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2006 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (53%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (11%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 112 repairs.

2006 Mini Hardtop repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 44 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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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
May 2009 - Nov 2013
Feb 2009

18000 mi
Replaced leaking thermostat 
May 2009

21500 mi
Replaced front wheel speed sensor 
Dec 2009

32000 mi
hydraulic motor mount failed and need to be replaced 
Jul 2010

41000 mi
Center silencer of the exhaust failed and needed to be replaced 
Mar 2012

66000 mi
Replaced TMAP sensor 
May 2012

68700 mi
vacuum line in the airbox was broken 
Feb 2013

79000 mi

US $350
vacuum leak 
Jun 2013

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

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2011
Nov 2009

49000 mi
Dealer mentioned Gas cap was leaking Thermostat was leaking.  
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
May 2008 - Sep 2015
Sep 2008

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. 
Mar 2009

35000 mi
Oil temp shot up in traffic. Took to dealer, replaced seal around oil temp sensor. Under warranty, no cost. 
Jan 2010

44000 mi
Heard a grinding noise, reported in August 09. Dealer aligned front tires. griding noise continued sporadic, isolated to AC. Fixed under warrenty. 
Mini Hardtop in British Columbia, Canada
May 2009 - Sep 2015
Sep 2009

44020 mi
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. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2011
Oct 2009

20000 mi
thermostat housing coolant leak 
Mar 2010

29000 mi
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. 
Apr 2011

39000 mi

US $210
failed motor mount pass side, typical in this car 
Mini Hardtop in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2015
Dec 2009

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). 
Sep 2011

45000 mi
DSC/SES lights illuminated for no reason, required a code reset at the mechanic when I was in for an oil change (no charge).  
Jan 2015

55000 mi

US $1300
Radiator,  HVAC compressor and bumper bean support replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2015
Jul 2009

40000 mi
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. 
Dec 2009

44000 mi

US $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. 
Dec 2010

51000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2012

61000 mi

US $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. 
Dec 2012

66000 mi

US $711
Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
Mar 2013

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. 
Aug 2013

70000 mi
Corrosion on door seal flange repaired under warranty per TSB SI M 41 02 06. 
Feb 2014

72000 mi

US $178
Intermittent P0303 code (misfire cylinder 3). Decided to replace coil pack, spark plugs, and plug wires. Problem apparently resolved. 
Oct 2014

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. 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2010
Aug 2010

26000 mi
Clutch squeals when let out. My neighbors across the street can hear it in their house when I pull away. Replaced the clutch and push rods. Problem returned within a month. Mini now claims it is a characteristic of the car.  

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2009
Jul 2009

40000 mi
Mini replaced the thermostat under warranty due to a coolant leak in the thermostat seal. 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

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. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop Repair Histories

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