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2005 Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (54%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (7%)

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2005 Mini Hardtop electrical repair cost distribution

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Chart based on 20 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual RWD

14000 mi Passenger side airbag reported itself non-functional. Airbag sensor replaced 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

7000 mi Side mirror motor on left side making a noise when retracted. Requires replacement which was not available at service time. Attempted lubrication failed. 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

12000 mi A/C stopped working. Dealer replaced A/C controller unit and compressor. Still not working. Dealer replaced control unit again and solved the issue as original replacement was bad. Good thing they offer loaner cars. 
2000 mi Popping sound when turning wheel at low speed. Lower swivel bearing pinch bolts needed to be torqued to the correct values. 
5000 mi Cleaned evaporator and replaced cabin filter 
9000 mi Air Catalyst sensor error A/C odor. Cleaned and removed odor. It was a temporary fix. 
10000 mi clicking noise when going over speed bumps. They replaced both control arms A/C odor continued. Dealer received approval to replace the evaporator 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual RWD

9000 mi Service message said car was not charging fully. Took to dealer, they said computer needed reflashing as it was giving false information.rnWorking properly after reflash. 8700 miles. 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

3700 mi Transmission pops out of 1st gear. Moldy smell in AC system. There is a tech. svce. bulletin for this issue. 
9300 mi Heads Up Display would not always project information on the transparent pane that pops out of the dash (about 50/50). Dealer replaced the whole HUD unit under warranty at no cost. 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

282-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

1700 mi Body rattles from front of the dash under the center dummy speaker dome. Dealer said they fixed it by removing a some pieces and adding sponge foam. Rattle is still there, or it could be from other places in the dash this time. Sudden clunk while driving slowly. There was also a intermittent communication loss between acceleration pedal and the ECU for more than 1 second. Car was about to stall, but no error codes. 
5000 mi Well known problem with evaporator stinking. 
5000 mi Rain sensor gel pack leaking for the second time. It's a bad design. I'm pretty sure I'll have to revisit then when they have an updated part. 
6300 mi Weather seals on the door causing scuff marks near door frame. There was an updated part that was shipped from Germany. odor fix # 
7000 mi Rain sensor gel pack leaking again and again after replacement. There seems to be no fix for this. 
16000 mi AC filter needed to be replaced due to a foul smell at start up. Parts replaced but issue not fixed. 

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2014.5 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

-horsepower 5-speed automatic RWD

4000 mi Design problem with diesels. The issue is with the regeneration cycle of the engine; when it does it, every few hundred miles, there is a noise that sounds like the exhaust is about to drop off. The new exhaust seems to have fixed it. Folding electric door mirror replaced. At about 3000 miles, it started making a noise as it was folded. This is a sealed unit that cant be fixed, so it was replaced. Apparently the same unit used on some BMWs, and they also have the issue. Sub port replaced 
10000 mi Driver and passenger window moving/ rattling. All parts changed, but still broken 
10000 mi Passenger and driver windows moved out of alignment, and consequently knocked and rattled.They couldnt fix it despite 4 attempts and changing all parts. 

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2014 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

40000 mi Bad smell from AC vent on startup. This is apparently a known issue. Dealer fixed it for no charge and provided a loaner. 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 211hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

12000 mi Right fuel level sensor was faulty, replaced under warranty 
15000 mi

US $120
Rear sunroof rattled badly over bumps especially when opened. Dealer diagnosed bad linkage, replaced entire rear sunroof cassette assembly. Water pump was squealing, pulley for water pump had been replaced previously didn't solve problem. Dealer diagnosed faulty water pump and replaced. Stereo exhibited occasional problems connecting to phone for music via bluetooth, sometimes blanked out. On dealer test drive, stereo blanked out completely. Turbo exhibited rattle noise on deceleration between 1800-2200 RPM. Noise was considered normal. However dealer suggested reprogramming engine ECU to latest firmware. Dealer noticed water drains in roof were separating, repaired drains as part of preventative maintenance when replacing sunroof. 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 5-speed manual RWD

19000 mi Remote key stopped working to unlock - remote receiver in rear view mirror replaced 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

27300 mi Radio wouldn't turn off even with the car physically off until resetting the battery.rnrnTook two trips as when I first brought it in 'they couldn't replicate it'. Second time I drove it there with the issue and they replaced the head unit 
12000 mi Battery failed load test. Battery replaced and registered to MINI under vehicle warranty at no cost to me. 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

