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Hi,

I'm in the process of upgrading from my 2008 Mini One to a new Juke 1.6 Tekna Dig-T 2WD with Manual transmission. To be totally honest I originally wanted to go for the Mini Countryman but my girlfriend had her heart set on the Juke. Since I naturally lost that battle i've come round to the idea and am now really looking forward to getting the Juke. The amount of toys available on the Tekna for the price is unbelievable, (especially when compared with Mini's options list) and while I initially couldn't get my head round the looks i've finally fallen for it.

My one concern is the recurring theme in almost every review i've read. Although they all summarise overall that it's a great car - especially with the turbo petrol engine, I keep reading about the 2WD version struggling to get the power to the road when pulling off at the lights/junctions etc... If it was just one reviewer I could put that down to a bad driver but it seems to come up time and time again. I've also read a few posts on here mentioning the Juke being unuseable in the recent snow we've had in the UK. I'd have preferred the 4WD version which would solve this but don't want the CVT box that comes with it.

Has anyone had any experiences with traction problems in the 2WD Dig-T?

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Welcome - you've joined a great forum with some real characters, just like the car.

Still waiting for our 4WD version which has great traction. Can only think that because the car is so eager you get some wheel spin. Maybe the tyres are wrong for the car or maybe the review you read was carried out in the wet.There should be plenty of weight up front to avoid wheel spin unless you really push it with the revs from standstill.Oh, and the 4WD with the CVT box is fantastic. You do have the option with the gearbox to go into semi-auto mode and change gear yourself just like a manual box but, without the clutch. Should be fun in the snow too...
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Thanks Dougal, yeah i've noticed there seems to be some good banter flying about while I was reading through the old posts. Also noticed there seems to be a disproportionately large number of Scottish members too, maybe an excuse for a Scottish meet in the summer?!

I'm making a big compromise not going for the 4WD option as i'm going to be using the car quite regularly to go fishing at a loch near my home which involves travelling up a fairly steep private gravel track. To be fair i've seen the journey done in a Ford Escort so the FWD Juke will manage it well enough but it would have been less stressful with a little help from the rear wheels! Then of course there's the likelihood of repeat performances of December's big freeze!

The reason i've decided against it is that I only actually passed my driving test last year and want to spend a few more years with a clutch before I start to get lazy!

I guess i'll just have to adjust to the Juke when it arrives, i'm used to coaxing a 90bhp Mini away from standstill so the Dig-T engine may be a slight culture shock!
 

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I'm sure as the years go by... bloody ****, sounds like the start of a bed-time story. I must be gettin old.
You'll realize that learning to drive is like learning to ride (a bike ****) and control of the clutch is different in every car but, the action is still the same - find the biting point and that's it.
Auto box, forget about biting points. Stick it in drive and steer. Enjoy the World go by.
As for winter driving, there are other posts on here with plenty of tips. I think the main one is to get yourself a set of winter tyres. Even if it means sourcing smaller diameter wheels to fit fatter tyres. Remember though that diameter affects the speedo readout.
Sounds like you are off to a flying start with your driving any way so good luck when the car comes.
 

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Oh and yes a summer meet has been suggested already by Fee. She might be havin it in her house???I'll bring the sausage rolls...
Another meet farther south is in the pipeline as well. So options, options.
 

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Hmmm, never bothered to test drive the CVT for reasons mentioned above. The car's actually being ordered through a lease scheme and it's not been totally finalised yet so I might try and arrange a test drive of a CVT model with Nissan before it's too late to make alterations. Also heard the CVT's were taking longer to come in though and the Mini has to be returned by April... Nothing's ever straight forward!

Thanks for the advice and the warm welcome to the forum!
 

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Hello apg

Welcome to the madhouse!!!!!!

Cant say about the wheelspin - although there was plenty of that in the snow...?????

Meet - would love to have a Scottish meet in the Summer when the temperature reaches about 10 degrees - would be a blast

Plenty of banter on the site - you will have fun reading it all

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Dougal said:
Oh and yes a summer meet has been suggested already by Fee. She might be havin it in her house???
I'll bring the sausage rolls...


Another meet farther south is in the pipeline as well. So options, options.


Great that means 'us lot' in the middle can come to both...

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Not got the 2WD version but have driven one. Same problems with that as with the AWD CVT spec but in 2wd mode. The problem under normal (none icy conditions) isnt so much with wheel spin as torque steer under hard acceleration. Easy to correct if its wheel spin though...just pull away slightly less hard for the first few yards and then floor it :)
 

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Hmmm, never bothered to test drive the CVT for reasons mentioned above. The car's actually being ordered through a lease scheme and it's not been totally finalised yet so I might try and arrange a test drive of a CVT model with Nissan before it's too late to make alterations. Also heard the CVT's were taking longer to come in though and the Mini has to be returned by April... Nothing's ever straight forward!

Thanks for the advice and the warm welcome to the forum!
Hi and welcome, totally understand your wanting to hang on to the manual gear changing skills, but as Dougal said, you never forget. Do try the CVT, it is a great drive - smooth and really rapid to get the power down in sport mode. Just all round easy driving. Only downside is the possible delay. I was lucky to get my order in well early before the shortage.
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Got our final quotes confirmed in the post today from the lease company so took a trip back to the dealer to check out the CVT before finalising it. The guy we spoke to confirmed there was no way we'll get the CVT in time for the handover date we have for the Mini. That's that decided then! We now have the final decision to make tonight before putting our order in. Which colour? We were settled on Gun Metallic until yesterday when my girlfriend spotted a Haptic Blue Juke in a supermarket car park. And while we were down at the dealers today a Solid White model caught my eye...
 

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Don't go white. Too common.


Either of the other two would be good.
 

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I think the white had caught my eye because i'd been thinking about a white Audi A3 at one point before we decided on the Juke. Plus I can't see me out washing it every second day and it's not likely to stay clean for long round here.

Now I think it's down to a battle of wits between me and her indoors over Haptic Blue and Gun Metallic. I like the blue but don't want red and blue on the same car. I'd take the Haptic Blue and change the Tekna red trim to grey quite happily but the dealer said I can't get rid of the hint of red on the leather seats. I've had worse dilemmas to be fair.
 

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Think white, think white, think white...

Shame you can't try for the CVT but, there does seem to be a big delay. I think coz they are soooo.... popular!!

Our dealer has told us we will get another car till ours arrives if ours is late. Can't that be had through leasing too?

Maybe too much bother now though.

Enjoy the day when it all happens and go for white.
 

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You could go white and then when you have decided on a color you really want have someone actually finish the car and not just drive around with the primer on ;)
 

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Gunmetal is actually rather nice and does go well with red.

Now PEARLY white is a different kettle of kippers.
 

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You could go white and then when you have decided on a color you really want have someone actually finish the car and not just drive around with the primer on ;)
I've seen that mentioned on here a couple if times... Yeah sorry just living up to Scottish stereotypes and trying to save £400 off the price!
 

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SkvanD said:
You could go white and then when you have decided on a color you really want have someone actually finish the car and not just drive around with the primer on ;)
I've seen that mentioned on here a couple if times... Yeah sorry just living up to Scottish stereotypes and trying to save £400 off the price!

Only a couple of times.......... must be loosing my touch
 

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Once again I was over ruled. Haptic Blue it is.
 
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