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MINI Cooper Engine Problems and Repair Histories

773 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer MINI Cooper. 239 of these members (30.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 348 engine repairs to MINI Coopers--an average of 0.5 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, 10% 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 788 repairs.

MINI Cooper engine repair cost distribution

Of the MINI Cooper engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 37% between $100 and $499, 24% between $500 and $999, 18% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 159 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 Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 5000    
11000 0 Loose timing chain tensioner. 
20000 0 Ice in the intake manifold due to a design flaw. Intake manifold was replaced. 
52500 0 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 950 Leaky water pump and thermostat housing. Those caused the serpentine belt tensioner to seize and belt to wear. All needed replacement. 
62000  

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2008 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

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

MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 7000    
7000 0 Replaced all four fuel injectors due to oxygen mix problem. 
10000 0 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 Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 39000    
40000 0 Oxygen Sensor 
63000 1050 Leaking Engine Gasket and mount. 
68000 700 Main Engine Fan was reported to be not working. 
 
MINI Cooper in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 43400    
45260 0 During inspection, dealer noticed oil outside the engine. They replaced the head cover gasket and the oil pan gasket.  
62000 0 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 1700 Top engine mount leaked fluid. It appears to be a common issue. Replaced the mount. 
66340 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 735 Fuel pump failure while on a MINI club drive 
104160 2000 catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
109740  
MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 48000    
50000 0 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 200 Water pump required replacement. Covered under the extended warranty. 
77000 200 Supercharger seal and motor mount seal leaking. replaced under extended warranty. 
118000 1600 replace clutch 
143000 0 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. 
MINI Cooper in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replace supercharger belt tensioner. Under Warranty. Remedy Trim Rattles in P/S door pillar. Under Warranty 
29000 0 Leaking fluid. Found to be defective thermostat housing. Replaced Housing, Gasket and Thermostat. Added Coolant. 
 
MINI Cooper in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 24000    
24000 40 leak in thermostat seal, thermostat replaced. 
 

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2003 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

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

MINI Cooper in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 40000    
41000 0 ignition switch 
60000  

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2003 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 11000    
12000 0 Light indicated overheating went on during commute home. Coolant level very low. Radiator will need to be replaced.  
 

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