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MINI Questions

sadiebulldog
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I Have A Mini 2010 Convertible. I Cannot Top To Work. It Just Shows A Car W...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 21 hours ago)
Visualchemy
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Can I Unpublish An Add Temporarily?, Or Must It Be Completely Deleted?

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Edmund Janas
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I Want To Buy This 2008 Mini Cooper S But...

I'm hearing nightmare stories on the web about the Timing Chain Tensioner and other maintenance problems. I had the car, which is super-clean and with 42k miles checked by a Mini mechanic (not a deale...

114 views with 17 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
David Vardeman
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I Have A 2004 Mini Cooper With An Automatic Transmission. I Am Faced With ...

First, I love my Mini! It is a 2004 model with an automatic transmission. It has 85,000 miles on it. It has never given me one single problem until recently when it sometimes is reluctant to shift ...

151 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 months ago)
Karmom
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Thinking Of Buying A Used Certified Mini Cooper. How Much Can I Hope To Ge...

Looking at 2010 to 2013 for college daughter.

3,569 views with 14 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

Older MINI Models

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MINI History

For years, only those outside the United States of America were able to experience the Mini. Minis were perfect cars for the tight, fast streets of Paris or London. Those of us stuck in similarly designed cities such as Boston or New York might lament the lack of a small vehicle, and some of us even shipped them over. Then Mini decided to share its products with us.

But first, some history: Minis rolled off the line for the first time in 1959. Designed to have a bubble-like body, the cars were small enough to be "parallel parked" perpendicular to other cars (i.e., nose to sidewalk). The cars had sliding windows, enabling maximum storage in its smaller back seat. The valuable space where the window cranks would have been could be used for parcels or passengers' knees.

The car saw success through much of the latter half of the twentieth century. In 2000, they became part of BMW and the "new MINI" was introduced (note the change to all capital letters). This acquisition had the Mini showing up in all kinds of places, including the movies ~~The Bourne Identity, The Italian Job,~~ and ~~Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.~~

Today, the MINI Cooper is available in the United States and throughout the world. Coopers are much beloved for their small size and ability to drive nimbly through traffic and maximize tight city parking. The near-opposite of the behemoth SUV's of today, the MINI is a popular car among a wide group of enthusiasts. Some of the classic Mini drivers shun the new MINI, yet grudgingly admit the car retains many of the ideals of the original.