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2002 MINI Cooper Overview
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Based on 50 reviews
The 2002 MINI Cooper was the right car for the right time. Appearing shortly before the current gas crisis made small cars cool again, the new MINI was surrounded by the same mystique that made Volkswagen's New Beetle so popular. The MINI was a small, peppy, good-looking car in an era of ever-larger SUVs, with a distinctive personality that appealed to drivers on the lookout for something completely different.
A rebirth of a small, fuel-efficient, innovative car that first appeared in the late 1950s in Great Britain, the 2002 MINI retained the same basic looks of its iconic ancestor, with a boxy cabin and the wheels pushed all the way out to the sides to create more interior room, although the new MINI was larger and more powerful than its predecessor. Design elements, such as the taillights, fender, and roofline, all mimic similar elements in the 1960s-era Minis, while interior components such as the center console, instrument panel, switches, and air vents all draw inspiration from the classic Minis.
The 2002 MINI Cooper was a front-wheel-drive, two-door hatchback available in both Base and S trim packages. Power for both was provided by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Horsepower for the Base model was rated at 115, while the supercharged engine in the S version pumped that up to 163 horsepower. The Base version received a five-speed manual transmission, while the S version upped that a notch with a six-speed manual. A continuously variable automatic transmission (also known as a CVT) was optional in the Base model.
The MINI Cooper was well-equipped with such standard features as air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual front and side airbags, a CD player, remote keyless entry, and anti-lock brakes. The S version received larger 16-inch tires (as opposed to 15-inch tires in the Base model), as well as a hood scoop and a sport suspension. A sunroof, leather seats, navigation system, and traction control were among the options.
The MINI Cooper's BMW heritage appealed to many drivers, who felt they were getting a BMW-quality car at a cost that was considerably lower than that of a standard BMW model. Some drivers were put off by the MINI's small size, but most drivers found the vehicle to be fun to drive, nimble, reliable, economical, and comfortable, as well as a head-turner on the road.
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MINI Cooper Questions
How Do I Know If My 2002 Mini Cooper Is Subject To A Recall?
I purchased it from a private seller and have had all maintenance and repairs done by non dealer shops. I am curious if there is something I should get checked out
2002 Mini Cooper S...my Gauges Aren't Working Correctly. Does Anyone Have A...
before this problem my car battery was dead. I had to jump start it to get it running again but now all the display lights on the dashboard are all out of wack. I've got the BRAKE lights, the ABS ...
The Lighting Has Small Oscillation (that Is A Repetitive Variation)
The car (147,000 miles) runs fine but when I idle, the interior lights get slightly brighter and dimmer, seemingly in sync with the motor. I had the mechanic check the battery and he checked one ot...
I Am Having Problems Getting The Ignition Key In On My Mini Cooper 02 Plate...
I am having problems getting my ignition key in, not all the time but when it wont it takes ages and lots of wriggling about to get it in, any ideas.
Chiming Noise After I Switch Off The Ignition? Is This Normal.
Hi Guys, Just bought mu first cooper used car 2002 and have no idea why it is making a chiming noise after i switch off the ignition. Sounds a bit like a computer game. Is this normal. Thanks in advan...