Archive for the ‘MINI’ Category

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Did you know that the so-called MINI ‘Mk 2’ that BMW launched in 2006 is a completely different car in almost every respect from the first version launched in 2001? In order to meet more stringent safety standards and new EU regulations the MINI had to be re-vamped from the ground up. If you’re a MINI anorak you probably know the differences all off by heart but to the vast majority of car purchasers the car looks virtually unchanged. Not so! Firstly, it’s bigger. They’ve added about 2 inches to the length. Every panel has been changed. The ‘C’ pillars are no longer made of glass. The front indicators are contained inside the headlamp unit. The rear lights are slightly larger. The bonnet is higher. The front grille has been re-designed (looks much better now). The 1.6 litre lump has been replaced with another 1.6 litre lump but the new version ekes out another 8 mile per gallon. There’s lot of aluminium used in the bits you can’t see to make it lighter. The boot is bigger. It’s faster and NCAP have given it a five star rating. Phew! And there’s even more to tell about the differences but we’d rather tell you now about a nice black MK 2 that the owner has asked us to market on their behalf. With a full leather interior, digital climate control, chili pack and a panoramic roof the spec is mightily comprehensive. Only 16,000 miles, MINI warranty and the very useful TLC free servicing pack this ‘new-shape’ MINI is looking for a nice friendly new owner. Click here for more details

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These cars are just the cutest! The Mini’s perfect proportions make you want to pick one up and put it in your pocket. Considering how cuddly the original version was back in 1959 it has been no mean feat that today’s designers have kept the essence and soul of Issigonis’s (crikey that’s hard to spell!) first generation Mini. Let’s hope that BMW don’t adopt the ‘change for change’s sake’ attitude with the Mini and leave the formula to mature nicely with only minor tweaking. Please don’t do what VW did to the original Golf! Right, so since everyone agrees that the Mini is a highly desirable piece of kit then why not plump for one with a detachable roof? We’re marketing one in Dark Silver for the owner who has since upgraded to a newer model. It’s an ‘S’ with the punchy Supercharged engine and 6-speed gearbox. With Cooper Works Alloys, Side Skirts, Chili Pack, TLC and Aircon it’s a very nicely specified example. Oh and this one has only done 9800 miles. Want more details? Then just click here and get ready to fall in love!

Mini Cooper ‘Sidewalk’

These Special Edition Mini Convertibles look stunning with their unique alloy wheels and colour coded interiors. This One Owner example is finished in Astro Black with English Malt Leather with only 6000 miles on the clock. Still under warranty with the useful TLC Maintenance Pack. Click here for more details.