34000 mi radio died/bluetooth problem. replaced under warranty 
24000 mi 1 of the right rear brake lights was out. Per dealer it wasn't a bulb issue and they replaced entire taillight unit under warranty. 
52000 mi Fuel qty sensors failed. Both sensors replaced. Seven exterior lamps not working 
19000 mi faulty radiator 
28000 mi USB port began to fail. 
34300 mi Car losing power Window previously repaired would not go up intermittently . 
35700 mi speaker was failing 

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2012 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

62000 mi

US $725
XM would not receive signal. "Acquiring Satellites" displayed with no XM Audio. FM/AM worked fine. Replace satellite radio antenna base. 
67300 mi

US $1100
gas loose tank light appeared accompanied by a check engine light. Faulty fuel tank breather and leak diagnosis pump were replaced. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 5-speed manual RWD

16740 mi Loud rattle/clunk from rear - sway bar bushings worn out Thermostat housing leaking - replaced thermostat assembly. There is a TSB for this. Oil pump solenoid leaking, allowing oil to wick into wiring harness. Replaced solenoid and wiring harness and inspected DME for damage. This is a known issue with the N16. 
21700 mi Car would not start - battery would not hold charge. Defective battery replaced under warranty. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

18000 mi Battery was dead. Dealer diagnosed and replaced battery Coolant was always disappearing. Water pump was replaced Oil leak on ground. Dealer mechanic found a faulty oil pressure distribution solenoid. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

43680 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. 
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! 
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. 
48360 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. 
49000 mi Replace radial shaft seal on passenger front side Rear sway bar links Belt pulley to coolant pump was loose. Replaced belt pulley 
54000 mi

US $494
Replace thermostat, install adapter lead, antifreeze. Brake fluid service 
59000 mi

US $238
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Replaced 
63000 mi Fuel sensor. 
63500 mi

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. 
64000 mi

US $71
Short in fog light would cause the radio to turn on and drain battery 
74500 mi

US $1228
Replace Clutch and Flywheel,  replace rear sway bar bushings. 
30000 mi Drivers side window regulator failed 
39000 mi Drivers side window squeaks Rattle from rear tailgate, required replacement of rear sway bar and rear hatch striker 
50000 mi All four ignition coils replaced. 
60000 mi Oil pump solenoid leaking Front shock abosorbers replaced due to leak Leaking water pump Sway bar links rusted and bent 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 5-speed manual RWD

54000 mi

US $1000
Passenger seat airbag sensor replaced Oil pressure sending unit defective 
3000 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. 
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. 
10000 mi Window regulator on drivers side broke. 
12000 mi Front wheel well lining detached from car and was dragging on tire. Dealer replaced liner free of charge. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

11000 mi Excessive noise/vibration when A/C engaged. TSB: vibration damper installed on on A/C suction line. (TSB SI M64 01 10) 
21000 mi Timing chain tensioner seal leaking. R&R seal 
6300 mi Oil pressure sensor needed replacing Vibration noise during AC operation 
18700 mi Visor replacement AC line damaged 
21000 mi

US $800
Repaired broken AC line 
34000 mi

US $80
Weather strip on windshield cowl cracked and torn 
55000 mi Trouble code suggested high pressure fuel pump might be malfunctioning. Dealer replaced fuel pump 
50300 mi

US $298
Engine Misfire - Replace Coil and Spark Plug 
55000 mi

US $1700
Window regulator failed. 
60000 mi Oil pan and oil volume control gasket. Probably just dried out. Plan to fix in a few months. 
63300 mi

US $240
Engine Misfire Cylinders 1&3. Decided to replace all sparks plugs and coils for maintainence. Problem resolved. 
65000 mi

US $110
Engine would not start. Sub-Freezing tempuratures. Battery was replaced 
66500 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. 
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. 
61000 mi

US $50
Occupant sensor on passenger seat was faulty. 
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. 
82000 mi

US $50
The O2 Sensor failed. The ECU needed programing. ECU needed programing. 
34700 mi Humming noise with AC turned on. Dealer added a Vibration dampener as part of a TSB. 
53000 mi

US $175
Replaced aging battery 
20000 mi "Reduced power" check engine light showed. Car was sluggish. Dealer reflashed software. 
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. 
25700 mi Check engine light illuminated, code translated to thermostat fault. I tightened connections to thermostat. Two days later light turned off on its own. 
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. 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

17700 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. 
19000 mi Dealer replaced temp sensor under repair campaign. The car was not having any problems since the last repair to the cooling system. 
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. 
29000 mi

US $7
Cam chain tensioner leaked due to soft sealing washer. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

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.  

