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Tuesday
Jan252011

Possibly my most useless video yet (unless you own a Mini)....

I found when I went looking at cars inside a dealer showroom that they all seemed easier to get into than my car at home. I realised that the cars I tried all had their windows wound down, so I went home and tried to get into my car with the windows down and found that it made it a lot easier. The difficulty was finding how to wind them back up from outside the car. When I figured it out I had the idea to post this video for a while but was a bit apprehensive in case everyone were to say that they knew this already, that it was obvious and made me look daft.

In the end I made this video for a couple of reasons. Firstly because I think that this tip might be actually useful to a handful of people across the world (but only a handful). Secondly I am testing a camcorder out.

Sanyo have been kind enough to lend me a Xacti VPC-CS1. I am currently collating some footage for a review and I thought what better idea than to create another youtube video using the camera itself. That way I can see how the Xacti HD footage works with iMovie. 

So unless you own a BMW Mini and regularly park it in a narrow space this video probably won't be of use to you - unless perhaps you instead want to see how the Xacti VPC-CS1 copes in the low light conditions inside my garage.

Full Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 review coming in a week or two....

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

Most useful video ever to me, had no idea about the window trick, and therefore never tried this to get out of tight spaces! Thanks!!!

January 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercd

@cd Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad that this video has got to a Mini owner and has actually been useful.

January 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have an E46 convertible. Whenever I need to get in or out of my car in a narrow space I simply press the UNLOCK button on my FOB (car has to be unlocked already - otherwise press the unlock button twice). As I open the door the window will roll down automatically. As the door closes the window will roll up automatically. This is a function that has been coming along with BMWs for a while (BMWs with frameless windows - coupes and convertibles for example). Chances are that your Mini has it too and you simply havent noticed or it has to be activated by the dealer (car key memory settings).

By the way - your reviews arent boring at all!

Cheers!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWillyD

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