The Mini Cooper has been seen in TV shows. It's been in movies. It's been the subject of song lyrics. It's the "ride of choice" of numerous celebrities. It's even considered as a status symbol or a "fashion statement". Basically, the Cooper is a fixture in pop culture, which is a feat that not many cars can lay claim to. Throughout automotive history, only a few vehicles have reached the iconic status that the famed Cooper has.
Aside from the equally famous Volkswagen Beetle, there's perhaps no other subcompact that has received as much adoration as the Mini Cooper. The revolutionary subcompact has been embraced by the world as early as its debut in 1959. And since then, that embrace has only grown tighter even though the Cooper's production has ceased in recent years (the last Cooper to date was produced in 2008). The Cooper's long run isn't surprising since the model has evolved impressively throughout the years without ridding itself of the qualities (stylish design, easy to drive/park, a surprisingly spacious interior, among others) that made it popular in the first place.
Since the Mini Cooper's debut more than 50 years ago, dozens and dozens of models have been released under its name. Now, you may be a proud owner of one. And as an owner of a car that has been bestowed with awards such as "Car of the Century" and "Number One Classic Car of all time", you should take pride in your Mini Cooper by taking care of it as best as you can. Your Cooper may have a few years in it, but that doesn't mean that it has to feel old. You can breathe new life into your beloved subcompact by getting it a few Mini Cooper replacement parts. Installing new components in it should keep your Cooper "youthful" for a long time.
Save on Fuel Tips: Maintaining Your Mini Cooper
The iconic Mini Cooper has never ceased to become every enthusiast's dream car since its birth in the 1960s. The Cooper of today combines German precision in terms of engineering and classic British mini-car charm. This small convertible or hatchback features sharp handling, fast steering, and a high-performing engine. If you own one, yours is a source of envy among fellow drivers. Make your Cooper stand superior in the sea of other vehicles on the road by improving its fuel economy. Key to that is a regular maintenance routine that focuses on certain parts of the car. Here, we offer you several tips on maintaining your Cooper to achieve better mileage:
- Keep your fuel injection system clean.
Your car's fuel injection system has to be clean for it to be efficient. And as long as this system is efficient, you can have that peace of mind that your car maximizes it fuel consumption. One of the two options is to avail of a fuel injection service, in which you pay a technician a hundred dollars or more to clean your Cooper's fuel injection system. The other option, which is less expensive, is to invest in a fuel injection cleaner that costs only a few dollars. With this cleaner at your fingertips, you can clean the fuel injection system on your own by adding it to a full tank of gas. It will then move through the system, cleaning the valves. To achieve best results, you also have to maintain your Cooper regularly. Cleaning the fuel injection system will be in vain if your car is left in a poor state.
- Free your Mini from clutter.
Your Cooper's interior is small and compact as it is. If you keep using its truck or backseat as extra storage space, then you are not doing your car's fuel economy any good. Your car hauling unnecessary extra weight will mean it has to consume more fuel. So stop wasting fuel by removing all that junk from your car.
- Maintain your engine's internal parts by regularly changing the motor oil.
Doing so makes your engine's internal parts run smoothly, extending the engine's life. Thus, it is good for your car's fuel efficiency. For Mini Cooper, the recommended change oil interval is 12 months or 10,000 miles. If you delay it, you are only wasting precious fuel and money.
- Use the right type of motor oil.
Car owners can choose between synthetic and non-synthetic oils. Synthetic oils can be a bit pricier, but they last longer, as they do not break down chemically as fast as the other type of oil does. Great news is that synthetic oils work fine in Mini Coopers. The oil grade used for this particular model is 5W-30. If it is not available, check your owner's manual for the list of other approved synthetic oils for your Cooper. Also, when choosing oil, buy one with the API energy conserving symbol on its label. Such product contains additives that reduce friction between moving engine parts.
Mini Cooper: The Mini Car that Could
Micro-cars powered by motorcycle-sized engines came out in Europe during the late 1950’s. Sales of large cars dropped in Europe due to the 1956 Suez Crisis, and fuel was rationed due to fuel shortage. Answering the call for a “proper miniature car”, the ADO15 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 15) or the Mini Cooper was born, thanks to the vision of Leonard Lord, Alec Issigonis, and the Morris design team. The Mini Cooper became a British icon and was voted as the second most influential car of the 20th century, next to the Ford Model T.
1959 to 1967: Mark I Mini
The first Mini was launched in August 26, 1959, and it was available in two variants: the Austin Seven and the Morris Mini-Minor. The Mini integrated a split radiator cowl, pivoting quadrant on radius arm for the handbrake cable, and a three-degree castor angle during this generation. In 1961, the Mini Cooper was launched, and it sported welded wheels instead of the old riveted ones. The new hydroelastic suspension system gave the Mini Cooper a softer ride, but it increased the car’s weight and production cost. Automotive Products (AP) also designed a four-speed automatic transmission for the Mini--this model was called the “Mini-Matic”.
1967 to 1970: Mark II Mini
A larger rear window, redesigned front grille, and other cosmetic changes were adopted on the Mark II Mini. The engine options for the Mini ranged from an 850cc to a 1,275cc displacement. In 1969, the Mini became the star of the film,“The Italian Job," starring Michael Cain. The Mark II Mini spawned various variants including the Wolseley Hornet, Riley Elf, Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman, Mini Van, Mini Moke, and the Mini Pickup just to name a few.
1961 to 2000: Mini Cooper and Cooper S
Alec Issigonis and John Cooper collaborated to create the Mini Cooper with the blessing of the BMC management. Powered by a 997cc engine, the Mini Cooper had a race-tuned engine, twin SU carburetors, front disc brakes, and a closer-ratio gearbox. A more powerful Mini Cooper S was developed, and it featured a 1,071cc engine, large servo-assisted disc brakes, and a nitride-steel crankshaft. During the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, the Mini Cooper S earned acclaim and victories. The Mini Cooper wasn’t seen in the market for nearly 20 years, but in the early 90’s it was relaunched once more. The new Mini Coopers had fuel-injected 1,275cc engines, various safety improvements, and a front-mounted radiator.
2000 to Present: The BMW Mini
BMW took control of the Rover Group in 1994 and disposed some of its companies due to massive losses. BMW decided to keep the Mini and allowed Rover to manufacture the run-out models. It offered four versions: the Cooper Sport, Mini Classic Cooper Sport, Mini Classic Cooper and the Mini Classic Seven. A red Cooper Sport was the last Mini built by the Rover Group in October 2000. A total of 5,387,862 Mini Coopers were built over the years. BMW now owns the Mini and the company will continue its heritage and classic styling for the next generation.