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual RWD

48000 mi wire harness was moved due to rubbing toghether, causing a fault code. 
79300 mi

US $50
oil filter housing gasket replaced 
114300 mi

US $800
vanos solenoid,timing components 
156000 mi

US $250
Pass. side front wheel bearing noise 
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. 
62700 mi

US $700
Thermostat housing was leaking and had to be replaced. 
49000 mi Express "up" feature quit working on drivers window 
49000 mi Express up feature quit working after 3rd repair. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

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. 
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. 
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 
7000 mi USB port dead, module replaced same day 
13000 mi noisy ac compressor, fixed by adding a part per TSB 
15000 mi Replaced timing chain tensioner. 
69000 mi Leaking Valve cover gasket Replacement of bushings 
75700 mi

US $400
Cooling leak. Replaced cooling hose Hood release cable broke 
77000 mi

US $100
Replace thermostat housing due to coolant leak 
79000 mi Replaced battery due to not holding a charge 
80000 mi

US $450
Replace catalytic converter due to leak Replace front strut due to leak 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

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. 
79000 mi

US $590
The vacuum booster pump was leaking oil. 
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 
19500 mi stepper motor for blend door was making a ratcheting sound. Lubrication seems to have resolved the problem. Covered by warranty 
3000 mi Rattle from rear hatch Unable to unlock driver side door 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

59300 mi

US $168
REPLACED BAT 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

46000 mi

US $400
Failed waterpump 
46000 mi Failed clutch. I think it simply wore out, but it was premature. 
46000 mi

US $400
Dead battery *dup Replace clutch 
11000 mi Loose timing chain tensioner. 
15700 mi Hood release latch broke. 
20000 mi Ice in the intake manifold due to a design flaw. Intake manifold was replaced. 
26000 mi Passenger air bag failed. Dealer had to order a replacement part. 
38000 mi Clutch pedal had developed a clicking noise/feel. One of the parts related to the clutch pedal was adjusted. 
52500 mi Timing chain tensioner was rattling and had to be replaced. Already had a fix made in 2009 which clearly did not fully solve the issue. 
53000 mi

US $950
Leaky water pump and thermostat housing. Those caused the serpentine belt tensioner to seize and belt to wear. All needed replacement. 
63000 mi

US $996
PCV cover was leaking. Replaced with updated component. Front struts were leaking. Replaced all four struts. 
74000 mi

US $1050
Turbo oil lines leaking. Replaced lines and oil filter housing seals. 
80000 mi

US $350
Engine was idling/running rough. Intake valves were walnut shell blasted to remove carbon buildup. 
81000 mi Car was stuttering/stalling occasionally on startup. Dealer replaced high-pressure fuel pump under extended 10y/100k mfr warranty. Turbo heat shield replaced 
87000 mi

US $500
Thermostat was leaking and had to be replaced (AGAIN) 
25000 mi A/C mounting bracket that is an integral part of the engine block broke. Dealer replaced entire JCW engine with what they call a short block replacement engine at their cost. 
36000 mi

US $55
Rear hatch actuator replaced 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual RWD

49000 mi A check engine light came on in February, and a dealership fixed the bad thermostat under warranty. 
49300 mi

US $134
Keyless entry unlocked doors but door would not open--handle did not mechanically work. Yet another electrical problem they "could not replicate" even though I had video evidence. I complained that the lift gate rattles were back but they did not even try to fix it. Very annoying! Am taking it to another state's dealer next. Cruise buttons on steering wheel started incrementing and decrementing speed by 2mph intervals instead of one. More computer glitches strike again! Asked them to double-check why the door would not open even though the keyless entry worked to unlock the door last month. Nothing done, problem not replicated (of course). 
50000 mi Camshaft position sensor. CEL on, then went back out. Declined to replace since intermittent and planning to sell car. Replaced the right rear TPMS transmitter in the fender. 
50000 mi Computer lost date and time but battery was never disconnected to account for it. More electrical gremlins. Also, alarm started sounding for no reason, which was repaired two years ago. But the false alarms returned. 
45240 mi

