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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 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (17%)

< $100 (60%)

Chart based on 63 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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2010 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Nov 2010
Oct 2010

4000 mi
rattles (one dash rattle fixed, one not) hatch not aligned and noisy (noise fixed with redesigned latch, alignment not fixable outside of body shop) stereo would only "remember" previous settings about 50% of the time. told it was just the way MINI's are.  
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2016

73100 mi

US $400
I don't know. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Arizona, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2012
Oct 2011

15800 mi
Had the hood scoop replaced. It was warping a bit from the heat and I am picky about things like that. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Aug 2011
Jul 2011

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. 
Aug 2011

8000 mi
The dealer provided a trade assist and we obtained a new 2012 mini cooper. The 2010 had thermostat, engine and convertible top issues since delivery. 
Mini Hardtop in Maryland, United States
Nov 2014 - Aug 2016
Oct 2014

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. 
Aug 2016

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

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
Jun 2011

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. 
Mini Hardtop in New York, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2017
Mar 2014

32000 mi
Hood release bracket deformed and cable popped out of the holder when pulling hard to release hood. had to use pliers to hold cable end to open hood. Bent bracket back into shape and used coat hanger wire to keep it in place properly. Poor. 
Jul 2014

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. 
Jun 2016

45000 mi

US $600
thermostat housing, water pump failure 
Sep 2016

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. 
Mini Hardtop in Alabama, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2013
Jan 2013

US $168
REPLACED BAT 
Mini Hardtop in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2012 - Sep 2017
Mar 2013

16120 mi
Injectors were clogged because of carbon build up. Oil was leaking from the oil pan. 
Jan 2014

16060 mi
intake manifold was replaced because of too much moisture 
Sep 2015

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 
Sep 2016

45260 mi

C $720
Rear brakes, calipers were seized and had to be changed 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2017
Apr 2013

23300 mi
Seat cover was replaced because of cracking on the side 
Feb 2014

30000 mi
Broken vanity mirror hinge 
Apr 2014

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. 
Mar 2017

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 
Mini Hardtop in Indiana, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Dec 2010

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

Mini Hardtop in Arkansas, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

17000 mi
Hood scoop warped due to heat from turbo. 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

83000 mi

US $7000
Thermostat cracked; caused engine to overheat and need replacement. 
Mini Hardtop in Arizona, United States
Nov 2009 - May 2012
Nov 2010

7900 mi
USB port dead, module replaced same day 
Aug 2011

12400 mi
noisy ac compressor, fixed by adding a part per TSB 
Mini Hardtop in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Nov 2014
Oct 2011

12000 mi
Car would go Hard into forward gears after being in reverse and visa versa. Dealership said defective transmission and ordered one from germany, loaner car for a month while being fixed. Was told defective transmission, new one flown in from Germany free of charge, was given a loaner car for a month. 
Aug 2012

21000 mi
Went in for yearly service and had a clicking clutch from the pedal when depressed. Dealer says its a defective part and replaced the clutch. 
Apr 2014

33300 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. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2014
Oct 2014

74700 mi

US $900
Thermostat failed which needed to be replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2010

10000 mi
Rear hatch release did not function. Part replaced. New part works, but required painting. New paint is poor match for body. Car has numerous interior rattles. Dealer attempted repair of sunroof rattle. Unsuccessful. Bluetooth speakerphone is useless above 60mph. No one can hear me during call. Dealer attempted to improve the problem with minor mod to microphone. No improvement. Passenger seat back release handle wouldn't retract fully. Spring reconnected by dealer. Problem solved. 
May 2011

18000 mi
Bluetooth speakerphone is useless at highway speeds. People can't hear me clearly over background noise. Mechanic removed headliner and may have fixed some rattle. Either the rattle came back immediately, or there is another one present. For such an expensive car the interior is put together very poorly. Rattles have been a problem all along. 
Jan 2013

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. 
Sep 2013

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 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2017
Jun 2011

15000 mi
Replaced timing chain tensioner. 
Jul 2014

68700 mi
Leaking Valve cover gasket Replacement of bushings 
Apr 2015

75300 mi

US $400
Cooling leak. Replaced cooling hose Hood release cable broke 
Jun 2015

77000 mi

US $100
Replace thermostat housing due to coolant leak 
Nov 2015

79000 mi
Replaced battery due to not holding a charge 
Aug 2016

80000 mi

US $450
Replace catalytic converter due to leak Replace front strut due to leak 
Mini Hardtop in Great Britain
Jan 2011 - Sep 2013
Sep 2011

23000 mi
Timing chain 'cold start' rattle issue fixed along with VANOS unit. 
Jan 2012

29000 mi
Corrosion to the 18" Crown alloys. 
Aug 2012

34000 mi
Passenger sun visor broken flap. 
Mini Hardtop in Missouri, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2017
Aug 2010

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 
Dec 2013

50000 mi
Service engine light-cleaned injectors Service engine light-cleaned injectors again 
May 2014

53000 mi

US $550
Thermostat stuck open, engine running cold 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Jul 2010 - Oct 2016
Oct 2010

6000 mi
left door and dashboard were rattling, stuff was glued back. 
May 2011

17000 mi
rattles from the tach were fixed 
Dec 2011

30000 mi
"Timing chain tensioner had become loose and had backed up" 
Feb 2012

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. 
Apr 2012

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. 
Sep 2012

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. 
Jan 2014

36500 mi

US $400
One coil pack had gone bad. 
Jun 2016

92000 mi

US $240
Serpentine belt cracked, replaced 
Oct 2016

97000 mi
spark plugs replaced 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Dec 2015
Dec 2011

29000 mi
Loose connection on the iPod connector. It's okay when it's not moved but touching the iPod while it's on creates static through speakers. They replaced the cable but that didn't help. 
Sep 2015

79000 mi

US $590
The vacuum booster pump was leaking oil. 
Oct 2015

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 
Dec 2015

79000 mi
Fuel filter gasket leak and oil pan leak according to the dealer 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Jun 2014

50000 mi
Squeaking/rattle noise coming from rear hatch area 
Mini Hardtop in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

92000 mi
Bonnet release malfunction 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2010 - May 2015
Jul 2013

19300 mi
stepper motor for blend door was making a ratcheting sound. Lubrication seems to have resolved the problem. Covered by warranty 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

3000 mi
Rattle from rear hatch Unable to unlock driver side door 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Utah, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2017
Feb 2017

63000 mi

US $50
Thermostat housing Replaced due to plastic warping from heating and cooling of the engine over time. This is the first time it's happened on the car. Repair took longer than normal because it was a first time repair. 
Mini Hardtop in Indiana, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2014
Feb 2014

49000 mi
Express "up" feature quit working on drivers window 
Apr 2014

49000 mi
Express up feature quit working after 3rd repair. 
Mini Hardtop in New York, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2015
Dec 2011

48000 mi
wire harness was moved due to rubbing toghether, causing a fault code. 
Nov 2012

78900 mi

US $50
oil filter housing gasket replaced 
Nov 2013

113300 mi

US $800
vanos solenoid,timing components 
Mar 2015

156000 mi

US $250
Pass. side front wheel bearing noise 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2017
May 2014

38000 mi
There was a whining noise (or a growl) whenever the ac was on. The noise fluctuated with the engine rpm's. There was a TSB service bulletin out for this year model mini, which involved adding a vibration damper to the compressor. Noise gone. 
Oct 2016

62300 mi

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

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