Monday, 29 November 2004

yet another MPG update / ECU software / Carchip

MPG update
Date---------------Cost----Ltrs--Gallons--Miles--ltrs/ml--MPG---Total Mileage--Type

Trip Comp 31.2MPG : 27.6 avgMPH : 8 mls to go

ECU Software
Read some more on the forums about the 'stumble' when applying throttle from idle.
Seems linked to earlier software versions. I have downloaded the procedure to check the cars version and take it from there.

CarChip DataLogger
Managed to buy a power adaptor from Maplin. Installed a newer version of the software and tested it out.
Looks good , no fault codes recorded. Although quite how useful it is Im not sure LOL.
Maybe I'll sell it on..

Also my first ebay sale , the rear light rings from a fiat coupe group buy arrived last week , so I have put them on a 10day listing to see how it goes...

Roll on Christmas.... Ho Ho Ho......

Tuesday, 23 November 2004

Date-------Cost-----Litres-Gallons-Mileage-ltrs/mile-mls/gallon-Total Mileage--Type

Trip Data
31.7 MPG
25.7 MPH avg
40 miles to go

Bought a pair of front mudlaps and a carchip datalogger from
Mudlaps are functional and non exciting , the carchip looks like fun.
The only downside I can see is that you are limited to recording 4 channels and the interval is 5 secs minimum. Plus it arrived with a 110V US plug which aint no good.....

I've plugged it in (under the steering wheel on the MINI) so it can record until I find an AC adaptor LOL. Its supposed to record for 300hrs !

Mudflaps on ASAP with the way the weathers going just now!

Thursday, 18 November 2004

MPG update / Ramblings / Sis gets a Cooper

MPG Update
Date------Cost--Litres-Gallons-Mileage-ltrs/ml-mls/gallon-Total Mileage--Type

Trip Comp suggested 31.7 MPG , 26.2 Avg Speed , 12 miles to go before empty.
I reset the MPG and avg speed at each fill up so its not a cumulative average over all tanks.
It seems that the 'real' MPG is around 2mpg less than the computer suggests.
Car now has done 1700 miles since we bought it , and its the first time I've had to add oil! (0.25 litres). Like water it is too!(0W30) , I thought reading a fiat coupe dipstick was a black art , but the MINI is worse :-) esp just after an oil change.

Car continues to run great.
Traction control way too intrusive in the wet which really impedes rapid progress.
Its a good job you can turn it off :-)
I continue to be surprised by the pre-05 'S' gearbox ratios !!!
1st is way too long , 2nd not much better and 3rd to 6th are way too close .....
Car will pull 6th at 30mph and yet car parks and crawling in rush hour traffic can be troublesome in 1st. Its not a big problem but certainly something that doesnt utilise the MINI's engine to its full.

With a bit more info under my belt , it seems that normal tyres DO fit on the std wheels , so that may be a future option (including a can of tyre weld :-))
Perhaps some nice sexy Goodyear GSD3's ? mmmm

Seen several Minis over the last few days..A big wave to them..
A cool (and relatively rare) pepper white 'S' at Heathfield roundabout in Ayr.
A superb black Cooper with Arospeed rims at St Georges Cross in Glasgow.

I have to say , coming from a 'classic' mini background I prefer ye olde side exit exhaust :-) with a nice rolled edge...
On a big plus side , it appears that you can buy the Works AirBox seperately :-)
I also picked up the touch up paint from the local dealer this week.

Family Affair
Sis gets a new MINI Cooper. Yes its true there are now 2 MINIS in the family..
A brand new 05 spec Cooper Chilli Red/White Roof+mirrors. It looks stunning and has all the new fancy bits. I especially like the MPH readout on the rev counter and the lights in the inner door handles. She was really excited and I hope she enjoys it.

Heres a quick pic of the Mini Cooper 04 Red/White roof + mirrors and an arty version of the same pic for fun....

Monday, 8 November 2004

MPG update


Trip--29.4-MPG,30mls-to-go , as ever the figures differ more than a little LOL.

Car runs great , but short commuting is not good for high mpg!
Also beginning to get annoyed with the 'stutter' that always happens the first time you press the accelerator from cold....

Sadly the super sexy Apexi AVCR which I had planned to fit into the old Fiat Coupe has now been sold (sorry Allan!) , need it to pay for fuel....

Also bought a MINI parts list from ebay. Also bid on a short shifter because it was sooo cheap.....

Wish list : MicroRoadPilot(in silver) [GPS speed trap detector]
: Ipod Mini or Ipod
: Replace Boost Cassette with Boost CD player (none yet on ebay!)
: More Power ! (BBR / West Tuning or JCW are current favourites)