C $350
The stupid Thermostat stopped working. No heat at all. The part is and all in one piece worth 250$+ Poorly manufactured. 
17980 mi Drivers window would not stop at top. It would bump off the top and go back down 
24000 mi Fan speed display LEDs out. Part ordered. Dealer will call when part comes in. 
25000 mi heater / ac control panel replaced 
37700 mi Dealership found leaking hose that was keeping the heat from working well, and replaced the hose. 
61000 mi

US $115
Highbeam head lamp light went out. 
13000 mi window closing position erratic 
19700 mi one-touch window function not working...software problem 
2480 mi REPLACED PASSENGER FOG LIGHT DUE TO CONSTANT CONDENSATION 
6200 mi TRUNK HATCH OPENED UNEXPECTANTLY & FEREQUENTLY-ON ROAD OR PARKED. ELECTRIC DOOR LOCKS HAD TO BE ENGAGED AS SOON AS YOU ENTERED THE CAR OR THE TRUNK POPPED OPEN. MOISTURE PROBLEM IN HANDLE-PARTS ORDERED TRUNK HATCH & ELECTRONICS HARNESS REPLACED- NO FUTHER PROBLEMS TO DATE 
26040 mi WATER LEAKED PAST SEAL @ REAR WIPER ARM SEAL FILLING TAILGATE  
32540 mi drivers window would not roll up fully. 
38440 mi DRIVER'S SEAT TORN/WORN OUT. MATERAIL REPLACED 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

55300 mi

US $200
The LCD screen of radio was broken. 
1000 mi

US $300
Rear wheel rubbing sound washer jet clogged 
23000 mi Driver side lock actuator was faulty. Could not lock doors. When exiting car, windows would roll down, sunroof would vent and could lock car. 
44000 mi Timing chain; design defect; replaced after customer complained; not a mandatory recall but BMW issued a service bulletin to dealers, not general public. Customer experienced the symptoms of the defect of the timing chain malfunction (noise) Airbag sensor in drivers seat malfunction. Indicator light on dash stayed lit and chime tone inadvertantly rang. Sensor needed to be replaced. 
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 
54000 mi

US $1921
Clutch failed. Total price for replacement of clutch-pack, which is mandatory as per BMW's rules, was almost $4000. The dealership allowed me to buy the extended maintenance warranty instead for a total of $1920. 
50000 mi Timing chain tensioner bolt backed out of assembly. Oil drained out but no internal damage done. Latest hardware for this problem installed. No more cold start chatter. :) One of the tones to the horn went out. Dealer fixed. 
51000 mi Engine replaced. Major failure, running on three cylinders by time reached dealer. Just barely under warranty. Rear wiper motor failure 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

1000 mi engine light, emission evap pump had leak, would not replicate all the time, third time found. 
83000 mi

US $400
dealer diagonsed in 5 minutes and I waited for car without an appointment. 
91000 mi

US $1400
Water pump and belt tensioner 
107000 mi

US $1100
Oil pump replaced and valve gasket engine check light 
120000 mi

US $300
Hood release cable replaced 
147000 mi Rear door unlocks on it's own. I read about simular problems in forumn . ( after rain aggravates it) Car's lighter socket is also not working. Seems like the ghost of high mileage is making an appearence. 
151000 mi

US $2700
Timing chain stretched 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

49000 mi Battery died, replaced under warranty 
52000 mi

US $1200
Carbon build-up on intake valves; bad oil feeder tube to turbo; leaking valve-cover gasket; bad vacuum hose Bushings cracked on both sides of front suspension Strut tower bushings cracked 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual RWD

12000 mi A broken clutch pedal spring was replaced 
14000 mi passenger window wouldn't automatically go up. 
20000 mi Check engine light came on. Service department determined that the thermostat housing needed to be replaced and work was finished in a couple of hours. 
26000 mi Airbag warning light on. Diagnosed as a faulty sensor in the driver's seat that controls the rate of airbag inflation. 
19000 mi Minor problem with windows not closing correctly - no auto-up on passenger's window, and sometimes required a few tries to get it closed even manually. 
32000 mi Gas gauge reading sometimes inaccurate. Repaired even though they couldn't see it happen. 
45000 mi Driver's mirror noisy (squeaky). Replaced but still noisy. Window auto-close function broken again. 
32000 mi Service light came on. it was about a month early, but that is OK. I will probably have to go back in 4 months for oil change. 
52000 mi

