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BMW and MINI Used Car Post-Purchase Maintenance and Inspection

Jan 7 15

One of the common requests for assistance, here at Bavarian Autosport, is how to properly care for a “new” used BMW or MINI purchase.  In other words, what (if any) maintenance should be performed that will assure a long and healthy life for the vehicle?

Making a used car “yours” may involve differing tasks and procedures depending on the mileage of the vehicle as well as the known or unknown vehicle use and maintenance history.  Vehicles with low mileage and a known history may require less initial maintenance.

Older vehicles with higher mileage (with or without documented history) will typically require a more intense preventative maintenance and inspection program in order to bring them up to a point where all scheduled and preventative maintenance is known to be current.

Let’s consider a common 60,000 to 100,000 mile vehicle that does not have a documented history of maintenance and repairs.  We will be using Otto’s Ultimate Maintenance Schedule to help in determining what areas should be addressed.  In the following notes, if any items are known to have been recently addressed, these can be deferred read more…

MINI Recall – Cooper and Cooper S, Automatic Transmission Program, F56 – 14V89000

Dec 31 14

MINI (BMW of North America) is performing a recall on various 2014 & 2015 model year MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop (2dr) models produced from Jan. 6, 2014 through Oct. 17, 2014.  The automatic transmission control units may have been inadvertently reprogrammed to allow the driver to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in the PARK position.

Affected models:

MINI F56 chassis – Cooper and Cooper S 2dr Hardtop produced 01-06-14 through 10-17-14.

According to the recall:

“If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being in Park, the vehicle could roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders. ”

MINI dealers will reprogram the transmission control unit with the proper program to meet US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) guidelines.

The recall begins February 1, 2015.

Owners of affected vehicles are being notified by MINI. Further information can be obtained by contacting MINI customer relations at 1-866-825-1525.

MINI recall 14V890




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New Hella High Performance 2.0 Headlight Bulbs – BMW and MINI

Dec 30 14

If you’ve used (and loved) the first generation Hella Xenon Blue headlight bulbs (click HERE for our original Xenon Blue vs standard Halogen comparison video), but were disappointed with the relatively short life of the bulbs, we have great news!  Hella has re-engineered these bulbs for better performance and longer life.  The new bulbs are called Hella High Performance 2.0 and they continue with the very white lighting that the Xenon Blue bulbs were known for.  This not only improves visibility, but gives a closer match to Xenon (HID) headlights for the non-Xenon high-beams and fog lights.

Check out this short High Performance 2.0 video from Hella
(used with permission)

High Performance 2.0 features and improvements:

• Complies with DOT
• Re-engineered filament for greater light output
• Exclusive halogen gas formulation for improved performance
• High quality quartz glass with a specialized blue coating
• Manufactured under strict Hella guidelines
• An optimal balance of bulb performance and bulb life
• Offered in a special kit that includes a pair of bulbs, gloves and silicone grease
• Gloves protect the bulbs during installation
• Silicone Grease prevents false contacts and ensures an ideal connection
• 1 year warranty

Click below for Hella High Performance 2.0 bulbs:

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