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Hid Lights With Projection Beam D2

Hello, I have 2005 Mini Cooper S R53 with projection headlight beam. Now I have installed 2 different pairs of HID lights D2 firts was a 8k and now I purchase a 10k. My problem is there bright but the...

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Matthew Nalker

Burning Through Oil Due To Turbocharger?

Had the MINI almost 2 months and the oil light comes on, when checked the oil is low. After filling it back to the proper level runs fine but a couple weeks later same issue comes up again. I heard t...

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Daniel Jones

How Much Would A Local Garage Charge To Change:?

Wishbone (1), New Alloy wheel (1), control arm (1), Tie rod (1) and new spring (1). Just looking for an estimate. Including labour charges and parts. (Mini Cooper 2006)

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Gurl Answered About A Second Ago I Have A 03 Mini And The Check Filler Cap ...

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Faye Armstrong

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...

20,686 views with 28 answers (last answer 3 days ago)

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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.