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Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (46%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

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Mini Hardtop suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (27%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 117 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2181 mi Lower swivel bearing pinch bolts needed to be torqued to the correct values. 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

19000 mi Both front struts and shocks were replaced three times under warranty and it never solved the problem. the dealer was not interested in finding what was wrong and had horrible customer service. Sold the car for a 2008 Infiniti. 

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2014 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

16000 mi Bushings in fron suspension replaced. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

36000 mi Drivers front wheel bearing went bad...bearing replaced under warranty 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

16740 mi Loud rattle/clunk from rear - sway bar bushings worn out 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

49000 mi Rear sway bar links 
44640 mi Steering developed a bit of play...maybe 1" of slop that could be felt all the time, running or not. Dealer found a loose pinch bolt on steering column. Tightened it and problem solved! 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

69000 mi Replacement of bushings 
72000 mi

US $450
Replace front strut due to leak 
34000 mi

US $205
maintenence visit, oil change, cabin filter, rattle in the back end. Replaced the rear bushings solving the rattle under warranty. repairs took over 3 hours however. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

156000 mi

US $250
Pass. side front wheel bearing noise 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

63000 mi

US $996
Front struts were leaking. Replaced all four struts. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

37000 mi Control arm bolts loose 
54000 mi

US $1200
Bushings cracked on both sides of front suspension Strut tower bushings cracked 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

46500 mi Service tech told me that my right-front strut top was "domed" (damaged most likely from a deep pot hole). This happened in the past and covered under warranty, but BMW is no longer honoring this because "pot holes are not BMW's fault 
Steering wheel not straight. Dealer said it is OK. I'll get it fixed next time. 
5000 mi new shock absorber fitted following knocking noise. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84000 mi

US $1778
Front left spring broke, punctured front tire.  

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2007.5 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

44700 mi

£200
Broken rear spring. Had to replace entire set of springs. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

93000 mi Front control arm bushings needed replacement. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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. 
80000 mi

US $1100
Tie rods frozen to rack, had to be replaced to realign vehicle after upper strut mounts were replaced. 
145000 mi

US $1100
Passenger's rear strut failure, caused misalignment and tire wear/noise 
186000 mi Worn bearings 
46500 mi

US $600
Replaced both sway bar links and bushings, and the sway bar bushings at frame 
7148 mi Grinding noise in the rack and pinion. Dealer could not replicate the problem, but installed a "Rubber Buffer." 
10371 mi Grinding noise coming from the Steering System (Rack and Pinion) - Dealer could not replicate, but performed a 4 wheel alignment.  
109000 mi

US $100
Wheel Bearing replaced. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $700
lower control arm bushings replaced at 76k 
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

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. 
64700 mi

US $291
Control arm bushings 
56000 mi

US $1700
replaced rack & pinion 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

64500 mi

US $2000
Power Steering return hose, pressure hose replaced 
38000 mi

US $180
Front lower control arm bushings were worn out. Replaced with polyurethane bushings. 
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. 
61000 mi

US $2825
Leaking power steering line. Control arm bushings worn and loose. 
66000 mi

US $711
Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
44000 mi

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

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

102000 mi

US $1100
Front end bushings replaced Power steering hoses leaking 
46300 mi

US $800
Replace upper strut mount 

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2005 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

64000 mi

US $2000
Suspension is loose- not sure of the technical reason. Not a critical fix for now, but expensive. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $1752
Power steering pump and fan Front struts failed Bad front axel 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

65000 mi

US $412
Fluid leak. We took a piece of poster card and set it under the engine all night to help shop locate source. Fluid was clear. Shop cleaned area, drove it and said the PS hoses were leaking. Both hoses replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

34000 mi Had to replace 2 bad wheel bearings in front. 
38000 mi

US $350
Bushing replaced. 
99300 mi Replacing electric power steering pump and power steering cooling fan 
103000 mi

US $200
Replaced RF and LF control arm bushings 
53000 mi

US $450
Power steering fan & pump failure - debris seized fan. 
62000 mi

US $200
Power steering fan required replacement. Covered under the extended warranty. 
68000 mi

