Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance

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

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...

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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 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.

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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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