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MINI Questions

dougquinn1144
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What Is The Reliability Of A 2010 Mini Cooper Hardtop? Any Specific Or Reo...

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nickg5k
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What Could Cause My 2008 Mini S To Occasionally Smoke, And Smoke On Startup...

White smoke, with an odd smell on startup, and blue (oil) smoke while running and after reaching running temp, especially when the ac is on. I've only had it a week, and it only has 64k on it. I c...

35 views with 10 answers (last answer 2 days ago)
sandrasmith
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What Could Cause All 4 Cylinders To Loose Compression

2008 mini cooper base 80,000 miles loosing compression in all 4 cylinders. mechanic having to do a tear down of the engine to find the cause. If sludge found in engine the service contract will not co...

6 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 days ago)
Afrolady
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I Just Picked Up My Lease Vehicle 2 Days Ago Don't Like Colr Can I Switch ...

14 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)
darkcooper
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Recent Obtained 2008 Cooper Base With Reclaimed Title. It Had Beeb Wrecked ...

I replaced the headlights with aftermarket headlights. They now work only on dim. When I activate the bright lite switch on the turn lever it indicates a bright lite on but my lites do not change from...

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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.