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2007 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (61%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (7%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 152 repairs.

2007 Mini Hardtop repair cost distribution

$2500+ (15%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 55 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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2007 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

61000 mi

US $7500
Cylinder #1 no compression. Need new engine. 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2015 - Nov 2015
Aug 2015

89700 mi

US $530
Leaking thermostat housing. Coolant evaporating, so no visible sign other than low level in coolant tank. Excessive smoking on acceleration after sitting at an idle. Assuming a bad pcv valve in valve cover. Must replace entire valve cover to replace pcv valve. Horrible design. 
Mini Hardtop in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

24800 mi
Timing chain broke in December, finally repaired in February. Air intake frozen most of December, but undrivable in January due to broken timing chain so cold weather problem not replicated. Told this was fixed twice before 2007, 2008. BMW waiting for warranty to expire before fixing it apparently. 
Mini Hardtop in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2014 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

59000 mi
The rear main oil seal leaks and has for many years. this is a common issue with this engine. the repair is extremely expensive, so I just lived with it for 7 years. 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

74000 mi

US $3700
Leaking valves in the transmission was causing the car to buck and had difficulty changing gears (automatic transmission) 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2012
Apr 2011

89700 mi
Water pump and thermostat 
Nov 2011

101000 mi

US $560
Check engine light appeared. Drove to dealer for appt. was told valves needed cleaned. Cleaned and paid for the job and within 20 miles from dealer same problem occurred. Valves machined. Dealer spoke to Mini Corp. who supposedly agreed to pay for half of the repairs and dealer indicated they would split the cost of the repair w/ owner. Ultimately owner did not pay anything because of service charged that wasn't rendered. 
Mini Hardtop in Florida, United States
Jan 2014 - Jul 2015
May 2014

61300 mi

US $500
Mechanical water pump failed and was causing coolant to leak at an unsafe, fast rate 
Jul 2015

77000 mi
Oil was leaking into the engine in two different locations 
Mini Hardtop in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2012
Dec 2011

55000 mi

US $350
Coolant leak from thermostat gasket. Replaced. 
Feb 2012

56000 mi
Leaking filler cap was replaced. Auxiliary water pump was replaced on manufacturer's recall. 
Mini Hardtop in Indiana, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2012
Apr 2012

56000 mi

US $550
Brake job all four wheels 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Jul 2012

19300 mi

US $530
It's valves had become clogged with carbon. The dealer blasted them with walnut shells to fix it. 
Dec 2015

27000 mi

US $800
Coolant leak in or near oil pan. 
Mini Hardtop in Oregon, United States
Aug 2011 - Jul 2014
Sep 2011

24000 mi
Timing chain and tensioner replacement 
Nov 2013

37300 mi

US $600
Needed rotors and pads in front 
Mini Hardtop in Arizona, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Nov 2011

73000 mi

US $3080
Turbocharger failed. I had complained to the dealer about rough running when cold and a clicking sound for the last two years. They told me it was normal (the common response) or my tires (the last two responses). 
Dec 2011

74000 mi

US $500
Brakes had to be replaced one month after the car had been repaired by the dealer.  The brake service light remains on. Shop unable to reset. 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

91000 mi

US $500
Battery replaced. 
Dec 2015

92000 mi
Front control arm bushings needed replacement. 
Mini Hardtop in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2010 - Nov 2012
Jan 2011

31000 mi
Replaced timing chain and tensioner. Apparently, a common problem. 
Dec 2011

50000 mi

US $50
thermostat control replaced 
Mini Hardtop in Florida, United States
Nov 2008 - May 2013
Jan 2008

450 mi
Check Engine Light - Faulty gas cap? 2 days in the shop 
Feb 2008

800 mi
Check engine light came back on - 2 weeks in the shop to replace carbon canister on gas tank - Service department not very nice, but the loaner car was OK 
Mar 2008

1400 mi
Intermittent wipers stopped working - will have it looked at during next oil change 
Apr 2008

