Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance

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

Mini Cooper Problems

Electric Door Locks May Malfunction

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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.

Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail

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 Cooper Questions

broken original oil dipstick, lower half stuck in tubing. (1 answer)

My oil dipstick broke in two with part still inside the shaft. Tried to grab out with tong but seems stuck in bend. How can I get it out?

engine comes on yellow periodically. adding coolant seems to make it go off. to (1 answer)

today the light came on and when I shut the car off the fan kept running for about 5 minutes

Lights inside dont work. Headlights wont turn off and widows wont go up. (1 answer)

Bf jumped the car after the battey died. Now the windows are unresponsive, the interior lights (colored,roof) dont work, and the blinkers dont work outside nor in. Everything else seems to be fine. What could this be. Tried the unplugging and letting it sit of the battery. Nothing. Tried banging ...

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Mini Cooper Recalls

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.

Power Steering Fails

The power steering assist may stop functioning either temporarily or permanently. Dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system and replace components and wiring as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Mini Cooper Reviews

I have had catastrophic failures before 45,000miles. I have brought it to the MINI service center for these failures, including: replacing spark plugs, faulty coil pack, catalytic converter failure, on-board computer replacement, total replacement of the transmission and currently, the solenoid valve replacement which is not yet fixed. Researching: WMWMF33518...Engine/Exhaust System Problem/E...
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 33,0...
How do you fix the rear seat releases? Should be a recall on these. Please help

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