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2005 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (44%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 215 repairs.

2005 Mini Hardtop engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (22%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 63 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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2005 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

64000 mi

US $2000
Cooling fan was replaced 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

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

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 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
24000 mi

US $40
leak in thermostat seal, thermostat replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

42000 mi Leaky oil pan repair. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop Engine Problems

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