Mini Repair and Maintenance

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

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Mini Problems

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.

Another transmission failure but earlier than other posts

My stepdaughter bought a Mini from a car jockey in Minneapolis after I advised her not to. Her mother thought he was a "nice guy" but her English isn't good enough to know that much from his manner of speech. First, the serpentine belt and tensioner failed the first week. That was fixed with bone yard parts and the wrong belt which broke a week later. The transmission failed the third week she owned it. My mechanic is going to have to fix it a...

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Mini Questions

Can you tell me any deficiencies for this model. It is a convertible. (1 answer)

I am thinking about buying this as a used car.

After changing therm.and sencer my service engine light still is on why (1 answer)

It also g as began to over heat

Why ever since my mini Cooper was picked up by BMW it's never worked again (2 answers)

It's been broken and not ever since they had it in for the recall .? It's been broke down and I have been in tears over the car and lost my job and I drove it for 1day and spent so much money on it and it is still broken down

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Mini Recalls

Side Air Bag Curtains Do Not Fully Protect Occupants

The side curtain air bags may not fully inflate or fully protect occupants in an accident when they deploy. Dealers will modify the driver and passenger side curtain air bag covers free of charge to resolve the concern.

Steering Gearbox Defective

The steering gearbox may have been manufactured with improper parts, and may malfunction as a result. Dealers will replace the steering gearbox free of charge to resolve the concern.

Passenger Frontal Air Bag May Be Disabled In Error

The passenger front seat cushion which contains a sensor that detects a passenger sitting in it may malfunction and cause the passenger frontal air bag to not operate as designed. Dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Mini Reviews

We have a 2009 cooper S. 46k for miles. So far we have a thermostat issue and the tranny keeps popping out of 6th gear. The car uses oil but it seems as though this is what they do as I read more about these on the web. No leaks or smoke, just uses oil. Oh, and the oil light, well there isn't one. No gage or any indicator to let you know other then the click clack if the engine to let you know ...
DO NOT BUY A MINI COOPER S FROM 2006 THROUGH 2010. IT HAS EVERY PROBLEM THAT YOU CAN FIND WRONG WITH THEM. CLUTCH WENT OUT AT 3 WEEKS AND THEN AGAIN IN 3 MONTHS AND SEVERAL OTHER TIMES THE CLUTCH HAD TO BE REPAIRED. THE WATER PUMP,THE SENSOR BOARD, THE TIMING CHANGE AND NOW A FIRE. BEWARE!
Basically, the BMW Mini is a rubbish build. Timing chain and clutch both disintegrated at 50,000 kms (30,000 miles) and 60,000 ams (36,000 miles) respectively. Passenger window replacement electric motor required. Battery replaced. Disk brake pads replaced on EVERY service. Plus, much, much more. Dealers are unresponsive and disinterested. They see it as a 'toy' brand not to be taken seriously.

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