Racket when switching on

Discussion in 'MINI Cooper SE' started by jeedc, Aug 5, 2022.

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  1. jeedc

    jeedc New Member

    Hi All,

    We're a month into SE ownership now and I am going to buck the popular opinion on here and tell you that I don't really like the car. I especially don't like the regen braking and that bonging when the car is switched on. Does anyone know what that racket is?

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  3. tesrivmini

    tesrivmini Active Member

    Well there's the seatbelt warning bongs - these can be coded out with Bimmercode (which makes a nice difference), and the startup sound.
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  4. jeedc

    jeedc New Member

    Thanks @tesrivmini, it is the seatbelt sound. No need for it to start as soon as we switch on the car.

    I must look into Bimmercode
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2022
  5. revorg

    revorg Active Member

    You've never had a car that told you to fasten your seatbelt before?
  6. jeedc

    jeedc New Member

    I have and indeed my car also does it but only when it starts moving. My *** has barely hit the seat and the mini is on my case about it - a bit too keen.
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  8. Puppethead

    Puppethead Well-Known Member

    Owning an EV brings the chance to unlearn a few habits. This is a case in point. With an ICE car it's normal to start the car, and then fasten the seatbelt. This gives the engine time to warm up before you drive off. But with an EV there's no need to warm up the motor, so a better habit is to fasten your seatbelt and then turn on the car. That completely eliminates the seatbelt warning.

    Not easy to unlearn habits, and it may not be the solution you're looking for, but it's certainly a legitimate way to start out in the SE.
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  9. MarkSasaki

    MarkSasaki Active Member

    The seat belt warning was the first thing I coded out. I thought it was stupid because there are too many sounds going on at the same time. Maybe it would have been better if the timing of the warning was delayed after the startup sound, but they sound off at the same time and for me it was very irritating.
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  10. What is it you don't like about the regen braking? I've gotten to where using it has become second nature and I rather like it. That said, it would be nice if more settings were offered for it. As it is now, it's basically on or off.
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  11. Rexsio

    Rexsio Active Member

    Sell to Carvana they going there for $40000 you pic up a wrong car which so many people LOVE IT !
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  13. Rexsio

    Rexsio Active Member

    Change your habit after few weeks you adjust and this can save your live
  14. Rexsio

    Rexsio Active Member

    If you use low settings is the same if you take off a foot from ACE car is slowing down just change your habit is a learning curve about EVs and remember you don’t change a brake pads for 100000 miles
  15. polyphonic

    polyphonic Well-Known Member

    Can the lo-fi startup sound be coded out?? I would love to remove it too.

    Bimmercode can also remember your settings for drive mode and regen level. That might help?

    Like Rexsio said the used prices are crazy. You will probably make money by selling it.
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  16. GvilleGuy

    GvilleGuy Well-Known Member

    Same here. I coded it out. Hated that klaxon sound over the SE startup tune. Much more peaceful now.
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  17. Rexsio

    Rexsio Active Member

    How I decoded my wife screaming at me you guys so sensitive you must be a single not knowing how to go through life with stupid sound in a car to tell you use a belts to save your life .
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  18. GvilleGuy

    GvilleGuy Well-Known Member

    I've been driving 35+ years and don't need a sound to remind me to buckle my seat belt. I enjoy hearing the pure startup sounds the designer composed without the warning chime drowning it out.
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  19. The air raid siren when you start the car is the seat belt warning. Who knows why it plays when you start the car rather than when you try to drive off or shift into gear.

    As for regen braking, it just takes some getting used to. I hated it at first, but now I pretty much only drive one-pedal.
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  20. Minicris

    Minicris New Member


    Like Rexsio said the used prices are crazy. You will probably make money by selling it.[/QUOTE]

    Hard agree. We purchased used because we were too excited to wait the six months to get the mini we have on order. The price for the new is $4k more than what we paid for our used '22, but with rebates our brand new one will be considerably cheaper.
  21. polyphonic

    polyphonic Well-Known Member

    Wife was easy, we work to have a great relationship so no yelling is required ;)

    As for sounds, it’s just personal preference. I learned how to put my seatbelt on when I was 5 and haven’t forgotten since.
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  22. SameGuy

    SameGuy Well-Known Member

    I just coded out almost all the warnings. Bliss.
  23. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    You don't need to start the motor to get it warming up before you put on your seat belt. Assuming you're going to fasten your seatbelt anyway, why not just do that first, before pressing the Start/Stop button?

    If you don't want to fasten your seatbelt first because you want to listen to the radio the instant you're in your seat, you can activate standby state by pressing the Start/Stop button without depressing the brake pedal. Then, after fastening your seatbelt, depress brake pedal and press the Start/Stop button again to activate drive ready state.

    I've suggested this procedure before, but was rebuffed with the rebuffer claiming that pressing the Start/Stop button twice is just too much. For those who don't want to press the Start/Stop button twice, it's good that Bimmercode can solve their problem.
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