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MINI Mini 1959-1997 45 years of minis


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Fitzy

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Registered: 08/17/04
45 years of minis
Posted: Aug 17, 2004 7:35 AM
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I have owned many of the classic minis, and have driven some BMW minis,
although the new version is, fast, smooth, and is a great car in its own right, it is also very typical of a continental hot hatch,
my personal opinion is ,BMW should have called it the BMW1, and left the MINI bit to the mini,
the new BMW version is a super car to drive, and I'm sure will give people pleasure for years to come,
but there was something completely different about the classic mini, it is still a challenging car to be reckoned with,
BMW designers did a great job by retaining some of the classic mini looks, helping it to be instantly recognizable as a mini

Fitzy
pera k

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Re: 45 years of minis
Posted: Jan 4, 2005 11:44 AM   in response to: Fitzy in response to: Fitzy
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I have only 40, but I suppose, that my experience is
inough to say: I aggree your opinion about BMW's almost
'violent' way robbering the GREAT Mini-name for himself.
I have owned 8 Minis and - I must say - it's violent to
speak MINI-cars and BMW-automobiles on the same day. I
am an enthusiast of MINIs and that declares my strong
opinion.
Those years with MINI repairings and tunings, they were
golden ages with hot MINI feelings and without much
money. We loved tuning and the best was, when we got 120
hps in 850 ccm ADO-machine. - I can remember all parts
of a MINI motor and - for exemple - remembering those
parts in rebuilding order is one of the best ways to get
sleep now, when I am retired.
Happy Year 2005 to all MINI people. I beg your pardon
over my weak english.
Kiwiaudi

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Re: 45 years of minis
Posted: Feb 7, 2005 8:52 PM   in response to: Fitzy in response to: Fitzy
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Agreed, BMW should not have called that thing a mini, the true Mini is one of the classic cars of all time. There is no feeling on earth like going 100+ in my old 1275 GT, when your just 6 inches off the ground, ahhhh memories. Long live the originals !!!!
MiniTW

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Registered: 08/25/05
Re: 45 years of minis
Posted: Aug 25, 2005 4:25 AM   in response to: Fitzy in response to: Fitzy
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Hi, folk:

I live in Taiwan where is a beautiful country, I love it. And I love Mini-classic too. I own a MKII with a 998CC engine and hand shift trans. I don't think BMW Mini is a mini car, instead it is a medium size of car; take it to compare with VW-Golf is better. I do agree with you.

I am trying to fix my mini by myself, but I am not a mechanical of autoshop. Instead, I am 45 years old work in a semiconductor office 9 to 6 every day. Just wondering whether there is any good book which can teach me how to fix/repair it when something happened such as change clutch, rubber cone suspension, bearing,...as well as clean carbulator, decomposed engine. I know you must know it well, so would you recommand me what media/book is good one and where I can get one?
Appreciate you can spend precious time to reply to me.
ten_chen@yahoo.com.tw
Thank you.
Ten.
Mouse43

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Re: 45 years of minis
Posted: Feb 2, 2006 11:13 AM   in response to: MiniTW in response to: MiniTW
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Hello MiniTW.

The best books about repairing and working on minis are those published by Haynes Publishing here in the south west of the U.K. There are lots of photographs and diagrams and every thing is explained very clearly.

I think that you should be able to find them if you search www.ebay.co.uk.

Best wishes,

Ian H.
Mouse43

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Re: 45 years of minis
Posted: Feb 2, 2006 11:24 AM   in response to: MiniTW in response to: MiniTW
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Hello again MiniTW.

I've just looked on UK ebay and there are about seven mini books for sale very cheaply.

Log on to www.ebay.co.uk then go to the books section and type in Haynes mini. You should find what you're looking for there.

Good Luck,

Ian H.

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