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Mini Cooper 2007

I just bought a mini 2007 and the engine light turned on. The car started jerking while driving and I'm not sure if that is supposed to happen and the service lights turned on but I'm not exactly s...

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 ...

I Have The Chip & Spare Key, Could This Work To Start My Car?

Hi there. I have the original chip for the primary key of my car. The key somehow separated from the original fob and fell into the snow, so I have the fob/chip but not the actual key to put in the ...

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2009 MINI Cooper Clubmaan Misfiring

Hi, I had a question about a MINI we recently purchased. We just bout a used 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman (automatic) with only 45,000 miles on it. It had a full tank of gas when we bought it. We ac...

Fan For Heater

2016 Mini Countryman started car today heat worked great seat etc . Starting driving fan kept going off and on with a clicking noise then stopped all together and heated seat stopped as well but t...

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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.

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