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Mini Repair and Maintenance

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

Mini Problems

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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Mini Questions

I have 126,000 miles on my Mini Cooper engine. I am curious to know how much longer I will be able to drive it until it will need a new engine or taken to a junkyard.

I have a 2006 mini cooper S that won't start. The first signal of a problem was I started the car and it made a loud noise. I drove it for about a mile and turned of the A/C and the car stopped making the noise. I parked and returned an hour later and the car wouldn't start at all. Some ...

My MINI has vacuum pump and full flow oil filter seals oil leaks. The leaks are dripping on to the exhaust pipe. Why would this cause smoking from under the car sometimes, but not other times? Is this dangerous?

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Mini Recalls

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.

Seventy-five vehicles were recalled because they were assembled with a European specification tachometer that uses brake-system warning lights and symbols that do not meet U.S. requirements. In the event of an ABS system problem, only the outer circle of the symbol illuminates, not the ABS letters. As such, the driver may be unaware that there is a problem with the ABS, increasing the risk of a crash. All vehicles involved in the recall have been repaired.

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Mini Reviews

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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