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(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


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


“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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Spied: 2015 MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jan 14th, 2014 4 Comments


Less than 24 hours after the introduction of the JCW Concept, we now have our first glimpse of a JCW test mule. Nothing too surprising here and there isn’t too much to see. This looks like MINI has the JCW Aero Kit front in order to test cooling on the new JCW 2.0L engine. Also seen here are the exact same front brakes that we saw on the new JCW Concept.

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Happy New Year & Thank You From the MotoringFile Team

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Dec 31st, 2013 7 Comments

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Happy 2014 from the MF team to you. And thank you for making 2013 such an amazing year for the site and for each of us.

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Official MINI “First Test” Contest Details

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Nov 19th, 2013 5 Comments

Who wants a chance to drive the New MINI (F56) before the rest of us? Traditionally car companies hand the car to the media. The media dissects the car and tells the consumer what to think. MINI wants to turn that on its ear and allow owners to get the firs crack at the new MINI and report on it themselves. But they’re searching for the perfect MINI fanatic for the job.

For more from MINI USA themselves, lets turn it over to Head of MINI USA Marketing, Tom Salkowsky:

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For the full rundown click through. And stay tuned to MotoringFile and White Roof Radio for more details and updates as they become available.

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MINI Releases MINI Takes the States Dates for 2014

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MTTS, Official News Aug 30th, 2013 11 Comments

Get out the calendars, because MINI Takes The States 2014 is coming up in less than a year. MINI has announced officially that July 26 – August 9, 2014 is the next installment of the the great American MINI road trip. Circle those dates and email your HR department to get those vacation days lined up.

New to the MINI world? MTTS is a nationwide road trip put on by MINI USA. Thousands of MINIs will travel across the country together. As if that weren’t fun enough, MINI USA sponsors parties, concerts and other events in cities along the way. MotoringFile and White Roof Radio have been along for MTTS every time since it started back in 2006, and you can bet your bonnet we’ll be involved for MTTS 2014.

The best part? This MTTS will feature the next generation MINI Cooper, the F56.

So who’s going? Who’s excited? We definitely are.

Want an R56? You Have Just Days Left to Order

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Aug 1st, 2013 23 Comments

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According to sources the R56 is about to pass one of its last milestones. The last US allocation for the MINI hardtop will be next week. That means that cars have to be specced out by the dealers by 8/28. Once that date passes dealers won’t be able to modify the orders in the system.

After this last and largest allocation is given to the dealers, there won’t be another hardtop allocation until the F56 debuts in the middle of March 2014. And yes that also includes the R56 JCW variant. But don’t worry this won’t affect the other MINI variants or their JCW models.

All this begs the question, are there any MF readers who are scrambling to pick-up one of the last custom built R56s?

White Roof Radio #470

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Jun 6th, 2013 5 Comments


Recorded live to make up for missing the last live show. Joined by Mr. Gabe and everything, we take a fresh pass at the F56 and a few Ask Chad questions. Plus we got to talk about that fancy looking Coupe you see above. Yes, Todd wrapped it!

There have been requests to get the video shows downloadable in podcast form. The timing for this weeks show couldn’t be worse for video editing, but I’m going to try my best to get it for you guys before the end of the week. Watch for that to show up over at WhiteRoof.tv when it’s ready. Don’t worry, I’ll post it to Facebook and Twitter too so you don’t miss it!

Woofcast 470:

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