US $250
Computer had to have software updated or reinstalled to fix a problem with the passenger window rolling up but not staying up: It immediately would Goode 6" 
90700 mi

US $450
new coils and plugs. The parts are $$$$. also did oil and some light bulbs. 
98000 mi

US $400
Thermosrat for coolant was leaking. Car was overheating. Repaired without incident 
7440 mi Known problem with window computer - computer loses track of the window position and does not roll up or down properly. Fixed by recoding the computer module. 
10840 mi Broken clutch return spring on clutch pedal. 
18600 mi Rattle behind dash that was repaired. 
65000 mi

US $464
water pump leak, clacked plastic housing 
71000 mi

US $150
Remote control in key stopped working 
80000 mi

US $68
VANOS inlet fault code 
84000 mi

US $1778
Front left spring broke, punctured front tire.  Replaced thermostat and VANOS sensor while waiting for springs from Germany. 
119000 mi

US $677
Replace water pump second time along with idler and belt. It appears the failing idler caused the water-pump to leak. To bad they didn't replace the idler with the first water-pump. 
9000 mi Passenger air bag light illuminates, meaning the air bag has been disabled in spite of there being a fullgrown passenger of sufficient weight seated properly.  Driver's side window malfunction - window was "possessed" and opened halfway automatically when driver tried to close the window.  
10000 mi Window malfunction - auto up failed and when closed using switch, window would automatically open halfway.  
11000 mi submitted lemon-law paperwork; dealer could not replicate for our 2008 MINI, but the service manager and head mechanic did witness this problem when we test drove a dealer-buyback 2009 to replace the 2008 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

76000 mi

US $150
Turbo oil input line was leaking - replaced both input and output lines. Had to disassemble front half of exhaust to get to it. 
82700 mi

US $200
Drivers side tail light had a short in the backup light socket. Tried replacing the bulb, but still didn't work, so I replaced both tail light housings with after market LED versions (so they matched). 
86000 mi

US $50
Plastic chrome trim ring popped off the end of the handbrake lever. Had to buy whole handle trim assembly as the piece I needle was not available separately. New piece snapped right on. 
88000 mi Timing chain wore out (loud rattle prompted me to have MINI look at it and they confirmed). I was already considering a 3rd gen MINI so I decided to trade it in instead of fixing it ($2000 estimate). 
15000 mi loud rattle at cold start, dealer replaced belt tensioner window motor quit working, rolled window half way down when rolled all the way up, auto window close did not work. software flash resolved. 
97000 mi Replace HID headlight bulb. 
70000 mi

US $300
Replaced car antenna. Molding around front windsheild is complete off. Back latch is complete out and the sun never shine on this dealer wants 400$to to repair.  Took it in for using oil, thought oil pan leak. Oil changed. Found no leaks in oil or water. Within 100 miles oil was a quart low and no water in the radiator. We been paying for all our repairs since 60000 miles it getting to expensive to keep this mini  
93000 mi Using oil 1qt. Per 1000 miles. Codes for everything is up on the computer. 
14000 mi

US $110
Door handle began to malfunction requiring multiple attempts to open door. The door handle is the comfort access with the keyless entry radio transmitter. The part was ordered and was in within 3 days. 
10000 mi Windows incorrectly dropping for anti-pinch protection. Footwell module ordered. 
11000 mi Replaced footwell module to solve window problem. 
14000 mi Hood scoop melted & replaced under warranty 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

122000 mi Driver's window would not consistently close or open and did not "dip" when the door was opened. Dealer updated vehicle SW and then re-initialized windows. Problem solved. Rear window defroster inoperative. Problem discovered to be fault inside of rear window itself. Dealer replaced window. Note this was noticed after used car purchase but within first 30 days. 
122000 mi

US $240
Radiator started leaking and was replaced. 
123000 mi

US $540
Thermostat was stuck open and car would not heat in the winter. Had the t-state and connector pipe to water pump replaced. Cost is for parts, labor, and coolant 
123000 mi

US $350
Oil seepage from oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket, and front main seal. All seals replaced either under dealer warranty (oil pan gasket) or extended warranty w/deductible. 
124000 mi

US $600
Transmission fluid pan replaced (could not drain fluid). Fluid and filter replaced. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual RWD

68000 mi

US $20
Replaced antenna mast due to wear and damage 
95000 mi

US $550
Replacement of water pump due to leak. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

