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2011 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (51%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 127 repairs.
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2011 Mini Hardtop repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (17%)

< $100 (64%)

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Chart based on 81 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in Illinois, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2018
Nov 2014

49000 mi
Replace radial shaft seal on passenger front side Rear sway bar links Belt pulley to coolant pump was loose. Replaced belt pulley 
Apr 2015

52849 mi

US $1318
Replace thermostat, install adapter lead, antifreeze. Brake fluid service Fuel injector rail and pressure hose assembly Replace Thermostat, Adapter Lead, Flush Antifreeze, Brake Fluid Service 
Sep 2015

59000 mi

US $238
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Replaced 
Dec 2015

63000 mi
Fuel sensor. 
Jan 2016

US $1318
Car stalled four hours after picking it up. Towed back. Mini covered DME (main control computer), high pressure fuel sensor, injection tube, pressure hose assembly. I had to pay $1318 for a battery damaged by the DME and a fuel pedal sensor and module. 
Feb 2016

64000 mi

US $71
Short in fog light would cause the radio to turn on and drain battery 
Feb 2017

74700 mi

US $1228
Replace Clutch and Flywheel,  replace rear sway bar bushings. 
Mar 2017

75000 mi

US $1010
Replace right rear caliper housing, rear - disk, pad. rotors, wear sensors 
Dec 2017

82866 mi

US $209
Chain tensioner leaking oil 
Jul 2018

87000 mi
Left and right front wheel bearings 
Mini Hardtop in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jul 2018
Oct 2014

43080 mi
Throwout bearing in clutch failed. Constant slight squealing noise, but still worked fin Entire clutch replaced under warranty. Hydraulic leak in clutch slave cylinder also repaired; may have been cause of throwout bearing failure. 
Nov 2014

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! 
Mar 2015

48360 mi
Battery not holding charge properly. Dealer tested it, it failed, was replaced under warranty. Door sill trim came unglued and got caught in door, crushing it and scratching door Interior rear view mirror had slightly 'foggy' appearance all the time. Could not be cleaned off; the 'fog' was under the glass. 
May 2015

48560 mi
AC stopped blowing cold. Dealer inspected and found faulty relay inside module. Replaced module. Still no good. Replaced corroded ground wire. Still no good. Replaced compressor and recharged system. Works great now. 
May 2018

63860 mi

C $300
AC lost its charge. Left it at dealership for several days, but they could not find any leaks... 
Mini Hardtop in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2013

30000 mi
Drivers side window regulator failed 
Jul 2014

38300 mi
Drivers side window squeaks Rattle from rear tailgate, required replacement of rear sway bar and rear hatch striker 
Sep 2015

50000 mi
All four ignition coils replaced. 
Sep 2016

60000 mi
Oil pump solenoid leaking Front shock abosorbers replaced due to leak Leaking water pump Sway bar links rusted and bent 
Mar 2017

66000 mi
Vanos intake valve faulty causing check engine light -- NOT replaced at this time. Thermostat fault - replaced 
Aug 2017

70000 mi

US $600
O2 sensor failed 
May 2018

75000 mi

US $300
VANOS system threw fault. Oil was very dirty and was replaced, fault was cleared. 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2018
Dec 2015

17000 mi
Mass air flow sensor failed but dealer had difficult time tracking the fault 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

50000 mi

US $150
Replace radiator hose assembly after tech broke a plastic connector while performing maintenance service. The part was very brittle and prone to break. Since I had broken a similar part on my Audi, it seemed reasonable. 
Feb 2018

60000 mi

US $600
Multiple ignition coils failed, car went into half-power-limp-mode. Replaced all coils and spark plugs, also performed oil change. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2018
May 2012

17600 mi
Coolant temp switch failed requiring replacement of the thermostat housing. The sensor failed on 2 subsequent parts so the thermostat housing was replaced 3 times. 
Sep 2012

19000 mi
Dealer replaced temp sensor under repair campaign. The car was not having any problems since the last repair to the cooling system. 
Apr 2014

24000 mi
Bulb out indicator lit. When I went to change the bulb, I discovered the stop lamp socket was melted. Dealer replaced left tail lamp assembly. 
Nov 2016

29000 mi

US $7
Cam chain tensioner leaked due to soft sealing washer. 
Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2016

40500 mi

US $250
Thermostat & housing replacement. 
Mini Hardtop in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2011 - Apr 2015
Jan 2012

24000 mi
Fuel line had a leak 
May 2013

38000 mi
Carbon build up 
Jul 2014

43700 mi

US $900
O2 sensor and catalytic sensor failed 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Jul 2014
Jan 2013

