2003 Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance

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

2003 Mini Cooper Problems

Service Recommend for "Sealed For Life" Transmissions

Failure of the automatic transmission is common. Even though the automatic transmission is advertised as "sealed for life," our technicians recommend the automatic transmission fluid be replaced every 30,000 miles with only the approved Mini/BMW fluid. Our technicians recommend thorough troubleshooting before replacing the transmission because programming procedures can affect how the transmission shifts and there is a special procedure to refill the transmission.

Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail

Minis have an electric power steering pump that is prone to failure. When replacing the pump, our technicians advise inspecting the cooling fan because it is often the cause of the failure of the pump.

Electric Door Locks May Malfunction

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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2003 Mini Cooper Questions

My Cooper has started to "miss" and studder upon normal acceleration. (1 answer)

The "miss/studder" seems to happen in all gears. If I "floor" the accelerator, the missing/studder will immediately go away. Any ideas what the trouble is? Bad gas?...or something more serious?

My L door the remote will unlock the passenger side door but........ (1 answer)

the drives side door it wont unlock nor will the handle on the inside work so I can get out. what parts do I need to fix my problem?? Ive had nothing but problems with this car. Seems like now everything is messing up on it. Alternator, power window, glove box latch broke, & theres more smal...

Is there any way to test the power steering pump to see if it's good or bad (1 answer)

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2003 Mini Cooper 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 Reviews

How do you fix the rear seat releases? Should be a recall on these. Please help
Handles and brakes really well. Super fun to drive, however I did have the automatic transmission failure that is mentioned here, fortunately it was still under warranty. Gotta love the great mileage too!
One of the best handling cars on the planet sub super car.

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