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MINI Questions

2003 MCS Manual Transmission Won't Shift Into Any Gear

Can't shift into any gear, doesn't matter if engine running or not, the clutch is good.

Bad Dealer

I put a $1000.00 deposit on a car I found through Cargurus that the dealer said was Ok and ready to drive off the lot. I drove 2 hours and found out the passenger door and the trunk didn't open on...

My Engine Light Keeps Coming On And I’ve Been A Bunch Of Repairs. My Fan St...

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Same Problem With My 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman. My Car Battery Died Because ...

My Mini Cooper clubman 2010 would not start on a very cold below zero morning here in Minnesota. I realized that I had never replaced it and it was 7 years old. I had it jumped and all seemed fine e...

Have A Hard Time Starting It After Sitting For Awhile

For the past 4 days in the morning I have to crank it for about 3-4 minutes before it will finally start. Also the fan comes on when the engine isn't even warm. The yellow temp light came on but the c...

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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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