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2009 Mini Convertible repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (34%)

Other (9%)

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2009 Mini Convertible repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (51%)

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Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Mini Convertible 2dr Convertible

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

Mini Convertible in California, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

5000 mi

US $400
Electrical Electrical, other than above, repair 
Mini Convertible in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2015
Mar 2013

60000 mi

US $100
spark plug keeps failing. car missing. have had the problem for about a year. replaced all plugs then, two weeks later, engine kept missing. replaced another failed plug and still missing. 
Mini Convertible in California, United States
Jan 2017 - Jul 2017
Jun 2017

92000 mi

US $100
Walnut blasted the intake valves. They had extreme carbon buildup. Fixed rough idle, lower power, lower mpg. 
Mini Convertible in New Brunswick, Canada
Aug 2009 - Sep 2011
Sep 2009

5580 mi
Convertible top not aligning properly with A pillar when closing Rad hose hanging down below front valance due to broken clip 
Jun 2010

7440 mi
Soft top pulling away from body of car at top of rear fender. dealer found TSB...installed repair kits to top on both sides seat belts not retracting. replaced both front seat belt assemblies. 
Mar 2011

10540 mi
Plastic trim on roof above side window was broken on one end and rattling badly 
Jun 2011

13020 mi
Replaced broken interior plastic trim along top of passenger side window 
Mini Convertible in Illinois, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2018
May 2010

6000 mi
High Pressure Fuel Pump had low volatge and did not deliver enough fuel to the engine. Took 3 - 5 start attempts before engine would start and run. Engine running rough for 5 minutes. Fuel smell. 
Jan 2011

11000 mi
convertible top between body and fabric separated driver side, essentially the c pillar. dealer added new convertible supports on both sides gasket that wraps around door would not seat correctly and prevented door from closing correctly. gasket replaced for both doors. 
Mar 2012

26000 mi
water pump recall, also caused heater to work only sporadically. Couldn't close door as door seal would come loose. New adhesive being distributed by MINI. 
Jun 2013

39000 mi

US $200
Accessory post nut stripped causing an intermittent short. 2 hours troubleshooting and replacement of parts. 
Jul 2013

39200 mi
Pulley tensioner was leaking oil. Installed new flywheel, reprogrammed ECU. 
Aug 2014

49000 mi

US $1000
Engine mounts corroded causing low voltage. Replaced. 
Oct 2014

50000 mi

US $200
Windows out of alignment and had opening between driver front and read. Driver front window adjusted some. Additional adjustments to rear window would cost another $300 and opted to not have the work performed. 
Sep 2015

53000 mi

US $700
Coolant leak, Thermostat failed and was replaced. Oil consumption, oil added. Convertible roof rattle. Trim piece of convertible roof replaced. 
Apr 2017

63000 mi

US $1200
Water pump sounded like it was wearing out, replaced. Some other tensioner (not the famous one) clacking and replaced. Battery low voltage, replaced - standard wear item. 
Jun 2017

64000 mi

US $250
Convertible would not close. Adjusted to get it to close correctly. 
Oct 2017

66000 mi

US $300
Trunk door was retaining water and shorted out the lock. Replace harness, removed drain plugs that were supposed to be removed at port. 
Jun 2018

69000 mi

US $250
Wheel seal was letting tire leak. Repaired. 
Mini Convertible in New York, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2016
Mar 2010

6000 mi
Faulty seat belt. orginally thought husband broke it but turn out to be part of a recall...something I was not notified about from BMW. 
Jun 2010

8000 mi
Broken interior bracket which holds convertible top flush against body of car. Known issue with 2009 convertibles 
Aug 2010

9000 mi
Parts ordered to fix convertible top came in and repaired on 2nd visit. 
Oct 2010

10000 mi
Driver door leaking water into interior. One week after repair, leak reappeared. Going back to dealership. Fuse box faulty. Car had no issues, noticed when taken to dealership for repair of leaking door. 
Nov 2010

10500 mi
Leaking driver side door seal. Dealership cannot find problem. Still is leaking. Will need to go back to dealership in the future. 
Feb 2014

42000 mi

US $500
Spark plugs 
Feb 2016

57900 mi

US $1000
Crack Manifold cover 
Apr 2016

59200 mi

US $450
Co2 sensor went bad Convertible top not going down 
Jul 2016

60000 mi
Convertible top 
Mini Convertible in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Jul 2012
Dec 2011

30000 mi
turbo went bad, was replaced 
May 2012

32600 mi
Car wouldn't go out of first gear. 

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2009 Mini Convertible 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Convertible in Georgia, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2018
Sep 2011

9000 mi
The seatbelt sensor in the passenger seat malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2015

23000 mi

US $2700
Replaced clutch and flywheel. 

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2009 Mini Convertible 2dr Convertible

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

Mini Convertible in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2014 - Mar 2018
May 2016

92400 mi
Convertible top would not retract properly. Dealership could not repair. Water pump was leaking. Pump was replaced Oil leaks from valve cover, oil pan, oil filter and oil cooler. 
Jun 2016

94000 mi

US $120
Radio display quit working. Replaced radio. 
Feb 2017

99700 mi

US $220
Ignition coils and spark plugs failed because of oil contamination. 
Jul 2017

103000 mi

US $3974
Air would stop working while car was stopped. Coolant fan assembly replaced. Air would stop working while car was stopped. Low on freon. Engine leaking oil. Rear main seal replaced. Engine leaking oil. Oil pan resealed with Loctite 5970 liquid sealant. Engine leaking oil. Replaced valve cover gasket. Accessory drive belt cracked. Belt replaced 

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2009 Mini Convertible 2dr Convertible

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Convertible in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

1000 mi
Door Gasket replacement - Well Known early build R56 problem.  Broken Arm Rest sliding cover. Door Gasket replacement - Well Known early build R56 problem. Broken Arm Rest sliding cover. 
Aug 2010

19000 mi
Car is one year old and now on third convertible top. Well known problem with 09 & 10. BMW supposedly has a real fix installed along with the new top this time. We will see. 

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