperature can cause the
response, use only tires of a single tread upon the actual conditions of their use, material of the tire to degenerate and
configuration from a single manufacturer. however, and may depart significantly reduce tire life, and excessive temperature
The manufacturer of your MINI tests and from the norm due to variations in driving can lead to a sudden flat tire. The grade C
approves wheel and tire combinations. habits, service practices and differences in corresponds to a level of performance

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road characteristics and climate. which all passenger car tires must meet
Do not use retreaded tires, since under the Federal Motor Car Safety Stan-
driving safety may be impaired. This Traction dard No. 109. Grades B and A represent
is due to the possible variations in casing The traction grades, from highest to lowest, higher levels of performance on the labora-
structures and, in some cases, to their are AA, A, B, and C. tory test wheel than the minimum required

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extreme age, which can lead to a decrease by law.
Those grades represent the tire's ability to
in their durability.<
stop on wet pavement as measured under
The temperature grade for this tire is
controlled conditions on specified govern-
DOT Quality Grades established for a tire that is properly
ment test surfaces of asphalt and concrete.
Tread wear inflated and not overloaded. Excessive
A tire marked C may have poor traction
speed, underinflation, or excessive loading,
Traction AA A B C performance.
either separately or in combination, can
Temperature A B C

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cause heat buildup and possible tire
The traction grade assigned to this
failure.<
All passenger car tires must conform tire is based on straight-ahead
to Federal Safety Requirements in braking traction tests, and does not include
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
addition to these grades.< acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or
peak traction characteristics.< Quality grades can be found where appli-
cable on the tire sidewall between tread
Tread wear shoulder and maximum section width. For

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Temperature
The tread wear grade is a comparative example:
rating based on the wear rate of the tire The temperature grades are A (the highest),
when tested under controlled conditions B, and C, representing the tire's resistance Tread wear 200
on a specified government test course. to the generation of heat and its ability to Traction AA
dissipate heat when tested under Temperature A
For example, a tire graded 150 would wear
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one and one-half (1 g) times as well on the
laboratory test wheel.
government course as a tire graded 100.

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TIRE REPLACEMENT WHEEL AND TIRE COMBINATIONS

Tire age The right choice The correct wheel and tire combina-
The date on which the tire was manufac- The factory-approved normal tires and tion affects various systems that
tured is indicated by the code on the side-
safety tires are matched to the vehicle and would otherwise be impaired, e.g. ABS,
wall: have been selected to provide optimum ASC+T and DSC.
driving safety and the desired driving For this reason, use only tires of the same
DOT ... 1202 indicates that the tire was
manufacture and tread configuration. In
manufactured in Week 12 of the year 2002. comfort.
the event of a flat tire, for example,
The manufacturer of your MINI recom- remount the approved wheel and tire
Never mount wheels and tires that
mends replacement of all tires – including combination as soon as possible.<
have not been specifically approved
the space-saver spare tire, after no more
by the manufacturer for use on your partic-
than 6 years. Storage
ular model. Although other wheels and
tires may theoretically have the same Store tires in a cool, dry place, protecting
Safety (run-flat) tires* dimensions, variations in factors such as them against light whenever possible.
For replacement, use only safety tires, manufacturing tolerances can result in Protect the tires against contact with oil,
as in the event of a flat tire there is no contact between tire and bodywork, ulti- grease and fuel.
space-saver spare tire. mately leading to serious accidents. The
You will recognize safety tires by a circular manufacturer cannot evaluate non- Tire changes between axles
symbol containing the letters RSC on the approved wheels and tires to determine if Depending on individual operating condi-
side of the tire, see pages 110, 80.< they are suited for use, and therefore tions, different wear patterns appear on
cannot ensure the operating safety of the the front and rear axles. In the interests of
vehicle if they are fitted.< safety and optimized handling characteris-
tics, a change between the axles is not
The manufacturer has tested certain tire recommended.
brands in each size, categorized them as
safe for use on the road, and approved
them. Contact your MINI center for more
details.

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WINTER TIRES SNOW CHAINS*

OVERVIEW
Choosing the right tire Observing speeds The use of narrow-link snow chains is
The manufacturer recommends winter Never exceed the maximum speed permitted in pairs only and only on
tires (M+S radial tires) for driving in adverse for which the tires are rated. the front wheels with the following tires:
winter road conditions. While so-called all- Unprofessional attempts by laymen to 175/65 R 15
season tires (M+S designation) provide service tires can lead to damage and acci- 175/60 R 16

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better winter traction than summer tires dents. When fitting, comply with the manufac-
with the load ratings S, T, H, V, W, they do Have this work performed by skilled profes- turer's instructions.<
not achieve the performance of winter sionals only. Your MINI center will be glad
tires. to assist you with both their expertise and With chains, do not exceed a speed
of 30 mph (50 km/h).<
In the interest of safe tracking and steering the proper equipment for your vehicle.<

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response, install winter tires made by the
After fitting the snow chains, do not
same manufacturer having the same tread Tire condition, tire inflation pressure
activate the Flat Tire Monitor.
configuration on all four wheels. Once the tire wears to below 0.16 in
When driving with snow chains, it can be
Before purchasing winter tires, check (4 mm), winter tires display a percep-
helpful to switch off the ASC+T or DSC for
whether your MINI is fitted with safety tible decrease in their ability to cope with
a brief period, see pages 60, 61.<
tires. You will recognize safety tires by a winter driving conditions, and should be
circular symbol containing the letters RSC replaced in the interest of safety.<

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on the side of the tire, see page 110. In this
case, use only safety tires, as in the event of Comply with the specified tire inflation
a flat tire there is no space-saver spare tire. pressures and be sure to have the wheel
and tire assemblies balanced every time
Only winter tires recommended by the
you change the tires.
manufacturer of your MINI should be
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advise you on the selection of the right
winter tires for the relevant operating
conditions.

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HOOD

Do not attempt to service your


vehicle if you do not have the
required technical background. Before
working in the engine compartment,
switch off the engine and allow it to cool
down. Before working on the electrical
system, always disconnect the battery first.
For all work on the vehicle, comply with the
appropriate information and instructions.
Failure to work in an informed, professional
manner when servicing components and
materials constitutes a safety hazard
for vehicle occupants and other road users. To unlock To open
If you are not familiar with the guidelines, Pull the lever in the right door area beneath 1. Reach under the hood
please have the operations performed by the instrument panel. 2. Pull the release lever
your MINI center.< 3. Open the hood.

To close
Allow the hood to fall from a height of
about 12 in (30 cm).

To avoid injuries, be sure that the


travel path of the hood is clear when
it is closed, as with all closing procedures.
If it is determined that the hood is not
completely closed while driving, stop
immediately and close it securely, see also
page 16.<

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ENGINE COMPARTMENT – MINI COOPER

OVERVIEW
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1 Reservoir for windshield washer 3 Engine oil filler neck 90 6 Reservoir for headlamp cleaning
system 89 system 89

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4 Battery 111
2 Coolant expansion tank 91 5 Brake fluid reservoir 92 7 Engine oil dipstick 89

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ENGINE COMPARTMENT – MINI COOPER S

1 Reservoir for windshield washer 3 Engine oil filler neck 90 6 Reservoir for headlamp cleaning
system 89 4 Auxiliary terminal for jump- system 89
2 Coolant expansion tank 91 starting 113 7 Engine oil dipstick 89
5 Brake fluid reservoir 92

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WASHER FLUID ENGINE OIL

OVERVIEW
The oil volume between the two marks on
the dipstick ("MIN", "MAX") corresponds to
approx. 1.1 quarts (1 liter). Do not fill
beyond the upper notch on the dipstick.
Excess oil will damage the engine.

