Mini Repair and Maintenance

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

Mini Problems

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 Door Locks May Malfunction

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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.

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Mini Questions

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 ...

Po117 code. How to fix it. Just replaced clutch myself yesterday. (1 answer)

Spent 11 hours replacing my clutch yesterday and po117 code poped up and my car is overheating. Sensor looks like. Not sure whats the problem

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Mini 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 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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