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MINI Cooper Brakes Problems and Repair Histories

773 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer MINI Cooper. 86 of these members (11.1%) have reported brakes and traction control repairs for their car. A total of 75 brakes and traction control repairs to MINI Coopers--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently MINI Cooper problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the MINI Cooper problem descriptions below.

Don't infer MINI Cooper problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of MINI Cooper repairs by problem area

44% of the MINI Cooper repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 12% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 790 repairs.

MINI Cooper brakes and traction control repair cost distribution

Of the MINI Cooper brakes and traction control repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 31% between $100 and $499, 25% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 12% more than $2500.

Chart based on 68 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten MINI Cooper Brakes and Traction Control problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 63000    
66000 0 Fault Light for DSC System. Dealer indicated the SZL (Steering Center Switch) Computer needs to be replaced. Will repair before end of year. 
69000  

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 35000    
45000 0 DSC/SES lights illuminated for no reason, required a code reset at the mechanic when I was in for an oil change (no charge).  
51000  
MINI Cooper in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 53000    
66000 400 Left rear parking brake broken/frozen open. Replaced caliper 
80000  

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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 69000    
73000 0 Parking brake began seizing repeatedly. Driver side parking brake cable, previously damaged due to poor design, had been rusting and intermittently jamming for >1 year. Inspection found cable critically damaged due to rust. Removed part. 
 
MINI Cooper in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 83000    
84000 380 Failure of speed sensor in driver side wheel hub 
 
MINI Cooper in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 32000    
34000 0 Had to tighten E-brake cable. 
 

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2005 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable CVT FWD

MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 48000    
49000 0 Rear calipers gripping: replaced worn seal in cylinder. 
 

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2003 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 100000    
102000 479 Parking brake cables misaligned, causing uneven wear of the rear pads. 
140000  

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2003 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 20000    
23000 5500 rear wheel speed sensor replaced. Computer reset. Brake system flushed(preventative). 
 
MINI Cooper in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 44000    
58300 1300 Praking brake needed to be tightened up. 
62000  

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