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Headlamp* and Measuring the oil level
windshield washer system 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface
Capacity approx. 2.6 quarts (2.5 liters) per 2. Switch off the warmed-up engine
reservoir. 3. Pull the dipstick out after approx.
Fill with water and – if required – with anti- 5 minutes and wipe it off with a lint-free

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freeze (according to manufacturer's recom- cloth, paper towel, or similar material
mendations). 4. Carefully push the dipstick all the way
into the guide tube and pull it out again.
We recommend that you mix the The oil level must be between the two
washer fluid before adding it to the marks on the dipstick.
reservoir.< As with fuel economy, oil consumption is
directly influenced by your driving style and

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Antifreeze agent for the washer vehicle operating conditions.
systems is flammable. Always keep it
well away from sparks and open flames,
and store it in tightly closed containers well
out of the reach of children. Always observe

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the instructions for use provided on the
container.<

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ENGINE OIL

Continuous exposure to used oil has Approved engine oils


caused cancer in laboratory testing. The quality of the engine oil selected has
For this reason, any skin areas that come critical significance for the operation and
into contact with oil should be thoroughly service life of an engine. Based on extensive
washed with soap and water. testing, the manufacturer approves only
Always store oil, grease, etc., out of reach of certain grades of engine oil.
children. Comply with all warning labels
and information on lubricant containers.< You can find out from your MINI
center which individual oils have
Comply with the applicable environ- been approved by the manufacturer.<
mental laws regulating the disposal
of used oil.< Alternative oil specifications
Adding engine oil
If you are unable to obtain one of these oils,
Only top up oil when the oil level has
you may use small volumes of other oils
dropped to just above the lower notch of
between oil changes in exceptional cases.
the dipstick, but before it goes below this
mark. One of the following oil specifications must
be on the oil package:
MINI engines are designed to operate > Preferred: BMW Longlife-01
without oil additives; the use of addi- > Alternative: BMW Longlife-98,
tives could lead to damage in some cases. BMW Longlife or ACEA A3.
This also applies to the CVT, the manual
transmission, and the differential.<

The manufacturer recommends that you


have the oil changed only at your MINI
center.

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COOLANT

OVERVIEW
Do not add coolant to the cooling To add coolant
system when the engine is hot. MINI COOPER:
Escaping coolant can cause burns.
1. Slowly open the cap by turning it with
To avoid the possibility of damage later on,
the tab to allow accumulated pressure
never use anything other than factory-

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toescape.
approved, nitrite and amino-free extended-
2. Pull open the cap completely.
duty antifreeze with corrosion inhibitor.
3. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant
Every MINI center is aware of these.
until the correct level is reached – do not
Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents are
overfill.
hazardous to health. Always store these
MINI COOPER S:

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agents in tightly-closed original containers
kept well away from the reach of children. 1. Open the cap by turning it slightly coun-
Extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion The illustration shows an example of the terclockwise to allow accumulated pres-
inhibitor contains the flammable coolant tank on the MINI COOPER. sure to escape.
substance ethylene-glycol. For this reason, 2. Unscrew the cap completely and open.
do not spill extended-duty antifreeze with Checking coolant level 3. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant
corrosion inhibitor on hot engine parts. It Correct coolant level for cold engine until the correct level is reached – do not

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could catch fire and cause serious burns.< (approx. 68 7/20 6): overfill.
The coolant consists of water and
Comply with the applicable environ- Up to the mark "MAX" of the transparent extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion
mental laws regulating the disposal expansion tank.
inhibitor. The mixing ratio of 50 to 50 must
of extended-duty antifreeze with corrosion be maintained all the year round due to the
inhibitor.< Only open the cap of the expansion
tank when the engine has cooled required corrosion resistance. No other
additives are required.

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down. The needle on the coolant tempera-
ture gauge in the instrument cluster must Replace the coolant every 4 years.
be no higher than in the first quarter,
otherwise there is a danger of scalding.<

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BRAKE FLUID

Brake fluid loss may result in extended


brake pedal travel. If this occurs, refer to
the information on page 79.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is, it


absorbs moisture from the air over
time.
In order to ensure the brake system's
safety and reliability, have the brake fluid
changed every two years by a MINI center,
see also page 57 and the Service and
Warranty Information Booklet (US models)/
Warning lamp Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Cana-
If the brake warning lamp comes dian models). Brake fluid is toxic and also
on with the parking brake released: damages vehicle paintwork. Always store
The brake fluid level is too low, see brake fluid in tightly-closed original
page 15. containers kept well away from the reach
Brake warning lamp for Canadian of children.
models. Do not spill the brake fluid and do not fill
the brake fluid reservoir beyond the "MAX"
mark. The brake fluid could ignite upon
Adding brake fluid contact with hot engine parts and cause
serious burns.<
To add brake fluid or to determine and
correct the cause of brake fluid loss, consult
Comply with the applicable environ-
your MINI center. Your MINI center is
mental laws regulating the disposal
familiar with the specifications for factory-
of brake fluid.<
approved brake fluids (DOT 4).

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MINI MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

OVERVIEW
Service Interval Display Service and Warranty Information
While conventional systems specify main- Booklet (US models)/Warranty and
tenance according to rigid distances driven, Service Guide Booklet (Canadian
the MINI Maintenance System takes models)
account of the operating conditions of the For additional information on maintenance

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vehicle, for distances can be driven in many intervals and procedures, please refer to
different ways: the Service and Warranty Information
From the point of view of maintenance, Booklet (US models) or the Warranty and
60.000 miles (100.000 km) of short- Service Guide Booklet (Canadian models).
distance driving cannot be regarded in the As a precaution against rust, it is advisable

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same way as 60.000 miles (100.000 km) of to have the body checked for damage from
long-distance highway travel. rocks or gravel at the same time, depending
The MINI Maintenance System has been
designed as a reliable means of providing The condition-based MINI Maintenance upon operating conditions.
maximum driving and operating safety – System includes the Engine Oil Service and
and as cost-effectively as possible for you. Inspections I and II. Have your vehicle's maintenance
Determining the maintenance intervals and repairs performed at your MINI
Please bear in mind that regular mainte-
according to the actual use of the vehicle center.

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nance is not only necessary for the safety
covers every kind of operating situation. Be sure that all maintenance work is
of your vehicle, but also plays a significant
People who drive very little – much less confirmed in the Service and Warranty
role in maintaining the resale value of the
than 6.000 miles (10.000 km) per year – Information Booklet (US models) or the
vehicle.
should have the engine oil changed at least Warranty and Service Guide Booklet (Cana-
every 2 years since oil deteriorates over dian models). These entries are your proof
time, regardless of use. that the vehicle has received regular main-

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tenance. They are also a requirement for
For more information on the Service
warranty claims.<
Interval Display, see page 57.

