Section: R52 (Conv.)

Official R50/R53 License Plate PDC Retrofit

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe) May 16th, 2009 8 Comments

Let’s say you missed the boat on ordering park distance control or bought your R50/R52/R53 MINI without it used and suddenly realize it’s a must have. While it can be retro-fitted, it’s not easy. Luckily MINI has a solution. It’s the new license plate based PDC. And as you can guess, installation is a little simpler. If you park in tight quarters in an urban environment, it may be worth taking a look at.

This should be available at any MINI dealer in the US (via special order).

[ Rear Plate PDC ] Official MINI PDF

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Ask MF: R53, R56, R60 – What Does it Mean?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R60 (Countryman) Feb 23rd, 2009 36 Comments

We’re reposting this Ask MF originally from last year due to a number of similar questions we’ve gotten over the last few weeks.

This week’s “Ask MotoringFile” comes from Dave M and is quickly becoming a very common question:

I have a 2008 MCS on order and am relatively new to the MINI world. I couldn’t help but notice everyone using these code names for different models of MINIs. What does it all mean?

MINI models follow a similar system to the (seemingly ancient) BMW model internal naming convention. Since we often talk about different models (sometimes in the same story, paragraph or even sentence), using the internal model code-names is often the easiest way to quickly identify what model of MINI we’re referring to.

The first generation of BMW MINI’s started with the R50 which was meant to be the coupe version of the car. However once that model number was established BMW decided to produced a higher power version called the Cooper S. Because the development work was started later it was given a different code-name – the R53. The R52 was actually conceived before the Cooper S and thus has the code-name R52. And for those wondering, the R51 was a concept that never made it past the conception stages.

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Common Issues: Power Steering Failure

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), Recalls/Campaigns Feb 18th, 2009 80 Comments

A very interesting story over at BBC sent into us recently concerning Power Steering issues on R50/R53 MINIs.

BMW’s customer service told Heather this wasn’t a common fault, which is surprising because we’ve heard from dozens of other Mini owners who’ve told us they’ve had exactly the same problem, and have had to fork out anything up to £800 for the repair.

Not a common fault? Show of hands to those of you that have had power steering problems. As it turns out, we are not alone.

Matt Pike is an independent Mini mechanic, and a supplier of spare parts. He says he can barely keep up with demand for replacement power steering pumps: “At least 60 per cent of our regular customers have all had pumps changed. And we’re getting at least two calls a day from people after power steering pumps because they’re such a big failure. I’d say it’s the most common problem we have with the Minis.”

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How-to: Burning a MINI to the Ground

MotoringFile Sections: R52 (Conv.) Jan 12th, 2009 31 Comments

A sad ending to a great car. Here’s what happened courtesy of AUSmotive.com:

Ever wondered what happens if you drive your car over a mattress and just keep on driving? Well, wonder no more, as a thoughtful MINI Cooper S Cabrio owner has done the experiment for you.

As you can see from the pictures the result is not pretty (there’s two more pics after the jump). The owner had not long collected the car from a western Sydney dealer when she reportedly drove over a mattress of some description. Not realising something was wrong she kept on motoring. Soon enough, though, there was a distinct smell of smoke. The driver pulled to the side of the road and within minutes her new car was in flames and just as quickly it was a smouldering wreck.

+ Beds are burning / AUSmotive.com

Cadillac vs. MINI Round 2

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Marketing, R52 (Conv.), Video Jan 6th, 2009 32 Comments

You might remember the comparison by Car and Driver we posted a few months ago pitting the Cadillac Escalade against the MINI Cooper.

It would appear that Cadillac is now doing the same in their latest television commercials.

Thanks everyone for sending this in!

Official MINI Steering Stop DIY

MotoringFile Sections: DIY, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.) Oct 1st, 2008 12 Comments

If you have 18″ OEM MINI wheels on your car put on by the dealer, odds are you have the steering stop installed on your car. The reason? Apparently under extreme circumstances MINI found that the tires with this set up will rub the inner fenders slightly. Their solution? To restrict the steering angle enough to prevent it from happening. The downside? Increased turning radius. continued →

The Last R52 MINI Convertible Comes off the Production Line

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R52 (Conv.) Aug 7th, 2008 34 Comments

Official MINI Release: Style icon, global player, “value master” and now already a classic. Now that around 164,000 units have been produced, the MINI Convertible of the current generation has reached the end of its production period. As planned, the MINI plant in Oxford ceased production of the open-top four-seater. The final specimen – a MINI Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk painted in metallic White Silver has been sold to a MINI fan in the USA. In the land of limousines, the nimble little automobile with the electrically folding soft top has won over a very loyal group of fans. Only on its domestic market of Great Britain and Ireland were more units of the MINI Convertible sold in the past four years than in the USA. continued →

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R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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