MINI Repair in Columbia, MO
A Brief History of MINI
Whether you are driving in Columbia, Pierpont, Prathersville, Deer Park, or Midway, your MINI Cooper is sure to stand out. The first MINI Cooper was released in 1959 in England by Sir Leonard Lord and Alec Issigonis of the Morris Company. The car was designed in response to soaring fuel prices, the goal to design a small, affordable, fuel-efficient car capable of carrying four adults. Issigonis made more room in the car’s cockpit by pushing the wheels all the way out to the corners and turning the engine sideways giving the car more stability in tight turn and more passenger space on the inside.
The MINI Cooper became very popular in the 1960s, as it embodied Britain’s classic style in a low-cost, small size, fun and nimble package to symbolize independence and spontaneity. The MINI Cooper transcended class barriers and professions, and even entered the racing world because of its go-kart-like build. The Classic MINI Cooper 997 was introduced in 1961 by racing legend John Cooper. In 1962, racer Pat Moss led the MINI to its first motorsport victory in the Netherlands Tulip Rally.
In addition to being exhilarating to drive, owners loved how easily their MINI became an extension of themselves, which still holds true for MINI Cooper drivers in Boone County today. A dynamic expression of their individuality and a personality-packed sidekick that was always up for a bit of spontaneous fun. By 1969, over 2 million MINI Coopers had been sold all around the world. Pickup and station wagon versions of the MINI were introduced and proved to be very durable. By 1977, over 4 million MINI Coopers had been sold.
In 1999, over 5 million classic MINIs had been sold and the MINI was voted the European Car of the Century! In 2003, the MINI took home the North American Car of the Year Award. Today’s MINI Cooper line has expanded, including available ALL4 all-wheel drive, three models with more seating and four doors, spirited two-seaters, topless motoring – and a new era of sophisticated technology and high-end interiors. With all its value at an affordable price, it’s no wonder so many Columbia residents choose to drive a MINI Cooper.
We at All-Star Automotive can take care of your MINI, bumper to bumper. In addition to specializing in oil changes, fluid services and tune-ups and transmission repair, we also do MINI brake repair, transmission repair, and servicing.
The models that MINI has on the market today are:
- Hardtop 2-Door
The mini that started it all. Today’s versions come with four-wheel independent suspension, LED headlights, and leather upholstery.
- Hardtop 4-Door
The Hardtop 4-Door is similar to the Hardtop 2-Door but comes with double the doors, a little more leg room, a little more cargo room and a little more elbow room.
The biggest, most adventurous MINI yet, the Countryman is an ALL4 all-wheel drive that boasts generous space for cargo and passengers.
With split rear doors, a refined, spacious interior and available ALL4 all-wheel drive, it ushers in a new era of sophisticated versatility.
With a 3-in-1 convertible roof, the MINI convertible comes with rollover protection, a rain warner and a touchscreen navigation system.
Your Auto Shop for MINI Repair
When your MINI Cooper needs repairs, you can bring your car to All-Star Automotive in Columbia. We’ve been fixing cars since 1993 and our owner Devin Kelley makes sure that their highly trained mechanics receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, and will offer you dealer quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing. Your car will go through an inspection and safety check, and all needed repairs will be thoroughly explained for your approval. Some of our key services include general auto repair, maintenance, and MINI engine repair. We will never recommend repairs that aren’t absolutely necessary. So why not give us a try? If you are in Columbia or surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at All-Star Automotive today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at (573) 442-8172.