2000 mi
Fog Light needed to be replaced because it stopped working. There was a warning light for it. We hoped a new car would not have this many issues. 
Dec 2009

18000 mi
Whistle from under hood. Dealer replaced belt tensioner, but did not fix problem. 
Mar 2010

26000 mi
Warning light went off and they fixed it after having the car for 3 days. Light came back on in a couple days and needed to spend another week in the shop to fix. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Sep 2012 - Dec 2013
Oct 2012

70000 mi

US $1470
Coolant leak was found to be coming from the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing was replaced. Turbo oil supply line leaking. Dealer quoted $1300 for replacement. I declined and took it to an independent mechanic. 
Apr 2013

79300 mi

US $1498
New clutch kit, flywheel resurfaced 
Sep 2013

88000 mi

US $82
Had to replace a Zenon headlight bulb. I purchased 2 new bulbs online from a reputable supplier and replaced them myself. 
Dec 2013

93000 mi

US $90
Replaced rear brake pads and brake pad wear sensor 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Oct 2012

44000 mi

US $18000
Drive chain completely broke at 40,000 miles. 
Nov 2012

44000 mi
Cylinders cracked or bent. Leak in system. We traded it in and obtained another vehicle (Toyota) 
Mini Hardtop in Maine, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2015
Sep 2012

33000 mi

US $500
Water pump replacement 
Feb 2013

36300 mi

US $50
Engine was sounding rough, buzzy. Afraid it was the turbo but turned out there was almost no oil left. No warning light came on and the mechanic could not see any obvious leaks. Just filled it with oil and told me to keep an eye on the dipst. 
Dec 2013

45000 mi

US $750
Fan was running after shut-off. Thermostat and housing replaced. 
Feb 2014

46500 mi

US $600
Replaced both sway bar links and bushings, and the sway bar bushings at frame 
Jul 2014

51000 mi

US $1000
Car overheated, water pump replaced. Mechanic recommended replacing the belt tensioner too. 
Jan 2015

56000 mi

US $150
Turbo inlet tube was loose and displaced, just needed to be re secured 
May 2015

58000 mi

US $800
Carb buildup on intake side 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Nov 2009 - Oct 2012
Jan 2010

92000 mi

US $300
Cracked thermostat housing replaced 
Aug 2011

145000 mi

US $1100
Passenger's rear strut failure, caused misalignment and tire wear/noise 
Oct 2012

183000 mi
Worn bearings 
Mini Hardtop in Colorado, United States
Feb 2011 - Jul 2012
Mar 2011

107000 mi

US $4500
Replaced entire engine. 
Jun 2012

140000 mi

US $200
Resistor and blower motor failed. 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Apr 2008 - Jun 2015
Mar 2008

18000 mi
Timing chain tensioner failed resulting on loud rattling at idle. Repaired under warranty. 
Jun 2008

24000 mi
chrome on shift knob started flaking off, replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2010

74000 mi
Timing chain tensioner replaced along with sprockets, chain and high pressure fuel pump. 2nd repair for the same issue, done under warranty. 
Mar 2011

90000 mi

US $90
Cracked thermostat housing. 
Nov 2012

117000 mi

US $135
Turbo oil feed line leaking. Put front in service mode to replace, diy took 10 hours. 
May 2013

131500 mi

US $2400
Burnt exhaust valve on cylinder 3, requires cylinder head R&R and exhaust valve replacement. Intake valves were extremely carboned up requiring cleaning and valve job. 
Nov 2013

135000 mi

US $295
PCV valve cracked causing large vacuum leak and resulted in CEL. Replaced valve cover (PCV valve is integrated, can't be replaced separately). 
Jul 2014

152000 mi

US $185
Cracked thermostat housing, required replacement. Serpentine belt snapped. 
Mar 2015

162000 mi

US $250
Water pump and harmonic balancer needed replacement. Oil filter housing gasket leaking oil. 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2015
Dec 2013