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CARING FOR YOUR VEHICLE

Suitable car-care products Rod antenna Care of upholstery


Use the cleaning and car-care prod- If necessary, before entering a car Depressions that come about on the uphol-
ucts available at your MINI center.< wash or garage with elevator ramp stery material of the seats in daily use can
for example, remove the rod antenna. To be brushed out using a slightly damp brush
Washing your vehicle do so, grip the rod antenna at the base and against the grain.
You can wash your new MINI from the unscrew it from the antenna foot by The fact that velour lays down is not a
outset in automatic car washes, though turning it to the left.< quality defect, but rather is inevitable in
you should use brushless car washes. the case of home textiles or clothing mate-
Headlamps rials.
When using steam jets or high-pres- When cleaning the headlamps, In the case of strong sunlight and longer
sure washers, ensure that you keep please observe the following: do not parking periods, cover the seats or all
the jets sufficiently far away from the clean by wiping with a dry cloth (scratches). windows to prevent discoloration.
vehicle. If the jet is too close or the pressure Never use abrasives or strong solvents to
is too high, this can lead to damage or clean the covers. Remove dirt and contami- Care of special parts
initial damage that can develop into more nation (such as insects) by soaking with
> Light-alloy wheels:
serious damage. Water that enters vehicle shampoo and then rinsing with plenty of
Use wheel cleaner especially during the
components can lead to damage over the water. Always use a deicer spray to remove
winter months, but do not use any
long term.< accumulated ice and snow – never use a
aggressive, acidic, strong alkali or rough
scraper.<
cleansers or steam jets above 140 7
After washing the vehicle, apply the
(60 6) (observe the manufacturer's
brakes briefly to dry them, otherwise Vehicle paintwork
operating instructions)
water can reduce braking efficiency over Regular care contributes greatly to driving > Chrome parts* such as cooler grille, door
the short term and the brake rotors can safety and value retention. handles, etc.:
corrode. <
Environmental influences varying from one Especially if exposed to road salt, care-
region to the next can affect the vehicle fully clean these parts with plenty of
Switch the rain sensor off when
paintwork. Please base the frequency and water and possibly with a shampoo addi-
passing through an automatic car
scope of car care on these various influ- tive. For additional treatment, use
wash, see page 51. Failure to do so could
ences. chrome polish
result in damage caused by undesired
wiper activation.<

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> Rubber parts: Use only wiper blades which have Cleaning agents can contain
Treat only with water or rubber care been approved by the manufac- hazardous or health-damaging
products turer.< substances. For this reason, always observe
> Plastic parts, imitation leather surfaces, the warnings on the package.
headliner, lamp glass, covering glass for Leather care For interior cleaning, always open the doors

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the instrument cluster, as well as matt The leather* used by the manufacturer is a or windows of the vehicle. Do not use any
black molded parts: high-quality natural product processed products (e.g. solvents) that are not
Clean with water and, if necessary, using state-of-the-art methods, and it will intended for cleaning the vehicle.<
plastic care products. Do not dampen retain its quality level for many years if
seats and the headliner. Never use cared for appropriately.

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solvents such as lacquer thinner, heavy-
Regular cleaning and care are necessary, as
duty grease remover, fuel or similar
dust and road dirt scratches in pores and
> Safety belts:
creases and lead to heavy wear as well as
Only clean using mild soap, leaving the
premature brittleness of the leather
belts fitted; do not dry clean, as the
surface. This is why you should use a cloth
fabric can be destroyed.
or vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the
Always unroll automatic safety belts
leather on a regular basis.

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when dry. Dirty safety belts prevent
unrolling and thus negatively affect As dirt and grease can slowly affect the
safety protective layer of the leather, the cleaned
> Floor carpets and floor mats*: leather surfaces must be treated with
If heavily soiled, clean using interior leather care agent. This also helps to avoid
cleaner. Floor mats can be removed to electrostatic charges.
allow the interior to be cleaned

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> Wiper blades:
Clean with soapy water. Replace wiper
blades twice a year, before and after the
cold season. This is particularly impor-
tant on vehicles fitted with a rain sensor.

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VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION OBD INTERFACE SOCKET TECHNICAL MODIFICATIONS

Your MINI center will be glad to advise you Any MINI center will be glad to inform you
on what is important if the vehicle is to be of the advisability, legal regulations and
decommissioned for longer than three factory recommendations for technical
months. modifications to the vehicle. To do so, they
require the vehicle identification number
from your vehicle documents.

The interface for onboard diagnostics is


located on the driver's side, behind a cover
located beneath the instrument panel. The
cover has the letters "OBD" on it.
This interface makes it possible to access
data on emissions-related components
using special equipment.

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CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING

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California laws require us to state the
following warning:
Engine exhaust, some of its constitu-
ents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to the

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State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.<

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ONBOARD TOOL KIT WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES

Storage location Windshield wiper Rear window wiper


The illustration shows an example of the 1. Rotate the wiper arm completely out 1. Rotate the wiper arm completely out
tire change set. from the windshield from the windshield
Depending on the level of equipment, your 2. Set the wiper blade at an angle 2. Turn the wiper blade as far as it will go
MINI is fitted with a special onboard tool 3. Press the securing spring (arrow) to the rear, see arrow
kit stored at the following locations: 4. Unhook the wiper blade towards the 3. Press the wiper blade against the limit
windshield and thus out of the mounting
Tire change set for space-saver spare tire:
5. Pull the wiper blade past the wiper arm 4. Press the new wiper blade into the
In the luggage compartment under the
toward the top mounting.
floor mat.
6. Insert the new wiper blade
Tool bag for safety tires: 7. Press into position until you hear it
In the left of the luggage compartment, engage.
behind the side trim panel beside the first-
aid kit, see page 113. Use only wiper blades which have
been approved by the manufac-
turer.<

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LAMPS AND BULBS

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Proceed carefully when handling lamps and When cleaning the headlamps,
bulbs. If you are not familiar with any of please observe the following: do not
the procedures, consult your MINI center. clean by wiping with a dry cloth (scratches).
Never use abrasives or strong solvents to
Do not touch the glass portion of clean the covers. Remove dirt and contami-

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a new bulb with your bare hands nation (such as insects) by soaking with
since even small amounts of impurities shampoo and then rinsing with plenty of
burn into the surface and reduce the water. Always use a deicer spray to remove
service life of the bulb. Use a clean cloth, accumulated ice and snow – never use a
paper napkin, or a similar material, or hold scraper.<

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the bulb by its metallic base.<
Xenon lamps*
Replacement bulbs are available from your 1 Low beams
The service life of these bulbs is very long
MINI center. H7 bulb, 55 Watts and the probability of a failure is very low,
provided that they are not switched on and
Whenever working on the electrical 2 High beams off an unusual number of times. If one of
system, switch off the electrical H7 bulb, 55 Watts these bulbs should nevertheless fail, it is

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accessory you are working on or disconnect possible to continue driving with great
the cable from the negative terminal of the The H7 bulb is pressurized. Therefore, caution using the fog lamps, provided
battery. Failure to do this could result in wear safety glasses and protective traffic laws in your area do not prohibit
short circuits. gloves. Failure to observe these precautions this.
To prevent injuries and damage, comply can result in physical injury if the bulb
with any instructions provided by the bulb breaks.< Because of the extremely high volt-
manufacturer.< ages involved, any work on the xenon

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1. Pull off the cover panel of the corre- lighting system should be carried out by
sponding lamp technically-qualified personnel only. Other-
2. Press the securing wire outwards wise, there is a risk of fatal injury.<
3. Fold the securing wire downwards
4. Remove and replace the bulb.

