2010 Mini Hardtop Mini Hardtop 2010

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2010 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (51%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (17%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 90 repairs.
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2010 Mini Hardtop engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (51%)

Chart based on 41 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

73100 mi

US $400
I don't know. 
8000 mi Engine light on again. Taken to shop. Problem due they think to cooling system. Car may have to be traded in for another car-on a trade assist. 
8000 mi The dealer provided a trade assist and we obtained a new 2012 mini cooper. The 2010 had thermostat, engine and 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84580 mi

US $735
Engine drive belt replaced, RT. axle seal leaking and replaced shaft seal, Timing chain stretched due to VANOS solenoid failure. replaced timing chain and tensioner. 
112000 mi

US $3500
Burnt valve. Effectively ended the life of the car. Ended up trading it in as the repair could have cost as much as $12k. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

16120 mi Injectors were clogged because of carbon build up. Oil was leaking from the oil pan. 
38740 mi intake manifold was replaced because of too much moisture 
39680 mi

C $460
The drive belt had to be replaced and spark plugs. Replacing the drivebelt put stress on the water pump pulley. This pulley has a rubber belt glued to it and it started to shred so the pulley had to be replaced 
34200 mi

US $750
Thermostat failed just out of warranty, running hot. Car has no regular temp display so problem can remain undetected during warranty period. Design of thermostat system requires unusual amount of disassembly for this unreliable part. 
45000 mi

US $600
thermostat housing, water pump failure 
47000 mi

US $250
Timing chain tensioner apparently left loose by dealer in last dealer service, while a washer or re-torquing of the bolt would have fixed it, shop said they would have to replace it to fix the large oil leak from the tensioner, at $250. Requested part to be returned for inspection but they said they forgot and threw it away. 
40000 mi Carbon build-up. They cleaned it up using walnut shells, or something like that. It was covered by the warranty. No cost out of pocket. 
30500 mi

US $500
The Yellow check engine light was on, but there were no symptoms at all. When I took it in to the repair shop, they ran the codes, pulled the valve cover off, and discovered mild carbon build up. Had it cleaned, new plugs installed, and all was good. 
49000 mi

US $1100
I discovered that the car was losing coolant, and when it was checked out, the mechanic found the water pump housing to be the likely source. The thermostat was also compromised, so it was replaced.  head gasket, not related to water pump and thermostat issue 
5000 mi Car was dying immediately upon starting randomly and a warning light was going on and off. Had to have the car towed because I didnt want to drive it, and was given a replacement car for 2 days. This same problem happened 2 times so far 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

74700 mi

US $900
Thermostat failed which needed to be replaced. 
150 mi CEL at 150 miles. There was a problem with the emissions control fuel vapor recirc, an o-ring wasn't installed right and it tripped one of the emissions control sensors. Mechanic hadn't seen it happen before, replaced o-rings, got me back on the road. Replaced seals on low pressure fuel pump vapor recirculation after check engine light came on 
50000 mi Service engine light-cleaned injectors Service engine light-cleaned injectors again 
53000 mi

US $550
Thermostat stuck open, engine running cold 
15000 mi Replaced timing chain tensioner. 
68700 mi Leaking Valve cover gasket 
75300 mi

US $400
Cooling leak. Replaced cooling hose 
77000 mi

US $100
Replace thermostat housing due to coolant leak 
80000 mi

US $450
Replace catalytic converter due to leak 
83000 mi

US $7000
Thermostat cracked; caused engine to overheat and need replacement. 
23000 mi Timing chain 'cold start' rattle issue fixed along with VANOS unit. 
50000 mi Valve cover cracked. Apparently a known problem which Mini fixed by switching to a different part supplier. Luckily mine failed while still under warranty. 
63000 mi

US $600
Engine experience rapid oil loss when screw backed out of timing chain tensioner. Oil coated underside of car including tires. When brakes applied the car became unstable but I was able to avoid a crash. While pulling to the side of the highway the oil 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

79000 mi Saw the thermostat light come on in yellow then in red. Eventually lost all engine power until the car was cooled down. Had the car towed to the dealer to avoid more overheating. They said it was the thermostat housing caused coolant leak 
79000 mi Fuel filter gasket leak and oil pan leak according to the dealer 
30000 mi "Timing chain tensioner had become loose and had backed up" 
32700 mi Cold start engine knocking came back, last time the issue was resolved by fixing the timing chain. Unfortunately problem could not be reproduced at dealer. 
37000 mi Cold Start engine knocking issue again. Dealer did not attempt to solve it, I know because the dealer did not take the car for a test drive to replicate the issue. Original Dealer left a leaking oil cap. Noticed it after coming back, original service advisor did not respond to voicemails, called up service manager. Since I was 400 miles away from dealer took it bmw dealer also owned by Lithia. 
47000 mi Took car to new dealer, who determined the root cause of cold start engine noise.Issue was the purge valve in the emissions system, which was replaced by dealer under warranty. 
36500 mi

US $400
One coil pack had gone bad. 
92000 mi

US $240
Serpentine belt cracked, replaced 
97000 mi spark plugs replaced 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

62300 mi

US $700
Thermostat housing was leaking and had to be replaced. 
78900 mi

US $50
oil filter housing gasket replaced 
113300 mi

US $800
vanos solenoid,timing components 

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