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DIY: 2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) Spark Plug Replacement

2010 Mini Cooper S - CroppedWhen I recently put my 2010 Mini Cooper S into the shop for a new windshield, I was notified that my car was due for spark plugs.  Through a bit of research, I found out that it’s a pretty easy DIY job, so that’s what I chose to do.  Sounds simple, but was it really?  Read on to find out.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (2/2015 – 2/2016)

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If you were wondering where the quarterly updates were on my Mini, wonder no more!  With only 2,668 miles put on the Mini last year, I felt it was a little much to give more frequent updates.  If you feel otherwise, let me know.  Regardless, it was mostly a fun year, so read on to get the details.

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Quick Drive: 2016 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

2016 Mini Cooper S FrontDuring a recent visit to the dealership for a new windshield for my 2010 Mini Cooper S, I was given a 2016 Mini Cooper S as a loaner car for a few days.  I was curious, since this was my first experience with the recently upsized Cooper, and for the most part, I was impressed.  The new car is better in most ways, but growing up comes with compromise.  Read on for my impression of the new car.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (11/2014 – 2/2015)

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One year of ownership!  While it wasn’t all smooth sailing, it’s been a lot of fun.  The Mini needed some TLC, and continues to light up my smile when I’m behind the wheel. Read on to hear about the tumultuous last quarter for the Mini Cooper.

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2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) Engine Air Filter Replacement – DIY

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R56 Mini Cooper S Engine Air Filter

The R56 Mini Cooper S was sold in America for the 2007-2012 model years.  It featured a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing over 170 horses and 180 foot-pounds of torque.  That tiny turbocharged engine needs a lot of air, so its filter can get dirty quickly. Read on to see step-by-step directions to replace the air filter yourself.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (8/2014 – 11/2014)

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Nine whole months with a car that could just about fit in the bed of my F-150?  Yep, you got it!  The Mini does well, getting me into parking spaces I wouldn’t even think of parking my truck in, as well as providing comfortable summer transportation.  Read on for more details.

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