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Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 1266 repairs.

Mini Hardtop engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 226 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 134hp 1.5L I3 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

44000 mi

£200
Leaking water pump. 
5700 mi Apparently the transmission cooling fan went out and had to be replaced. The error on the screen was "DriveTrain Error, take the car to a mini service rep immediately". We were given a loaner and MINIUSA completely handled the problem. 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 134hp 1.5L I3 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

4300 mi Replace faulty catalytic converter. 

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2014.5 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 114hp 1.5L I3 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

4000 mi Design problem with diesels. The issue is with the regeneration cycle of the engine; when it does it, every few hundred miles, there is a noise that sounds like the exhaust is about to drop off. The new exhaust seems to have fixed it. 

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2014 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 134hp 1.5L I3 6-speed manual FWD

23560 mi Oil leak from O ring seal oil filter 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

9000 mi High-pressure fuel pump failed suddenly at 8,500 miles; was replaced under warranty. 
10300 mi Electrical system failed in total. Car towed to dealership. Computer and battery replaced. Failure likely caused by not driving enough to charge and maintain battery. 
25000 mi Low oil pressure warning at low idle. Replaced oil pump 
31700 mi Was in for normal maintenance, mechanics noticed water pump leaking and replaced. 
48000 mi Small coolant leak. Replaced a hose or two I think. 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

19000 mi faulty radiator 
34300 mi Car losing power 
24000 mi Oil leaking onto engine 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

5066 mi Replace catalytic converter 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

18000 mi Coolant was always disappearing. Water pump was replaced Oil leak on ground. Dealer mechanic found a faulty oil pressure distribution solenoid. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

14000 mi Small oil leak into sensor harness...known problem with TSB for it 
17000 mi Sensor was recalled so it replaced for free 
7000 mi Engine oil control valve solenoid found to be leaking during routine maintenance. Slight misting of oils around unit. Booked in to be rectified (under warranty), a week later. New part fitted successfully. 
26660 mi Oil leak due to faulty crank shaft seal. 
31000 mi two coils were replaced and scheduled maitenance 
49700 mi Partial failure of high pressure fuel pump, sensor detected. Drove to dealer. 
80300 mi

US $90
Thermostat and temperature sensor failure;  oil pressure solenoid minor leak. $1150 total, all but 90 covered by (purchased ) extended warranty 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

11000 mi Defective thermostat resulting in engine overheating and reduced performance mode. Replaced under warranty as part of a dealer campaign. 
7300 mi Engine cooling fan temp sensor replaced as per Mini recall. 
14000 mi Oil pump solenoid leaking, leak stopped by replacing the solenoid wiring 
15000 mi Several engine related repairs including fixing a fluid leak. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

2000 mi Check engine light came on, apparently a faulty spark plug. 
9000 mi Replace faulty thermostat 
13000 mi Small oil leak near sensor harness. TSB. 
4000 mi Faulty sensor made the car think it was over heating. 
16740 mi Thermostat housing leaking - replaced thermostat assembly. There is a TSB for this. Oil pump solenoid leaking, allowing oil to wick into wiring harness. Replaced solenoid and wiring harness and inspected DME for damage. This is a known issue with the N16. 
6000 mi Loud "clattering" noise. Towed to dealership. Spun rod due to defective part. Waiting for new engine/will be covered under warranty. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

50000 mi All four ignition coils replaced. 
49000 mi Belt pulley to coolant pump was loose. Replaced belt pulley 
52849 mi

US $1318
Fuel injector rail and pressure hose assembly Replace Thermostat, Adapter Lead, Flush Antifreeze, Brake Fluid Service 
59000 mi

US $238
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Replaced 
63000 mi Fuel sensor. 
63093 mi

US $548
Replace Injection Tube, Pressure Hose Assembly, Hose Clamp, Control Unit, Program, High Pressure Fuel Sensor. Fuel Pedal, Accelerator Pedal Module 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

26000 mi replacing the fuel pump 
24000 mi Fuel line had a leak 
38000 mi Carbon build up 
44300 mi

US $900
O2 sensor and catalytic sensor failed 
9000 mi Car was running rough at an idle. 
17700 mi Coolant temp switch failed requiring replacement of the thermostat housing. The sensor failed on 2 subsequent parts so the thermostat housing was replaced 3 times. 
26700 mi Oil leak from timing chain becoming loose. Required replacement of engine electrical harness. 
40000 mi

US $250
Thermostat & housing replacement. 
17000 mi Mass air flow sensor failed but dealer had difficult time tracking the fault 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

82000 mi

US $50
The O2 Sensor failed. The ECU needed programing. ECU needed programing. 
50300 mi

US $298
Engine Misfire - Replace Coil and Spark Plug 
16000 mi Electrical harness burning out from a leak in the timing oils. 
6300 mi Oil pressure sensor needed replacing 
55000 mi Trouble code suggested high pressure fuel pump might be malfunctioning. Dealer replaced fuel pump 
8000 mi Dealer replaced the coolant thermostat. 
8000 mi rough idle at start; very notchy clutch 
89700 mi Water pump and thermostat 
101000 mi

US $560
Check engine light appeared. Drove to dealer for appt. was told valves needed cleaned. Cleaned and paid for the job and within 20 miles from dealer same problem occurred. Valves machined. Dealer spoke to Mini Corp. who supposedly agreed to pay for half of the repairs and dealer indicated they would split the cost of the repair w/ owner. Ultimately owner did not pay anything because of service charged that wasn't rendered. 
7000 mi Minor oil leak 
12000 mi Another minor oil leak 
50500 mi Vehicle went in to limp mode due to low oil fuel pressure. Brought to dealer and they were unable to duplicate. Happened again after vehicle was returned. Overall dealer seems incapable of troubleshooting issues and takes excessively long. 
51000 mi Got tired of trying to work with dealer to fix problem that caused the car to go into limp mode. The frustrating part is the fuel pump is a known problem on these cars, it shouldn't have been rocket science to fix it. I'm done with European cars. 
21000 mi Timing chain tensioner seal leaking. R&R seal 
20000 mi "Reduced power" check engine light showed. Car was sluggish. Dealer reflashed software. 
23000 mi Engine power reduced warning light was on Thermostat was bad, reporting incorrect temperature information to computer. 
25700 mi Check engine light illuminated, code translated to thermostat fault. I tightened connections to thermostat. Two days later light turned off on its own. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

51000 mi

US $260
One of the 4 ignition coils had gone bad, causing misfire in one of the cylinders. Ignition coil required replacement. 
45300 mi Reduced power engine light, resulting from worn spark plugs. Replaced under warranty and car is fine. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

