Smaller but seems not

Earlier this week my Clubman showed up a very strange warning when I applied the parking brake while waiting (a long time) at roadworks:

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The warning suggested that the parking brake was still released (the indicator light was off too) but in fact it was locked on and I could not release it – stuck in the middle of the road!

Luckily, after the computer tradition off/on sequence, while the parking brake was still initially locked and would not release, it seemed to clear the fault and release after a too long wait …

So today, I dropped my car off at Orlando MINI, and got a “small” two door MINI loaner – and I really didn’t notice any size difference, at least for the driver position!

Hopefully, whatever is wrong with my Clubman is easy to identify and solve.

UPDATE: Orlando MINI were unable to find any problem or fault code with the parking brake, even with the error message captured above – I have to hope this problem doesn’t recur …

UPDATE 2: Today (September 21st, 2017) this fault has recurred twice; very frustrating and rather dangerous to have a car that can’t be safely parked!

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Another Clubman recall

There was a recall last year¬†on my Clubman, that didn’t sound particularly serious, but was resolved during my service visit a few months ago. Today, I received notification of another recall – and this one seems a bit more serious and also very surprising that it’s taken such a long time for a software light control issue to be noticed!

Clubman Recall, Brake Lights
Clubman Recall, Brake Lights

I guess I’ll be needing to call Orlando MINI some time …

Parked next to …

When we drove to Publix this afternoon there was a MINI that I of course had to park next to; we chatted to the owner for a short time and complimented each other’s car choices. After shopping, the MINI had gone and a much bigger vehicle had taken it’s place!