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MINI Questions

What Type Of Gasoline Does S Mini Cooper Countryman Require

2009 Mini Cooper S Misfire

I have a 2009 Cooper S with about 114k. I bought it used and have had it for 6 months or so. This past week it started running rough with misfires. I had my buddy who is a car guy and builds his ...

Inline Fuses

Does a 2011 minni cooper s countryman have a inline fuse to the radio

Faulty Dme (engine Computer)

I have been diagnosed with a faulty computer, a new one is about 2000 dollars plus labor to flash it.. So I bought a used one from a wrecking yard with matching numbers, but the computer has a theft ...

My 2006 Minicooper Won't Start, Justs Rapid Clicking Noises

I jumped it and it started right up. Let it run for about 15 mins. Tried to start it again and just makes the same rapid clicking sounds. Is it the alternator? The battery?

Older MINI Models

MINI Cooper Coupe MINI E

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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