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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3 weeks after getting it back, it started to pop! Out of first gear and felt and sounded as if I hit a brick wall. Called place that replaced clutch and guy said that it didn't have anything to do with the new clutch he just put in. He said try to avoid driving it in first gear which I have d...

for thermostat,radiator cap,water pump and pipe. Then they went down to $550 and said that was cost.
engine drive $298 rear pads and rotators $570
is this a good deal and would all this be needed at 45,000 miles ? I am weary because of th reduction in price.
My heater was blowing cold and th...

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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.

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.

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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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