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Turn signal indicators, front Side turn signal indicators Fog lamps*
21 Watt bulb 5 Watt bulb H7 bulb, 55 Watts
1. Open the hood 1. Press the bulb towards the rear of the Please contact a MINI center in case of a
2. Reach into the opening for the turn vehicle and remove malfunction.
signal indicators from above 2. Remove and replace the bulb.
3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb holder
while turning it to the left Side marker lamps
4. Remove and replace the bulb. Side marker lamps in the wheelhouse
paneling of the bumper.
Parking lamps and standing lamps
Please contact a MINI center in case of a
5 Watt bulb malfunction.
The parking lamps and standing lamps are
integrated in the lamp housing of the turn
signal indicator.
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and pull
out
2. Remove and replace the bulb.

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Tail lamps To make this clear, the illustration shows a Backup lamp
Rear lamp (3): 21/5 Watt bulb dismantled tail lamp with the bulb holder Access to the lamp via the rear or underside
Other bulbs: 21 Watts removed. All of the bulbs are integrated in of the bumper.
the bulb holder.
1 Rear fog lamp (not active) red 1. Press the clips together
2 Turn signal indicator yellow To reach the bulb holder, remove the cover 2. Push the lamp out of the bumper

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3 Rear lamp red of the side trim panel in the luggage 3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while
4 Rear lamp/brake lamp red compartment. turning it to the left
4. Remove and replace the bulb.
Replacing bulbs
1. Unplug the power supply
2. Release the bulb holder, see arrow, and
remove

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3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while
turning it to the left
4. Remove and replace the bulb
5. Plug in the power supply receptacle
6. Press the bulb holder into position until

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LAMPS AND BULBS

Center (high-mount) brake lamp License plate lamps Interior lamps


LED strip on the tailgate. 5 Watt bulb Interior lamp (6 Watt xenon bulb)
Please contact a MINI center in case of a 1. Apply a screwdriver to the recess and 1. Press out the lamp cover with a screw-
malfunction. lever out the lamp cover driver
2. Replace the bulb. 2. Remove and replace the bulb.

Reading lamps (2 x 6 Watt xenon bulbs)


1. Press out the lamp cover with a screw-
driver
2. Unscrew the entire lamp with a screw-
driver
3. Remove the bulb from above and
replace.

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Footwell lamps
5 Watt bulb
1. Press out the lamp cover with a screw-
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2. Remove and replace the bulb.

Glove compartment lamp


5 Watt bulb
1. Press out the lamp cover with a screw-

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driver
2. Remove and replace the bulb.
Illuminated vanity mirror Luggage compartment lamps
Lamps in the vanity mirror in the sun visor. 5 Watt bulb
Please contact a MINI center in case of a 1. Press the lamp cover with a screwdriver
malfunction. to the left and press out
2. Remove and replace the bulb.

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REPAIRING A FLAT TIRE CHANGING TIRES – MINI WITH SPACE-SAVER SPARE TIRE *

Safety measures in the event of a flat Additional safety measures in the


tire: event of a wheel change: change the
Stop the vehicle as far as possible from wheel only on a level, firm surface which is
passing traffic. Switch on the hazard not slippery.
warning flashers. Avoid jacking the vehicle on a soft or slip-
Turn the steering wheel to the straight- pery support surface (snow, ice, loose
ahead wheel position and engage the gravel, etc.), as either the vehicle or the jack
steering lock. Engage the parking brake and could slip sideways.
shift into 1st or reverse gear (selector lever Do not use a wooden block or similar object
in P). as a support base for the jack, as this would
All passengers should be outside the prevent it from extending to its full support
vehicle and well away from your imme- height and reduce its load-carrying
diate working area (behind a guardrail, for capacity. Tire change set
instance). Do not lie under the vehicle or start the On vehicles with a space-saver spare tire,
If a warning triangle or portable hazard engine when the vehicle is supported by the tire change set is stored in the luggage
warning lamp is available, set it up on the the jack – risk of fatal injury.< compartment under the floor mat.
roadside at an appropriate distance from 1 Chock, folding
the rear of the vehicle. Comply with all To change a space-saver tire, proceed as 2 Hubcap remover
safety guidelines and regulations.< follows: 3 Wheel stud wrench
> Remove the space-saver spare tire, see 4 Jack
In the event of a flat tire, different proce- page 107 5 Spanner
dures should be followed depending on the > Prepare the vehicle, see page 108 6 Tow fitting
equipment included in your MINI: > Jack up the vehicle, see page 108 7 Lifting handle
> Vehicles with space-saver spare tire, see > Fit the space-saver spare tire, see
next column page 109
> Vehicles with safety tires, see page 110. > Tighten the lug bolts, see page 109
> Drive with space-saver spare tire, see
page 109.

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Removing the space-saver spare tire 3. Screw the lifting handle from the 5. Squeeze the securing springs
The screw connection of the space-saver onboard tool kit onto the thread 6. The space-saver spare tire is released
spare tire is in the luggage compartment 4. Raise the lifting handle slightly and must be held by the lifting handle
under the floor mat, on the base of the 7. Lower the space-saver spare tire with
storage compartment for the tire change the lifting handle
8. Unscrew the lifting handle again

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set.
1. Loosen the screw connection using the
wheel stud wrench
2. Take out the cover panel

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CHANGING TIRES – MINI WITH SPACE-SAVER SPARE TIRE *

Preparing the vehicle


Read and comply with the safety
precautions provided on page 106.<

1. Secure the vehicle to prevent it from


rolling:
Place the folding chock behind the front
wheel on the other side of the vehicle;
on downward inclines, place it in front
of this wheel.
If the wheel is changed on a surface with
a more severe slope, take additional
9. Pull out the space-saver spare tire Jacking up the vehicle
precautions to secure the vehicle from
towards the rear underneath the 1. Place the jack at the jacking point closest
rolling
vehicle to the wheel.
2. Loosen the lug bolts by a half turn.
10. Position the space-saver spare tire with The jack base must be perpendicular to
the valve facing upwards the surface beneath the jacking point
11. Unscrew the valve extension from the
valve of the space-saver spare tire
12. Unscrew the dust cap from the exten-
sion and attach to the space-saver
spare tire.

