2003 Mini Cooper S Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Mini Cooper S

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2003 Mini Cooper S Problems

engine oil leaks

have had several leaks,most recent was the oil cooler O-rings but now I have a leak from the oil pan gasket and rear main seal. Expensive little buggers if you don't work on your own like me.

power window pops when going up

faulty window regulator is the cause of the pop noise.

Shifting issues due to worn linkage rod bushings

gear shifter would not click into gear,found that the linkage rod bushing failed which allowed the rod to pop off of the trans linkage. new bushings are available or you can replace the linkage.

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2003 Mini Cooper S Questions

Whinning when I depress the clutch (2 answers)

Hello, I have a 2003 Mini S and it's a six speed. When I push in the clutch I hear a slight whinning noise. Once I drove for about a mile it quit. What could this be a sign of? I have 130,000 miles on the car. January I put it in the shop for a total engine rebuild and front struts to th...

fan staying on (1 answer)

just bought a used mini cooper s.before purchasing I read all of the most common issues with them,one being power steering pump failure.After driving a while and returning home,the fan stayed on for about 3 minutes.Now this is my wife telling me so I don't know which fan it was.Is it normal,l...

Recommeded service (1 answer)

what sort of service should I have performed on my car with 80000 miles? No major problems but would like to stay ahead of the game. My car has a manual transmission

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2003 Mini Cooper S Recalls

Power Steering Fails

The power steering assist may stop functioning either temporarily or permanently. Dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system and replace components and wiring as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Rear Strut Lower Mounting Fails

The lower mounting screws for the rear struts may fracture and cause the rear struts to loosen, and other mountings to weaken and also fail. Dealers will replace the lower screw connection of the rear struts free of charge to resolve the concern.

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2003 Mini Cooper S Reviews

Very costly in service's by dealer a little better if you can find a reputable shop. Replacement parts also costly. But what the hey it is a BMW

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