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2006 MINI Cooper Problems and Repair Histories

97 TrueDelta members own a 2006 MINI Cooper. 39 of these members (40.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 99 repairs to 2006 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 2006 MINI Cooper problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 MINI Cooper problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 MINI Cooper repairs by problem area

60% of the 2006 MINI Cooper repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 9% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 99 repairs.

2006 MINI Cooper repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 MINI Cooper repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 8% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 38 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 2006 MINI Cooper problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replaced leaking thermostat 
0 Replaced front wheel speed sensor 
32000 0 hydraulic motor mount failed and need to be replaced 
41000 0 Center silencer of the exhaust failed and needed to be replaced 
66000 0 Replaced TMAP sensor 
68700 0 vacuum line in the airbox was broken 
79000 350 vacuum leak 
84000 500 motor mount failure 
 

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

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

MINI Cooper in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 48000    
49000 0 Dealer mentioned Gas cap was leaking Thermostat was leaking.  
 
MINI Cooper in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 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. 
0 Oil temp shot up in traffic. Took to dealer, replaced seal around oil temp sensor. Under warranty, no cost. 
44000 0 Heard a grinding noise, reported in August 09. Dealer aligned front tires. griding noise continued sporadic, isolated to AC. Fixed under warrenty. 
93000  
MINI Cooper in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 41540    
44020 0 Electrical issue. The rear hatch kept opening once the rear button control was moist. Replaced entire rear hatch handle (electronic control section). Coolant thermometer would not hold a pressure test so it was replaced. 
62000  

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

MINI Cooper in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 thermostat housing coolant leak 
29000 0 Cracked windshield. They said rock. I said nope, they covered it I think for goodwill and the crack was really small with no rock pit to be seen or felt. 
39000 210 failed motor mount pass side, typical in this car 
 
MINI Cooper in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 35000    
36000 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). 
45000 0 DSC/SES lights illuminated for no reason, required a code reset at the mechanic when I was in for an oil change (no charge).  
51000  
MINI Cooper in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 38000    
40000 0 Water leaking to inside of back window. Suspected window seal, turned out to be seal for center-mounted brake light above window. Replaced under warranty. 
44000 107 Slight mushrooming of strut mount--a common problem with MINIs of this vintage. Was advised that problem is minor and to simply align wheels at this time. Further mushrooming will require a more expensive repair. 
51000 479 State annual inspection revealed front brake pads and rotors below acceptable standard. Had both front pads and rotors replaced in order to pass inspection. 
61000 2825 Replace rear pads, rotors, and sensor. Indications were inop e-brake and dash warning light from tripped sensor. Leaking power steering line. Leaking thermostat Leaking oil pan gasket. Control arm bushings worn and loose. 
66000 711 Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
68000 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. 
70000 0 Corrosion on door seal flange repaired under warranty per TSB SI M 41 02 06. 
72000 178 Intermittent P0303 code (misfire cylinder 3). Decided to replace coil pack, spark plugs, and plug wires. Problem apparently resolved. 
72000  

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2006 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
May 2009 36000    
40000 0 Mini replaced the thermostat under warranty due to a coolant leak in the thermostat seal. 
 

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible

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

MINI Cooper in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 21000    
22000 0 Status/indicator light panel (i.e. engine temp, open door indicator, TPMS warning) failing to work. Car sometimes idles rougly and even stalls when starting in morning Convertible top squeals very loudly when raising it after it's been down for 1+ hours Status/indicator light panel (i.e. engine temp, open door indicator, TPMS warning) failing to work Top was lubed again, and squeaking has lessened a bit, but it's still there. 
 

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2006 MINI Cooper 2dr Convertible

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

MINI Cooper in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 21000    
25000 0 Coolant leak caused by fault thermostat gasket. Replaced under warranty. 
38000 370 "Check engine" light came on; replaced oxygen sensor. 
42000  

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