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OldAV8TOR

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Does anyone have any advice on towing 2008 or newer Mini Cooper's with manual 6 speed tranny's? I understand that after 2008 they nolonger had steering locks so there should be no need for the ignition switch on. I just bought a 2009 and am having it outfitted with a Blue OX system and an RVI supplemental brake. I would assume with the gear shift in neutral it should be good to tow. I know they have been towed for several years, as Blue OX has been making base plates at least since 2005? But recently BMW Mini issued a service bulletin not to flat tow ANY Mini's. Sounds like Lawyer Speak to me. I'm currently, in South Florida and there are an abundance of Mini's and I've seen many being towed. Haven't met up with anyone at a rest stop yet to discuss details. I just bought this TOAD and need to take it home to NY. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Personally, I would follow the manufacturer's recommendations, as printed in the Owners Manual.
But then, I will not use anything for a towed vehicle that can't be towed without doing any modifications, either.


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Towed an 08 Clubman 20,000 miles.

Just as you stated.

When I had it serviced, no comment from the dealer.

Traded it in, the MINI dealer put it on the front row with the tow lights and towbar still on it. It sold in two days.

Mini wants no deep pocket liability, so will not recommend it. The car tows fine. Good luck, and enjoy!


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Posted: 03/21/12 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I helped a friend install a towing baseplate on his '08 Cooper S with 6-speed. It tows fine, no problems over a couple of years.


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AprilWhine wrote:



Towed an 08 Clubman 20,000 miles.

Just as you stated.

When I had it serviced, no comment from the dealer.

Traded it in, the MINI dealer put it on the front row with the tow lights and towbar still on it. It sold in two days.

Mini wants no deep pocket liability, so will not recommend it. The car tows fine. Good luck, and enjoy!


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Did you check the Remco Towing Application Charts?

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For what it's worth. We had a Mini Clubman - great car!! (until someone turned left in front of us and totaled it). Our Mini dealer had one come in with a failed tranny (manual). The transmission was still under warranty, but since it had been flat towed, Mini refused to cover it. The dealer didn't have any choice but to charge the owner.


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ScottMack wrote:

For what it's worth. We had a Mini Clubman - great car!! (until someone turned left in front of us and totaled it). Our Mini dealer had one come in with a failed tranny (manual). The transmission was still under warranty, but since it had been flat towed, Mini refused to cover it. The dealer didn't have any choice but to charge the owner.


Of course. I knew that when I rigged mine to tow.

It was my car, I am a grownup, I don't snivel and whine. All facets of life do not come with warranties.

We are on our 5th MINI at this time, we frequent the two largest MINI forums in the world, hubby was the transmission forum moderator on MINI2.com. We have never seen a report of such a failure, in fact since they did away with installing Midlands transmissions in the Base Cooper, failures are almost unknown. The CVT's were problematic, and many boy racers destroy the clutches in their manual transmissions regularly, however, they are trying to.

We also flat towed a Toyota FJ cruiser. Never had a problem with it either.

We trailer our current Ford (I know, but it was cheap), because of FIRST HAND failure reports from Ford owners, even though Ford states that it can be towed. I don't care that they will repeatedly replace failed transmissions under warranty, I don't want to deal with that.

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Well I am just about to get a roadmaster base plate installed on a 2009 convertible. I have two questions for those already towing these. I plan to wire mine as there is little room to install magnetic lights on the convertible. I would have to put one on each side and that's not really practical. I've read people warn against tapping into the mini's wiring system, if anything for warranty issues alone, but is there anyone who has done this and not suffered any consequences? I'd like to hear about problems as well.

I'm planning to tow this behind my 27' Rexhall Vision without supplemental braking. Aside from state laws, many have said that the weight of the cooper doesn't warrant them. I too would prefer to avoid using a braking system, so if anyone is towing a mini without brakes I'd love to hear your thoughts about this.

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Some of the new standard trannys do not turn main shaft for lube when in neutral, this can result in bearing failure. Some people over fill tranny and hope for splash lube.





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