46500 mi

US $60
Replaced seal between the oil filter/cooler housing and the engine block. Small amount of coolant was leaking and seal needed to be replaced. 
50000 mi Noise in front of vehicle. Found engine mount bracket that needed the fasteners to be retorqued. 
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. 
59000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear hatch release switch. Switch was an integral part of the licence plate light housing. Not a difficult repair but electric switch should have lasted more than 7 years in my opinion. 
29000 mi Replaced electrical module to fix: warning light that wouldn’t go off, consistently pulling to the right when braking and starting up (anti slip feature), turn signal wouldn't cancel, and the windshield washers turned on and off as if by poltergeists. 
29000 mi When sold still had continuing problems with the sunroof where I had to push up on the window while pushing the open switch to open it up. 
139000 mi Oil leak around timing chain tensioner. 
140000 mi

US $200
Resistor and blower motor failed. 
32000 mi Sending unit in fuel tank replaced. 
70000 mi

US $720
Coolant leak was found to be coming from the thermostat housing. The thermostat housing was replaced. Turbo oil supply line leaking. Dealer quoted $1300 for replacement. I declined and took it to an independent mechanic. 
79300 mi

US $1498
New clutch kit, flywheel resurfaced 
88000 mi

US $82
Had to replace a Zenon headlight bulb. I purchased 2 new bulbs online from a reputable supplier and replaced them myself. 
75500 mi

US $3400
Car started misfiring randomly one morning, I changed coil and plug on suspected cylinder, no change. Dealer confirmed no compression on cylinder #3...engine is being replaced, parts covered under goodwill but labor paid by owner. 
78000 mi

US $800
Airbag light came on, dealer ran scan and determined that drivers frontal airbag was defective. 
80000 mi

US $1100
Tie rods frozen to rack, had to be replaced to realign vehicle after upper strut mounts were replaced. 
84000 mi Difficulty changing gears. Should have replaced transmission but did 52 hours of repairs. Lots of little things fixed. Runs like a charm now. 
86000 mi

US $1200
I seem to have worn out the key fob and had to switch to the spare. The mechanic could not reproduce the problem but suggested that I use old key fob to see if that corrected the problem. It did and now it works great. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic RWD

40000 mi

US $60
Replaced headlights & rear license plate lights which failed shortly after 36,000 mi warranty. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

248-horsepower 4.6L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

91000 mi

US $500
Battery replaced. 
92000 mi Front control arm bushings needed replacement. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

36500 mi Replaced leaking Thermostat housing, 30,000 mile service; total $1,100 
40000 mi

US $300
Engine would occasionally misfire, when slow in traffic - eventually the warning light came on. Ran scanner and it showed coil or pug wires. Replaced coil, plug wires and plugs. Now runs like new again. 
41000 mi

US $80
One D2S Xenon headlight bulb died replaced both to keep the color the same. Replacing the bulbs is a bitch, up in the hood at a 40 degree angle. Bulb wants to fall out. Finally laying on my back on the engine to do it 2 hrs. 
48000 mi

US $570
New rear pads, replacement rotors and calipers were rebuilt 
50000 mi

US $160
Misfire - replaced plugs - Denso Iridium, Leads and coil pack - no problems now 
53000 mi

US $815
Replaced upper and lower engine mounts 
54000 mi Flexible joint on the exhaust header developed a leak. Replaced header and Catalytic converter 
56000 mi

US $1700
replaced rack & pinion air bag sensor failed water pump leaking - replaced 
62000 mi O2 sensor failure - factory warranty extended by MINI to cover this - no cost repair 
60000 mi Supercharger service,oil changed in both sides, inspection of SC and water pump, changed out seals, belt tensioner,changed bushings, added a stop, crank sensor seal (reseal) oil pan, slight oil residue,upgrade gasket & chg crank pulley. 
64700 mi

US $291
Control arm bushings 
68500 mi Some hard down shifting and a bit of flaring on the up shift. Changed tranny filter some new very good fluid. Shifting smooth and clean. Best it has shifted since I have owned it. 
72000 mi had lost freon, may have a tiny leak someplace, added dye and am doing a follow up to see if we can find it. No change in performance of the AC was noticed by me. Found doing regular maintenance and check of AC/Cooling system. 
44000 mi Heard a grinding noise, reported in August 09. Dealer aligned front tires. griding noise continued sporadic, isolated to AC. Fixed under warrenty. 
121000 mi

