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No Power To Front Windows, No Dashboard Light, No Signal Or Control Of Head...

hello I had the brakes replaced on my mini cooper countryman, I noticed the light was still on after driving off. i called the mechanic he said to remove the pos cable for about 10 minutes and then re...

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Engine Reeves Up On Hills

Recently, my 2008 Mini Cooper Base has been reeving up. Feels like the transmission is slipping then re-engages. Any comments are welcomed. Thank you everyone.

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2006 Mini Cooper Running Lights Wont Turn Off

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Mini Bucked In All Gears, Could Not Go Over 20mph

Mini bucked in all gears, could not go over 20mph. Towed to service garage. What are possible problems?

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2011 Automatic Won't Start. Sometimes Will When The Passenger Door Opened A...

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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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