MINI Experts

#1 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 450
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 260
#3 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 240
View All

MINI Make Overview

MINI Questions

Bryon Jones
0

High Temp Light Followed By Oil Pressure Light

I was driving down the highway and the temp light came on. Pulled right into the gas station and allowed it to cool. Checked fluid and was low. Bought coolant and filled it back up. Started it and l...

4 views with 1 answer (last answer about a day ago)
purplehood
0

My Son Has Difficulty Pumping Gas Into His 2009 Mini Cooper At All Gas Stat...

10 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)
Sambi
0

Automatic Mini With Bigger Engine Than 1.6

I had a new shape mini in 2003/4 and only drive automatics because I'm lazy!! However the mini I had only came as a 1.6 and as an automatic it was awful....thinking about a hatch mini but need a big...

2 views with no answers yet
higgilyn
0

Does This Vehicle Come In A Automatic

1,664 views with 11 answers (last answer 4 days ago)
Suzi Helton Rose
0

How Long Does It Take To Remove Head On 2007 Mini Cooper

How long would it take and what should it cost to do a tear down on a mini cooper

3 views with no answers yet

Older MINI Models

MINI E

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.