6000 mi

US $48
Water pump replaced under warranty and engine oil was changed. 
44000 mi Oil pump solenoid was leaking via the wiring harness. Oil was forced up the harness to DME/ECU. Solenoid, wiring harness, and DME were replaced. 
5000 mi Faulty thermostat - replaced. 
32000 mi Check engine light on. Replace fuel sensor-was causing too rich fuel mixture. This was related to a previous complaint of abnormal buildup of black soot on the tailpipe. 
16000 mi Check engine light came on. Reason was a problem with thermostat. Dealer replaced (under warranty). 
3000 mi Engine had rough idle at start up. Dealer reprogrammed car and installed new control unit. 
7000 mi Engine was losing antifreeze, dealer found leaking thermostat and replaced. Engine has a ticking/clicking sound from valve train. Dealer noted it and advised they would contact Mini Corp. but never followed up with us. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

8000 mi Engine light on again. Taken to shop. Problem due they think to cooling system. Car may have to be traded in for another car-on a trade assist. 
8000 mi The dealer provided a trade assist and we obtained a new 2012 mini cooper. The 2010 had thermostat, engine and 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84580 mi

US $735
Engine drive belt replaced, RT. axle seal leaking and replaced shaft seal, Timing chain stretched due to VANOS solenoid failure. replaced timing chain and tensioner. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34300 mi

US $750
Thermostat failed just out of warranty, running hot. Car has no regular temp display so problem can remain undetected during warranty period. Design of thermostat system requires unusual amount of disassembly for this unreliable part. 
40000 mi Carbon build-up. They cleaned it up using walnut shells, or something like that. It was covered by the warranty. No cost out of pocket. 
30500 mi

US $500
The Yellow check engine light was on, but there were no symptoms at all. When I took it in to the repair shop, they ran the codes, pulled the valve cover off, and discovered mild carbon build up. Had it cleaned, new plugs installed, and all was good. 
5000 mi Car was dying immediately upon starting randomly and a warning light was going on and off. Had to have the car towed because I didnt want to drive it, and was given a replacement car for 2 days. This same problem happened 2 times so far 
16120 mi Injectors were clogged because of carbon build up. Oil was leaking from the oil pan. 
23960 mi intake manifold was replaced because of too much moisture 
39680 mi

C $460
The drive belt had to be replaced and spark plugs. Replacing the drivebelt put stress on the water pump pulley. This pulley has a rubber belt glued to it and it started to shred so the pulley had to be replaced 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

50000 mi Valve cover cracked. Apparently a known problem which Mini fixed by switching to a different part supplier. Luckily mine failed while still under warranty. 
63000 mi

US $600
Engine experience rapid oil loss when screw backed out of timing chain tensioner. Oil coated underside of car including tires. When brakes applied the car became unstable but I was able to avoid a crash. While pulling to the side of the highway the oil 
23000 mi Timing chain 'cold start' rattle issue fixed along with VANOS unit. 
75300 mi

US $900
Thermostat failed which needed to be replaced. 
66000 mi

US $2000
Coolant temp sensor was replaced, which resulted in a the solenoid leaking, which leaked into the computer and fried it. Second mini with this problem, near catastrophic failure. Original quote of 8k to fix. 
83000 mi

US $7000
Thermostat cracked; caused engine to overheat and need replacement. 
51000 mi Replaced O2 sensor. 
15000 mi Replaced timing chain tensioner. 
69000 mi Leaking Valve cover gasket 
75700 mi

US $400
Cooling leak. Replaced cooling hose 
77000 mi

US $100
Replace thermostat housing due to coolant leak 
150 mi Replaced seals on low pressure fuel pump vapor recirculation after check engine light came on 
50000 mi Service engine light-cleaned injectors Service engine light-cleaned injectors again 
53000 mi

US $550
Thermostat stuck open, engine running cold 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

80000 mi Saw the thermostat light come on in yellow then in red. Eventually lost all engine power until the car was cooled down. Had the car towed to the dealer to avoid more overheating. They said it was the thermostat housing caused coolant leak 
82000 mi Fuel filter gasket leak and oil pan leak according to the dealer 
30000 mi "Timing chain tensioner had become loose and had backed up" 
33000 mi Cold start engine knocking came back, last time the issue was resolved by fixing the timing chain. Unfortunately problem could not be reproduced at dealer. 
37000 mi Cold Start engine knocking issue again. Dealer did not attempt to solve it, I know because the dealer did not take the car for a test drive to replicate the issue. 
47000 mi Took car to new dealer, who determined the root cause of cold start engine noise.Issue was the purge valve in the emissions system, which was replaced by dealer under warranty. 
67000 mi

US $400
One coil pack had gone bad. 
92000 mi

US $240
Serpentine belt cracked, replaced 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

79300 mi

US $50
oil filter housing gasket replaced 
114300 mi

US $800
vanos solenoid,timing components 

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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 mi Ice in the intake manifold due to a design flaw. Intake manifold was replaced. 
52500 mi 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 mi

US $950
Leaky water pump and thermostat housing. Those caused the serpentine belt tensioner to seize and belt to wear. All needed replacement. 
63000 mi

US $440
PCV cover was leaking. Replaced with updated component. 
74000 mi

US $1050
Turbo oil lines leaking. Replaced lines and oil filter housing seals. 
80000 mi

US $350
Engine was idling/running rough. Intake valves were walnut shell blasted to remove carbon buildup. 
81000 mi Car was stuttering/stalling occasionally on startup. Dealer replaced high-pressure fuel pump under extended 10y/100k mfr warranty. 
8000 mi High pressure fuel pump replaced one week after purchase.  
46000 mi

US $400
Failed waterpump 
46000 mi Failed clutch. I think it simply wore out, but it was premature. 
63000 mi

US $55
Coolant tank cap was faulty, causing improper system pressure. Issue was diagnosed & the cap replaced. 
69000 mi

US $2275
Water pump was leaking, had it replaced. 
47700 mi high pressure fuel pump went out. caused a check engine light and some back firing, loss of power. It was fixed under warranty even thoughthe car was out of warranty. 
71000 mi

US $968
CRACKED THERMOSTAT HOUSING CAUSING A COOLANT LEAK. HOUSING REPLACED JUST MISSED WARRANTY OF 70K MILES The clutch lining wore out. It was inspected and replaced under extended warranty (otherwise it would have cost over 3,000.00!) 
25000 mi A/C mounting bracket that is an integral part of the engine block broke. Dealer replaced entire JCW engine with what they call a short block replacement engine at their cost. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

49000 mi Timing chain failed for second time. They are rebuilding most of the engine. 
20000 mi Engine leaking oil. 
54000 mi Oil leaking and low by 4 quarts. Leaking timing chain tensioner gasket. Vehicle had a loud rattle at low rpm. Performed SI M11 02 07 Chain deflection was 72MM (outside of spec) Replaced timing chain as per bulletin. 
63000 mi

US $1200
Radiator seemed to leak. Antifreeze ended up on the back window. Water pump replaced, thermostat replaced. 
75000 mi

US $73
saw smoke on drivers side,took it to E2 services,was told thermostat is leaking, says this is normanl for milage. cost is 409.95 to have fixed, have to fill tank with water b4 driving. makes a whinny noise, E2 services says the entire valve cover needs to be replaced. this is a cost of $500.00. haven't had it fixed yet. 
78000 mi

