MINI Make Overview

MINI Questions

I Have Ust Bought A New Mini And The Seats Have Got The Extraextension To P...

I have just bought a brand new mini cooper convertable and the seats have extra extension to protect the knees. I find that really uncomfortable and would like to change/remove it. How do I go abo...

Bluetooth Help!!!

I have just bought a a 2015 Mini Convertible. I can get my phone (iPhone 7 plus) to connect to the bluetooth but when i want to play music i have to connect my phone to the USB port, this doesn't ev...

CVT Transmission On 2003 Base Model MIni Cooper

My 2003 Mini will not go above 2000 RPM and 10 MPH while driving in a straight line (road) After I pulled over I discovered the dash position indicator reads in "P"ark even when the gear shift shows R...

Mini Cooper Transmission Light

Hi there, I just bought a 2008 mini Cooper s with an automatic transmission. Every time I start the car up the transmission light pops on and yellow for a couple of seconds and then turns off. It ...

2012 Mini Cooper

My 2012 Mini Cooper interior lights ( specifically the ones that change color) near where the cup holders are slowly fade in and out (similar to when your at a theater is telling you that the show...

Older MINI Models


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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