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New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:30 pm

Hello everyone!

I just recently purchased my first manual car...and I can't see myself going back to a slush box haha!

It's a 6 speed Mini Cooper Coupe S. When I first purchased it I didn't even test drive it.
I know how embarassing :( . Drove the automatic but knew the manual had to be way better.
Still learning all the tricks and tips, I'm past the stalling stage, and still somewhat in the "paranoid about burning the clutch" phase.
Upshifts are pretty butter smooth, but I think I use too much clutch to create that effect? SC rev-match downshift are ok...have issues with the blip accuracy.
Sometimes its perfect, other times its jerky...might be releasing clutch too fast. IDK, but I'm loving manual.
I'm 22 and thought to myself, "Self, how sad would it be to never learn how to drive a manual transmission car!?" ....Something had to change hahaha
I have put 12,000 miles today and I got the car April 30th, 2012.

I'll try and post a picture of the car....keeps saying "Sorry, the board attchment quota has been reached." ??

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby theholycow » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:06 pm

Welcome. It sounds like you're doing just fine.

Attaching photos to posts doesn't work well on most forums. It's better to upload them to a site like http://picturehoster.info/ or http://photobucket.com and embed them here using the provided IMG codes instead.
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby potownrob » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:06 pm

bienvenido al foro :D

pics or permaban :o
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Shadow » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:18 pm

Welcome to the forum....so you've driven the car 12,000 miles in less than 5 months? Wow....that's a lot of driving.
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:06 am

I totally forgot about photobucket...haven't used that in a very long time.
Will post some pictures up when I'm by a computer. I'm not too sure it's
doable over an iphone.

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby theholycow » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:35 am

You can send it as a MMS to an email address to get it into photobucket directly from your phone:
http://support.photobucket.com/entries/ ... ms-message

I now have a smartphone for which I'm sure there's a Photobucket upload app, but emailing it works fine for me.
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Squint » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:05 pm

Welcome! The Mini's are supposedly fun to drive. The only one I've driven was being turned in during a bankruptcy and had several things wrong with it (not to mention is was an auto.. who buys an auto Mini??).

Keep throwing questions out there if you have any.
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:36 pm

Shadow wrote:Welcome to the forum....so you've driven the car 12,000 miles in less than 5 months? Wow....that's a lot of driving.


Yes I have! My commute to work one way is roughly 45 miles...so close to 100 miles a day round trip :|
It wouldn't be so bad if traffic wasn't always present.

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:41 pm

Squint wrote:Welcome! The Mini's are supposedly fun to drive. The only one I've driven was being turned in during a bankruptcy and had several things wrong with it (not to mention is was an auto.. who buys an auto Mini??).

Keep throwing questions out there if you have any.


Ahhh yes, the auto transmissions on these cars are very weird. It's like they program them to forcefully shift into gears.
The car is very fun when there is no traffic around and when it's on a twisty road...torque steer is crazy at times.

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:53 pm

Okay, hopefully this work.
Haven't really take detailed pictures of it, having too much fun driving :D

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby RITmusic2k » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:02 pm

Greetings, also from SoCal!

My old roommate has a Cooper S - hell of a fun car to drive! Great transmission in those things.

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby AHTOXA » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:06 pm

Welcome aboard!
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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:12 pm

Sorry for the delay folks...says I have to wait for a moderator to approve posts before they show up in the thread.
It's a bit confusing. I reply back but then it appears out of order on the thread.


theholycow, the email to photobucket works like a charm, thanks for the tip.

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby 94Corolla5Speed » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:14 am

Welcome! I'm the resident Miata nut, nice Cooper coupe!

If you had a JCW you could have a Cooper Cooper works Coupe :lol:

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Re: New from SoCal

Postby Gerard » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:35 pm

94Corolla5Speed wrote:Welcome! I'm the resident Miata nut, nice Cooper coupe!

If you had a JCW you could have a Cooper Cooper works Coupe :lol:


Haha yea that's a mouth full....almost got one but
it still had the older engine, so I just opted for the S
which has the newer one....then just tune it and be faster
than the JCW :mrgreen:


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