US $1500
Slipping transmission. Service fixed. Local independant mechanics chain said it was shot, and needed a new transmission. Local Mini specialist drained and replaced the transmission fluid for $340. Run fine ever since. New power steering hoses (old ones were cracked and leaking) and a system flush. Brake service, and new shocks. 
44020 mi Electrical issue. The rear hatch kept opening once the rear button control was moist. Replaced entire rear hatch handle (electronic control section). Coolant thermometer would not hold a pressure test so it was replaced. 
68220 mi Engine trouble light & code. Found vacuum leak via smoke test 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

40000 mi Water leaking to inside of back window. Suspected window seal, turned out to be seal for center-mounted brake light above window. Replaced under warranty. 
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. Leaking thermostat Leaking oil pan gasket. Control arm bushings worn and loose. 
66000 mi

US $711
Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
68000 mi

US $1006
We noticed coolant leaking on the garage floor. Radiator was cracked and leaking. Shop replaced radiator and lines, and performed opportunistic replacement of drive belt as well. 
70000 mi Corrosion on door seal flange repaired under warranty per TSB SI M 41 02 06. 
72000 mi

US $178
Intermittent P0303 code (misfire cylinder 3). Decided to replace coil pack, spark plugs, and plug wires. Problem apparently resolved. 
74300 mi

US $1073
Thermostat housing broken and thermostat non-op. Required OBD computer scan, antifreeeze, elec throttle service, thermostat assembly, coolant system kit, etc. 
78000 mi Dealer performed OC3 Mat Recall related to intermittent malfunction of passenger air bag sensor and light. 
33000 mi

US $500
Rattle coming from the dash area. Moaning sound from during clutch take up. Dealer diagnosed and replaced clutch slave cylinder. 
34000 mi

US $560
Car developed a slow oil leak. Dealer replaced the oil pan gasket. 
49000 mi

US $250
The air conditioner was struggling to cool the car. It needed a recharge. 
52500 mi

US $70
Air conditioner was not pumping cold air. Mechanic's inspection indicated low freon. System was recharged. 
36000 mi

US $750
Upon purchase I noticed loss of coolant, which was traced back to radiator, thermostat, housing and gaskets - all of which were replaced. Also performed Inspection I service including fluid changes and software re-flash (costs not included above). 
45000 mi DSC/SES lights illuminated for no reason, required a code reset at the mechanic when I was in for an oil change (no charge).  
55000 mi

US $1300
Radiator,  HVAC compressor and bumper bean support replaced. 
60000 mi

US $2300
Manual transmission throw out bearing failure. 
65000 mi

US $150
Horn fuse was blowing every week. Replaced both high and low horn and the issue went away. Front engine mount was leaking fluid. Replaced engine mount and torx bolt. 
65000 mi

US $2000
Brake pad warning light came on. Rotors and brake pads required replacement due to wear, and replaced all four calipers at the same time. 
84000 mi recall for passenger seat air bag sensor 
86000 mi starter was replaced under warranty from previous repair. Its been very hot this summer and at extreme temps the starter would not engage. 
41000 mi

US $600
Replaced A/C pump & condenser, drained & recharged system. 
48500 mi

US $150
A/C pressure regulator valve blew out all the refrigerant. 
50000 mi Headlight assembly fell apart inside the headlamp unit. Nonservicable unit. Had to forcefully open the headlamp to reattach disconnected ball & socket mounts & self-leveling motor. Reglued the headlamp back together. 
60700 mi

US $150
Coil pack died. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

44000 mi

US $36
Horns would not work. ordered horns. 

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2005.5 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

36880 mi Well known MINI issue of a rattle in Gearbox well known issue of a MINI 2000. Seat recliner malfunction 
42160 mi

€600
left window motor and window lift stopped working and had to be replaced with new components. Known issue with mini 1e Gen. Clear lacquer paint start to crack or peel off all over. Has to repaint body-parts and bonnet. Known issue with Clear lacquer over Red base paint after years?? 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84000 mi

US $380
Failure of speed sensor in driver side wheel hub Pass seat weight sensor pad (airbag sensor) bad. This is the 3rd needing replacement since car was purchased new 
85300 mi

US $40
Mini has a known weak point in the exhaust hangers, mine needed to be welded back on 
90000 mi

US $200
Replaced Master Cyl and fluids. The brake pedal was on the floor. Replaced alternator because bad pulley bearing making noise. Also replaced serpentine belt. Brakes were not firm, replaced rear caliper 
90500 mi