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Fitting the space-saver spare tire Driving with the space-saver spare tire
1. Unscrew the lug bolts and remove the Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a speed of
wheel 50 mph (80 km/h).
2. Remove accumulations of mud or dirt You can expect changes in vehicle handling
from the mounting surfaces of the

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such as delayed braking response, longer
wheel and hub. Clean the lug bolts braking distances, and changes in self-
3. Fit the space-saver spare tire steering properties in marginal stability
4. Screw at least two lug bolts finger-tight limits.
into opposite bolt holes
5. Screw in the remaining bolts Only one space-saver spare tire may

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6. Tighten all the lug bolts firmly in a diag- be mounted at one time. Reinstall
onal pattern wheels and tires of the same size and speci-
2. Insert the jack head for jacking up in the
7. Lower the vehicle fication as soon as possible. Maintain
square recess of the jacking point
8. Remove the jack. prescribed tire pressures, see page 80.<
3. Jack the vehicle up until the wheel you
are changing is raised from the ground.
Tightening the lug bolts Only use full hubcaps approved by
The vehicle jack is designed for Tighten the lug bolts in a diagonal pattern. the manufacturer. Otherwise there is

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changing wheels only. Do not no guarantee that the hubcap fits securely.
attempt to raise another vehicle model As soon as possible, have the secure The hubcap must not be fitted to the space-
with it or to raise any load of any kind. To seating of the lug bolts (tightening saver spare tire, as it could be damaged.<
do so could cause accidents and personal torque 72 ftlb (100 Nm)) checked using a
injury.< calibrated torque wrench. Otherwise, a Check and correct the tire inflation
wheel that might come loose can lead to a pressure at the earliest opportu-

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severe accident.< nity.<

Replace the defective tire as soon as


possible and have the new wheel/tire
assembly balanced.

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FLAT TIRE – SAFETY (RUN-FLAT) TIRES*

Flat tire Continuing driving with a damaged


The yellow indicator lamp in the instru- tire
ment cluster lights up to indicate a flat tire. Driving can continue under certain condi-
In addition, a gong sounds, see tions with safety tires, depending on the
pages 17, 62. vehicle load and the severity of the tire
1. Reduce vehicle speed carefully to under damage, at a maximum speed of 50 mph
50 mph (80 km/h), avoiding hard brake (80 km/h).
applications and steering maneuvers You can determine the possible mileage for
2. Do not exceed a speed of 50 mph continued driving on the basis of the
(80 km/h) following general indications:
3. Identify damaged tires; check tire infla- > Tire inflation pressure 0 bar (0 psi):
You will recognize safety tires by a circular tion pressures on all four wheels at the approx. 95 miles (150 km)
symbol containing the letters RSC on the next opportunity, see page 80 > Tire inflation pressure 0.5 bar – 1 bar
side of the tire. 4. Correct the tire inflation pressure if you (7.2 psi – 14.5 psi): approx. 300 miles
wish to continue your journey and this is (500 km)
Safety tires consist of self-contained tires
permitted, see next column > Tire inflation pressure greater than 1 bar
and special rims. The tire reinforcement
5. Have damaged tires changed by your (14.5 psi): approx. 600 miles (1,000 km).
ensures that the tire retains some residual
MINI center, see page 84.
safety in the event of pressure drop and
driving remains possible to a restricted
Your MINI center has the information
degree.
needed for working with safety tires
and is equipped with the necessary special
The reinforcement on the flanks of
tools. They provide advice if you wish to
the safety tires means that it is
replace the tires on your MINI or wish to
usually not possible to detect an air loss
re-equip from summer to winter tires – or
from outside.<
vice versa, see also pages 80, 84, 85.<

For safety reasons, do not have a


damaged safety tire repaired.<

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Location in the MINI COOPER Battery care
The battery is located in the engine The battery is absolutely maintenance-free,
compartment. that is, the original electrolyte will normally
Exact location, see page 87. last for the service life of the battery under
moderate climatic conditions.

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Location in the MINI COOPER S
For all questions regarding the
The battery is located in the luggage
battery, please consult your MINI
compartment under the floor mat.
center. <

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Charging the battery
Only charge the battery in the vehicle via
the terminals in the engine compartment
with the engine switched off, see "Jump-
starting" on page 113.

Whenever working on the electrical

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system, disconnect the cable from
the negative terminal of the battery.
Failure to do this could result in fire hazards
or injury due to short circuits.<

Return used batteries to a recycling

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point or your MINI center. Maintain
the battery in an upright position for trans-
port and storage. Secure the battery to
prevent it from tilting during transport.<

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FUSES

If an electrical device fails, switch it off and In the interior


check the fuse. On the left side of the footwell in the side
Plastic tweezers that you can use to pull trim panel.
fuses out of their sockets can be found in Open the cover panel of the fuse box. To do
the fuse box of the interior, see next so, press the fastener.
column.
Do not attempt to repair a blown fuse
In the engine compartment or replace it with a fuse of a different
To the right of the battery. color or amperage rating. To do this could
Open the cover panel of the fuse box. To do cause a fire in the vehicle resulting from a
so, press the clip fastener. circuit overload.<

If a fuse blows a second time, have


the cause of the damage rectified by
your MINI center.<

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Do not use spray starter fluids to start the
engine.
When your battery is discharged, you can
use two jumper cables to start your vehicle
with power from the battery in a second

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vehicle. By the same token, you can provide
another vehicle with starting assistance.
To do so, use only jumper cables with fully
insulated terminal clamps.

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Do not touch live wiring and cables
on a running engine. There is a risk of
The warning triangle is located beneath the The first-aid kit is located together with the
fatal injury if you do this. Carefully observe
luggage compartment cover. onboard tool kit in the left of the luggage
the following instructions to avoid personal
compartment, behind the side trim panel.
injury and/or damage to either vehicle or
Comply with legal requirements
both vehicles.<
requiring you to carry a hazard Some articles in the first-aid kit are
warning triangle in the vehicle.< perishable. For this reason, check the

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expiration dates of each of the items regu-
larly, and replace any whose expiration
dates have passed.
Source: any pharmacy.
Comply with legislation requiring you to
carry a first-aid kit in the vehicle.<

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JUMP-STARTING

Preparation for jump-starting Performing the jump-start


1. Check whether the battery of the support 1. Start the engine of the vehicle providing
vehicle has 12 Volts and approximately the current and allow to run at a fast idle
the same capacity (Ah) (printed on the speed for several minutes
battery) 2. Start the engine on the vehicle with the
2. Switch off the engine of the support discharged battery in the usual manner.
vehicle > If the first start attempt is not
3. Switch off any electrical systems and successful, wait a few minutes before
components in both vehicles – except another attempt in order to allow the
for the hazard warning flashers of the discharged battery to recharge.
support vehicle.
> Do not disconnect the discharged On the MINI:
1. On the MINI COOPER S, the positive
battery from the vehicle electrical Before disconnecting the jumper
terminal connection (for jump-starting),
system cables, switch on the lighting, rear window
see arrow 1, functions as the positive
> Make certain that there is no contact defroster and the highest blower speed as
battery terminal.
between the bodywork of the two well as the engine for at least approx.
Use the jumper cable (+) to set up a
vehicles – short circuit hazard! 10 seconds to prevent a voltage surge from
connection between the positive terminal
4. With the battery of the MINI COOPER, the regulator to the electrical systems and
of the discharged battery and the positive
remove the cover panel. To do so, press components.<
terminal of the support battery
both clips at the same time
2. Use the second jumper cable (–) to set
or 3. Then disconnect the jumper cables in
up the connection between the negative
with the MINI COOPER S, open the cover the reverse order.
terminals of both vehicles.
of the positive terminal connection (for
To do so:
jump-starting)*, see arrow 1. Depending on the cause of the
> Connect one terminal clamp to the
malfunction, have the battery
negative terminal and/or to an engine
Connect the jumper cables or body ground of the support vehicle
checked and recharged at your MINI
Adhere to the sequence also when center.<
> Connect the second terminal clamp to
providing support for other vehicles; the negative terminal of the battery
failure to observe this procedure can lead and/or to an engine or body ground of
to sparks at the terminals and pose an the vehicle to be started. For the MINI,
injury hazard.< see arrow 2.

