2010 MINI Cooper

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When it comes to talking cars, talk always turns to KITT, the feisty Pontiac Trans Am from the 1980s TV show Knight Rider. So when a talking Mini Cooper showed up in our office, we immediately gave it the Knight Industries treatment, injecting a little attitude and William Daniels for the complete KITT transformation.
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The Mini Cooper Camden is one of two limited-edition packages celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Mini, and its headline feature is Mission Control, an interactive chatterbox of three British characters named Coach, Climate, and Engine. The conversation consists of more than 1300 phrases activated by about 70 different situations ranging from the weather (Coach, when wipers are switched on: "A clear view at all times. It's those little things, you know?") to the car's status (Climate: "I'm afraid you have to close the sunroof or turn the air conditioning off. Nature will thank you if you do.") to the driver's behavior (Engine: "Too high rpm! Shift up or ease up on the gas!"). Should you become annoyed, there's an off switch located in the glovebox.
But rather than turn it off, we made the Camden say exactly what we wanted to hear. Altering the Mission Control's vocabulary isn't all that difficult, as the voice clips are stored as MP3s and a simple code file on an SD card. Our hack was cobbled together with just a handful of KITT sound clips collected from YouTube and renamed to match the naming scheme used by Mini. We edited the code so that it would call our clips specifically, rather than a random MP3 from a list of relevant files. Some highlights of our Cooper KITT include an introduction on ignition ("I'm the voice of Knight Industries Two Thousand's microprocessor, K-I-T-T for easy reference, KITT if you prefer."), unsolicited advice ("Don't touch turbo boost. Something tells me you shouldn't touch turbo boost."), and logic-driven skepticism ("Your chance of survival is less than point-oh-four percent!").
Since we didn't take the time to replace all of the Mini's factory phrases, our Camden sometimes spouted KITT clips and other times called up the remnant Mission Control phrases. However, we're sure that Camden owners will soon have a comprehensive Cooper KITT to share with the Mini community.
In addition to Mission Control, the Camden package includes unique 17-inch wheels, interior trim, seat upholstery, paint, graphics, and badging. It also adds options like xenon headlights, Harman Kardon audio, sport seats, fog lights, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB adapter, and a rear spoiler. The Camden package costs $4500 and can be equipped on hardtop Cooper or Cooper S cars.
2010 MINI Cooper
2010 MINI Cooper
Cars that get good gas mileage are always dull behind the wheel, right? Not so, says the Mini Cooper. Born from BMW in 2001, the Mini has been hugely successful since its introduction. Growing into a second generation in 2007 the Mini continues to evolve and delight owners with its' cute good look, razor sharp handling, not at all unimpressive performance, and its respectable fuel economy. Add to that the Mini is the most customizable car in its class and you have the recipe for a vehicle which will continue to sell well for years to come. Most options that come in packages can also be ordered individually, so the possibilities for personalization abound. The mini is available as either a hatchback or a convertible, and three trim levels.