102000 mi

US $3000
Seal in the turbocharger failed causing oil to be spit directly out the exhaust. 
Apr 2015

119000 mi
Went in for flywheel/clutch replacement, mechanic noted oil ring failed on #3 cylinder 
Mini Hardtop in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2016
Jan 2014

34000 mi
Timing chain guide failure, timing chain too slack, unable to re-insert dipstick due to above. 
Sep 2014

37000 mi

US $150
Coolant leak from Thermostat housing. Housing replaced, coolant flushed. 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
Oct 2014

63000 mi

US $1000
1. four new coil packs, plugs and a valve cover gasket for $600; 2 a new serpentine belt and a belt tensioner. Timing chain assembly was replaced in October 2013 under a recall. It is failing again. 
Nov 2014

64000 mi

US $45
Timing chain assembly was fine. Oil was low by 3 Qts. as a result of difficulty readin oil level with dipstick. There is a YouTube video about this. 
Mar 2015

67000 mi

US $260
Replaced front & rear pads. Replaced front tires. 
Mar 2016

78000 mi

US $400
Thermostat failed. Dealers would not sell the part keeping them for their customers. Had to order from supplier. Actual repair took 2 hours with pressure test. 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2014
Apr 2014

48000 mi

US $150
turbo pressure regulator 
Mini Hardtop in New York, United States
Jan 2014 - Aug 2015
Mar 2014

109000 mi

US $100
Wheel Bearing replaced. 
Jul 2014

113000 mi

US $80
Replaced O2 sensor that is after the Catalytic Converter. 
Sep 2014

115000 mi

US $320
Replaced the Upper Valve Cover Gasket as it was leaking oil badly in that area. 
Dec 2014

116000 mi

US $50
Rear Window Wiper Arm corroded and fell apart. Replaced with new arm. 
Apr 2015

126000 mi

US $120
Oil Filter Cooler and Oil Filter Housing rubber seals leaking oil badly. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Dec 2009 - Apr 2011
Jan 2010

39000 mi

US $400
Mass Flow Sensor Reset 
Mini Hardtop in Oregon, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2009
Nov 2007

20000 mi
repaired sunroof shades (twice) for both back and front shades 
Nov 2008

20000 mi
replaced worn out seatbelt 
Jan 2009

29000 mi

US $3100
replaced clutch and timing belt, four new tires, electrical module (major malfunction). Some covered under warranty. Still pulls to right 
Nov 2009

29000 mi
Replaced electrical module to fix: warning light that wouldn’t go off, consistently pulling to the right when braking and starting up (anti slip feature), turn signal wouldn't cancel, and the windshield washers turned on and off as if by poltergeists. Fixed worn out rotors. 
Dec 2009

29000 mi
When sold still had continuing problems with the sunroof where I had to push up on the window while pushing the open switch to open it up. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2015
Feb 2015

75500 mi

US $3400
Car started misfiring randomly one morning, I changed coil and plug on suspected cylinder, no change. Dealer confirmed no compression on cylinder #3...engine is being replaced, parts covered under goodwill but labor paid by owner. 
Mar 2015

78000 mi

US $800
Airbag light came on, dealer ran scan and determined that drivers frontal airbag was defective. 
Jun 2015

80000 mi

US $1100
Tie rods frozen to rack, had to be replaced to realign vehicle after upper strut mounts were replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Arizona, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

32000 mi
Sending unit in fuel tank replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Colorado, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

25000 mi

US $258
Misc. warranty items -- nothing really worth mentioning. Trim pieces coming undone, rattles, etc. General items that I mentioned to have addressed just as the warranty is expiring November 2011. 
Oct 2011

26000 mi
Still making rattling noise. Sunroof was out of alignment. Realigned and lubed. Minor maintenance performed. Frustrating as it was in last month for other maintenance but the maintenance light didn't indicate that. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

51000 mi
catalytic converter broke off from exhaust. Covered under federal emissions warranty 
Mini Hardtop in Arizona, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2011
Jul 2011

