Mini Repair and Maintenance

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

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Mini Problems

Clutch May Wear Prematurely

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

Clutch May Wear Prematurely

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

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.

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Mini Questions

price estimates (1 answer)

the problem is transmission oil in it burnt. check engine light is on and has transmission related codes. To replace the transmission in car will cost in the range of $2800 to $3000
is fair price ?

electrical problems (1 answer)

when I cut my a/c on my battery dies. also when i was driving my car last night i had my headlights on my car would lose a lot of power and wouldnt go past 10 mph.

How much should it cost to replace the thermostat housing in a 209 Mini Cooper S (1 answer)

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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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