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Mini Hardtop Engine Problems

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841 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Mini Hardtop. 244 of these members (29%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 490 engine repairs to Mini Hardtops--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Mini Hardtop problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1058 repairs.

Mini Hardtop engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 198 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

11000 mi   Loose timing chain tensioner. 
20000   Ice in the intake manifold due to a design flaw. Intake manifold was replaced. 
52500   Timing chain tensioner was rattling and had to be replaced. Already had a fix made in 2009 which clearly did not fully solve the issue. 
53000 US $950 Leaky water pump and thermostat housing. Those caused the serpentine belt tensioner to seize and belt to wear. All needed replacement. 
63000   PCV cover was leaking. Replaced with updated component. 
74000   Turbo oil lines leaking. Replaced lines and oil filter housing seals. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

7000 mi   Replaced all four fuel injectors due to oxygen mix problem. 
10000   Faulty clamp to catalytic converter caused the oxygen mix to be all messed up and CEL light to constantly warn. Dealer fixed clamp and assured me that this issue has been put to bed. We'll see. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

40000 mi   Oxygen Sensor 
63000 US $1050 Leaking Engine Gasket and mount. 
68000   Main Engine Fan was reported to be not working. 
45260   During inspection, dealer noticed oil outside the engine. They replaced the head cover gasket and the oil pan gasket.  
62000   Fluid from engine mount leaked out. Dealer said it would still be okay to drive with it for awhile. Would replace at next routine maintenance. 
63860 C $1700 Top engine mount leaked fluid. It appears to be a common issue. Replaced the mount. 
66340   After repairing the top engine mount, the dealer said the lower engine mount was likely worn. Turned out the bushing was cracked. Lower engine mount was replaced. 
91140   Fuel pump failure while on a MINI club drive 
104160   catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
50000   Service Engine Soon light and Electrical Malfunction Lights came on. The car motor sputtered occasionally and the MPH decreased but the car remained driveable. The source of the problem was a disconnected air hose from the supercharger. 
62000 US $200 Water pump required replacement. Covered under the extended warranty. 
77000   Supercharger seal and motor mount seal leaking. replaced under extended warranty. 
118000   replace clutch 
132000   Oil pressure sensor malfunctioned and had to be replaced. 
144000   Both check engine and service engine soon light came on. Dealer diagnosed the problem as a cracked valve require engine change. Local repair shop diagnosed the problem as failing supercharger. Both repair estimates high-will sell car. 
300   Replace supercharger belt tensioner. Under Warranty. Remedy Trim Rattles in P/S door pillar. Under Warranty 
29000   Leaking fluid. Found to be defective thermostat housing. Replaced Housing, Gasket and Thermostat. Added Coolant. 
24000 US $40 leak in thermostat seal, thermostat replaced. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

41000 mi   ignition switch 
64700 US $500 cooling fans 
66000   sensor 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

12000 mi   Light indicated overheating went on during commute home. Coolant level very low. Radiator will need to be replaced.  

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