If you’ve never owned a Mini Cooper, there are things you don’t know. For instance you don’t know how many times you will ask your Unhusband to borrow his car in order to convey large objects. Such as an umbrella.
And if you’ve never owned a Mini Cooper, you don’t know that as soon as you engage the engine, the car barks orders at you. These orders are delivered through a series of robot beeps and flourishes, and are accompanied by flashing icons in the dashboard display.
Mostly the car warns things along the lines of snap your seatbelt dummy and who’s the chucklehead who needs gas again – you’re the chucklehead who needs gas again.
But the other day Bossy started up her car and saw this:
It was a triangle warning containing an unknown icon. In fact this unknown icon displayed two weeks in a row before Bossy remembered to look it up in her car’s manual. Which is to say, Bossy still hasn’t looked it up in her car’s manual. This why Bossy is so happy things are available online! For example car manuals.
So Bossy searched Google and found this:
Luckily Bossy soon located an online manual with a font larger than lint, and began her search for the indicator light section among the sister mercy 149 pages:
Soon Bossy had narrowed her search to include only indicator lights and their meaning:
Still, Bossy kept searching:
Bossy never did figure out what her car is trying to tell her with it’s little snowflake inside of the triangle. Or maybe it’s the sun? Or a ferris wheel.
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Kait saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm
Is it really a snowflake? At 4 degrees or below, my VW bings and shows a snowflake besides the outside tempature. A little warning to say “hey dummy, it’s cold & could be icy. WATCH OUT”.
Perhaps this is what yours is saying?
Shania Ring saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm
My brake pad sensor light just came on. Many minutes of searching the manual for that one!
Bobbie saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm
@Kait – my husband’s Avalon says “May be icy?” when the temp drops below 32*.
Suze saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm
My car computer has a ‘ice possible’ warning when the temop dips below freezing and there is snow in our forecast!
Charlie saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm
According to North American Motoring (dot com) the symbol is, in fact, a snowflake and is simply a warning that the outside temp has dropped below 37 ºF.
My minivan conveys the same information by telling me my tire pressure is low on the morning after the first sub-freezing night.
Bossy is now free to drive about the country(side).
dobes saysNovember 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm
I looked it up and concur with the above posters. The snowflake inside the triangle does in fact mean the temp is below 37 degrees, so look out for ice. How cute!
Smalltown Me saysNovember 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm
Our mini is almost 10 years old and doesn’t have that cool snowflake light. It just bings at us when it’s 37.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysNovember 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm
I looked quickly and thought 0mph (zero mph) was really
Omph (something is squishing me).
My larger behind would make a Mini seat say “OOOmph”
Kait saysNovember 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm
@Bobbie. Ya, sorry. I’m metric. 🙂
Doug Richardson saysNovember 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm
That mini needs to haul you around on another “No Book tour.” I’m sure your employers will embrace that.
Suburban Kamikaze saysNovember 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm
Not everyone can wear a pear skirt. But Bossy’s car should not be giving her fashion advice. Bossy rocks all the food groups.
joeinvegas saysNovember 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Not sure about the snowflake, warning light or below 37f, but who would live in a place that required notifications like that?
As for the pear skirt, you did post a recent photo of the rear in jeans, and from that view you would probably be able to wear a pear skirt and still look good.
olivia saysNovember 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Olivia got a kick out of all the CANADIAN icons. Mostly pictures which, she assumes, solves the English/French dilemma. All the icons look like they are wearing earmuffs which, she assumes, is because we basically live in a frozen wasteland.
As far as snowflakes are concerned – we can just look outside our window to see snow . . . assuming we can SEE outside the thick layer of ice coating our window . . . or didn’t freeze to death between the house and the car.
Jamie saysNovember 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm
I did the same thing! Yes, it is a snowflake and means that road conditions could be icy. It is very cute!
Michele saysNovember 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm
My mini said that also- scared me with the sound- the mini talks a lot!