Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (11/2014 – 2/2015)

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One year of ownership!  While it wasn’t all smooth sailing, it’s been a lot of fun.  The Mini needed some TLC, and continues to light up my smile when I’m behind the wheel. Read on to hear about the tumultuous last quarter for the Mini Cooper.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (10/2014 – 1/2015)

OwnersLog2It was an exciting three months for my F-150.  Not only was there the normal Thanksgiving road trip, but a couple of towing experiences and some good driving in snow.  The new 2015 F-150 may be on dealership lots, but my 2011 truck is still looking and driving like new!  Read on for more details.

 

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2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) Engine Air Filter Replacement – DYI

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R56 Mini Cooper S Engine Air Filter

The R56 Mini Cooper S was sold in America for the 2007-2012 model years.  It featured a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing over 170 horses and 180 foot-pounds of torque.  That tiny turbocharged engine needs a lot of air, so its filter can get dirty quickly. Read on to see step-by-step directions to replace the air filter yourself.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (8/2014 – 11/2014)

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Nine whole months with a car that could just about fit in the bed of my F-150?  Yep, you got it!  The Mini does well, getting me into parking spaces I wouldn’t even think of parking my truck in, as well as providing comfortable summer transportation.  Read on for more details.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (5/2014 – 8/2014)

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Another quarter spent commuting in the Mini, testing its limits, both street performance and capacities.  It performed well, and I even learned a few things.  Read on for more details.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (2/2014 – 5/2014)

OwnersLog2Don’t let the image to the left fool you, this is a write-up of my first quarter owning my 2010 Mini Cooper S!  I used it for commuting, golf outings, and even Home Depot runs.  It was mostly grins, filling up less and driving longer distances between those fill-ups.  Read on for more details

 

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