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Section: F56 Hatch

MINI USA F56 Cooper Delivery Delay – Update

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes Apr 22nd, 2014 No Comments

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Last week we reported that MINI USA had decided at the last minute to delay all F56 Cooper deliveries. Since that time MINI USA has not only sent us an official statement but also spoke with us off the record about the incident. You can read the official statement here. But as usual the off record comments are a bit more telling. They not only speak to the importance of the F56 launch but to the lessons learned from various R56 issues.

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2015 Mini Cooper S + Gymkhana = Entertainment

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Video Apr 19th, 2014 No Comments

As part of the new Malaysian F56 MINI launch MINI of Malaysia has created a Gymkhana video that’s perfect for a Saturday morning youtube session.

F56 JCW Exterior Package to be Introduced for 2015

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW Apr 18th, 2014 No Comments

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The F56 JCW Exterior package will debut for the 2015 model year later this summer. That’s the word straight from MINI USA products managers from the floor of NYIAS. The JCW exterior package will consist of wheels, aero-kit and some new trim. It appears that continued →

MotoringFile Review: The 2014 MINI Cooper Manual

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Reviews Apr 7th, 2014 29 Comments

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Making a Case for the Cooper.

MINI has a unique problem with the Cooper. Traditionally it’s been this swiss army knife within the MINI model range. Sure it’s never been near as fast as the Cooper S, but through every generation, MINI has allowed potential owners the opportunity to spec a Cooper to essentially the same levels of handling. However as the years have gone by and new generations have been released, MINI’s customer base has expanded into a broader segment of the populace. Because of this MINI has wisely made the base (i.e. non-sport suspension) Cooper a little more compliant and perhaps inline with the expectations of a typical consumer. Naturally it’s still more go-kart in feel than other small cars (and certainly more premium) but there’s a little more room between the Cooper and Cooper S with every generation.

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MINI’s Final Test Test Drive Videos are Up and They Are Hilarious

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Video Apr 3rd, 2014 26 Comments

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MINIUSA’s long awaited Final Test Test Drives are complete and the winner will be announced at the NYC Autoshow. However before that MINI took each of the contestants out and filmed their ideal test drives in the yet to be release F56. As you can expect from MINI (and their owners) hilarity ensued early and often. continued →

(UPDATED WITH OFFICIAL STATEMENT) MINI USA Delaying all Cooper Deliveries Due to Defect

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes, MF Feature Apr 2nd, 2014 44 Comments

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MINI USA has responded to our report with an official statement regarding the situation.

MINI USA STATEMENT

“At MINI, our owner safety and confidence is our first priority. Earlier this week, as part of our ongoing quality analysis, our team discovered that certain new MINI Hardtop vehicles could experience some engine coolant leakage from the oil filter housing. This can result in a power reduction and subsequently cause the yellow/red “engine overheating” warning light to light up. We immediately brought this issue to the attention of all of our dealers and issued an immediate stop delivery on all affected vehicles. For the small number of Motorers who have already taken delivery of their new MINI Hardtop, we are working to quickly and effectively replace the needed part at no charge.”

MINIUSA is holding all Cooper deliveries ahead of the 4/15 launch date due to a oil filter housing problem. We reported the news, courtesy of several sources, via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook yesterday but held-off reporting it on MF in order to confirm the details.

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MINI UK Quietly Recalls the F56 Cooper D

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Recalls/Campaigns Mar 29th, 2014 8 Comments

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We don’t have much information on this one yet but here what we do know. Several MF readers have been asked to return their newly bought Cooper D to the dealer due to an “acoustic audio” problem. continued →

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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