2004 Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Mini Cooper

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2004 Mini Cooper Problems

Clutch May Wear Prematurely

There are reports of premature clutch wear on cars equipped with manual transmissions.  Clutch replacement on these vehicles can be quite costly.

Electric Door Locks May Malfunction

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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.

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2004 Mini Cooper Questions

Po117 code. How to fix it. Just replaced clutch myself yesterday. (1 answer)

Spent 11 hours replacing my clutch yesterday and po117 code poped up and my car is overheating. Sensor looks like. Not sure whats the problem

why is my battery light coming on sometimes when accelerating hard (2 answers)

when accelerating my battery light will come on and smells like wires burning

IfI find the leak in my mini cooper transmission, what are repair estimates? (1 answer)

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2004 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.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Warning Does Not Work Properly

The tire pressure monitoring system may not sound an audible alarm to the driver when a tire is low in air. Dealers will reprogram vehicle software to actuate the necessary signal free of charge to resolve the concern.

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2004 Mini Cooper Reviews

I have a Sept. 2004 model Mini Cooper S and have now driven (as at April 16 2013) 278,000 kilometres throughout Australia. I spend a lot a time on the road, western highways and up the Pacific Coast Sydney, Canberra, Byron Bay, Gold Coast to Cairns, even Cooktown. A fun car and only a few relatively minor annoyances (and only one flat tyre with no run-flats as I got rid of them after first 33,0...
LOVE THIS CAR! Awesome in the snows of New England, very reliable and so fun to drive. Made it my only car and haven't had any issues.
Overall, this has been a great car for me. I've put a little over 60k miles on it in 5 years and had a few issues in the first couple of years that were fixed free of charge by the MINI dealer. If I recall, there was an issue with the suspension, the rattle under the dash that almost all the MINI's seemed to have at one point or another, and the problem with chips/cracks in the windshield due t...

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