US $300
had the valve cover replace 
56000 mi Timing Chain Guides were shattered. A new Timing Chain Kit was required. The dealer wanted to charge $3,100 for repairs. Car just out of warranty. I contested and called MINI Customer Service. Result: $0 for repairs 
39000 mi

US $750
Turbo oil line 
73000 mi

US $450
knock and other sensor replaced 
54000 mi

US $1200
Carbon build-up on intake valves; bad oil feeder tube to turbo; leaking valve-cover gasket; bad vacuum hose 
31000 mi Timing chain was replaced after loud cold start up. 
35000 mi Key died and car would not start or even go into neutral. 2nd key worked but key was replaced by dealer under warranty. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

82000 mi

US $100
Cracked thermostat cover replaced. 
93000 mi

US $400
Engine developed an oil leak. Replaced turbo oil lines, oil filter housing gasket (not the oil filter gasket). Replaced valve cover and gasket. There is still a small leak but it is mostly fixed. Belive most fixed by valve cover/gasket. 
32000 mi Auxiliary cooling pump for turbo 
50000 mi

US $200
Leaky thermostat housing. Replace thermostat housing. Flush/refill coolant. 
44000 mi Timing chain; design defect; replaced after customer complained; not a mandatory recall but BMW issued a service bulletin to dealers, not general public. Customer experienced the symptoms of the defect of the timing chain malfunction (noise) 
10000 mi Poor starting when cold. High pressure fuel pump replaced. 
15700 mi Problem: engine management light on, poor running. Various tests carried out. Fitted new inlet pressure sensor. 
22500 mi

£550
The well known MINI Cooper S cam chain rattle. All new parts fitted at local MINI specialist. 
25000 mi

£40
Camshaft position sensor failed - code P0340 on OBD 2 reader. This seems to be yet another common fault on my most unreliable car in 30 years of motoring. 
27000 mi

US $500
Broken engine mount 
50000 mi Timing chain tensioner bolt backed out of assembly. Oil drained out but no internal damage done. Latest hardware for this problem installed. No more cold start chatter. :) 
51000 mi Engine replaced. Major failure, running on three cylinders by time reached dealer. Just barely under warranty. 
42000 mi Intake valves were coated in carbon and caused loss of power and some stumbling/hesitation at times. Common problem on these vehicles and the fix is applied by the Mini dealer. Only problem is, no dealer in my state. 
17500 mi Car had very rough idle at cold start with three warning lights on dash. Car was undriveable as throttle was not responding to input. Dealer kept the car for a week, but was unable to replicate issue. 
36000 mi Excessive noise from engine during cold starts. Dealer replaced timing chain tensioners under warranty as they were worn beyond spec. Evidently this is a common issue. 
82000 mi

US $986
Replace thermostat 
88000 mi Dealer replaced high pressure fuel pump. Covered by extended warranty 
35000 mi

US $1500
Timing chain tensioner repair after cold start rattle. 
60000 mi

US $3000
Timing chain tensioner AGAIN. High pressure fuel pump, intake carbon cleaning. Starter module. 
40000 mi Timing chain stretched to near-failure due to design issue with guides. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

1000 mi engine light, emission evap pump had leak, would not replicate all the time, third time found. 
83000 mi

US $400
dealer diagonsed in 5 minutes and I waited for car without an appointment. 
91000 mi

US $1400
Water pump and belt tensioner 
107000 mi

US $1100
Oil pump replaced and valve gasket engine check light 
37000 mi

US $13000
Engine got broken with 37K mileage. To repair, a new engine is required. The repair quote is more than $10K. I am thinking of scrapping the car. 
101000 mi

US $300
Serpentine belt (which was replaced 3 years ago) tore while on the interstate. It caused a hole in the crank seal, which made oil leak. Replaced seal and belt. 
67240 mi

C $2300
Started with brakes, ended with misire codes and timing being off. Carbon removal, new plugs, timing adjustment, and a so called reprogramming. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

37700 mi Dealership found leaking hose that was keeping the heat from working well, and replaced the hose. 
60000 mi

US $580
Water pump failed and was replaced. 
49000 mi

US $300
Front main seal seeping; replaced along with new serpentine/drive belt 
104000 mi

US $300
Radiator fitting leak 
17436 mi Slow and lagging throttle response. Performed trans adaptation reset to return car computer to "default". 
30398 mi Car makes clicking noise in front at very low RPMs in parking lots, period is RPM-dependent. 
32000 mi #2 piston and rod were defective. Was without car for two months because MINI Corporate in Germany would not send the parts for over five weeks. 
34000 mi Car overheated and lost oil pressure, by warning light indicators and also some noise under the hood. Had car towed to dealer. Electronics did not record the overheat warning and lost oil pressure warning. No answers from dealer. 
35320 mi Went to original dealer to ask about overheating and oil pressure incident. They couldn't find any record of it happening in the computer logs, either. 
47928 mi A check engine light came on in February, and a dealership fixed the bad thermostat under warranty. 
50000 mi Camshaft position sensor. CEL on, then went back out. Declined to replace since intermittent and planning to sell car. 
36420 mi

C $1000
Needed water pump, fixed at local garage. When being fixed PCV valve screwed up requiring, with superior German engineering, a new valve cover at cost of about $500 for the part only which I replaced myselfı. 
38900 mi

C $300
Next event was small oil leak from main bearing seal. Fixed by local mechanic at cost of $300. 
40280 mi

C $1150
After fix car wouldn't idle. Many codes, couldn't narrow down. Replaced MAF sensor to rule it out. Cleaned variable valve timing sensors and actuators. Cleaned contacts and connectors for computer. Finally replaced both variable valve timing actuators. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

9000 mi engine knocking. Timing chain and tensioner fitted.slight improvement.Not fully resolved. Engine knocking 

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2008 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

45700 mi Timing belt replaced. Symptoms were rough idle and noise (death rattle) on cold morning starts. 
49700 mi carbon buildup in cylinders caused rough idle at low speeds and finally triggered an engine light. 
25000 mi I had to hire a lawyer because nation BMW would not repair my car which was still under warranty. (Rapid oil consumption & broken timing belt at 24,000) 
39000 mi

US $1616
clutch went out and needed replacement at 38,780 miles. Although my car is still under warranty the dealer claims the clutch failed due to improper use or abuse. I have driven manuals for 30+ years with no clutch replacements prior to this 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

59139 mi

US $368
Replace thermostat housing and assembly to fix coolant leak. 
71398 mi

US $765
Replaced expansion tank and cap. Pressure tested. Replaced oil pan gasket and spark plugs. Replace oil stand gasket, turbo oil turn rube, and turbo oil supply pipe 
75979 mi

US $1265
Water pump was leaking & drive belt cracked. Replaced water pump and drive belt. 
78219 mi

