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2006 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (52%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 124 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

Engine not specified

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

80000 mi

US $650
Engine lights flashed and car went into limp mode (a couple miles per hour). Restarted the car and it did it again. First they thought it was a sensor but found it to the the harmonic balance. Out $650.00. 

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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 
Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Sep 2014 - Apr 2015
Nov 2014

77000 mi

US $700
lower control arm bushings replaced at 76k 
Dec 2014

78000 mi

US $1300
had to replace the passenger side wheel bearing at 77k miles 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2009 - Jul 2016
Nov 2011

36000 mi

US $1100
Replaced leaking Thermostat housing and performed 30,000 service 
Jun 2012

40000 mi

US $300
Engine would occasionally misfire, when slow in traffic - eventually the warning light came on. Ran scanner and it showed coil or pug wires. Replaced coil, plug wires and plugs. Now runs like new again. 
Aug 2012

41000 mi

US $80
One D2S Xenon headlight bulb died replaced both to keep the color the same. Replacing the bulbs is a bitch, up in the hood at a 40 degree angle. Bulb wants to fall out. Finally laying on my back on the engine to do it 2 hrs. 
Oct 2013

48000 mi

US $570
New rear pads, replacement rotors and calipers were rebuilt 
Feb 2016

50000 mi

US $160
Misfire - replaced plugs - Denso Iridium, Leads and coil pack - no problems now 
Jul 2016

53000 mi

US $815
Replaced upper and lower engine mounts 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

39000 mi

US $749
Cooling fan stage I not working, car is overheating. 
Mini Hardtop in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2012
Oct 2012

82300 mi

US $1200
The power steering pump went out on the car. This particular pump was made by Range Rover and always failed. A costly repair for such a small item. Mine actually almost caught on fire it was so hot. Replaced and working fine now. 
Mini Hardtop in Florida, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2016
Sep 2013

60000 mi
Supercharger service,oil changed in both sides, inspection of SC and water pump, changed out seals, belt tensioner,changed bushings, added a stop, crank sensor seal (reseal) oil pan, slight oil residue,upgrade gasket & chg crank pulley. 
Apr 2014

64700 mi

US $291
Control arm bushings 
Oct 2014

68500 mi
Some hard down shifting and a bit of flaring on the up shift. Changed tranny filter some new very good fluid. Shifting smooth and clean. Best it has shifted since I have owned it. 
Jun 2015

72000 mi
had lost freon, may have a tiny leak someplace, added dye and am doing a follow up to see if we can find it. No change in performance of the AC was noticed by me. Found doing regular maintenance and check of AC/Cooling system. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

95000 mi
Transmission started slipping between 2nd and 3rd gears. 
Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2011
Oct 2010

56000 mi

US $1700
replaced rack & pinion air bag sensor failed water pump leaking - replaced 
Sep 2011

62000 mi
O2 sensor failure - factory warranty extended by MINI to cover this - no cost repair 
Mini Hardtop in Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2014
May 2012

47300 mi

US $250
bad harmonic balancer 
Feb 2014

59000 mi

US $40
Upper motor mount replace 
Mini Hardtop in British Columbia, Canada
May 2009 - Jun 2016
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. 
May 2016

68220 mi
Engine trouble light & code. Found vacuum leak via smoke test 
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 - Jun 2016
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. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Feb 2014
Jan 2014

64500 mi

US $2000
Oil Pan gasket replaced Power Steering return hose, pressure hose replaced 
Mini Hardtop in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2015 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

65000 mi

US $150
Horn fuse was blowing every week. Replaced both high and low horn and the issue went away. Front engine mount was leaking fluid. Replaced engine mount and torx bolt. 
Mini Hardtop in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2015
May 2013

63000 mi

US $400
Replaced thermostat, gasket was leaking slightly 
Sep 2013

70000 mi

US $589
Idler puller and drive belt replaced 
Mini Hardtop in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Jul 2015

71680 mi

C $500
Replaced crank shaft sensor seal - leaking. Glove box lock broken - cannot open glove box. Cost of new box too high, so owner elected to not replace the glove box. 
Jun 2016

78740 mi

C $150
Trunk would not open. They found two broken wires from the general control module to the trunk connector. They repaired the wires, which restored power to the truck switch. 
Mini Hardtop in Utah, United States
Feb 2014 - Apr 2014
Feb 2014

41000 mi

US $700
Oil pan leaking oil and crankshaft position sensor leaking oil Replaced oil-filled engine mount Coolant leak, replaced thermostat housing Replaced O2 sensor 
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.  
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Oct 2015
Aug 2015

73000 mi

US $495
Timing chain tensioner was sticking at low rpms/engine start. Replaced broken harmonic balancer. Also replaced idler pulley and serpentine belt. 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
Jun 2014 - Jan 2015
Nov 2014

