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Old 04-23-2021, 08:45 AM   #1
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Towing a Mini Cooper

I have a 2014 Mini Cooper coachman S manual I am going to tow. I have been told to put the car in neutral and the brake off. The questions are do I disconnect the battery and or leave the round key in the ignition or any thing else?
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In order to tow, having the brake on will be counter-productive. It you are flat towing, you will need to have the steering wheel unlocked as well.

As for other towing recommendations, what does the owners manual say about recreation towing of the vehicle?

One other thing you will need is a braking system for the dinghy with a break away system. You have to meet the safety requirements of any state you tow through and some require brakes and break-away on towed loads over 1500 lbs.

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I towed my 2013 mini and, if yours is like mine, it does not have a locking steering wheel. You do not need the round fob in the ignition to flat tow, but if you leave it in, the mileage will accumulate on the odometer. Without the fob, no mileage.

No need to disconnect the battery. In fact, you may need it if you have certain types of braking systems.

A supplementary braking system is recommended. If you get one that is powered by the mini battery, you will need to have a live power port, most likely the cigarette lighter. If that needs the fob to be hot, then that changes the equation. In such cases, a charge line from the coach to the tow car is recommended.
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I have never flat towed but do know you want every thing set right. My BIL got a new jeep to flat tow. He gets where he is going and his transmission 4WD will not engage. A little nylon piece was broken. So even if you think you know what you are doing double check.

Follow the owers mamual for flat towing. Plus watch a few youtube videos on towing a Mini Cooper, you might pick up a few tips.
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We have towed a 2014 MINI Clubman for 5 years. No instructions are to found in the manual as towing is not “officially” supported by BMW.

MINIs are under the weight requiring a supplemental braking system in most of the states east of the Rockies (<2500#). That said, if flat towing there are a number of reasons other than legality to have a braking system.

The steering is supposed to have some sort of electrical locking mechanism and the most commonly mentioned procedure is to insert the key and “click” in in as if getting ready to start, then “un-click” the key, but to leave it in the slot. Car in neutral, brakes off. I believe that the key needs to stay near the MINI to keep the steering unlocked (there are a few other functions that can be triggered through the “click/un-click”) and the dash slot is a good place for that and the way I’ve always done it. Good to switch off the headlight switch also as I have had the running lights stay on if not in the off position (although generally (not towing) you can leave the light switch on as the headlights turn on/off with the ignition)
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