Vehicle features and op‐
This chapter describes all standard, country-
specific and optional features offered with the
series. It also describes features that are not
necessarily available in your car, e. g., due to
the selected options or country versions. This
also applies to safety-related functions and sys‐
When using the features and systems described
here, adhere to local regulations.
Wash your vehicle frequently, particularly in
winter. Intense soiling and road salt can dam‐
age the vehicle.
When cleaning with high-pressure wash‐
ers, components can be damaged due to the
pressure or temperatures being too high. There
is risk of property damage. Maintain sufficient
distance and do not spray too long continu‐
ously. Follow the operating instructions for the
Do not direct steam or high-pressure washers
toward the labels applied by the manufacturer;
otherwise, damage may result.
Distances and temperature
▷ Maximum temperature: 140 ℉/60 ℃.
▷ Minimum distance from sensors, cameras,
seals: 12 inches/30 cm.
After washing the vehicle, apply the brakes
briefly to dry them; otherwise, braking action
can be reduced and corrosion of the brake
discs can occur.
Regularly remove foreign bodies, such as
leaves, from the area of the windshield when
the hood is open.
Washing in automatic car washes
Give preference to cloth car washes or those
that use soft brushes in order to avoid paint
Do not use automatic high-pressure washers;
otherwise, water may drip into the interior in
the area of the windows.
Before driving into the car wash, check whether
the system is suitable for your MINI. Note the
▷ Vehicle dimensions, refer to page 208.
▷ If necessary: fold in the exterior mirrors, re‐
fer to page 42.
▷ Maximum permissible tire width.
Too high guide rails in car washes can
damage body parts. There is risk of property
damage. Avoid car washes with guide rails
higher than 4 in/10 cm.◀
Preparations before driving into the car wash:
▷ Unscrew the road antenna.
▷ Deactivate the rain sensor to avoid unin‐
tentional wiper activation.
▷ Deactivate the rear window wiper and pro‐
tect it from damage. Ask the car wash oper‐
ator about any suitable protective meas‐
▷ Remove additional attachments, for in‐
stance a spoiler or telephone antenna, if
there is a risk that these may be damaged.
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