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About Gearhead60

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    I'm been a gearhead as long as I can remember. Always loved Minis and finally bought one!
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    Manassas, VA
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    Cars, IPAs (the hoppier the better), Photography, Firearms, Ebay, Estate Sales, Airplanes.
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    Project Manager


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    Cooper S Clubman
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    Digital Blue
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  1. Common issue with the F54 Clubmans. I found it happened when my key fob was in my pocket. The right movement pressed the unlock button. Key now is always in the console when I'm driving......
  2. It's on my calendar to go....
  3. Thanks to @CarlB and Faith! As always a great set of hosts! Pam and Mark
  4. We'll be bringing Ham and Cheese Sliders.....
  5. Nice write up Corey. Any plans to modify the mounts to make removal easier the next time?
  6. I plan on bringing a guest!
  7. I might try to stop in after the Manassas Christmas parade. Got priorities.......
  8. I could probably make it to the Sine's in Richmond before I could make it to this one.....LOL.
  9. Sorry, but too damn hard to get there from Manassas.....
  10. I've had the Continental DWSs, the Pirelli P7s, and now Michelin Premiers on my wife's Mazda 5. The Contis did not wear long enough in my opinion. The Pirellis actually got to 35,000 before I replaced them for losing wet traction. They were probably still good for 10,000 miles and sold them for $50 on FB market place! We're now on the Premiers and they are working really well. On my Clubman, I have the Pirelli P7 runflats. Dealer had to replace 2 under the Road Hazard warranty. I don't expect to get more than 25,000 miles on them. Traction has been good in all conditions. I've not had to run them in any serious accumulation of snow, but expect the all wheel drive to help with that. When looking forward, I will look at non runflat options, likely looking at what the current Pirelli or Michelin options might be. I worked for Goodyear for many years, but haven't been impressed with their offerings lately. Just remember the old adage, "You get what you pay for". This holds very true in regard to tires. I recently bought tires for my son's car and put the VREDESTEIN QUATRAC 5 on his Mazda 3, https://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSearchResults.jsp?zip-code=20110&width=205/&ratio=45&diameter=17&rearWidth=255/&rearRatio=40&rearDiameter=17. So far they seem to be a reasonable tire for the price and are holding up well. Vredestein has been around as long as I can remember and my dad put them on his BMW more than 30 years ago, replacing the self destructing Continentals. They are well regarded in Europe. Where to buy? Try Tirerack or Discount Tire. Tirerack has a network of installers that you can have them sent to once you decide. Not sure about Discount Tire. I've bought countless tires from Tirerack and have never has an issue.
  11. Nothing but blank stares out here in Manassas......
  12. I do the oil changes between the warranty ones. Mini says every 10,000....I say F that. I change it every 5,000. I have a shop with a lift at work and I can do it relatively easily. Add in I'm 45-60 minutes from any Mini dealer so the aggravation of taking it there outweighs doing it myself. As far as other fluids I only have 12,000 miles on the car. I haven't even added windshield washer fluid yet, although I just ordered BMW concentrate from Amazon. Damn warning chime, I must finally be low. I haven't figure out how the change the headlight fluid yet, but am open to assistance....
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