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MINI Questions


Instrument Electrical Proment

With the car on the lights of the cluster stay on the don't turn off

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I Have A Mini Cooper 2003 Model Automatic, Of Latethere Is A Sound That Is ...

2003 model automatic

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Heater On 2013 R56 Not Blowing Hot Air

2013 CooperS, no problems to date. Suddenly noticed that I'm not getting much heat--wondering if anyone has ideas, diagnostic/repair-wise. Here are the details: 1) All of the following seems to app...

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Xavi Giménez

Warning Message

This warning message just came up: Cors Ave. S Could you help me to find out what does it mean?

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Faye Armstrong

Check Engine Light Keeps Coming On!

Just bought a 2013 Mini Cooper Knightsbridge in June, 2013. The light has come on 6 times!! Mini replaced spark plugs and ran all kinds of other tests. They had my car for 33 days last time. I o...

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Older MINI Models


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.