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Tow bars
If the tow fittings of the two vehicles are
not directly opposite one another, please
note:

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> Clearance and maneuvering capability
will be strictly limited in corners
> The inclination of the tow bar generates
lateral force (critical above all if the road
surface is slippery).

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Do not tow a vehicle that is heavier
For towing, use either a tow bar or a nylon Screw the tow fitting in until it than the towing vehicle, otherwise it
rope or nylon belts that prevent sudden bottoms firmly. If this is not done, the will no longer be possible to control vehicle
jerking movements. threads could be damaged. response.<
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
Tow fitting straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle

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The screw-in tow fitting is stored in the
onboard tool kit; be sure that it remains in suspension, as severe damage to these
the vehicle at all times. This fitting is components will occur, leading to possible
designed for installation in the tow sockets accidents.<
located at the front and rear of the vehicle.
It is intended for towing on paved road
surfaces only.

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Access to tow sockets
Use a suitable object (e.g. credit card,
screwdriver) to press out the covers from
the recess.

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Tow-starting Towing
On vehicles with Continuously Vari- Only tow vehicles with Continuously
able automatic Transmission (CVT), it Variable automatic Transmission
is not permitted to start the engine by tow- (CVT) with the front wheels raised or on a
starting. The transmission could be special transport vehicle, otherwise the
damaged. transmission can be damaged.<
For jump-starting, see page 113.<
1 Ignition key in position 1:
Only tow-start vehicles with a catalytic The brake lamps, turn signals, horn and
converter when the engine is cold, other- windshield wipers can be operated
wise, unburned fuel in the catalytic 2 Switch on the hazard warning flashers
converter could catch fire. It is better to use (comply with national regulations).
Towing with a commercial tow truck
jumper cables. If the electrical system has failed, place
> Do not tow with sling-type equipment
1. Switch on the hazard warning flashers some kind of warning on the towed vehicle,
> Use a wheel-lift or flatbed carrier
(comply with national regulations) e.g. a sign or warning triangle in the rear
> Please comply with applicable towing
2. Ignition key in position 2 window.
laws.
3. Engage 3rd gear
4. Tow-start with the clutch pedal pressed Ensure that if the electrical system
Never allow passengers to ride in a
5. Slowly release the clutch has failed the ignition key is in posi-
towed vehicle for any reason.<
6. When the engine starts, press the clutch tion 1, otherwise the steering lock could
pedal again engage and make it impossible to steer the
7. Switch off the hazard warning flashers. vehicle.
Have the cause of the starting problems When the engine is not running, there is no
rectified by your MINI center. power-assist. This means that greater
effort is required for braking and
steering.<

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Data 119
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MINI COOPER MINI COOPER S


Displacement cu in/cmm 97.52/1,598 97.52/1,598
Number of cylinders 4 4
Maximum output kW/bhp 85/115 120/163
at engine speed rpm 6,000 6,000
Maximum torque lb ft/Nm 110/149 155/210
at engine speed rpm 4,500 4,000
Compression ratio e 10.6 8.3
Stroke in/mm 3.38/85.8 3.38/85.8
Bore in/mm 3.03/77 3.03/77
Fuel-injection system Digital electronic engine-management system

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All dimensions specified in inches (millimeters). Smallest turning circle 35 ft (10.66 m).

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MINI COOPER MINI COOPER S


Curb weight, ready for operation, with 165 lbs./75 kg
load, 90% full tank, options not included
with manual transmission lbs./kg 2,480/1,125 2,678/1,215
with Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) lbs./kg 2,535/1,150 –
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission lbs./kg 3,263/1,480 3,461/1,570
with Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) lbs./kg 3,318/1,505 –
Approved front axle load lbs./kg 1,918/870 1,962/890
Approved rear axle load lbs./kg 1,543/700 1,675/760
Approved roof load (with special MINI roof rack) lbs./kg 165/75 165/75
Luggage compartment capacity cu ft/liters 5.3/150 5.3/150

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Notes
Fuel tank gal./liters approx. 13.2/50 Fuel quality, see page 78
Reserve gal./liters approx. 2.1/8
Windshield washer/ quarts/liters approx. 2.6/2.5 More details, see page 89

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headlamp cleaning system quarts/liters approx. 2.6/2.5
Cooling system including heater circuit quarts/liters 5.6/5.3 MINI COOPER More details, see page 91
6.3/6.0 MINI COOPER S
Engine oil and filter change quarts/liters 4.7/4.5 MINI COOPER Longlife Oil
4.7/4.5 MINI COOPER S More details, see page 89

OPERATION
Manual transmission, incl. differential quarts/liters approx. 2.1/2 MINI COOPER Contact your MINI center for more
approx. 1.8/1.7 MINI COOPER S details
Continuously Variable automatic quarts/liters approx. 4.2/4.0 MINI COOPER Contact your MINI center for more
Transmission (CVT), incl. differential details

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Battery Original MINI parts and accessories


12V, 55 Ah as well as qualified advice is available
at your MINI center.<
Spark plugs
NGK BKR 6 EQUP

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EVERYTHING FROM A TO Z

A Antifreeze 91 B Break-in procedure 76


ABS (Antilock Brake Antilock Brake System Backrest, adjusting 33 Breaking in the vehicle 76
System) 16, 17, 78 (ABS) 16, 17, 78 Backup lamps 45 Bridging 113, 114
Activated-charcoal filter 69 Aquaplaning 76 bulb replacement 103 Bulb replacement 101
Adjusting ASC+T (Automatic Stability Bar, towing 115 backup lamps 103
backrest 33 Control plus Battery 111, 113, 114, 124 brake lamp, third 104
seats 31 Traction) 16, 17, 60 capacity 124 footwell lamps 105
steering wheel 35 Ashtray 70 charge current 15 front fog lamps 102
thigh support 33 Automatic air distribution 68 charging 111 front turn signal
Air conditioner operation 65 Automatic air supply 68 maintenance 111 indicators 102
automatic climate Automatic car wash 94 Battery changing glove compartment
control 68 Automatic cruise control 53 remote control 22 lamp 105
Air conditioner system 64 Automatic dimming of interior Battery, remote control 22 high beams 101
Air distribution rearview mirror 37 Beverage holder 70 interior lamps 104
air conditioner system 65 Automatic program, see Blower 65, 69 license plate lamp 104
automatic climate Automatic air BMW 6 low beams 101
control 68, 69 distribution 68 Bore 120 luggage compartment
Air pressure 80 Automatic Stability Control Brake 16 lamps 105
Air recirculation 65, 68 plus Traction Brake fluid change 57 parking lamps 102
Air supply (ASC+T) 16, 17, 60 Brake fluid level 15, 79, 92 rear lamps 103
air conditioner system 65 Average fuel consumption 59 Brake hydraulic system 15 side turn signal
automatic climate Average speed 59 Brake lamp indicators 102
control 69 Axle loads 122 bulb replacement 103 standing lamps 102
Air vents 66, 69 Brake pads 76, 79 tail lamps 103
Air, dry 65, 68 Brake rotors 76 vanity mirror 105
Airbags 16, 31, 37 Brake system 76, 79
All-season tires 85 brake fluid 92
Antenna 94 Brakes 79

