MINI Make Overview
Available MINI Models
Top Won't Retract Past Sunroof
A symbol comes up on dash that looks like a car with an open tailgate and a suitcase above that - this flashes when i try to get the top down. I have no idea what this means and can not find in any...
The aux cord doesn't work and I'm trying to figure out how I can take it out to replace it
Check Engine Light Keeps Coming On!
Just bought a 2013 Mini Cooper Knightsbridge in June, 2013. The light has come on 6 times!! Mini replaced spark plugs and ran all kinds of other tests. They had my car for 33 days last time. I o...
Can anyone tell me what the deal is with having to have the battery "serialized" to the car's computer? The dealer said the car would have drivability problems and might not even run if the battery wa...
Mini Cooper S 2008 Abs Asc And Brake Lights On. Code 5de3 And D364 Not Clea...
Older MINI Models
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.