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  1. Beemerchef

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    Settling most likely at 71 within the last "hoopla" of my mortal existence, having owned Minis since 1966, I am still exclaiming "if not now, when?". The present one is an 2018 JCW... paddle shift dues to too much spine hardware,a couple nice shiny titanium hips, all making manual shifting needless to say, painful. I must admit that I love it! I have a been criticized here and there for not having bought a Cooper S and building it up into a JCW. Too pricey I have been told. Mechanically very challenged, my ability only goes as far as adding an AWE CAI, an NM PM and the rest is Dear Mechanic's job! Pro Exhaust, Cravenspeed Big Pair, NM Engineering racing control arms... Oh! I have been able to install the wonderful Bluetooth gizmo in a holder from this Gentleman that 3D prints them in Greece... All-Fit gap-fit for squeaky door was also easy! Why do people have to slam doors? I yell first now... not after the fact anymore... All jokingly of course. No Flat tires? Horrible... Mini decided to not pay my chiropractor visits and they are now "Yokohamas". This JCW does not see traffic. Miles and miles if twisted paved roads starting a mile from here. Lucky me... Forest Roads? Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
    PS: I forget... another Cravenspeed Gizmo to close the doors with only two fingers! [from outside the car of course... ah!ah!ah!]
    Well, that is that... Nice Forum! JCW 9.jpg JCW 8.jpg JCW new braces.jpg JCW 3.jpg JCW 7.jpg JCW1.jpg Bluetooth 2.jpg
     
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  2. MCS02

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    Welcome to MA! Nice looking JCW! Black what a great color but man not good to keep clean. My wife and I went to a couple car shows in my R58 (Black) today. I had to dust it off even though it sat in the garage all night. I drive her up the wall trying to keep it clean.
     
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    You have to come to terms with that aspect. Mine is clean 2 x 30 minutes a month! Have carports, no garage. I will never buy black again! Oh! Well...

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    Hood stripes are painted by the way! That was another sore aspect!

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  5. Crashton

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    Welcome to M/A. Nice car !

    I too know the joys & pain of a black car. Nothing prettier & nothing harder to keep looking that way. after trying to keep my wife's black Audrey clean I said no more black cars.

    My very dark grey bread van isn't much better. How did that happen? Although being retired gives me plenty of time to keep cleaning it. Guess I'm lucky the old folks home has a garage. ;)
     
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    Nicely done, you will have at least one more hoopla, you have 15 more years of good driving ahead. I have a couple of years on you and I am looking. :)
     
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    Nice car, welcome to M\A.
     
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    Welcome to M/A! Nice car, too!

    As a 73 year old with a bad left hip, the paddle shfters are a blessing.
     
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    Welcome to Motoring Alliance !!
     
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    I too love the paddle shifters on my DSG bread van. Snappy shifts when I want them. Beemerchef does your new JCW have a twin clutch box of gears?
     
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    No, it doesn't. 2018. Did they make them as such? Tell you the truth I don't even know the advantage... I shift just fine. [?]

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    I just read it changes faster. I wouldn't know. Probably the newer years have it? 19/20?

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    There is a difference, but if it shifts great for you that is all that matters.

    A dual clutch transmission is like a manual that shifts its clutches automatically. Some people love them (me) while others hate them. They aren't as smooth as a normal torque converter automatic.

    I think in some parts of the world MINI is using a dual clutch. Not sure if the 2019 has it or not.
     
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    Thanks for that Crashton
    "but if it shifts great for you that is all that matters."
     
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    As another *ahem* oldster I also have the flappy paddles and like them just fine. I use my 2009 Clubman S to tow my classic Minis all over the country and it does great - even without JCW levels of HP. Welcome to the forum....more than a few of us old farts here....
     
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    Thanks!
    Classic Minis.... Would love to see some photos. I think I looked though the 73 Innocenti 1300 thread... Way above my pay-grade in mechanical work! But, I admire that...
    I have never seen a 1966 [or close to that year] Austin Cooper SS 1500cc, dual tank. What I had and destroyed! Pathetic youth actions... "If I knew then what I know now"... but then again, maybe I would have not had as much fun...

    Stay well, Ara
     
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    You found my thread on my Innocenti 1300 Export, I also have a thread on my 89 Racing Green and I think there is probably an older thread on my 80 Clubman Estate....I'll go look.

    Here's one on my friend's Pickup with a Honda Vtec motor in it too that I worked on in my shop
    https://www.motoringalliance.com/threads/updating-the-vtec-pup.30688/

    Here's my 89 Racing Green....
    https://www.motoringalliance.com/threads/so-today-this-happened.28289/

    And my wagon, named Buzz by my wife on the drive home from where I bought it in Maryland to KC
    https://www.motoringalliance.com/threads/so-today-this-happened.28289/
     
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