MINI Make Overview
Available MINI Models
I Have A 2013 Mini Cooper Hardtop S, 6-speed. Should I Buy The Extended Ma...
I bought the maintenance package for 3 yr/36K miles. I am being asked if I want to extend the package up to 6 yr/100K miles. I know that if a Mini needs maintenance, it can be expensive, and so the ...
2008 Mini Fob Key
fob key needs programing, how to do it?
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...
I Have A 2008 Mini Cooper S With Built In Satnav.for Over A Year It Has Bee...
There are two distinct sounds: a 'chnk chnk' that sounds like loading. And a beeping, constant, and always in twos, 'beep beep' in quick succession. It's coming from the satnav console. The garage s...
2005 Mini Cooper 1.6 Auto Trans
I have a 2005 Mini Cooper. I purchase an uncut / blank key and had a local lock smith laser cut the key... Key fob opens and closes the vehicle but will not start the car when key is in the ignitio...
Older MINI Models
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.