How to Set Up a Mini Cooperby John Cook
The Mini Cooper has many customizable options to set the car up just the way you like it. They are all accessed via the menu in the tachometer. You can set options like what the response is when you lock or unlock the car with the key fob, how many times the turn signal flashes when you give it a quick push and several other convenience options.
Turn on the ignition of your Mini without starting the engine (press the start/stop button without depressing the clutch or brake).
Press the button on the end of the turn signal stalk to cycle through the tachometer display until Set/Info is displayed. Hold the button until the display changes.
Press the button to scroll through the options until you see a picture of a key with ruler-like markings below it. This is the option that allows you to set all your units of measure and reset the vehicle to factory settings if you need to. Press and hold the button until the display changes.
Select your units preferences. The gas pump symbol allows you to change the gas consumption measure between l/100km, mpg or km/l. The arrow between two lines allows you to change the distance measure between miles and kilometers. The clock allows you to change between 12 hour and 24 hour mode, and to change the date display preferences. The thermometer symbol allows you to change between F and C. Press and hold to activate a measure, use the quick press to scroll through the options and press and hold until the display changes to confirm. Select Home and press and hold to return to the previous menu.
Press the button again to scroll to the following option. This looks like a key with a check mark next to it. This is where you'll set more options. These include confirmation signals when locking and unlocking the vehicles, response during the unlocking procedure (drivers door only, all doors), automatic locking, pathway lighting, daytime running lights, and triple turn signal activation. Press and hold the button until the display changes to access the menu.
Scroll through the menu until you have a symbol in the display that looks like a closed padlock. This options allows you to change the car's response when locking. Press and hold the button until the display changes and select hazard flashers, horn, hazard flashers and horn or off. Press and hold the button to store your selection.
Scroll to the next setting. The symbol is an open padlock. This allows you to set the response when unlocking. The procedure and options are exactly the same as setting the locking response.
Press the button until a picture of a door is displayed. Push and hold the button until the display changes. Press the button briefly to and select the picture of the car with one or two doors open. The picture with one door opens sets the car to only open the driver door when the unlock button is pressed. The picture with two doors open will open both doors when the unlock button is pressed. Highlight your selection and press and hold the button until the display changes to save the setting.
Press the button to scroll to the next option, a picture of a padlock with an A next to it. This selects the settings for automatic locking. Select the clock to if you want the vehicle to lock all the doors after some time if no one has opened a door, the arrow if you want the vehicle to lock when you drive off, the clock and arrow if you want it to do both, or off to prevent the car from locking itself. Highlight your preferred option, then press and hold to confirm.
Press the button so select the P with the beams of light coming from it. This sets the pathway lighting options. Press and hold the button until the display changes and then highlight the amount of time you want the lights to stay on after you get out of the vehicle. Select 0s to turn the feature off. Highlight your selection and then press and hold to confirm.
Press the button until the symbol with a dot in the center and four beams of light is displayed. This sets the daytime running lights. Press and hold the button to change the options, select on or off and press and hold the button to confirm.
Press the button to scroll until you find the symbol with the two blinking lights. Press and hold the button. This determines how many times the turn signal will blink when you press the turn signal lever as far as its resistance point. Select 1x or 3x to have the signal blink one or three times. Press and hold the button to confirm your selection.
Scroll through until you see "Home." Press and hold to exit the display. All of your preferences will be stored in the remote control.
Items you will need
- Mini key
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