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Old 07-22-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Mini Cooper Manual Toad

Asking what our members have towing a manual tran 4 on the ground. I have heard they don't tow well on a dolly because on low rear end. I want to tow 4 on the ground and have a chance to get a mini with less than 40k at a fair price. What do you think??


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Old 07-22-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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We tow a 2010 MINI Cooper Clubman JCW 4 down with no problems.
We use a Roadmaster base plate and Brakemaster braking system hooked to a Falcon All Terrain tow bar.

We chose the Roadmaster base plate because it was a direct replacement for the stock bumper support, no drilling or cutting the frame, just a couple of cut outs in the plastic grill.

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OC Bill, thanks, great information.

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Old 07-22-2014, 09:51 PM   #4
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We had an 08 Mini Clubman. It towed fine, and while the car is a blast to drive for short distances, the high noise level and rather harsh ride got tiresome after a while. Now we tow an 2014 Lincoln MKZ hybrid. Lacks the fun factor of the Mini, but it is much more comfortable and quiet. I highly recommend the Air Force 1 braking system. Not the cheapest, but works beautifully.
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We used to tow a 2006 Cooper S and we had to put a huge drop on our hitch to get the Roadmaster towbar level with the roadmaster base plate on the Mini. The problem we had was the hitch drop would drag on the road when we would enter an up hill gas station approach. This was a first generation Mini. I haven't looked at the Roadmaster base plates for newer generation Minis. Maybe they raised them.
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Towing Mini Cooper

Towing with Blue Ox Towing Package. This system works great with our 2005 manual transmission Mini Cooper.
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Been towing a 2003 Mini manual for years and love it......
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We've been towing a 2008 convertible for 2 years. No problems at all.
Blue Ox setup.
Hitch drop does drag the ground sometimes, we try to choose our fuel station entrances carefully.

We are currently getting set up to tow an enclosed trailer with the Mini and a golf cart inside (among other things). We're hoping this setup works well for us in the future.
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We have towed a 2009 Clubman on a Demco dolly for 3 yrs and have traveled over 30,000 miles. Ground clearance is not a problem and it tracks well.
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We have towed a 2009 Clubman on a Demco dolly for 3 yrs and have traveled over 30,000 miles. Ground clearance is not a problem and it tracks well.
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Same here
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Norm Mac.....

You need to do what I did.... I welded a SS roller onto the underside of my tow bar and that totally solved the dragging issue for me.... If you would like, I can attach a pic tomorrow......
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You may want to take a look at the online reviews for that car. JD Powers reported it is the most unreliable car for 2014 and this is 7 years in a row it has lead that category. A lot of very expensive issues. Be careful. Used ones are cheap for a reason.
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Thanks Ernest, the roller sounds like a good idea. I may do that if we continue to tow on the ground. Right now, I am looking forward to towing the trailer and bringing more of our "Stuff" with us.

As for reliability, I can only speak about our short experience (2 years). We have had no issues with the car at all. We do regular oil changes and that's about it. If something does eventually break, I'm sure it will be expensive.
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Yes - they're not cheap to repair.... But... Aren't they a blast to drive....

I always say - it's as close to a street-legal go-cart as you can get....
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