42000 mi
Turbo oil supply line was leaking. Dealer replaced line. Did routine brake flush and cabin air filter while in shop. I reported small hole in valve cover, but dealer said this is normal on all Mini's. 
Sep 2011

43000 mi
Clutch was stiff and creaking. Dealer replaced throw out bearing and pressure plate. 
Mini Hardtop in Vermont, United States
Jul 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2014

75000 mi

US $350
noisy lifters 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2012
Sep 2011

66000 mi
Fault Light for DSC System. Dealer indicated the SZL (Steering Center Switch) Computer needs to be replaced. Will repair before end of year. 
Jun 2012

69000 mi

US $150
Front rotors and pads replaced 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Jan 2015
Aug 2014

84000 mi
Difficulty changing gears. Should have replaced transmission but did 52 hours of repairs. Lots of little things fixed. Runs like a charm now. 
Jan 2015

86000 mi

US $1200
I seem to have worn out the key fob and had to switch to the spare. The mechanic could not reproduce the problem but suggested that I use old key fob to see if that corrected the problem. It did and now it works great. 
Mini Hardtop in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2010 - Sep 2015
Mar 2010

27280 mi
Sunroof rattle 
Apr 2012

48760 mi

C $700
Changed tensioner to fix the dreaded cold start rattle 
Sep 2015

83080 mi

C $200
Serpentine Belt replacement 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Nov 2007 - Jan 2011
Oct 2007

1824 mi
Unbeknownst to me the sunroof was not working. This repair was performed 2 days before I'd purchased the vehicle. Discoloration of Steering Wheel - Reconditioned the leather Window washer fluid leaking from both jets and eating into the paint on the hood. - Dealer said there's nothing that can be done. Problem still exists especially on hot days. 
Feb 2008

7148 mi
Grinding noise in the rack and pinion. Dealer could not replicate the problem, but installed a "Rubber Buffer." 
Apr 2008

10371 mi
Burning engine oil smell. - Dealer could not find any leaks. Grinding noise coming from the Steering System (Rack and Pinion) - Dealer could not replicate, but performed a 4 wheel alignment.  Loose lower dashboard panel on the driver's side - refastened by dealer. Squeaky clutch assembly. - Dealer could not replicate, but removed the slave cylinder and lubricated the Matting surface. 
Jan 2011

34000 mi
This trip was yet another time I'd reported the noisy timing chain tensioner, along with a grinding noise in the steering system. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Feb 2015

66700 mi

US $450
walnut blast on the valves--runs much better now 
Mini Hardtop in Nevada, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2016
Jan 2012

44700 mi
Replaced rear brake pads and rotors. Also replaced sensor for brake pad wear. 
May 2012

46258 mi

US $50
Replaced seals between the oil filter housing and the block. Coolant was leaking due to defective seal. 
Oct 2012

50000 mi
Noise in front of vehicle. Found engine mount bracket that needed the fasteners to be retorqued. 
Nov 2013

55000 mi

US $100
Lower control arm bushings were leaking hydraulic fluid. This is a common issue with BMW/MINI. Replaced the bushings with PowerFlex polyurethane bushings to avoid doing this job in another 50K miles. 
Jul 2014

59000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear hatch release switch. Switch was an integral part of the licence plate light housing. Not a difficult repair but electric switch should have lasted more than 7 years in my opinion. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2014
Nov 2010

65000 mi

US $275
While replacing front brake pads I found a lower radiator hose that had a broken hold down device. Hose had been rubbing on a sharp edge and was worn almost through. Had dealer replace it. 
May 2011

71000 mi

US $250
Car ran badly under acceleration. Dealer diagnosed a bad coil on cyl. #2. Said I also needed plugs, injectors cleaned and carbon removed from intake valves. I paid for their diagnosis, and bought plugs and coil which I installed myself.  
Dec 2012

