CAT’S INSIDE LINE: BMW MINI (2007 ONWARDS)

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Mini-Cooper_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the BMW 3 Series and turn our attention to another BMW model which is one of the nation’s favourites – the Mini.

The Mini, made a memorable return in 2001 under BMW’s guise, but maintained a great deal of the charm that made the original so popular.

In this issue we are focusing mainly on the second generation Mini that not only saw changes to the outside and the interior but also under the bonnet.

The new range of Minis saw a 1.4L petrol engine join the 1.6L equivalent and a new diesel range to cover the Mini One, Cooper and Cooper S models. The second generation also saw its range expand to include the Clubman and Van, Roadster, Coupé, Countryman and Paceman, to join the established hatch and convertible.

The new engines and models will provide technicians with additional challenges, some of which we have outlined below.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Renault Clio, so if you have expertise, knowledge and insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com or peter.lawton@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the BMW Mini from:

Cambiare – highlights the Mini’s weak points

Castrol – recapping why oil plays such an important part in the BMW Mini engine

Comma – discusses servicing and changes of fluids and oil in the Mini

Forté – how to solve troubling turbo issues

Meyle – common suspension and brake faults sorted

Remy – avoid confusion on alternators for the BMW Mini

RMI – outline a variety of Mini issues

Steel Seal – explain the importance of maintaining a clean diesel turbo on the Mini

Suplex – discuss the possible confusion over the right coil springs for the Mini

TecRMI – give us an insight into a number of technical problems with the BMW Mini

ZF Services – explain the importance of changing both shock absorbers on the BMW Mini

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