US $1399
Replaced intake vanos actuator and intake vanos solenoid. 
85300 mi

US $1308
Oil change plus oil leak 
90700 mi

US $2600
Timing change needed replaced, gadget was replaced to stop oil leak. 
37000 mi Decarbonize intake valves for second time. Issue caused by DI head design, no fuel to wash out the oil from the crank case breathing system so it can be burned. Later sold to avoid having to pay for intake cleaning out of warranty. 
20000 mi Timing chain tensioner and chain replaced per technical service bulletin. Had a loud diesel like knock noise present at cold start, due to problems with original timing chain tensioner design and resultant chain stretch. 
36000 mi Hose from turbo to air intake kept getting loose and falling off turbo. Hose and clamps replaced. 
45000 mi

US $708
Turbo oil line was leaking. Apparently this is a growing issue with MINIs due to the line press fitting gasket failure due to turbo heat. The dealer replaced both turbo oil lines. There are many complaints on this issue on the MINI forum. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

67000 mi

US $160
Timing chain rattle at 2k-3k rpm when engine hot. Replaced timing belt tensioner. Solved issue. 
73000 mi

US $730
turbo oil seal leaky, engine was making some smoke from hot oil. required replacement oil seal on turbo plus installation of bmw-recommended heat-shield to protect turbo oil seal. most of the cost is labor. 
80000 mi

US $2200
Water pump / coolant system leak. Replaced pump, hose Excessive carbon buildup on intake/valves. Walnut media blast to clean. 
55000 mi

US $1000
Noticed the dreaded cold start rattle. Diagnosed as a failed timing chain tensioner. Replaced on the house, given that I had purchased the car only a month earlier. 
74000 mi

US $1000
Power brakes failed. Diagnosed as vacuum pump failure. Pump was replaced. 
70000 mi

US $50
Cracked valve cover failed temperature sensor oil leak at turbo 
65000 mi

US $500
Coolant temperature sensor leaking, was replaced. Timing belt appeared to be cracking, was replaced Timing chain tensioner bolt was leaking oil. Replaced 
76000 mi

US $270
Oil filter housing leak, coolant was leaking. Replaced Turbo Oil Line, Oil Filter Housing. 
35960 mi timing chain replaced after recall by mini. ratty cold start noise disappeared 
45260 mi

C $3500
Clutch died over a period of 300 miles 
27300 mi Valve cover leak, Aux water pump replaced 
36000 mi

US $140
Turbo pressure valve failed 
45000 mi

US $150
Technicians detected a rattle on start up. Tensioner was just beginning to fail. Chain was measured, but had not stretched out of spec. Tensioner was replaced 
50000 mi Service bullitan - Timing chain, tensioner, and rails replaced 
51000 mi

US $370
Orange engine light, car reported being too hot. Thermostat replaced. 
15000 mi loud rattle at cold start, dealer replaced belt tensioner 
58700 mi Trouble starting when engine is cold. Dealer replaced a temp sensor. 
71000 mi

US $115
Oil leaking from valve cover Replace timing chain Crankshaft seal leaking oil 
86000 mi It had (another) oil leak at the time. I was told it wasn't anything that needed immediate attention but if I saw drops on the garage floor to come in and have it fixed. Estimate for repair was $1300. 
70000 mi

US $300
Took it in for using oil, thought oil pan leak. Oil changed. Found no leaks in oil or water. Within 100 miles oil was a quart low and no water in the radiator. We been paying for all our repairs since 60000 miles it getting to expensive to keep this mini  
96000 mi Using oil 1qt. Per 1000 miles. Codes for everything is up on the computer. 
97000 mi

US $2000
a box next to the engine made the engine noise really loud 
97500 mi

US $3000
The chain in the engine was scraping a part of the engine, along with other parts needed to be replaced 
107000 mi Thermostat replacement 
76000 mi

US $150
Turbo oil input line was leaking - replaced both input and output lines. Had to disassemble front half of exhaust to get to it. 
90000 mi Timing chain wore out (loud rattle prompted me to have MINI look at it and they confirmed). I was already considering a 3rd gen MINI so I decided to trade it in instead of fixing it ($2000 estimate). 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

122000 mi

US $240
Radiator started leaking and was replaced. 
123000 mi

US $540
Thermostat was stuck open and car would not heat in the winter. Had the t-state and connector pipe to water pump replaced. Cost is for parts, labor, and coolant 
123000 mi

US $350
Oil seepage from oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, and front main seal. All seals replaced either under dealer warranty (oil pan gasket) or extended warranty w/deductible. 
80700 mi

US $300
leaking coolant from the thermostat housing. 
34000 mi Coolant engine overheat light came on. Taking into dealer for warranty repair. 
38000 mi had to repair or replace the coolant tank - temp gauge came on, car overheated and stopped. 
38000 mi

US $1300
There was a leak in engine coolant. had to replace the gasket; and the pump. It was covered by extended warranty but I don't think it should have happened in such a short time. 
77000 mi

US $600
Oil leak in housing and gasket. 
7000 mi Replaced all four fuel injectors due to oxygen mix problem. 
10000 mi 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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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

65000 mi

US $464
water pump leak, clacked plastic housing 
80000 mi

US $68
VANOS inlet fault code 
84000 mi

US $1778
Replaced thermostat and VANOS sensor while waiting for springs from Germany. 
90700 mi

US $450
new coils and plugs. The parts are $$$$. also did oil and some light bulbs. 
20000 mi Check engine light came on. Service department determined that the thermostat housing needed to be replaced and work was finished in a couple of hours. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

51000 mi catalytic converter broke off from exhaust. Covered under federal emissions warranty 
89700 mi

US $530
Leaking thermostat housing. Coolant evaporating, so no visible sign other than low level in coolant tank. Excessive smoking on acceleration after sitting at an idle. Assuming a bad pcv valve in valve cover. Must replace entire valve cover to replace pcv valve. Horrible design. 
61000 mi

US $7500
Cylinder #1 no compression. Need new engine. 
60000 mi The rear main oil seal leaks and has for many years. this is a common issue with this engine. the repair is extremely expensive, so I just lived with it for 7 years. 
24800 mi Timing chain broke in December, finally repaired in February. Air intake frozen most of December, but undrivable in January due to broken timing chain so cold weather problem not replicated. Told this was fixed twice before 2007, 2008. BMW waiting for warranty to expire before fixing it apparently. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

450 mi Check Engine Light - Faulty gas cap? 2 days in the shop 
800 mi Check engine light came back on - 2 weeks in the shop to replace carbon canister on gas tank - Service department not very nice, but the loaner car was OK 
18000 mi Whistle from under hood. Dealer replaced belt tensioner, but did not fix problem. 
26000 mi Warning light went off and they fixed it after having the car for 3 days. Light came back on in a couple days and needed to spend another week in the shop to fix. 
73000 mi

US $3080
Turbocharger failed. I had complained to the dealer about rough running when cold and a clicking sound for the last two years. They told me it was normal (the common response) or my tires (the last two responses). 
55000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak from thermostat gasket. Replaced. 
56000 mi Leaking filler cap was replaced. Auxiliary water pump was replaced on manufacturer's recall. 
24000 mi Timing chain and tensioner replacement 
61300 mi