83700 mi

US $2400
Spark plug blows out of spark plug hole stripping hole. Self-repair failed causing piece of metal from steel insert to damage valves. Upper head had to be rebuilt. Oil pressure light came on when at idle. Light goes off when applying gas pedal. This stared happening after the car was running for 10 minutes. Oil change did not resolve the issue. Failing oil pressure sensor replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Missouri, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2015
Oct 2010

33000 mi

US $500
Rattle coming from the dash area. Moaning sound from during clutch take up. Dealer diagnosed and replaced clutch slave cylinder. 
Apr 2011

34000 mi

US $560
Car developed a slow oil leak. Dealer replaced the oil pan gasket. 
Jun 2014

49000 mi

US $250
The air conditioner was struggling to cool the car. It needed a recharge. 
Apr 2015

52500 mi

US $70
Air conditioner was not pumping cold air. Mechanic's inspection indicated low freon. System was recharged. 
Mini Hardtop in Missouri, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

84000 mi
recall for passenger seat air bag sensor 
Jun 2016

86000 mi
starter was replaced under warranty from previous repair. Its been very hot this summer and at extreme temps the starter would not engage. 
Mini Hardtop in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2012 - May 2013
Mar 2013

84320 mi

C $75
Replaced front brake pads 
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 Georgia, United States
Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
Mar 2012

38000 mi

US $180
Front lower control arm bushings were worn out. Replaced with polyurethane bushings. 
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 New Jersey, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

66000 mi

US $400
Left rear parking brake broken/frozen open. Replaced caliper 
Mini Hardtop in Nevada, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2015
Aug 2011

70000 mi
Service engine light was on intermitently. O2 sensor replaced at no cost per manufacturer TSB 
Mar 2012

78000 mi

US $268
Thermostat housing leaking 
Aug 2012

81500 mi

US $162
Motor mount 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2013
Dec 2010

28500 mi

US $75
Replaced thermostat gasket 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2014
Apr 2012

44000 mi

US $450
Power steering leak. Both inlet and outlet hoses were replaced and power steering refilled using OEM Pentosin CHF11s. 
Oct 2013

56000 mi

US $100
Passenger-side motor mount ruptured. OES part purchased and installed. 
Mini Hardtop in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015
Jun 2012

96100 mi

C $250
Replaced all 4 pads/rotors 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2016
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. 
Jan 2016

78000 mi
Dealer performed OC3 Mat Recall related to intermittent malfunction of passenger air bag sensor and light. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
Sep 2012

41000 mi

US $600
Replaced A/C pump & condenser, drained & recharged system. 
Jul 2013

48500 mi

US $150
A/C pressure regulator valve blew out all the refrigerant. 
Sep 2013

50000 mi
Headlight assembly fell apart inside the headlamp unit. Nonservicable unit. Had to forcefully open the headlamp to reattach disconnected ball & socket mounts & self-leveling motor. Reglued the headlamp back together. 
Apr 2015

60700 mi

US $150
Coil pack died. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

44000 mi

US $36
Horns would not work. ordered horns. 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Jun 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2014

82000 mi
Noise in transmission, diagnosed as possible leak or needed new transmission, repair estimates $4000-$9000. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2016
Mar 2016

125000 mi

US $30
replaced ABS sensor 
Jul 2016

126000 mi

US $85
Cooling fan 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2014
Jan 2010

45000 mi
Thermostat was replaced after coolant loss was noted. 
Jun 2014

125000 mi

US $125
Fuel filter was replaced after the car started to ping. 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2015
Oct 2013

46300 mi

US $800
Replace upper strut mount 
Feb 2014

52000 mi

US $320
Thermostat had melted, car was overheating 
Sep 2014

59000 mi

US $200
One cylinder was not working properly 
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 Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010
Sep 2010

123000 mi

US $350
Check engine light on. Code said o2 sensor. Wasn't they. After many tests dealer wanted $2,400 to continue testing. Said no thanks, will live with check engine light on. 
Dec 2010

123000 mi

US $350
Sold with CEL on. 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

102000 mi

US $1100
Front end bushings replaced Power steering hoses leaking Motor mount replacement 
Jun 2016

110000 mi

US $400
Leaking tstat housing. 
Mini Hardtop in Illinois, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

79000 mi

US $545
Brake light sensor went on, replaced brakes rotors and drums for second time since owning 
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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2005.5 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Netherlands
Jan 2014 - Jun 2016
Feb 2014

36880 mi
Well known MINI issue of a rattle in Gearbox well known issue of a MINI 2000. Seat recliner malfunction 
Sep 2015

42160 mi

€600
left window motor and window lift stopped working and had to be replaced with new components. Known issue with mini 1e Gen. Clear lacquer paint start to crack or peel off all over. Has to repaint body-parts and bonnet. Known issue with Clear lacquer over Red base paint after years?? 

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