Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance

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

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Mini Cooper 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.

Electric Door Locks May Malfunction

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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

What happened to the car on highway today? (1 answer)

i was driving on highway and heard an incredibly loud sound in the front of car, as if i had hit something or fell in a deep pothole, however the car didnt dip, swerve, tilt, or anything. but now it is lower in the front than it used to be!! any ideas whats happpened to my car? it still drives.

no heat blows cold air. top hose about 200degrees and bottom about 80 (2 answers)

We have replaced the thermostat and also the water pump

Can you tell me any deficiencies for this model. It is a convertible. (1 answer)

I am thinking about buying this as a used car.

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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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