Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Mini
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.
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.
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 ref...
The solution was that BMW replaced the manifold, throttle body and valve to the tune of 600euro ($850) on a car that is only 4 years old! I am writing to BMW, because this is a defect!!
Mini Recalls (Recent)
Tire Pressure Label May Be Incorrect
The incorrect tire pressure label may have been installed during assembly. Some vehicles were equipped with 17-inch wheels, but the label is for 16-inch wheels; inflation pressure may also be incorrect. Tire durability and vehicle stability can be affected by incorrect tires or tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will mail customers the correct tire pressure labels, or they will install the correct label if you prefer. This recall is scheduled to begin by Match 4, 2010.Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S
Some Vehicles Delivered with Incorrect Wheel Size
Twelve Mini Cooper vehicles were assembled with 15-inch wheels instead of 16-inch wheels and tires as indicated on the tire frame label on the door frame. This does not conform with with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regarding tires and wheels. Dealers will replace the 15-inch wheels and tires with the-16 inch wheels and tires free of charge. The recall began May, 2009.Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S
Potential Braking Failure Due to Incorrect Front Brake Rotors
560 vehicles may have been filled with the incorrect front brake rotors (16" rotors instead of 17"). Under certain driving conditions, this could result in reduced braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the front brake rotors and pads and replace them as necessary. The recall is expected to begin by October 16, 2008.Mini Cooper Clubman, Mini Cooper S Clubman
Auxiliary Water Pump May Catch Fire
The electrical circuit board in the auxiliary water pump can malfunction and overheat. The circuit board may smolder, which could result in a fire. Dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump to correct this concern.Mini Cooper S, Mini Cooper S Clubman, Mini Cooper Countryman S
Burn from Tail Pipe Extension
The tailpipe extension protrudes slightly past the rear bumper. Inadvertent contact with the tailpipe extension could occur. If the extension were hot, a burn could result. Dealers will replace the tailpipe extension with a shorter one to correct this issue. This recall is expected to begin during January of 2009.Mini Cooper S
Mini Questions and Answers
if engine cold may hear slight shriek when engaging 1st gear but all gears fine and when engine warm virtually nonexisten:
What could be the problems? How much would repairs cost? Thanks.
Car has passed the 60,000 mile mark - recommended service light is on - what is the recommended service at this point? Car new to me. Have no mini mechanic in Seattle,Wa yet - any recommendations?
Radiator fan was running constantly and drained battery. After replacing battery,disconnected a couple of times and then stopped working. No visible signs of overheating now. What are consequence...
How can I fix the radiator fan from sticking? Do I have to replace the fan?
Is the fan running by fuse or electrical?
Mini Owners' Reviews
I purchased a 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman for my wife I was thinking we were buying a tin can that would be a commuter car. I was apprehensive about this tiny thing and refused to drive or ride in it for the first six months. We were going to dinner one night and decided to drive "Frances Melanoma". What a nice, peppy, well appointed, sport-ish car!! I couldn't help but smile. My wife says she gets compliments all the time and people are curious about how it drives and how economical it is. This car gets 42 MPG (that's right), takes about 20.00 to fill the tank and hauls two sets of golf clubs without a problem. It handles like it's on rails, has a "sport" mode and suicide doors on one side to my kids can get in without a problem. You rarely see two minis that are identical and that's why my wife loves it. Now, the engine although peppy, isn't what I would consider being the performance type. It gets you on the highway but you better have a clear path when going on. But, it gets 42 MPG that makes up for it. We love this car, it never fails us and "Frances" is a part of the family.
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 33,000kms.). But in recent months there is a definite supercharge lag,, engine tends to errrr, even a faint burn smell when I accelerate particularly gears three to six at speeds 80km/h 110/kmh. Any suggestions on problem? email Ross at email@example.com
How do you fix the rear seat releases? Should be a recall on these. Please help
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.
The most fun I've had owning/driving a vehicle...ever. Yes, it is expensive to purchase and repair, but the experience and joy it provided makes one forget everything else. When people see it up close, they want one...even the ones that didn't have a care in the world for them at first thought!