89000 mi

US $1360
Replaced timing chain, sprocket & tensioner 
Mar 2013

91000 mi

US $1100
Clearcoat was peeling off near windshield spray nozzle on hood and rear hatch door, and one other spot on the hood. 
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $900
Sunroof would not open (after a long period of intermittent problems). Required removal and repair. The shop found and repaired a defective vent tube for the transmission. 
Jul 2014

101300 mi

US $125
Removed and replaced leaking thermostat. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mini Hardtop in Kansas, United States
May 2014 - Nov 2014
Oct 2014

57000 mi

US $1100
Had to have the Panoramic rood replaced. I have since traded the Cooper for another Camry. I will NEVER own another Mini with the Panoramic roof. THEY ARE JUNK. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Feb 2012

40000 mi

US $60
Replaced headlights & rear license plate lights which failed shortly after 36,000 mi warranty. 
Mini Hardtop in Oregon, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

34000 mi
Weird cranking sound when slowing down or pressing on gas on left side driver side of car up front. Took the Mini to the dealer and they replaced a transmission mount that was bad and had a TSB for it. Perfect now and no sounds. 
Mini Hardtop in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2016
Feb 2009

24000 mi
Tailgate latch needed to be repaired 
Dec 2009

51000 mi

US $500
Needed new front brake pads and rotors. 
Mar 2011

75000 mi

US $450
I needed to replace my coils and plugs to fix an engine misfire. Oddly, I got no check engine light for this. 
Feb 2012

95000 mi

US $1200
New front brakes and pads Also needed a new water pump 
Feb 2014

102500 mi

US $650
Leaky cooling system 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2014
Jan 2012

91700 mi
Standard service was included in maintenance agreement. Brakes lasted about 50k miles. 
Apr 2013

123500 mi

US $300
Cam sensors replaced debugging. Needed exhaust cam actuator which was replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Michigan, United States
Sep 2011 - Apr 2012
Oct 2011

27300 mi

US $350
Check engine light came on, idle became rough one morning. Car was very sluggish. Replaced oxygen sensor ($100 warranty deductible) then VANOS solenoid ($250). Shop then suspected VANOS unit, referred me to the dealer. 
Nov 2011

27700 mi

US $100
Dealer said nothing wrong with VANOS. O2 sensor possibly also not needed. Instead, diagnosed damaged cylinder head, from oil starvation. Never had low oil light. Would have been $6,000 without warranty. My key would fall out of the ignition occasionally while the car was running, whether in drive or park. Replaced ignition housing. 
Apr 2012

30000 mi
Currently I have an issue with the check engine light coming on and staying on. It has been to the shop for diagnosis but they can find nothing wrong with it. They reset the light, but it came on again within a few days. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

40000 mi
Manual.transmission shifted would not return to neutral gate on its own. Cables were removed, cleaned and relubricated, and reinstalled with a different routing to help eliminate binding. 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2008 - Feb 2014
Jul 2008

30000 mi
Replaced catalytic converter 
Jul 2010

63000 mi
Replaced footwell control module, due to reverse light issue.  
Feb 2011

68000 mi

US $20
Replaced antenna mast due to wear and damage 
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $550
Replacement of water pump due to leak. 
Mini Hardtop in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

69000 mi

US $100
ongoing issue.. rear passenger brake caliper rides too close to rotor.. high pitched, but low volume squeak of metal on metal sound ensues on take off, and on sharp curves.. has seized once, have replaced caliper x4 to no avail.. 
Sep 2015

88000 mi

US $300
grinding noises and friction when spinning rear tires.. both rear hub assemblies needed to be replaced.. Mini dealer also damaged rear driver side caliper, but said nothing to owner.. this was replaced 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Feb 2012 - May 2016
Mar 2012

32000 mi
While in for the emergency aux water pump recall, I advised dealer of intmt check engine light. Seems that the MAP Thermostat ECU input had failed, part of the emissions system. 

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2006.5 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Great Britain
Apr 2015 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

84700 mi

£150
Rear calliper replaced in both rear wheels. 

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