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Available MINI Models
What Is The Best Aftermarket Clutch For My 2007 Mini Cooper S?
I'm at 60K. Proactively looking into the pros and cons of different aftermarket clutches. I am fairly certain i would like a single mass flywheel conversion. I've scoured some of the forums only to di...
Cant "convertible" Anymore!
It has been over 4 years since the last time the roof has worked. I took it in to find the problem at the time it broke and they said it was "the computer" and quoted me for $800. Being a college ...
Accessory/cigarette Plug Won't Work
2006 Cooper convertible accessory in front of shifter won't work. Can't I.D. fuse in passenger fuse box.
What Should It Cost To Replace My Stereo In A 2014? It Got Wet, Dealer Want...
New mini, 5 weeks old, sun roof wasn't closed all the way and stereo got wet. It works, but the lights don't come on. Dealer says stereo needs to be replaced, for 900 dollars. seems a little crazy?
I Recently Took My 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible Into A Shop To Replace Th...
Now they're saying it's the harmonizing balancer sensor? What is this and is it true that they wouldn't have been able to diagnose the problem without first replacing the alternator?
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.