First drive with MINIs of Kissimmee

We learned today of a MINI drive nearby, so I washed my car and we headed down to Championsgate to meet everyone – and there was a good turnout of 15+ MINIs there!


I took a photo of each MINI individually, just like the old days!


Once everyone had arrived, we set off on a maybe 20 minute drive, over to food trucks in Kissimmee – complete with reserved parking for our group!


Good fun to join some MINIs again! Thanks to Joey for organizing 🙂


Countryman / Clubman

I have no interest in going back to a Countryman – my Clubman is a very fine MINI; but it’s interesting to compare the newest vehicle. I’ve not seen the new Countryman, but comparing dimensions on the MINIUSA website indicates that it’s built on the same chassis / wheelbase, and that it’s almost 5″ taller – but even with that extra height, front head and shoulder space is basically identical; and the Countryman has taken away an inch of front legroom, to provide more rear space!

(new Countryman on the left, 2016 Clubman on the right)

So the Countryman is a better choice if you need the rear space – but the Clubman is a better choice for no more than one passenger. Interesting too to note that the Countryman S now includes automatic transmission (only the ALL4 S can have manual transmission).

UPDATE: MotoringFile can written about this too; it’s interesting how they favor the Countryman, only writing what’s “more” …

Another JD Power survey

Shortly after I bought my Clubman, I got a couple of new car surveys including one from JD Power – today I got another one, but it really wasn’t about my Clubman this time even though it pretended to be!

The survey started normally, asking about my experiences with the car and moving on to experiences with service at the dealership – but it then moved to asking lots of questions about tires, brands, etc. The paperwork even included an area to encourage me to gather tire data(?)

At least they paid me $1 for my effort!

Clubman recall

I received a recall today for my 2016 Clubman, something to do with side airbags!

I read about this on Motoringfile a while back, although that article claims a software fix and this recall seems pretty clear that the problem is with something physical (“… cover … underneath the trim …”). An Edmunds article doesn’t mention software.

I guess I’ll be calling Orlando MINI soon!