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Old 07-19-2018, 12:24 PM   #1
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Flat Tow a Mini Cooper AWD?

Can anyone confirm that a Mini Cooper Countryman and/or Clubman with All Wheel Drive and Standard Transmission can be flat towed? Any best years or years to avoid? Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:30 PM   #2
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Check with Roadmaster and BlueOx to see if they make a base plate for the Mini. If yes, they will list trans requirement. If you are an FMCA member, they will have “toads” and acceptable year/trans requirements listed. If you have not purchased Mini yet, check out 14 Honda CRV. Lots out there coming of lease with low mileage
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Motorhome Magazine publishes a dinghy towing guide each year. I suggest you check out the year and model of car your interested in as a Toad and check in here. Then check the owner's manual of the car to be sure.
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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Can't answer that!

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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
If Mercedes says none can be flat towed, then make sure you buy one out of warranty. While the Mini is cute, a few friends and relatives that have owned them find parts and service to be very expensive.

Are you sure they are towing AWD versions? Perhaps they have transmission lube pumps that can add over $1000 to prep for towing?
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We towed our MINI for the 2 or 3 years we had it with the motorhome but we did so with a tow dolly. It was a Super S, 6 speed, it barely cleared the dolly so we decided to trade it. We now flat tow a Jeep Wrangler, if you are in the PA area we have a great dolly for sale! LOL!
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Can anyone confirm that a Mini Cooper Countryman and/or Clubman with All Wheel Drive and Standard Transmission can be flat towed? Any best years or years to avoid? Thanks!
From what I know and learned from Mini, you cannot tow any mini except for the Mini Cooper with FWD and a manual transmission. If I could have done a Clubman I would have;however, after learning what I did, we opted for a Cooper S, FWD with manual transmission.
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Thank you for that input. However the published lists seem to differ from what the car mfgs advise. Also Mini Cooper says that none of their cars can be towed, yet lots of RVers tow them successfully.
We successfully tow a 2010 Mini stick shift.
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We successfully tow a 2010 Mini stick shift.


Is your 2010 AWD? That was the OP's original question.
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If Mercedes says none can be flat towed, then make sure you buy one out of warranty. While the Mini is cute, a few friends and relatives that have owned them find parts and service to be very expensive.

Are you sure they are towing AWD versions? Perhaps they have transmission lube pumps that can add over $1000 to prep for towing?
Unless something odd happened while I was in Alaska and out of range, BMW owns Mini Cooper, not Mercedes. I know, I know, all those German car companies look alike.........
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Unless something odd happened while I was in Alaska and out of range, BMW owns Mini Cooper, not Mercedes. I know, I know, all those German car companies look alike.........
You are correct, I had a brain fart when I posted the Mercedes comment. I used to mess about with Mini Coopers when they were built in Britain by Morris. They were spartan but held the road like a go-cart, which they basically were. When the new Minis came out a Denver friend went to Salt Lake to get one since none were available in Denver. Fun little car, until the engine blew. $12,000 for a new engine if he had BMW do the work.
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Thanks everyone for the input. We ended up getting a 2018 Toyota Carolla iM. Reasons ... price point compared to older Minis, very little inventory in our area on anything with a manual transmission, dinghy guide lists the Carolla iM for towing all four down, and the Carolla manual confirmed it! And of course, its bright green color played into the decision.
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The New MINI, (All those since 2002 and made in the UK but owned by BMW), had some very troublesome years. the 2002 thru 2006 was the original. The early Auto Trans were a real problem, the last two years it was changed and were fine. All the manual shift trans were good. From 2007 thru 2010 they were very troublesome. European regulations mandated a much higher front end for pedestrian protection so the planned intro date for the second iteration, was moved up from 2010 to 2007. BMW contracted most of the engineering and all of the new engine development to Peugeot. Peugeot went through a bankruptcy shortly after and the car was rushed to market not properly developed. BMW took over the project themselves and sorted most of the problems, and introduced the 2011 model year with 144 major changes. From that year on they were much improved and quite reliable. There remained a thermostat problem, it was made of plastic, that when it went the check engine light came on and you must shut it off right away or you overheat the engine or cause major engine damage. Remember its a BMW product even tough its made in the UK, so parts are silly expensive. The 2014 year and on was the third iteration. The current version has a total BMW engine, 3 cylinder turbo for the cooper and 4 cylinder turbo for the cooper S, and seem reliable. You will find lots of 2007 -2010 Mini's for sale used, more than any other years, because the owners are fed up of the reliability of them.
i know this because i owned a 2007 and it was the most unreliable car i have ever owned. The last visit to the dealer just out of warranty was a $7K visit, no major item but a bunch is mostly electrical issues. Sold it right after. I did a lot research as i am now considering another mini to use as a toad. My wife loves them, and they are lite. Don't want a new one with a warranty as it can be difficult when they know it's being towed behind a MH.

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