Mini Cooper S Repair and Maintenance

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

Mini Cooper S Problems

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.

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.

Engine stalling intermittently, due to faulty crank sensor

Car would die intermittently and the traction control light would come on.Ended up needing a crank sensor, what the tell tale sign was for me was the tachometer would fluctuate even when the engine speed was constant.

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Mini Cooper S Questions

how much would it cost to replace vacuum system, lines and reservoir (1 answer)

What is an exceptable draw on a battery while car in sitting in the driveway (1 answer)

I keep replacing parts and if the car sit for a week. The battery is dead

Will mini replace an engine if there is a defect? (1 answer)

I have been told that mini would replace an engine if there's a defect. Recently my '06 mini went on the fritz. Now they're quoting a price of over 3 grand to replace a valve cover, oil pan gasket, rocker panel lifters, and a harmonic balancer. Is this normal wear and tear, or did I j...

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Mini Cooper S Recalls

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.

Passenger Front Air Bag Does Not Deploy In Low Speed Crash

The passenger frontal air bag may not deploy as required during a low speed crash. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Mini Cooper S 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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