MINI Questions

Exhaust Smoke

If I'm stuck in traffic and the car is idle for awhile, when I accelerate I see whiteish smoke come out. I know it's not normal but the car runs fine. I've stayed on top of the maintenance but no o...

Exhaust Smell Inside Car When First Cranked


What Other Years Are Compatible With My 2006 Mini Cooper S (body Parts)?

The parts i am asking about are front bumper, right fender, right door, hood. Does it have to be "s" model? Thanks


2006 Mini Cooper S Body Parts From Other Models

i have a 2006 Mini Cooper S that recently got into an accident.My question is can i use base 2008 mini cooper body parts to fix it or should it be model S? i need front bumper, right fender, and doo...

Misfire Cylinder 3

I have a 2005 mini cooper i just picked up. Was told check engine light is on due to cylinder 3 misfire. Ive changed plugs, wires, coil pack. Drove fine for a min. Then car started riding rough. No...

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.