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new MINI buyer’s guide published

New MINI: All Models 2001 to 2006 (The Essential Buyer's Guide)Published last month in the UK and scheduled for release this monthin the US, New MINI: All Models 2001 to 2006 (The Essential Buyer’s Guide) by Martyn Collins is a brief (64 pages in paperback) but illustrated guide to purchasing a first-generation MINI.  The book description states:

With so many different models and specifications to navigate, this book will help you get the Mini you want at the right price. Featuring over a hundred color images, plus details of problems to keep an eye out for, it is an essential aid for the discerning buyer, providing insight into market and value data and predicting future collectable models. Owning a Mini can be a very sociable experience, and this book gives details of back-up and support organizations for BMW’s British-built baby.

Table of Contents:

  1. Is it the right car for you?
  2. Cost considerations
  3. Living with a MINI
  4. Models compared
  5. Before you view
  6. Inspection equipment
  7. Fifteen minute evaluation
  8. Key points
  9. Serious evaluation
  10. Auctions
  11. Paperwork
  12. What’s it worth?
  13. Paint problems
  14. Lack of use problems
  15. The community
  16. Vital statistics

The cover price is $19.95 (£9.99 in the UK).  Pre-order from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Mini Mania.

New MINI: All Models 2001 to 2006 (The Essential Buyer’s Guide)
Martyn Collins
Veloce, 2012
64 p.
ISBN-10: 1845844084
ISBN-13: 978-1845844080


website: R53 MINI Cooper S link archive

If you have an first-generation MINI Cooper S (R53) and need an index of websites about your MINI, take a look at SooperCooperinfo.com.  Website links are grouped into categories such as Brakes, Electrical, Oil Change, Wheels, and many more.  Within each category, links are listed by keywords (phrases, actually).  Links point to many popular MINI blogs, forums, and vendors.

You can also follow them on Twitter.