When seeking technical information on a MINI just knowing the Model is not enough. You also need to know its Series and Build Date. This information is easily obtainable by entering the last 7 digits of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or chassis number on either of the two following sites:
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- The BMW VIN Decoder is more current than ETK, but once ETK recognizes your VIN, you'll want to bookmark the page for referencing part numbers in the future.
The Series is used to determine to which Generation a MINI belongs:
Series Generation R50 1st R52 1st R53 1st R55 2nd R56 2nd R57 2nd R58 2nd R59 2nd R60 2nd
The Build Date (Production Date) can be important when it comes to purchasing a MINI, fixing problems or buying parts. Some dates of note:
Date Description 2004 / 07 1st Gen facelift changes introduced into production 2006 / 11 Last R50 and R53 models built 2008 / 07 Last R52 models built 2010 / 08 2nd Gen LCI changes introduced into production