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MINI Cooper Problems and Repair Histories

773 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer MINI Cooper. 340 of these members (44%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 788 repairs to MINI Coopers--an average of 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, 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 repair cost distribution

Of the MINI Cooper repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 8% cost less than $100, 39% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 19% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 227 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 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

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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2008 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 9000    
9000 0 Passenger air bag light illuminates, meaning the air bag has been disabled in spite of there being a fullgrown passenger of sufficient weight seated properly.  Driver's side window malfunction - window was "possessed" and opened halfway automatically when driver tried to close the window.  
10000 0 Window malfunction - auto up failed and when closed using switch, window would automatically open halfway.  
11000 0 submitted lemon-law paperwork; dealer could not replicate for our 2008 MINI, but the service manager and head mechanic did witness this problem when we test drove a dealer-buyback 2009 to replace the 2008 

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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
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 British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Brought car in for Inspection II. Turned out there was a leak in the steer rack. Replacement covered by warranty. 
45260 0 Dome light shorted out. Complained that the sunroof mechanism seemed to be slower and noisy. Dealer mentioned a service bulletin and said they would fix it.  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. 
81840 300 Power steering pump return hose leak 
91140 735 Fuel pump failure while on a MINI club drive 
102300 0 Power steering was stiff and seemed to vibrate when turning. MINI replaced power steering pump under extended warranty. 
104160 2000 catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
109740  
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. 
 
MINI Cooper in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 14000    
14000 300 Glove box plastic peeling. 
 
MINI Cooper in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 39000    
40000 0 Squeaks, noisy gear shifting.  Oxygen Sensor Front Brakes replacement. 
63000 1050 Clutch Cylinder replaced.  Leaking Engine Gasket and mount. Front brakes replaced (in extended service warranty) 
68000 700 Main Engine Fan was reported to be not working. 
 

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