US $200
Power steering motor failed. 
47000 mi Replaced defective power steering pump 
57000 mi

US $1500
Replaced defective/worn power steering, fan Asked for 4 wheel alignment. Repair shop diagnosed need for new front end bearings and new right front tie rod in order to perform alignment. 
37820 mi Brought car in for Inspection II. Turned out there was a leak in the steer rack. Replacement covered by warranty. 
81840 mi

C $300
Power steering pump return hose leak 
102300 mi Power steering was stiff and seemed to vibrate when turning. MINI replaced power steering pump under extended warranty. 
118420 mi

C $600
Noticed some play on the steering and a slight pull to the left. Had repair check it out while in for an oil change. It was a cracked wheel bearing. Was a safety issue. 
122100 mi

C $140
Rear swaybar bushings broken. Dealer only lubed them. 
128300 mi

C $150
Worn swaybar bushings 
62300 mi

US $275
The brake rotors were getting cut by the brake cage. After ordering new pads and rotors I found out that the bearing hub was the culprit. The hub was so bad that it moved freely through to the axle. $200 for pads/rotors and $75 for hub. 
35340 mi Power steering pump failed, ventilator seized. 
61000 mi

US $800
Power steering, fan not working 
65000 mi

US $1800
Power Steering hose found to have leak, thermostat found to have leak, cabin HEPA filter needed to be replaced, RF inner ball joint was worn and needed replacing. Service Engine Soon light came on, I was told i was nothing, came back on. 
74000 mi Power steering rack failure. 
78000 mi

US $387
Worn control arm bushings 
22598 mi Steering failure. Dealer replaced steering rack, power steering pump, asst. wiring, and electric fan. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

75000 mi

US $1000
Tie rod was bent, mechanic replaced 
75000 mi

US $918
Power steering pump failed. Replaced pump and cooling fan. 
59000 mi

US $400
control arm bushings 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

76000 mi

US $1500
replaced suspension bushings 
90300 mi

US $1100
Power steering electrical pump fan always on. Replaced pump and fan. 
52660 mi

C $700
Power steering electrical pump changed. Power steering cooling fan changed. 
100500 mi

US $505
Power steering pump malfunction due to inoperable cooling fan. Update: new fan didn't fix problem, new steering pump ordered. 
124000 mi

US $800
Lower steering arm replaced. Mini did not have any part in stock for about a year. Really. A full year. 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

101300 mi

£300
Noise from wheel bearing 
53000 mi

US $360
Grinding noise prompted me to replace the front wheel bearings. Problem solved. 
149700 mi

US $90
Front end alignment. Front tires were wearing excessively on the inner edges. Report from shop is to look at passenger right front control arm bushing soon. 
150300 mi

US $450
Replaced rear control arm bushings with Neoprene aftermarket parts. 
85000 mi

US $650
electric steering pump failed and was replaced. 
102500 mi

US $2500
Replace worn clutch and rotors. Replace bushings. 
142700 mi

US $600
Replace original shocks, struts, bushings, and rear control arms. 
95400 mi

US $60
replace left front shock mount 
104300 mi

US $65
Replaced passenger front strut bearing. Original part with 104k on it. Strut bearing was cracked 85% through and making noise on bumps. Replaced driver front strut bearing. Part covered under parts warranty, as it had 6k miles and 12 months on it. 
112300 mi

US $190
Power steering suction and return hose replaced 
77000 mi

US $200
Rear trailing arm bushings & top shock mounts were replaced. Originals had softened enough that the toe in on the rear tires would change over bumps & grooves, making the car wander. 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

77000 mi

US $1100
control arm bushings worn so replaced 
93000 mi

US $1300
Progressive, loud, rubbing noise from left rear wheel. Diagnoses as worn wheel bearing. 
118000 mi

US $1200
Right front grinding noise, wheel bearing failed. 
120500 mi

US $600
Power steering lines leaking. 
124700 mi Leaking power steering fluid. Power steering pump was faulty; due for power steering pump recall to change pump so pump changed. 
40700 mi

