Introduction I used to own a 2004 Mini Cooper. Burgundy. She was a thing of beauty and the best car I ever owned - you can rip me apart all you want, but Mini Coopers are cool. Even my grandmother agreed. But after only a few months, I found the damage to the front end of my sweet Mini was intolerable. Rock chips on the rough toads of northern Canadian had torn the hood to pieces. It broke my heart, and I sold her to save myself the pain of seeing her in such a state.