2021 Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition offers brand’s only manual transmission

Mini has launched many retro special editions, but the 2021 Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition convertible references a model of a somewhat newer vintage. The Sidewalk Edition was originally launched in 2007 and, like that model, the 2021 version features mostly cosmetic changes.

Starting at $39,250, the Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition is the only Mini that offers a manual transmission. It has a 6-speed manual, and buyers can choose the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic for an additional $1,700.

The Sidewalk Edition is available in Deep Laguna Metallic Blue or Mini Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic, both with an Anthracite roof and “Sidewalk” graphics. The special edition also has 17-inch Scissor Spoke 2-tone wheels.

The interior gets Leather Lounge Sidewalk Anthracite upholstery, a sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sidewalk Edition floor mats, and a model-specific interior illumination color.

Other than the transmission, the Sidewalk Edition is mechanically unchanged from the standard Cooper

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When Is the Best Time to Trade In a Car?

Best mileage level for a trade-in

Some people keep one eye on their odometer at all times, trying not to put too many miles on their car so they won’t hurt its value when the time comes to trade it in. But your car’s mileage may not matter as much as you think.

Sure, the value of your car drops slightly with every 10,000 miles you add. But according to Edmunds data, there is no major drop-off at any certain milestone. Even the 100,000-mile mark is not a value-killer as long as the car is in good shape. The truth is, there is no magic number. And dealers are already flush with low-mileage used cars that have come off leases, so they’re not in a rush to add more to their lots.

What matters more is the model year. If your car is only a few years from new, it

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Five Car Projects and Maintenance Items To Do At Home

Owning a car is a lot of responsibility. Sure, you need to be a safe and courteous driver (here’s an article about driving in parking lots to help you do that), but you also need to keep up on all the little jobs your car needs to perform at its best and last for years to come. It’s easy to forget these little jobs, but you won’t be rewarded for your (lack of) effort. Today’s cars are more reliable than ever, but these five tasks will help keep your car running and looking great for years to come.

Admit it: you don’t wash your car often enough, and when you do it’s a quick run through the local gas station’s automated machine. Those machines are fine in a pinch, but non-touchless automated car washes wreak havoc on your car’s paint, only leaving plenty of

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