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MINI Questions

Tow Hook Stuck

I have a 2010 MINI Cooper and was towed awhile back, but the company didn't take the tow hook off. No matter how I twist and turn and pull the thing it will not come off my car. The manual only says...

Yellow Engine Light

I NEED HELP. MY YELLOW CHECK LIGHT IS ON. WHAT CAN I DO?

Is This A Fuse Problem Or Something Else?

My battery went dead unexpectedly. I got one from O'Reilly's and changed it. Now my interiior lights are not working along with the turn signals. The windows won't go up and down and my doors won...

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Engine Dash Light Stays On. How Do I Get It Off

I have a mini cooper 2006 and the engine light is on solid. Took it in to Mini dealer and they spent 2 hours diagnosing, and couldn't find any air or oil leaks anywhere. Wanted permission to spend w...

2013 Mini Countryman S Cylinder 1 Misfire After Spark Plug & Coil Change

Hey y'all. I have a 2013 MINI Cooper Countryman S that is throwing a P0301 Cylinder 1 Misfire code. 3 months ago I replaced all spark plugs and coils when all four cylinders were misfiring. The car ...

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MINI Overview

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.

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