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C CD player, see separate Computer 58 Control elements 12
California Proposition 65 Owner's Manual average fuel Convenience feature
Warning 97 Center (high-mount) brake consumption 59 sliding/tilt sunroof 25
Can holder, see Beverage lamp average speed 59 windows 25
holder 70 bulb replacement 104 cruising range 59 Convenience operation

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Car wash 94 Central locking system 23, 26 exterior temperature 59 via central locking
Car-care products 94 Changing tires Condensation 65, 68 system 26
Care space-saver spare tire 106 Consumption 59 Coolant 91
chrome parts 94 Child seat 38 Consumption display 55 Coolant level 91
floor mats 95 Child-restraint systems 38 Contents 2 Coolant temperature

OPERATION
imitation leather 95 Chrome parts 94 Continuously Variable gauge 56
leather 95 Cigarette lighter 70 automatic Transmission Cooling 65, 68
light-alloy wheels 94 socket 70 (CVT) Copyright notice 6
of upholstery 94 Cleaning rear window 52 electronic transmission Correct sitting posture with
plastic parts 95 Cleaning windshield 52 control module (EP) 48 airbags 31
rubber parts 95 Clock 58 gear display 48 safety belt 31
safety belts 95 Closing ignition 42 Cruise control 17, 18, 53

REPAIRS
special parts 94 from inside 26 interlock 42 Cruising range 59
windshield wipers 95 from outside 23 manual mode 47 Cup holder, see Beverage
Cargo 72 Clothes hooks 77 parking 47 holder 70
securing 72 Clutch 76 reverse gear 47 Curb weight 122
stowing 72 Cockpit 12 selector lever Currency of the Owner's
Caring for your vehicle 94 Combination of wheels/ shiftlock 42, 46 Manual 7
Cassette player, see separate tires 84 shiftlock 46 Cylinders 120

DATA
Owner's Manual Compact Disc player, see Sport program 47
CD changer, see separate separate Owner's Manual Steptronic 46
Owner's Manual Compression ratio 120 towing 116
tow-starting 116
transmission fault 48

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D Display lighting 50 Electronic transmission control F


Dashboard 12 Distance remaining 59 module (EP), Continuously Failure, tires 62, 106, 110
Data Door keys 22 Variable automatic Filler cap cover 77
dimensions 121 Doors Transmission (CVT) 48 Filling capacities 123
engine 120 locking 24 Emergency operation Filling, tank 123
weights 122 manual operation 25 driver's door 25 First-aid kit 113
Data, technical 120 remote control 23 sliding/tilt sunroof 30 Flat tire 62, 106
Daytime driving lamps 49 unlocking 24 tailgate 27 Flat Tire Monitor 16, 17, 62
Decommissioning the DOT Quality Grades 83 Engine 76 Floor carpets 95
vehicle 96 Drink holder, see Beverage electronics 17 Floor coverings 95
Deep water, see Water on holder 70 power output 17 Floor mats 95
roadways 77 Driving lamps 49 speed 17, 55 Fog lamps 50
Defrosting position 66 Driving notes, general 76 starting 42 Foldable rear backrest 71
Defrosting windows 69 Dry air 65, 68 switching off 43 "Follow me home" lamps 49
air conditioner system 66 Dynamic Stability Control Engine compartment Footbrake 79
automatic climate (DSC) 16, 61 MINI COOPER 87 Footwell lamps
control 69 MINI COOPER S 88 bulb replacement 105
Dimensions 121 E Engine oil 89 Front fog lamps 50
Dirt on the paintwork 94 Easy Entry 33 additives 90 bulb replacement 102
Disc brakes 79 EBV (Electronic Brake Force prescribed oils 90 Front seat adjustment 31
Displacement 120 Distribution) 16 pressure 15 Fuel consumption 59
Display elements 13, 14 Electric power windows 28 Entry to the rear 33 Fuel consumption display 55
coolant temperature Electrical defect EP (electronic transmission Fuel gauge 55
gauge 56 driver's door 25 control module), Fuel preparation 120
fuel gauge 55 sliding/tilt sunroof 30 Continuously Variable Fuel quality 78
indicator and warning Electrical system 124 automatic Transmission Fuel reserve indicator 55
lamps 15 Electronic Brake Force (CVT) 48 Fuel tank capacity 123
odometer 55 Distribution (EBV) 16 Exterior finish, care 94 Fuses 112
Service Interval Display 57 Exterior mirrors 36
with navigation system 14 Eyelets, towing 115

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G Heated Interior lamps 50 interior lamps 50, 104
Gasoline 78 outside mirrors 36 bulb replacement 104 license plate lamp 104
Gasoline gauge 55 rear window 65, 68 Interior rearview mirror 36 low beams 49, 101
Gear display 48 seats 34 automatic dimming 37 luggage compartment
Continuously Variable windshield 65, 68 Interlock 42 lamps 105

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automatic Transmission windshield washer jets 52 Interval display 93 parking lamps 49, 102
(CVT) 48 Heavy cargo 72 reading lamps 50
General driving notes 76 Height 121 J rear fog lamp 103
Glove compartment 70 High beams 17, 49 Jack 100, 106 standing lamps 49, 102
Glove compartment lamps bulb replacement 101 Jump-starting 113, 114 tail lamp 103

OPERATION
bulb replacement 105 Hood 16, 86 turn signal indicators 102
Grilles 66, 69 Horn 12 K xenon lamps 101
Gross weight 122 Hubcap remover 100, 106 Keys 22 Lashing eyes 72
multifunction steering LATCH child-restraint
H I wheel 18 system 41
Handbrake 44 Ignition lock 42 Kickdown 47 Leather care 95
Hazard warning flashers 12 Illuminated vanity mirror 36 LED light-emitting diodes 51

REPAIRS
Head airbags 37 Imitation leather 95 Length 121
L
Head restraints 34 Imprint 6 License plate lamp
Lamps 49, 101
Headlamp cleaning Indicator lamps 15 bulb replacement 104
backup lamps 103
system 52, 89 Individual air distribution 69 Light-alloy wheels 94
brake lamp 103, 104
filling 89 INSPECTION 57 "Lights on" warning 49
daytime driving lamps 49
Headlamp flasher 49 Instrument cluster, see Display Loading 72
fog lamps 50
Headlamps elements 13 Load-securing devices 72

