Mini Repair and Maintenance

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


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

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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.

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I'm in the process of buying a 2008 Mini Cooper S with 42,300 or so miles on it. I had a safety check done at a very good garage. I really don't like the local Mini Dealership. And since I'm hearing nightmare stories about timing chains and turbos going. I'm thinking I need some p...

I hit a curb six months ago, popped a hole in my tire. Got new tire and alignment, because I hit the curb hard. Now the car is pulling to either side and shakes when I drive.

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

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The tire information placard is located on the drivers side, usually in the door jamb or on the driver's door, indicating correct tire pressures and maximum capacity weight. Dealers will replace incorrectly labeled placards with the correct one free of charge.

The affected vehicles do not meet the side impact performance requirements for the rear seat passengers, increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash. As of this writing the manufacturer is working on a remedy to correct this concern.

A non self-locking nut may have been used to secure the spare wheel under the car. If this is the case, vibration from driving can cause the nut to loosen allowing the wheel to fall off. The wheel would become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the nut securing the spare wheel with a self-locking nut to correct this concern.

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DO NOT BUY A 2002 TO 2006 MINI COOPER.... WARNING!!!!TRANSMISSION PROBLEM!!!...

Great car. Mine is a Cooper S with the JCW air intake/exhaust add-on. Fun to drive. Plenty of front seat legroom (and I'm 6'2"). Rear seat is usable in a pinch, even by me, if the person in front moves the seat up a bit. The supercharged engine has plenty of pep. In fact, I used to have an early '80s Porsche 911 and this car is almost just as fun to drive as the Porsche! Just be caref...

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!

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