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Pelican Technical Article:

Identifying Vehicle Options

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$1

Talent:

*

Tools:

Pen and paper

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Pen & paper

Hot Tip:

Take notes on options and store in owner's manual

Performance Gain:

Will help when servicing and purchasing parts for your vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Keep info with your service records

When performing repairs on your MINI R56 it is important to be able to identify standard items and optional features. MINI R56 models were option heavy, much more so than the early MINI models. Some options are only offered at certain years. In this tech article I will do my best to list each available item by model year breaks. I am going to list the standard options and the new options with the year they became available.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below.

R56 Vehicle options

2007 model year

4-cylinder normally-aspirated engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 118 HP @ 6,000 rpm; 118 ft. lb. @ 4,250 rpm

4-cylinder turbocharged engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 175 HP @ 5,500 rpm; 240 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

10.5-gallon fuel tank - Cooper

13.2-gallon fuel tank: Cooper S

Traction control

Anti-lock brakes

Power windows

Power door mirrors

Air-conditioning

Remote keyless entry

Tilt steering wheel

Front and rear cup holders

Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim leather on gearshift knob and leather on shift lever skirt

A multifunction steering wheel

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Variable speed wipers

Tire pressure monitoring

Tachometer

Split folding rear seat

In-dash CD player

15" wheels

16" wheels (optional)

Automatic transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional)

Garage door opener (optional)

Auto-dimming rearview mirror (optional)

Navigation system (optional)

Cruise control (optional)

Trip computer (optional)

Moonroof (optional)

Automatic climate control (optional)

Headlight cleaning (optional)

Auto-headlights (optional)

Front center armrest (optional)

Leather / wood steering wheel (optional)

Wood instrument panel trim (optional)

Leather seats (optional)

10-speaker stereo (optional)

Steering wheel mounted stereo controls (optional)

Front fog lights (optional)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

On-board computer (optional)

Heated seats & mirrors (optional)

Panic alarm (optional)

Stability control (optional)

Security system (optional)

2008 model year

4-cylinder normally-aspirated engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 118 HP @ 6,000 rpm; 118 ft. lb. @ 4,250 rpm

4-cylinder turbocharged engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 175 HP @ 5,500 rpm; 240 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

10.5-gallon fuel tank - Cooper

13.2-gallon fuel tank: Cooper S

Traction control

Anti-lock brakes

Power windows

Power door mirrors

Air-conditioning

Remote keyless entry

Tilt / Telescoping steering wheel

Front and rear cup holders

Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim leather on gearshift knob and leather on shift lever skirt

A multifunction steering wheel

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Variable speed wipers

Tire pressure monitoring

Tachometer

Split folding rear seat

In-dash CD player

15" wheels

16" wheels (optional)

Automatic transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Sequential sport shift (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional)

Garage door opener (optional)

Navigation system (optional)

Cruise control (optional)

Trip computer (optional)

Moonroof (optional)

Automatic climate control (optional)

Headlight cleaning (optional)

Auto-headlights (optional)

Front center armrest (optional)

Leather / wood steering wheel (optional)

Wood instrument panel trim (optional)

Leather seats (optional)

10 speaker stereo (optional)

Steering wheel mounted stereo controls (optional)

Front fog lights (optional)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

On-board computer (optional)

Heated seats & mirrors (optional)

Panic alarm (optional)

Stability control (optional)

Security system (optional)

2009 model year

4-cylinder normally-aspirated engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 118 HP @ 6,000 rpm; 118 ft. lb. @ 4,250 rpm

4-cylinder turbocharged engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 175 HP @ 5,500 rpm; 240 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

10.5-gallon fuel tank - Cooper

13.2-gallon fuel tank: Cooper S

Convertible model now available as R55 variant

Traction control

Anti-lock brakes

Power windows

Power door mirrors

Air-conditioning

Remote keyless entry

Tilt / Telescoping steering wheel

Front and rear cup holders

Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim leather on gear shift knob and leather on shift lever skirt

A multifunction steering wheel

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Variable speed wipers

Tire pressure monitoring

Tachometer

Split folding rear seat

In-dash CD player

15" wheels

16" wheels (optional)

17" wheels (optional)

Automatic transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Sequential sport shift (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional)

Garage door opener (optional)

Navigation system (optional)

Cruise control (optional)

Trip computer (optional)

Moonroof (optional)

Automatic climate control (optional)

Headlight cleaning (optional)

Auto-headlights (optional)

Front center armrest (optional)

Leather / wood steering wheel (optional)

Wood instrument panel trim (optional)

Leather seats (optional)

10 speaker stereo (optional)

