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MINI Cooper (2001–2007)

Last updated 24 August 2016

Model History

July 2001
On sale from July 2001 with first deliveries September 2001 Chain cam

engines 115 bhp 16v 1.6. (See separate entry for 163bhp MINI Cooper S.) Cooper has 15in alloy wheels. Original prices from £11,600.

Unlimited mileage two year full manufacturer warranty followed by one year full dealer warranty from November 2001, making total three year unlimited mileage warranty. Paint warranty also extended from 12 months to 24 months. 'tlc' five year or 50,000 mile servicing package for just £100 is an essential add-on.

December 2001

John Cooper garage converted 'Works' MINI Cooper from December 2001 with 131bhp and 119lb ft (162Nm) torque give 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and tops out at 127mph. Priced at £14,100.

Controlled second-hand programme launched March 2002 called 'MINI Cherished'. Offers used buyers a complete package of at least 12 months unlimited mileage warranty and Europe-wide emergency service, plus accident management throughout the car's life.

Most Cherished MINIs come with the remainder of their £100 five-year MINI tlc service pack. All get a full service prior to sale (if a service is due within 4,000 miles), a thorough multi-point check and road test, a fresh MOT if over 3 years old and an independent history and mileage check. Also a commitment that if any demonstrable fault is found within 30 days or 1,000 miles which can’t be fixed then the car will be replaced like for like. Benefits first owners of MINIs by protecting their investment.

December 2003

MINI Spice Pack 'seasonal changes'.

MINI Cooper – PEPPER pack
MINI Cooper S steering wheel
Chrome line exterior
15” 8-spoke alloy wheels
Floor mats
Brilliant silver interior trim
Passenger seat height adjustment
Storage compartment pack
Front fog lights
On-board computer
Interior light pack

MINI Cooper – CHILI pack
Sports suspension PLUS
Sports leather steering wheel
Rear spoiler
Chrome line exterior
16” 5 star light alloy wheels
Floor mats
Brilliant silver interior trim
Passenger seat height adjustment
Sports seats
Storage compartment pack
Front fog lamps
On-board computer
Interior light pack
Cloth/leather interior trim

July 2004

Minor facelift July 2004: enhanced interior including rev counter, coin tray and passenger grab handle, new Getrag 5-speed transmission giving better mid-range flexibility, torque up to 150Nm, 0-60mph down to 8.8 seconds. Price rise to £12,100. New colours Cosmos Black and Black-Eyed Purple.

October 2005

MINI Cooper Park Lane launched October 2005 in Royal Grey metallic with silver roof and full piped black leather interior, a/c, 16" alloys, etc, standard. £15,260. Was an instant sell-out.

Michelin has launched a new size of its run-flat Primacy HP ZP (Zero Pressure) tyre which is suitable for fitment to the MINI. The 195/55 R 16 87H size is available with immediate effect and a V rated version will be available in August.

Like the standard Michelin Primacy HP tyre, the Primacy HP ZP offers class-leading longevity along with excellent wet braking and handling performance, combined with the ability to run-flat in the event of a puncture.

Run-flat tyres are normally associated with a trade-off in terms of rolling resistance but in the case of the Primacy HP ZP this has been minimised. The level of rolling resistance offered by this tyre is similar to Michelin’s competitors’ standard non run-flat tyres. To highlight this, the tyre is marked ‘Green X’.


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