My Clubman is back at Orlando MINI tonight due to two more repeats of the failing / jamming ebrake, and so I’ve got a four door hardtop automatic to drive. Noticeably smaller inside, with almost no legroom behind the driver seat positioned for me (doesn’t matter there’s a rear door if there’s nowhere to get in to!), but admittedly fine to drive – feels quicker than mine but perhaps just because the automatic makes me less aware of changing speed. The basic center console is a disappointment too.
Earlier this week my Clubman showed up a very strange warning when I applied the parking brake while waiting (a long time) at roadworks:
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!
Ten years ago, I traveled to Europe and spent a few days with MINIs and MINI USA in the Netherlands, at the second MINI United. A fun weekend! Here’s a video review of that weekend:
Another Apple Photos Memories creation, revisiting MINIsOnTop 2007:
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!
I guess I’ll be needing to call Orlando MINI some time …
13 years ago, MINI owning friends got together with an elder care group to deliver thank you gifts to Caregivers. Today Apple Photos Memories helps me remember that good day!
Winter Garden’s quarterly car show returned today (previously September 2016) and we headed in to enjoy the views and take loads of photos!
In addition to the amazing cars above (including Hudson Commodore, Budget Funeral, many Corvettes, a VW rust bucket, and the amazing purple car) there’s a couple that I’ll feature separately …
First, a mystery vehicle with two engines! No idea why, though it has tiny rear stabilizer wheels that suggest it wants to be a dragster:
And finally, a 1916 Model T (over 100 years old now and proudly claiming original body, engine and wheels!):