Mini Cooper Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Mini Cooper
Mini Cooper Problems
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.
Mini Cooper Questions
I hit a curb six months ago, popped a hole in my tire. Got new tire and alignment, because I hit the curb hard. Now the car is pulling to either side and shakes when I drive.
when accelerating my battery light will come on and smells like wires burning
My mini has 94k miles. Probably needs a flush/fill. The OBDII shows 286 F coolant temp on a cold engine and code P0118. I'm assuming the sensor is bad - but would like to know how to ID the true cause between a bad sensor and rusty coolant.
Mini Cooper Recalls
The tire information placard is located on the drivers side, usually in the door jamb or on the driver's door, indicating correct tire pressures and maximum capacity weight. Dealers will replace incorrectly labeled placards with the correct one free of charge.
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.
Mini Cooper Reviews
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!