US $500
Mechanical water pump failed and was causing coolant to leak at an unsafe, fast rate 
78000 mi Oil was leaking into the engine in two different locations 
31000 mi Replaced timing chain and tensioner. Apparently, a common problem. 
50000 mi

US $50
thermostat control replaced 
19300 mi

US $530
It's valves had become clogged with carbon. The dealer blasted them with walnut shells to fix it. 
27000 mi

US $800
Coolant leak in or near oil pan. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

70000 mi

US $1470
Coolant leak was found to be coming from the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing was replaced. Turbo oil supply line leaking. Dealer quoted $1300 for replacement. I declined and took it to an independent mechanic. 
79300 mi

US $1498
New clutch kit, flywheel resurfaced 
33000 mi

US $500
Water pump replacement 
36300 mi

US $50
Engine was sounding rough, buzzy. Afraid it was the turbo but turned out there was almost no oil left. No warning light came on and the mechanic could not see any obvious leaks. Just filled it with oil and told me to keep an eye on the dipst. 
45000 mi

US $750
Fan was running after shut-off. Thermostat and housing replaced. 
51000 mi

US $1000
Car overheated, water pump replaced. Mechanic recommended replacing the belt tensioner too. 
56000 mi

US $150
Turbo inlet tube was loose and displaced, just needed to be re secured 
58000 mi

US $800
Carb buildup on intake side 
75500 mi

US $3400
Car started misfiring randomly one morning, I changed coil and plug on suspected cylinder, no change. Dealer confirmed no compression on cylinder #3...engine is being replaced, parts covered under goodwill but labor paid by owner. 
113000 mi

US $80
Replaced O2 sensor that is after the Catalytic Converter. 
115000 mi

US $320
Replaced the Upper Valve Cover Gasket as it was leaking oil badly in that area. 
126000 mi

US $120
Oil Filter Cooler and Oil Filter Housing rubber seals leaking oil badly. 
102000 mi

US $3000
Seal in the turbocharger failed causing oil to be spit directly out the exhaust. 
119000 mi Went in for flywheel/clutch replacement, mechanic noted oil ring failed on #3 cylinder 
44000 mi

US $18000
Drive chain completely broke at 40,000 miles. 
44000 mi Cylinders cracked or bent. Leak in system. We traded it in and obtained another vehicle (Toyota) 
42000 mi Turbo oil supply line was leaking. Dealer replaced line. Did routine brake flush and cabin air filter while in shop. I reported small hole in valve cover, but dealer said this is normal on all Mini's. 
63000 mi

US $1000
1. four new coil packs, plugs and a valve cover gasket for $600; 2 a new serpentine belt and a belt tensioner. Timing chain assembly was replaced in October 2013 under a recall. It is failing again. 
64000 mi

US $45
Timing chain assembly was fine. Oil was low by 3 Qts. as a result of difficulty readin oil level with dipstick. There is a YouTube video about this. 
78000 mi

US $400
Thermostat failed. Dealers would not sell the part keeping them for their customers. Had to order from supplier. Actual repair took 2 hours with pressure test. 
48760 mi

C $700
Changed tensioner to fix the dreaded cold start rattle 
83080 mi

C $200
Serpentine Belt replacement 
18000 mi Timing chain tensioner failed resulting on loud rattling at idle. Repaired under warranty. 
74000 mi Timing chain tensioner replaced along with sprockets, chain and high pressure fuel pump. 2nd repair for the same issue, done under warranty. 
90000 mi

US $90
Cracked thermostat housing. 
117000 mi

US $135
Turbo oil feed line leaking. Put front in service mode to replace, diy took 10 hours. 
131500 mi

US $2400
Burnt exhaust valve on cylinder 3, requires cylinder head R&R and exhaust valve replacement. Intake valves were extremely carboned up requiring cleaning and valve job. 
135000 mi

US $295
PCV valve cracked causing large vacuum leak and resulted in CEL. Replaced valve cover (PCV valve is integrated, can't be replaced separately). 
152000 mi

US $185
Cracked thermostat housing, required replacement. Serpentine belt snapped. 
162000 mi

US $250
Water pump and harmonic balancer needed replacement. Oil filter housing gasket leaking oil. 
107000 mi

US $4500
Replaced entire engine. 
46258 mi

US $50
Replaced seals between the oil filter housing and the block. Coolant was leaking due to defective seal. 
50000 mi Noise in front of vehicle. Found engine mount bracket that needed the fasteners to be retorqued. 
29000 mi

US $3100
replaced clutch and timing belt, four new tires, electrical module (major malfunction). Some covered under warranty. Still pulls to right 
75000 mi

US $350
noisy lifters 
48000 mi

US $150
turbo pressure regulator 
34000 mi Timing chain guide failure, timing chain too slack, unable to re-insert dipstick due to above. 
37000 mi

US $150
Coolant leak from Thermostat housing. Housing replaced, coolant flushed. 
10371 mi Burning engine oil smell. - Dealer could not find any leaks. 
34000 mi This trip was yet another time I'd reported the noisy timing chain tensioner, along with a grinding noise in the steering system. 
66700 mi

US $450
walnut blast on the valves--runs much better now 
38000 mi

US $9200
engine blew 330 miles after timing chain HAD to be replaced. 13000 miles left on warranty. BMW/Mini said I misused car and would not cover charges. They would not put in writing causes. will not go back. 
39000 mi

US $400
Mass Flow Sensor Reset 
92000 mi

US $300
Cracked thermostat housing replaced 
65000 mi

US $275
While replacing front brake pads I found a lower radiator hose that had a broken hold down device. Hose had been rubbing on a sharp edge and was worn almost through. Had dealer replace it. 
71000 mi

US $250
Car ran badly under acceleration. Dealer diagnosed a bad coil on cyl. #2. Said I also needed plugs, injectors cleaned and carbon removed from intake valves. I paid for their diagnosis, and bought plugs and coil which I installed myself.  
89000 mi

US $1360
Replaced timing chain, sprocket & tensioner 
101300 mi

US $125
Removed and replaced leaking thermostat. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

75000 mi

US $450
I needed to replace my coils and plugs to fix an engine misfire. Oddly, I got no check engine light for this. 
95000 mi

US $1200
Also needed a new water pump 
102500 mi

US $650
Leaky cooling system 
123500 mi

US $300
Cam sensors replaced debugging. Needed exhaust cam actuator which was replaced. 
27300 mi

US $350
Check engine light came on, idle became rough one morning. Car was very sluggish. Replaced oxygen sensor ($100 warranty deductible) then VANOS solenoid ($250). Shop then suspected VANOS unit, referred me to the dealer. 
27700 mi