The standard Mini is powered by a 118 HP 1.6 liter four cylinder engine. A six speed manual is standard with a six speed automatic transmission being offered as an option. The S model uses the same drivetrain but adds a turbocharger to the engine, bringing power up the 172 HP. A John Cooper Works edition does even better bringing the Turbo four's power up to 208 HP.
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For the past decade, Mini's design team has been led by designer Gert Hildebrand -- but that will soon change. BMW announced today that the 57-year-old Hildebrand will surrender his position by the end of the month.
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Not exactly, according to Mini spokespeople. Although British magazine Autocar indicates that Mini may be planning a four-wheel-drive, two-door sub-SUV coupe to compete against the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, that vehicle might not be in the pipeline yet.
2010 Mini JCW Convertible Promo
First, allow me to state the obvious: $35,000 is a silly amount of money to pay for a front-wheel-drive convertible with two usable seats and few luxury options (no leather, no nav, no automatic climate control). If someone were to ask me to recommend some smart ways to spend $35,000, the Mini Cooper JCW convertible would fall somewhere between "patent leather suit" and "old General Motors Corp stock." And yet, if I wanted some wind in my hair, I'd probably give the Mini some consideration. Why? One word: Fun.
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Front Three Quarter
Is it yellow? Or green? Or yellowy green? Regardless, this John Cooper Works Mini is difficult to miss. Unfortunately, when the turbo kicks in, it's also difficult to keep the wheels pointed straight. Add in the stiff suspension and a wildly nonlinear turbocharged engine that puts out over 200 horsepower, and you get a serious handful in a seriously small and adorable package.
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Rear Three Quarters
After driving the Ford Fiesta over the weekend, it became abundantly clear that certain cars don't need endless amounts of power in order to be fun. One of my recent favorites, and a testament to twisties-over-drag-strip holistic performance, is the Mini Cooper. But the John Cooper Works package might be the first option I'd delete in our $35,000 test car.
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Front Three Quarters
Lots of fun, lots of cheekiness, lots of style here; also lots of money. No, thanks, to the John Cooper Works package in the Mini convertible; as Zenlea says, get the Cooper S convertible, choose your options wisely, and keep the price below $30,000.
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Top Open
My Mini experience is more limited than others in the office, but I too agree that the JCW option actually detracts from the total package and driving experience. This car, with more power to accelerate at speed, is (marginally) better on the open highway than the "normal" Mini, but around town the torque steer is ridiculous -- and since you're shifting, the wrestling with the wheel is invariably one-handed.
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Front Three Quarter
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible
2010 Mini Cooper JCW Convertible Front Three Quarters
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Today, we learned which vehicles make the cut for most and least stolen, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute. Though trends indicated that large, expensive trucks are at the top, the results run the gamut from pickups to hybrids. What does it mean, exactly, to drive a car that's attractive (or unattractive) to thieves?
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The introduction of Mini's first crossover SUV, the 2011 Countryman, points a new direction for the automaker known for its small cars. It will also signal Mini's return to rallying as a participant in the World Rally Championship.

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Certified Pre Owned Price
$11,825

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$18,800

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2010 MINI Cooper Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
Horsepower:
118 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
114 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
500,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:51
Component
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 MINI COOPER AND COOPER S VEHICLES FOR FAILING COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE EQUIPPED WITH 17 INCH WHEELS, BUT THEIR LABEL STATES THAT THEY WERE EQUIPPED WITH 16 INCH WHEELS. ALSO THE TIRE PRESSURE STATED ON THE LABEL FOR THE COOPER S IS INCORRECT.
Consequences
ERRONEOUS TIRE INFORMATION COULD LEAD TO IMPROPER TIRE FITMENT AND INFLATION WHICH COULD AFFECT THE DURABILITY OF THE TIRE AND THE STABILITY OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 4, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
Potential Units Affected
205
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:51
Component
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 MINI COOPER AND COOPER S VEHICLES FOR FAILING COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE EQUIPPED WITH 17 INCH WHEELS, BUT THEIR LABEL STATES THAT THEY WERE EQUIPPED WITH 16 INCH WHEELS. ALSO THE TIRE PRESSURE STATED ON THE LABEL FOR THE COOPER S IS INCORRECT.
Consequences
ERRONEOUS TIRE INFORMATION COULD LEAD TO IMPROPER TIRE FITMENT AND INFLATION WHICH COULD AFFECT THE DURABILITY OF THE TIRE AND THE STABILITY OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 4, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
Potential Units Affected
205
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:20
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO-CHARGER
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2011 MINI COOPER S, 2008-2011 MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 COOPER JCW CONVERTIBLE, AND 2011 COOPER S COUNTRYMAN PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 14, 2006, THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2011. THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP THAT COOLS THE TURBOCHARGER HAS AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD THAT CAN MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT.
Consequences
THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY SMOLDER WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGANDURING FEBRUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-275-6464.
Potential Units Affected
90,368
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Acceptable
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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