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2007 Mini Check Engine Light

my 2007 mini check engine light is on. code says #2 cylinder miss. replaced spark plugs and found dark fluid on top of where #2 and next cylinder to it at plug seating surface. car has approx. 98k m...

Mini Cooper Radio

Okay so I have a 2012 Mini Cooper s countryman. Just bought it used. And I was trying to set all my radio denting and noticed instead of some letter or words it has question marks and some of it se...

My 2010 Mini Cooper S Has Had 3 Thermostats Replaced Since I've Owned The C...

2010 Mini Cooper S 61,000 miles

What Is The Black Thing Leaking Oil?

My mini cooper clubman 2011 started leaking oil out of the black stick loolimg thing. What is it ?

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High Octane Fuel On Mini Cooper?

Hello, please could somone advise why BMW reccomeded high octane fuel for mini coopers? For context I should note that the manual recommends high octane or premium fuel, it does not note the octa...

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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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