Originally Posted by drindone
I just purchased a 2007 MINI Cooper S and had it outfitted to tow. I had read that the MINI would NOT accumulate miles when towing but in the short distance from getting it outfitted to tow to home it looks like it DID turn the odometer. For all MINI TOAD owners did I miss something? Key fob in radio ready position and car in neutral. (Yes, it is a manual). Any info would be appreciated.
Is 2007 the first year of the new style? or the last year of the old style? Ours is a convertible and even though it is a 2008, it is the old style Mini.
I think the new style does not require the key at all to tow.
The old style requires the key in the ignition but it does NOT need to be in any ON position... The key needs to be in to keep the steering wheel unlocked but it does not need to be on.
We drive the mini up and connect the towbar, place it in neutral, release parking brake, turn off engine (key all the way to the off position). DO NOT REMOVE THE KEY. Steering wheel should be unlocked and the miles should not register.
NOTE: You can not just put the key into the ignition. If we accidentally remove the key, we just start the MINI again and then turn the key back to off.
I hope this is not too confusing.