US $100
Dealer said nothing wrong with VANOS. O2 sensor possibly also not needed. Instead, diagnosed damaged cylinder head, from oil starvation. Never had low oil light. Would have been $6,000 without warranty. My key would fall out of the ignition occasionally while the car was running, whether in drive or park. Replaced ignition housing. 
30000 mi Currently I have an issue with the check engine light coming on and staying on. It has been to the shop for diagnosis but they can find nothing wrong with it. They reset the light, but it came on again within a few days. 
34000 mi Weird cranking sound when slowing down or pressing on gas on left side driver side of car up front. Took the Mini to the dealer and they replaced a transmission mount that was bad and had a TSB for it. Perfect now and no sounds. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

30000 mi Replaced catalytic converter 
63000 mi Replaced footwell control module, due to reverse light issue.  
95000 mi

US $550
Replacement of water pump due to leak. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

34800 mi While in for the emergency aux water pump recall, I advised dealer of intmt check engine light. Seems that the MAP Thermostat ECU input had failed, part of the emissions system. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

80000 mi

US $650
Engine lights flashed and car went into limp mode (a couple miles per hour). Restarted the car and it did it again. First they thought it was a sensor but found it to the the harmonic balance. Out $650.00. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

18000 mi Replaced leaking thermostat 
32000 mi hydraulic motor mount failed and need to be replaced 
41000 mi Center silencer of the exhaust failed and needed to be replaced 
66000 mi Replaced TMAP sensor 
68700 mi vacuum line in the airbox was broken 
79000 mi

US $350
vacuum leak 
84000 mi

US $500
motor mount failure 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

49000 mi Dealer mentioned Gas cap was leaking Thermostat was leaking.  
44020 mi Coolant thermometer would not hold a pressure test so it was replaced. 
68220 mi Engine trouble light & code. Found vacuum leak via smoke test 
47300 mi

US $250
bad harmonic balancer 
59000 mi

US $40
Upper motor mount replace 
56000 mi

US $1700
water pump leaking - replaced 
62000 mi O2 sensor failure - factory warranty extended by MINI to cover this - no cost repair 
60000 mi Supercharger service,oil changed in both sides, inspection of SC and water pump, changed out seals, belt tensioner,changed bushings, added a stop, crank sensor seal (reseal) oil pan, slight oil residue,upgrade gasket & chg crank pulley. 
30000 mi Heard vibrating noise at low speeds coming from the engine bay, would be drowned out at higher speeds. Took to dealer, who found a loose motor mount. Repaired under warranty, no cost. 
35000 mi Oil temp shot up in traffic. Took to dealer, replaced seal around oil temp sensor. Under warranty, no cost. 
39000 mi

US $749
Cooling fan stage I not working, car is overheating. 
36000 mi

US $1100
Replaced leaking Thermostat housing and performed 30,000 service 
40000 mi

US $300
Engine would occasionally misfire, when slow in traffic - eventually the warning light came on. Ran scanner and it showed coil or pug wires. Replaced coil, plug wires and plugs. Now runs like new again. 
50000 mi

US $160
Misfire - replaced plugs - Denso Iridium, Leads and coil pack - no problems now 
53000 mi

US $815
Replaced upper and lower engine mounts 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

60700 mi

US $150
Coil pack died. 
83700 mi

US $2400
Spark plug blows out of spark plug hole stripping hole. Self-repair failed causing piece of metal from steel insert to damage valves. Upper head had to be rebuilt. Oil pressure light came on when at idle. Light goes off when applying gas pedal. This stared happening after the car was running for 10 minutes. Oil change did not resolve the issue. Failing oil pressure sensor replaced. 
71680 mi

C $500
Replaced crank shaft sensor seal - leaking. 
73000 mi

US $495
Timing chain tensioner was sticking at low rpms/engine start. Replaced broken harmonic balancer. Also replaced idler pulley and serpentine belt. 
28500 mi

US $75
Replaced thermostat gasket 
64500 mi

US $2000
Oil Pan gasket replaced 
63000 mi

US $400
Replaced thermostat, gasket was leaking slightly 
70000 mi

US $589
Idler puller and drive belt replaced 
20000 mi thermostat housing coolant leak 
39000 mi

US $210
failed motor mount pass side, typical in this car 
70000 mi Service engine light was on intermitently. O2 sensor replaced at no cost per manufacturer TSB 
78000 mi

US $268
Thermostat housing leaking 
81500 mi

US $162
Motor mount 
41000 mi

US $700
Oil pan leaking oil and crankshaft position sensor leaking oil Replaced oil-filled engine mount Coolant leak, replaced thermostat housing Replaced O2 sensor 
56000 mi

US $100
Passenger-side motor mount ruptured. OES part purchased and installed. 
36000 mi

US $750
Upon purchase I noticed loss of coolant, which was traced back to radiator, thermostat, housing and gaskets - all of which were replaced. Also performed Inspection I service including fluid changes and software re-flash (costs not included above). 
55000 mi

US $1300
Radiator,  
61000 mi

US $2825
Leaking thermostat Leaking oil pan gasket. 
68000 mi

US $1006
We noticed coolant leaking on the garage floor. Radiator was cracked and leaking. Shop replaced radiator and lines, and performed opportunistic replacement of drive belt as well. 
72000 mi

US $178
Intermittent P0303 code (misfire cylinder 3). Decided to replace coil pack, spark plugs, and plug wires. Problem apparently resolved. 
74300 mi

US $1073
Thermostat housing broken and thermostat non-op. Required OBD computer scan, antifreeeze, elec throttle service, thermostat assembly, coolant system kit, etc. 
34000 mi

US $560
Car developed a slow oil leak. Dealer replaced the oil pan gasket. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

123000 mi

US $350
Check engine light on. Code said o2 sensor. Wasn't they. After many tests dealer wanted $2,400 to continue testing. Said no thanks, will live with check engine light on. 
127000 mi

US $350
Sold with CEL on. 
102000 mi

US $1100
Motor mount replacement 
110000 mi

US $400
Leaking tstat housing. 
40000 mi Mini replaced the thermostat under warranty due to a coolant leak in the thermostat seal. 
40000 mi

US $50
Anti-freeze leak. Replaced thermostat, thremostat housing/gasket, new antifreeze. Total cost $305, owner paid $50 deductable on warranty Right hydraulic engine mount leaking fluid. Replaced by dealer. Cost = $219, paid by warrenty. 
126000 mi

US $85
Cooling fan 
52000 mi

US $320
Thermostat had melted, car was overheating 
59000 mi

US $200
One cylinder was not working properly 

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2005 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

66340 mi

A $700
head gasket engine mount 
64000 mi

US $2000
Cooling fan was replaced 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

85300 mi

US $40
Mini has a known weak point in the exhaust hangers, mine needed to be welded back on 
101000 mi

US $1600
Cracked radiator mount, cracked radiator and leaking expansion tank 
107000 mi

US $1317
Car had a couple of oil leaks that I have been ignoring, had them all fixed- Valve Cover Gasket, Oil Filter Housing and Oil Pan Gasket 
107000 mi

US $500
I had the parking brake cable replaced on the 05. The brake would not release in cold weather (under 20 degrees). Also new battery in same car. 
73000 mi

US $1752
Oil Pan leak - replaced Gasket - replaced "Failure of PRE CAT O2 Sensor" O2 Sensor Harness Heater Circuit 
87000 mi