DATA
footwell lamps 105
care 94, 101 Instrument lighting 50 Low beams 49
front fog lamps 102
cleaning 52 Instrument panel 12 bulb replacement 101
glove compartment 105
Interface socket Luggage compartment 72
high beams 101
for Onboard Diagnostics 96 content 122
instrument lighting 50

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Luggage compartment MINI Maintenance System 93 Oil change intervals, see Service Power supply 12 V 70
cover 71 MINI manufacturer 6 and Warranty Booklet (US Power windows 28
Luggage compartment lamp MINI Mobility System 100 models)/Warranty and Pressure, tires 80, 109
bulb replacement 105 Mirrors 36 Service Guide Booklet
Luggage rack Mobility System, see MINI (Canadian models) Q
see Roof-mounted luggage Mobility System 100 Oil service 57 Quality Grading, tire 83
rack 73 Modifications, technical 96 Old batteries 111
Lumbar support 32 Multifunction steering wheel Onboard tool kit 100 R
(MFL) 18 Opening Radiator 91
M Multifunction switch 49 from inside 26 Radio, see separate Owner's
M+S tires 85 from outside 23 Manual
Maintenance 57, 93 N Outside temperature Rain sensor 51
Maintenance System 93 Navigation system, see display 59 Reading lamps 50
Manual operation separate Owner's Rear backrest
driver's door 25 Manual 14 P foldable 71
sliding/tilt sunroof 30 Non-smoker's equipment Package tray, see Luggage Rear fog lamp 50
tailgate 27 package, see Cigarette lighter compartment cover 71 bulb replacement 103
Manual transmission 45 socket 70 Park Distance Control (PDC) 63 Rear lamps 45, 103
Manufacturer 6 Nozzles 66, 69 Parking brake 16, 44 Rear window defroster
Master key 22 Parking lamps 49 automatic climate
initialization 22 O bulb replacement 102 control 68
MD player, see separate OBD interface socket 96 Parking lamps/Low beams 49 heating and climate
Owner's Manual Odometer 55 Parking, vehicle 76 control 65
Mechanical key 22 Oil 89 PDC (Park Distance Control) 63 Rear window wiper 52
MFL (Multifunction steering additives 90 Plastic 95 replacing 100
wheel) 18 level 15 Pollen 66 Rearview mirror 36
Microfilter 66, 69 prescribed oils 90 Pollen filter 69 Recirculated-air mode
Mini Disc player, see separate pressure 15 Power output 17, 120 air contitioner system 65
Owner's Manual automatic climate
control 68

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Recirculation of air 65, 68 S Spare key 22 Technical data 120
Reclining seat 31 Safety belts 16, 31, 35, 95 Spark plugs 124 Technical modifications 96
Refueling 77 adjusting 35 Speed 120 Temperature
Remaining distance for Safety lock buttons 26 Speeds 85 automatic climate
service 57 Safety tires 80, 84, 110 Split rear backrest 71 control 68

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Remote control 23 winter tires 84, 85 Spray jets 52 heating and climate
battery 22 Screwdriver 100 Standing lamps 49 control 65
battery changing 22 Seats 31 bulb replacement 102 tires 83
initialization 22 Securing cargo 72 Starting 42 Temperature display 59
Removing mist, Selector lever shiftlock 42, 46 problems 43, 113, 114, 115 engine coolant 56

OPERATION
windows 66, 69 Service and Warranty Booklet with a discharged Temperature layering 66, 69
Removing window mist (US models)/Warranty and battery 113, 114 Temperatures, high 77
air conditioner system 66 Service Guide Booklet Steering lock 42 The right tires 84
automatic climate (Canadian models) 93 Storage, tires 84 Third brake lamp
control 69 Service Interval Display 57, 93 Sun visors 36 bulb replacement 104
Replacement key 22 Shiftlock 46 Switches 12 Tire change
Reporting safety defects 9 Side airbags 37 Switching off, engine 43 tire change set 106

REPAIRS
Restraint system 38 Side turn signal indicators Symbols 6 Tire changes between axles 84
Reverse gear 45, 47 bulb replacement 102 Tire failure 16
Rod antenna 94 Sitting 31 T safety tires 110
Roller sun blind, rear window Sliding/tilt sunroof 29 Tachometer 55 space-saver spare tire 106
blind 30 convenience feature 25 Tail lamps Tire inflation pressure 80, 85
Rubber parts 95 safety function 30 bulb replacement 103 Tires 80
Run-flat tire, see Safety Smoker's equipment Tailgate 16, 27 all-season tires 85

DATA
tires 80, 84, 85, 110 package 70 manual unlocking 27 break-in 76
Snow chains 85 Tank capacity 77 changing 106
Space-saver spare tire Tank content, filling condition 82, 85
changing tires 106 capacities 123 damage 82

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inflation pressure 80 Tow-starting 115, 116 V Wheel and tire


M+S tires 85 with Continuously Variable Vanity mirror 36 combinations 84
replacement 83 automatic Transmission bulb replacement 105 Wheel stud
safety tires 80, 84, 85, 110 (CVT) 116 illuminated 36 wrench 100, 106, 107
snow chains 85 Tow-starting and towing 115 Vehicle Wheelbase 121
storage 84 Traction 83 battery 124 Width 121
temperature 83 Trailer nose weight 122 decommissioning 96 Windows, convenience
the right choice 84 Transmission 45 dimensions 121 feature 25
tread 82 Transmission fault, exterior finish 94 Windshield heating
winter tires 85 Continuously Variable operating 42 automatic climate
with emergency running automatic Transmission settings 41 control 68
properties, see Safety (CVT) 48 washing 94 heating and climate
tires 80, 84, 85, 110 Transporting children weight 122 control 65
Tools 100 safely 38 Vehicle Memory 41 Windshield washer
Torque 120 Tread wear 83 Ventilation 66 system 51, 89
Tow bar 115 Trip odometer 55 draft-free 66, 69 filling 89
Tow fitting 115 Turn signal indicators 17, 49 Windshield wipers 51, 100
Tow socket for tow bulb replacement 102 W care 95
fittings 115 Warning lamp 15 replacing 100
Towing 115 U Warning triangle 113 Winter tires 85
with bar 115 Uniform Tire Quality Washer systems 89 all-season tires 85
with Continuously Variable Grading 83 Washer/wiper system 51 safety tires 84, 85
automatic Transmission Waste container 70 Wiper/washer system 51
(CVT) 116 Water on roadways Work in the engine
Towing eyelets 115 deep water 77 compartment 86
Wearing safety belt 16, 35
Weights 122

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REFUELING

Fuel
Designation

AKI:

Engine oil
Quality

The oil volume between the two marks on the


dipstick corresponds to approx. 1.1 US quarts
(1 liter).

Tire inflation pressure Summer Winter To ensure that you always have convenient access
to all essential information when you stop for fuel,
front rear front rear we recommend that you take the time to fill out
2 persons the adjoining chart by entering the data that
applies to your vehicle.
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