US $450
The power steering pump and associated equipment caught on fire. This has been a problem and BMW extended the warranty to 130k miles for this model. Repairs were done but took over a month in the shop waiting on parts. if no warranty $7000+ 
53000 mi

US $5662
wheel bearing hubs completely worn down 
10000 mi Warranty claim for new steering pump 
31000 mi

€680
replaced power steering pump 
118000 mi

US $300
Broken tie rod - mechanic replaced rather easily. Had alignment done afterward. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

81000 mi

US $876
Power steering pump, and cooling fan need replacing. BMW parts quoted $876.00 for PARTS ONLY! found online for $450.00 replaced myself. 
48672 mi End of warranty at 50k. Alignment, replace the clutch, steering rack, re-hang the driver's side door, driver and passenger side window motor replacement. All covered by warranty. 
76000 mi

US $612
Front control arm bushings gone. 
84000 mi

US $720
Power steering pressure lines were leaking and replaced. 
109000 mi

US $700
lower control arm bushings loose/worn out 
123300 mi

US $176
Power steering pump 
165000 mi Steering pump stopped working. 
222000 mi

US $120
Rear wheel bearing was noisy. Front suspension control arm bushings were replaced. A little worn but had many miles on them. 
233000 mi

US $70
Wheel bearing was noisy. 
118000 mi

US $7
Power steering fluid had been leaking from reservoir cap for months. I assumed it was due to overheated fluid spewing from the breather. Found out that a bad o-ring on the cap is a common problem. No evidence of leakage since the repair. 
141000 mi Power steering fluid leak from reservoir. 
113000 mi

US $50
Leaking power steering 
102000 mi

US $90
both front control arm bushing needed to be replaced I replaced them myself at 65000 miles 
125300 mi

US $670
power steering pump failed. $550 for a new one. replaced feed and return lines also, as they were leaking. 
126000 mi

US $280
Both wheel bearings are shot again. I drive the Dragon, and I drive the car hard all the time, wheelbearing replacements are normal maintenance for me :) 
130000 mi

US $420
I replaced all the ball joints I replaced a worn out tie rod end 
65100 mi

C $500
Replaced rear wheel bearing, noisy. 
71300 mi

C $300
Tie rod end replacement 
83000 mi

US $405
Driver side wheel bearing and passenger side tie rod replaced 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

94000 mi

US $500
O2 sensor needed replacing. Left rear control bar was bent and also needed replacing. Dealer wanted $1500 for the job. Went somewhere else and have never returned to the dealer. 
120000 mi

US $850
Power steering pump failed and needed replacing. 
135000 mi

US $225
Power steering pump fan needed replacing. 
46000 mi

US $1001
R & R electronic power steering pump. Design is prone to failure, and it was beginning to whine incessantly, "bump" on turns and I've read enough to know that this is a common failure on the BMW design. 
59000 mi

US $500
2 power steering hoses leaking. Parts ordered and replaced. Pump fine no problems. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

121000 mi New owner of a used mini, right away power steering started malfunctioning & runs after car is shut off, other forums report this as widespread problem, planning to repair myself at cost of aprox $300 for rebuilt part. No other problems to report 
85000 mi Power steering pump replaced due to intermittent loss of power steering. This is common and well documented but NOT a Recall! If you let them know you are aware of how widespread the problem is, the dealer will replace the pump, NO CHARGE. 
25000 mi

US $823
Replace leaking high pressure power steering hose. 
58300 mi

US $1300
Replaced shocks  

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

92000 mi

US $70
Replaced strut mounts. Mounts were failing. 
75000 mi Mini honored the full power steering pump and fan replacement which had an extended warranty from the factory. Power steering started to stiffen whilst driving and the power steering fan sometimes kept running when the car was off. 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

98980 mi

C $1200
was a recall problem. called Mini and they did not have a record of my VIN being recalled, but I did receive a letter --- misplaced. Surprized at their reaction. 

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