US $24
Seal around the middle of the Engine Coolant Reservoir was leaking. Replied with sealant. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33160 mi Slow antifreeze leak onto floor of garage. 
39680 mi

C $75
Dipstick broke outside sheath. Luckily didn't break off completely as is known to happen with this sad testament to normally technically excellent BMW design. Replaced with Craven Speed stainless steel spring with aluminum handle @ $75 US ! 
56720 mi Replaced cracked air tube and used car delivery prep.  
59800 mi

US $115
Investigated trouble code:2C10 ("EP" displayed on tranny indicator). One occurrence of code. Fault was cleared. Car driven, fault did not reoccur. Tranny software upgraded. Shop cautioned vigilance to more occurrences.  
60600 mi

US $546
Replaced ignition packs on recommendation of shop. 
61200 mi

US $72
Recurrence of "EP" tranny warning light. Code scan revealed Code 2C10. Shop cleared code and drove in attempt to have fault reoccur, which it didn't. But they state that tranny is "slipping" between 2nd & 3rd. Oil change, char 
61300 mi

US $8755
Replaced fuel pump. Replaced transmission. 
64000 mi "EP" in tranny display. No obvious impairment in performance. Six months since tranny was replaced. Repair consisted of reading code (code I.D. was not reported to owner), clearing error, relearning tranny "adapts" and test drive. 
65248 mi Continued investigation of "EP" (2C10 scanned as cause). One day after return of PS hose replacement, "EP" appeared in tranny display. Kept car 10days, clear error, contacted PUMA. Ran PUMA list, nothing found. But not charged. 
68000 mi

US $518
Clear fluid leak. Dealer inspected, cited warped thermostat housing as cause. Replaced housing, thermostat, gasket and coolant was flushed. Addition repairs recommended. Engine mount $3C, brake fluid $1C, front control bushing $7C. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $550
Thermostat housing leaking Valve cover gasket leak 
78000 mi

US $70
Low speed resistor failed on radiator fan 
37000 mi Oxygen sensor, third time replaced. Check engine light has come back on, again. 
39000 mi

US $78
Problematic oxygen sensor replaced, yet again. 
23000 mi

US $89
Check engine light turned on. Two faults, one about a misfire, the other about the ABS. Cleared it and hasn't happened since. 
300 mi Replace supercharger belt tensioner. Under Warranty. Remedy Trim Rattles in P/S door pillar. Under Warranty 
29000 mi Leaking fluid. Found to be defective thermostat housing. Replaced Housing, Gasket and Thermostat. Added Coolant. 
46500 mi

US $320
Slight leak from valve cover gasket was noticed during routine (5000 mile) oil change. Also had plugs changed during the VCG replacement. 
20000 mi

US $199
Upper engine mount replaced 
70000 mi

US $130
Replaced both oil cooler seals. 
71000 mi

US $330
Replaced the main gasket seal on the oil cooler 
82700 mi

US $493
Diagnosed as a starter issue, but turned out to be an ignition switch. Installed new starter and ignition switch. 
105000 mi

US $225
Upper right motor mount bolt broke off. 
121000 mi

US $215
Replaced a broken charcoal canister. 
40000 mi Oxygen Sensor 
63000 mi

US $1050
Leaking Engine Gasket and mount. 
68000 mi

US $700
Main Engine Fan was reported to be not working. 
129000 mi

US $325
Cleaned some sort of a boost sensor that was causing a miss under load. Total cost of $250, which was mostly diagnostic time. Replaced torn intake boot, $75. 
129700 mi

US $75
Replaced coolant expansion tank. 
132000 mi

US $350
Failed engine mount caused vibration under load. Mount replaced. 
132000 mi

US $380
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket.  
24000 mi

US $40
leak in thermostat seal, thermostat replaced. 
82000 mi

US $525
crankshaft pulley failure. Replaced crank pulley, idler, tensioner and serpentine belt. Also serviced supercharge (changed oil). 
95300 mi

US $95
Thermostat housing leak. Replaced housing, thermostat and gasket 
61000 mi

US $800
Leaking main oil seal Oil leak - Valve Cover gasket Head gasket leak Low speed cooling fan failure 
95000 mi

US $15
Missing at idle, bad fuel economy. Installed new air filter and ran techron fuel injection cleaner through the fuel tank. 
103000 mi

US $200
Valve cover gasket replaced 
50000 mi 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 mi

US $200
Water pump required replacement. Covered under the extended warranty. 
77000 mi

US $200
Supercharger seal and motor mount seal leaking. replaced under extended warranty. 
118000 mi

US $1600
replace clutch 
132000 mi

US $150
Oil pressure sensor malfunctioned and had to be replaced. 
144000 mi 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. 
189000 mi

US $75
Valve Cover Gasket 
20000 mi Defective thermostat caused car to overheat. 
68300 mi 02 sensor replaced by MINI no charge  
45260 mi During inspection, dealer noticed oil outside the engine. They replaced the head cover gasket and the oil pan gasket.  
62000 mi 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 mi

C $1700
Top engine mount leaked fluid. It appears to be a common issue. Replaced the mount. 
66340 mi

C $120
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 mi

C $735
Fuel pump failure while on a MINI club drive 
104160 mi

C $2000
catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
127100 mi

C $200
Top passenger side engine mount leakage. Replaced engine mount. 
55300 mi

US $1200
oil pan gasket leaking. 
74700 mi

US $450
Fluid (oil) leaking from right side motor mount. Replaced right side motor mount. Second motor mount replacement in 24 months. Previous repair to same item done in January 2010. 
78000 mi

US $450
Cooling fan cycling on and off every 30 seconds. Needed replacement. 
80000 mi

US $400
Auxilliary cooling fan failed after being replaced in March. Kept cycling on and off repeatedly. Fan replaced at no charge. 
93000 mi

US $1100
Crank pulley broke and was replaced with new 
54000 mi

US $100
Coldest day of the year, thermostat froze shut and car almost overheated. Self diagnosed as too little antifreeze in system due to constant topping-up as a result of leaky thermostat housing. Replaced thermostat and re-sealed housing. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

27280 mi

C $375
oxygen sensor was not working so was replaced 
29760 mi

C $320
Car was overheating thermostat was replaced. 
42780 mi

C $330
Diagnose problem code re air leak. Did some test to rule out any major issue. Appears that gas cap may have not been tightened properly. 
45260 mi

C $1400
Coolant leak found.Concern that it was the head gasket. Plastic thermostat housing leaking so was replaced. 
59000 mi

US $400
oil leak - replaced pan gasket 
75000 mi

US $245
Items noted during 75k mile checkup: - two belts replaced (original?) - cabin air filter replaced - tires rotated 
76000 mi

US $775
Exhaust system needed replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

55180 mi

C $200
Engine light on, to signal defective oxygen sensor, I believe related to antipollution system. sensor replaced. 
76000 mi