Steering wheel mounted stereo controls (optional)

Front fog lights (optional)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

On-board computer (optional)

Heated seats & mirrors (optional)

Back-up system (optional)

Panic alarm (optional)

Stability control (optional)

Security system (optional)

2010 model year

4-cylinder normally-aspirated engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 118 HP @ 6,000 rpm; 118 ft. lb. @ 4,250 rpm

4-cylinder turbocharged engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 175 HP @ 5,500 rpm; 240 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

10.5-gallon fuel tank - Cooper

13.2-gallon fuel tank: Cooper S

Convertible model now available as R55 variant

Traction control

Anti-lock brakes

Power windows

Power door mirrors

Air-conditioning

Remote keyless entry

Tilt / Telescoping steering wheel

Steering wheel mounted stereo controls

Front and rear cup holders

Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim leather on gearshift knob and leather on shift lever skirt

A multifunction steering wheel

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Variable speed wipers

Tire pressure monitoring

Tachometer

Split folding rear seat

In-dash CD player

16" wheels

17" wheels (optional)

Automatic transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Sequential sport shift (optional)

Limited slip differential (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional)

Garage door opener (optional)

Navigation system (optional)

Cruise control (optional)

Trip computer (optional)

Moonroof (optional)

Automatic climate control (optional)

Headlight cleaning (optional)

Auto-headlights (optional)

Front center armrest (optional)

Leather / wood steering wheel (optional)

Wood instrument panel trim (optional)

Leather seats (optional)

10 speaker stereo (optional)

Front fog lights (optional)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

On-board computer (optional)

Heated seats & mirrors (optional)

Back-up system (optional)

Panic alarm (optional)

Stability control (optional)

Security system (optional)

2011 model year

4-cylinder normally-aspirated engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 118 HP @ 6,000 rpm; 118 ft. lb. @ 4,250 rpm

4-cylinder turbocharged engine: 1,598 cc 1.6 liters 175 HP @ 5,500 rpm; 240 ft. lb. @ 5,000 rpm

10.5-gallon fuel tank - Cooper

13.2-gallon fuel tank: Cooper S

Convertible model now available as R55 variant

Traction control

Anti-lock brakes

Power windows

Power door mirrors

Air-conditioning

Remote keyless entry

Tilt / Telescoping steering wheel

Steering wheel mounted stereo controls

Front and rear cup holders

Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim leather on gear shift knob and leather on shift lever skirt

A multifunction steering wheel

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Variable speed wipers

Tire pressure monitoring

Tachometer

Split folding rear seat

In-dash CD player

16" wheels

17" wheels (optional)

Automatic transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Sequential sport shift (optional)

Limited slip differential (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional)

Garage door opener (optional)

Navigation system (optional)

Cruise control (optional)

Trip computer (optional)

Moonroof (optional)

Automatic climate control (optional)

Headlight cleaning (optional)

Auto-headlights (optional)

Front center armrest (optional)

Leather / wood steering wheel (optional)

Wood instrument panel trim (optional)

Leather seats (optional)

10 speaker stereo (optional)

Front fog lights (optional)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

On-board computer (optional)

Heated seats & mirrors (optional)

Back-up system (optional)

Panic alarm (optional)

Stability control (optional)

Security system (optional)

Decoding your VIN

Your VIN (vehicle identification number) can be used to help purchase parts and identify vehicle options. The last seven numbers are all you need when ordering parts. However, it is important to know how to decode the entire VIN.

The VIN is located in many places.
Figure 1

The VIN is located in many places. Two reliable spots to read it are on the left lower corner of the dashboard (red arrow), looking through the windshield from outside the vehicle. Important VIN digit positions include: The first three digits are the country of origin. The fourth and fifth positions are the vehicle model. Position six is the type of engine. The tenth digit of your VIN is the vehicle model year. The last seven are the serial number.

The VIN is also located on the driver doorjamb, vehicle identification sticker (red arrow).
Figure 2

The VIN is also located on the driver doorjamb, vehicle identification sticker (red arrow). The vehicle model is also the same sticker as well as the production date (yellow arrow). Using the sticker on your driver doorjamb, you can also find the tire pressure specifications as well as compatible tire size options (green arrow).

Using the sticker under your hood, you can determine the model year (red arrow) and the emission system type (green arrow).
Figure 3

Using the sticker under your hood, you can determine the model year (red arrow) and the emission system type (green arrow).

On the right strut tower, you can view the VIN (red arrow) as well as the vehicle color code (green arrow).
Figure 4

On the right strut tower, you can view the VIN (red arrow) as well as the vehicle color code (green arrow).

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