26000 mi
replacing the fuel pump 
Mini Hardtop in Georgia, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Dec 2011

9000 mi
Car was running rough at an idle. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2014
Apr 2013

26300 mi
Oil leak from timing chain becoming loose. Required replacement of engine electrical harness. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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

41000 mi
Deformed boot seal Seat back loose 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Jul 2018
Jun 2014

20000 mi
"Reduced power" check engine light showed. Car was sluggish. Dealer reflashed software. 
Sep 2014

23000 mi
Engine power reduced warning light was on Thermostat was bad, reporting incorrect temperature information to computer. Software required flash- was incorrectly reporting worn brakes. 
May 2015

25600 mi
Check engine light illuminated, code translated to thermostat fault. I tightened connections to thermostat. Two days later light turned off on its own. 
Dec 2015

28000 mi
Door making loud scraping/squeaking noise when opened. Bolts holding it on had somehow loosened. Re-torqued the bolts. Attachment between windshield washer hose and washer nozzle cracked, windshield washer hose had to be replaced. 
Dec 2017

35000 mi
Windshield fluid hoses detached twice. 
Jan 2018

35000 mi

US $10
Windshield washer nozzles clogged. Windshield washer hoses detached under hood. 
Feb 2018

35000 mi
Passenger side window kept falling 1-2 inches after vehicle had been parked a while. Problem eventually resolved itself after about three weeks. 
Mar 2018

35000 mi
Windshield washer hoses disconnected themselves. 
Jul 2018

36000 mi
Windshield washer hoses detached again. Duct taped in place. 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Jan 2014 - Jul 2016
Jun 2014

29000 mi

US $200
Window seal was allowing air to come into the cabin. Sunroof trim was rattling. Both got fixed under warranty. Rear brake pad thickness was below minimum requirement. Was replaced under extended maintenance plan. Coolant flushed. 
Jul 2015

61000 mi

US $50
Occupant sensor on passenger seat was faulty. 
Jan 2016

71000 mi

US $295
The Module that controls the turn signal and fog light was faulty. It Killed the battery as well. Warranty covered the module. Dealer made me pay for the battery and programing. 
Jun 2016

82000 mi

US $50
The O2 Sensor failed. The ECU needed programing. ECU needed programing. 
Mini Hardtop in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2011 - Jan 2012
Jun 2011

7000 mi
Minor oil leak 
Dec 2011

10000 mi
Another minor oil leak 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2011
Nov 2011

8000 mi
Dealer replaced the coolant thermostat. 
Dec 2011

8000 mi
rough idle at start; very notchy clutch 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Dec 2015 - Jul 2018
Jan 2016

US $298
Engine Misfire - Replace Coil and Spark Plug 
Jun 2016

55000 mi

US $1700
Window regulator failed. 
Sep 2016

60000 mi
Oil pan and oil volume control gasket. Probably just dried out. Plan to fix in a few months. 
Nov 2016

63400 mi

US $240
Engine Misfire Cylinders 1&3. Decided to replace all sparks plugs and coils for maintainence. Problem resolved. 
Dec 2016

65000 mi

US $110
Engine would not start. Sub-Freezing tempuratures. Battery was replaced 
Jan 2017

66200 mi

US $650
Oil pan gasket and Oil Solenoid gasket were leaking. The oil solenoid gasket leaking is well known to drip on the wiring harness and short electrical compontents. Both gaskets were replaced. High Pressure Fuel Pump was starting to fail. Low pressure when starting causing multiple engine misfires. HPFP repalced under extended part warranty. 
Dec 2017

85000 mi

US $50
Engine misefire, Fuel Injectors cleaned and Pre-Oil change additive used. 
Jun 2018

96000 mi

US $1600
A/C Compressor 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2017
Apr 2013

34300 mi
Humming noise with AC turned on. Dealer added a Vibration dampener as part of a TSB. 
Jan 2017

US $175
Replaced aging battery 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2018
Aug 2011

6100 mi
Oil pressure sensor needed replacing Vibration noise during AC operation 
Apr 2013

18300 mi
Visor replacement AC line damaged 
Jul 2013

20500 mi

US $800
Repaired broken AC line 
Nov 2014

34000 mi

US $80
Weather strip on windshield cowl cracked and torn 
May 2016

54700 mi
Trouble code suggested high pressure fuel pump might be malfunctioning. Dealer replaced fuel pump 
Jul 2017

67000 mi

US $60
Brake wear sensor replacement 
Jun 2018

79000 mi

US $1400
Water pump and thermostat housing were leaking coolant 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

