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Mini Cooper Check Engine Light

I have a 2007 Mini Cooper s. I owned it for about three months when the check engine light came on and it went into limp mode. The throttle body was replaced. About 14 months later, the same thing ...

190 views with 4 answers (last answer about a day ago)
Kyle30014
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2015 Mini Cooper Less Than 1000 Miles Engine Light On But Engine Says Its ...

9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a day ago)
Wendy Zapfe
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I Have A 2011 Base Model Mini. Yesterday I Had My Oil Changed At Jiffy Lube...

Seems to be running fine.

30 views with 7 answers (last answer 2 days ago)
MiniChuck
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Timing Chain Is Made With Plastic Parts?

A local repair shop (not dealer) has been handling the routine maintenance on my 2010 Mini Cooper S Clubman. They recently warned me that the timing chain should be reworked/replaced as the vehicle n...

886 views with 5 answers (last answer 5 days ago)
Tommo35
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2003 R50 Eng Warning Light.

When driving hard, around 4000 rpm, check eng light comes on & derates eng (low power). Turn ignition off & re-start clears fault & away we go till i start driving hard?

13 views with 9 answers (last answer 6 days 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.