Mini Owners Manuals

  • Mini specs

  • Category:
    Luxury Small Cars
  • Since:
  • HQ:
    Longbridge, United Kingdom
  • Make overview

    The Mini is a small economy vehicle manufactured by the English-based British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its followers from 1959 till 2000. 

    In 1999, the Mini was declared the second most influential vehicle of the 20th century, after the Ford Model T, and before of the Citroën DS and Volkswagen Beetle. The front-wheel-drive, transverse-engine layout of the Mini was imitated for other "supermini" designs including the Honda N360 (1967), Nissan Cherry (1970), and Fiat 127 (1971). The layout was also adjusted for larger subcompact designs.

    The performance versions, the Mini Cooper and Cooper "S", were thriving as both race and rally vehicles, winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965, and 1967. 

    On its debut in August 1959, the Mini was sold under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor.

    BMW bought the Rover Group (previously British Leyland) in 1994, and sold the greater portion of it in 2000, but held the rights to build vehicles using the Mini name.

    Current Models

    • Hardtop/Hatch/Convertible (three-door hatchback)
    • Clubman (estate)
    • Countryman (five-door crossover)
    • Coupe/Roadster and Paceman (three-door crossover based on the Countryman)

    Mini known problems

    Some of the common problems or complaints owners have about the Mini are:

    • Loose timing chain issues
    • Transmission issues
    • Water pump and thermostat housing leaks
    • Clutch failure
    • Variable valve timing 
    • Electric power steering issues
    • Front Radiator Support and Coolant Hose
    • Movement in the Timing Chain Can produce Sound and Vibration
    • Electric Power Steering Pump
    • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) problems
    • Water Pump and Thermostat Housing Leaks
    • Transmission Problems and Failure
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