70000 mi
Fuel pump replaced (under extended warranty) 
Nov 2017

76000 mi

US $500
Strut replaced 
May 2018

78000 mi
Strut previously replaced needed to be replaced again; parts were under warranty so repairs completed at no charge. 
Mini Hardtop in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2012 - May 2012
May 2012

15000 mi
Electrical harness burning out from a leak in the timing oils. 
Mini Hardtop in Virginia, United States
Dec 2010 - Feb 2015
Jul 2011

11000 mi
Excessive noise/vibration when A/C engaged. TSB: vibration damper installed on on A/C suction line. (TSB SI M64 01 10) 
Jan 2013

21000 mi
Timing chain tensioner seal leaking. R&R seal 
Mini Hardtop in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2012 - Aug 2013
May 2013

49200 mi
Sunroof not closing, would pop up back open when closed. Dealer cleaned and lubricated roof. 
Jul 2013

50000 mi
Vehicle went in to limp mode due to low oil fuel pressure. Brought to dealer and they were unable to duplicate. Happened again after vehicle was returned. Overall dealer seems incapable of troubleshooting issues and takes excessively long. 
Aug 2013

50000 mi
Got tired of trying to work with dealer to fix problem that caused the car to go into limp mode. The frustrating part is the fuel pump is a known problem on these cars, it shouldn't have been rocket science to fix it. I'm done with European cars. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2016
Feb 2016

51000 mi

US $260
One of the 4 ignition coils had gone bad, causing misfire in one of the cylinders. Ignition coil required replacement. 
Mini Hardtop in Alabama, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

43297 mi

US $1638
Front pads, rotor and sensor Rear pads and rotors Instrument panel lights not coming on at night. They couldn't duplicate the problem so couldn't fix it. Fog light is intermittent. They could not duplicate so no repair done. License plate light out. Replaced both. No charge for labor. Microfilter replaced. Oil control solenoid leaking. Replaced. 
Dec 2017

46000 mi

US $40
Replaced left parking light which had been intermittent for years. Part was $12 and labor was $28. 
Mini Hardtop in California, United States
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Oct 2014

45200 mi
Reduced power engine light, resulting from worn spark plugs. Replaced under warranty and car is fine. 
Mar 2017

71000 mi
New battery installed, but ECU would not accept it. Lights, blinkers, radio wouldn't work. It was a flaw in the programming. Reflashed the ECU under factory recall. Fixed the problem. 
Mar 2018

88000 mi

US $15
oil change; also checked out noise. Noise determined to be air conditioning compressor, no need for repair Replaced burned out headlight bulb 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mini Hardtop in South Dakota, United States
Dec 2011 - May 2014
Aug 2011

1189 mi
Fixed rubber trim strip on roof. 
Mini Hardtop in Illinois, United States
Feb 2016 - Mar 2017
Mar 2017

95000 mi

US $150
Replaced both rear shocks - one Passenger side went bad causing road noise and uneven tire wear. 
Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2013
Jul 2012

2500 mi
Engine had rough idle at start up. Dealer reprogrammed car and installed new control unit. When dealer reprogrammed the car for the rough idle, the radio failed/shorted and had to be replaced. Sound quality was notably better after replacement. 
Dec 2012

7000 mi
Engine was losing antifreeze, dealer found leaking thermostat and replaced. Engine has a ticking/clicking sound from valve train. Dealer noted it and advised they would contact Mini Corp. but never followed up with us. 
Mar 2013

10000 mi
Window regulator on drivers side broke. 
Jun 2013

12000 mi
Front wheel well lining detached from car and was dragging on tire. Dealer replaced liner free of charge. 
Mini Hardtop in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2015
Nov 2011

6000 mi

US $48
Water pump replaced under warranty and engine oil was changed. 
Mar 2015

44000 mi
Oil pump solenoid was leaking via the wiring harness. Oil was forced up the harness to DME/ECU. Solenoid, wiring harness, and DME were replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in Washington, United States
Apr 2011 - Jul 2018
Sep 2011

5000 mi
Faulty thermostat - replaced. 
Mini Hardtop in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2014
Apr 2012

16000 mi
Check engine light came on. Reason was a problem with thermostat. Dealer replaced (under warranty). 
Mini Hardtop in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2014
Jun 2014

32000 mi
Check engine light on. Replace fuel sensor-was causing too rich fuel mixture. This was related to a previous complaint of abnormal buildup of black soot on the tailpipe. 
Mini Hardtop in Texas, United States
Apr 2016 - Aug 2017
Jul 2016

54000 mi

US $1000
Passenger seat airbag sensor replaced Oil pressure sending unit defective 

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