US $1500
electric radiator fan malfunction coolant leak 
85000 mi

US $500
fixed exhaust rattle/buzz 
35000 mi

US $400
Thermostat housing was gone, new thermostat needed to be replaced, radiator had to be flushed. 
35500 mi Engine coolant appeared to be leaking (levels dropped significantly over 2 weeks) but the shop couldn't find any evidence of leak. 
44000 mi

US $500
The engine hydrolocked after driving slowly through a 3 inch puddle during flooding in MA. The car was declared a total loss due to the potential for electrical failure from water damage. A $500 deductible was paid and insurance cut a check for the car. 
58700 mi

US $110
hydraulic motor mount was gone. replaced it myself. 
100500 mi

US $505
Muffler hanger rusted apart and left muffler dangling. Needed new part, $125 of total. 
56000 mi

US $3000
Replaced clutch. 
57000 mi

US $1150
Oxygen sensors were causing the "Check Engine" light to stay on. We took our out-of-warranty Mini to a reliable mechanic, but only the Mini dealership has the software to reset the "adaptations" to make the Check Engine light go off. 
137000 mi

US $271
Fuel Pump stopped working, replaced fuel pump and filter 
42000 mi Leaky oil pan repair. 
246140 mi

C $1200
no heat in the car at all! - needed new heater core - dealer had no idea how to fix - replaced a new thermostat, replaced a good radiator, sensors,finally heater core. Dealers do not like working on these I think! 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

62000 mi Bad Evap sensor, bad gas cap 
70000 mi

US $161
Check engine light for fuel issues were check and light turned off. Oil dipstick broken and purchased a new one. 
130000 mi

US $2200
Oxygen sensor Radiator fan 
138000 mi

US $1600
Oil filter gasket and water pump Supercharger beginning to fail 
98000 mi

£20
broken exhaust clamp 
58860 mi

C $2
CEL reporting code P2097, a fuel adaptation value hard ecu reset fixed the problem. 
74000 mi Random overheating under load. Thermostat was sticking and the coolant was flushed & replaced. 
95400 mi

US $50
replace oil pan gasket 
112000 mi

US $2600
New clutch & flywheel 
114700 mi

US $360
Common R53 problem; no. 2 spark plug blew out of the engine, stripping the head of the spark plug threads. Bought tapping set $300, locktite, thread sleeve, and plugs to repair. 
154500 mi

US $44
Crap AutoZone belt blew out in 9 months on the highway. 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $1100
Leaking valve gasket and leaking oil pan gasket. oxygen sensor replaced for service engine light; second time in the car's life; MINI has extended the emissions warranty to 10yr/100k because a known problem. 
93000 mi

US $1300
Loud muffler, hole found in pipe and muffler, hangers replaced as well 
118000 mi

US $1200
Valve cover gasket leaking, last replaced 60k miles before. 
120500 mi

US $600
Valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced only 6 month prior so dealer covered cost. 
42160 mi

€100
replaced left rubber engine mount. 
27280 mi

€65
replaced oil pan seal 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

111000 mi

US $500
Thermostat replacement including coolant flush.  Review extensive oil leaks, apply oil tracing liquid to determine source of leaks. 
120700 mi

US $1200
Clogged heater core 
112000 mi

US $180
Noticed slight exhaust leak sound, couldn't find the source. After 1-2 weeks, the exh. manifold broke right at the 1st cat. Suspect it's too close to the cat to re-weld. Replaced entire mfld with used part. New was $1350 at discount dealer. 
120000 mi

US $153
Engine cooling fan low speed stopped working; fan would stay off until the car got hot enough to engage high speed. Replaced cooling fan/shroud assembly with aftermarket part. Bumper & radiator support must be slid forward for access. Small oil leak from front of engine and oil pan area. Since radiator support was already pulled forward for fan replacement, decided to replace the oil pan gasket and re-seal the crank angle sensor, both common oil leak locations. 
141000 mi Engine oil leak(s). 
146300 mi

US $12
Oil was leaking from the valve cover gasket. Replaced gasket. 
107000 mi

US $1800
Supercharger was out of internal oil. Mini USA states it is a wear item, and needs to be replaced once out of oil. normally 100,000 miles - part from dealer is $2600 for the part, + 7 hrs labor. I got mine rebuilt for $1200 plus 6 hrs labor thermostat housing cracked replaced it and thermostat crank seal leaking oil replaced 
107000 mi

US $115
both O2 sensors needed replacing. was able to get non-OEM ones for $55 each from advanced suto, and just splicesd the connector on. 
123000 mi

US $75
MAP sensor died. When the Map sensor dies, it throws the EML light, and the car goes into limp mode. I could sometimes restart it, and it would be fine for a little while, then it would sputter, and go into limp mode again 
126000 mi

US $78
thermostat housing cracked again - replaced it 
128500 mi

US $1400
had a hole in the intercooler, which got replaced 
138000 mi

US $9500
Number 2 piston and connecting rod broke up. Needs complete overhaul including sleeving the block due to damage to the bore from the piston. Opted for 1.8L stroker crate motor from revolutionmotorworks.com 
50000 mi

US $60
Coolant expansion tank was leaking slightly when I acquired the vehicle. Replaced myself with a genuine BMW OEM part for $60. 
51000 mi

US $20
Supercharger oil change. Rear water pump drive housing completely dry. Will have to monitor for "death rattle" and eventually replace the supercharger itself. 
155000 mi

US $250
Burnt exhaust valve 
175700 mi

US $110
Heater core was leaking. 
211000 mi

US $900
Burnt an exhaust valve on cylinder #2 
125700 mi

US $7000
Rod bearing failed. Replaced entire bottom end of engine. 
128000 mi

US $7000
Threw a rod. Replaced engine with short block. Did all maintenance items under hood. 
89000 mi

US $1200
Exhaust rusted, replacement required 
109000 mi

US $700
catalytic converter fell apart internally 
110000 mi

US $600
low speed fan module defective, required a lot of labor to dig it out. 
30607 mi Replace one front pulse sender, and a steering angle sensor. Tail light bulb replacement. Replace crankcase breather line. Covered by warranty. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

95300 mi

US $185
Oil Pressure illum engine check lite 
136000 mi

US $400
Radiator leaked and needed replacing. 
52000 mi

US $260
Replaced radiator due to small crack in side of tank. 
41000 mi ignition switch 
64700 mi

US $500
cooling fans 
66000 mi

US $501
sensor 
68000 mi

US $200
replace o2 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.  
58300 mi

US $1300
had to replace exhaust 
61700 mi

US $2300
Check engine light wnet on, some sensor needed replacing. 
34100 mi

C $400
Engine light on, diagnosed as thermostat, replace same. Currently solved. 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $1030
Valve cover gasket replaced Tensioner pulley and idler pulley replaced Serpentine belt replaced 
156700 mi Cooling fan relay switch defective. 
80000 mi

US $400
oil leak 
103000 mi

US $800
Items replaced: Valve cover and oil pan gaskets, serpentine belt, broken motor mount, spark plugs, crank position sensor oring. 

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