US $300
Brake power booster, spark plugs, oil and trans fluid 
101000 mi

US $1600
Cracked radiator mount, cracked radiator and leaking expansion tank 
107000 mi

US $1317
Car had a couple of oil leaks that I have been ignoring, had them all fixed- Valve Cover Gasket, Oil Filter Housing and Oil Pan Gasket 
107000 mi

US $500
I had the parking brake cable replaced on the 05. The brake would not release in cold weather (under 20 degrees). Also new battery in same car. 
116000 mi The throw out bearing failed with no warning, the entire clutch was replaced. 
73000 mi

US $1752
Oil Pan leak - replaced Gasket - replaced Power steering pump and fan Front struts failed Bad front axel Reverse lights - previous mechanic left unplugged "Failure of PRE CAT O2 Sensor" O2 Sensor Harness Heater Circuit Front Drive-Shaft 
87000 mi

US $24
Seal around the middle of the Engine Coolant Reservoir was leaking. Replied with sealant. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

71000 mi

US $10
Rattling under car at high speed, sounded wind-related. All 3 threaded clips that secure the lower bumper-cover related bolts had rusted out, and the bumper was flapping in the wind. New stainless bolts / nuts forthcoming. 
73000 mi Parking brake began seizing repeatedly. Driver side parking brake cable, previously damaged due to poor design, had been rusting and intermittently jamming for >1 year. Inspection found cable critically damaged due to rust. Removed part. 
76000 mi

US $1200
Dash lights would not shut off regardless of headlight or ignition position. Dealer diagnosed internally shorted control module and replaced - $750. Remote locks also would not work, replaced receiver - $450 
129000 mi

US $325
Cleaned some sort of a boost sensor that was causing a miss under load. Total cost of $250, which was mostly diagnostic time. Replaced torn intake boot, $75. 
129700 mi

US $75
Replaced coolant expansion tank. 
132000 mi

US $350
Failed engine mount caused vibration under load. Mount replaced. 
132000 mi

US $380
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket.  
134000 mi

US $500
Windshield (previously replaced) leaked into interior. Fried electronics in mirror. 
137000 mi

US $800
As a result of earlier water leak, the central locking unit went out and had to be replaced. A/C leak. Recharged and diagnostic fluid added. Cruise control not working. Bad clutch sensor. 
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. 
84000 mi

US $1100
Driver door would not open from inside, key fob didn't unlock driver door, and window rolled up/down badly. Replaced whole door latch assembly. Thermostat was leaking coolant and another sensor seal was leaking oil. Thermostat and the seal was replaced. 
17000 mi

US $180
Other dealer botched a windshield installation. New dealer fixed the seal and eliminated the rattle at no cost to owner. Costs were regular oil change and brake fluid flush. 
23000 mi

US $89
Check engine light turned on. Two faults, one about a misfire, the other about the ABS. Cleared it and hasn't happened since. 
23000 mi

US $250
Same fault as before. Shop realized battery was the original 7 year old one. Replaced it. 
41000 mi

US $535
Passenger side indoor door handle stopped working. 
50000 mi Air conditioning fan motor squealed at moderate to high speed. Service Engine Soon light and Electrical Malfunction Lights came on. The car motor sputtered occasionally and the MPH decreased but the car remained driveable. The source of the problem was a disconnected air hose from the supercharger. 
62000 mi

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

US $200
Power steering motor failed. 
77000 mi

US $200
Passengers side door lock actuator failed. replaced under extended warranty. Supercharger seal and motor mount seal leaking. replaced under extended warranty. 
118000 mi

US $1600
replace clutch replace door latch mechanism 
130000 mi

US $500
ABS sensor in wheel malfunctioned and had to be replaced. 
132000 mi

US $150
Oil pressure sensor malfunctioned and had to be replaced. 
143000 mi Both check engine and service engine soon light came on. Dealer diagnosed the problem as a cracked valve require engine change. Local repair shop diagnosed the problem as failing supercharger. Both repair estimates high-will sell car. 
60000 mi

US $800
Leaking main oil seal Oil leak - Valve Cover gasket Head gasket leak Power steering, fan not working Low speed cooling fan failure AC leak, not working 
45260 mi Dome light shorted out. Complained that the sunroof mechanism seemed to be slower and noisy. Dealer mentioned a service bulletin and said they would fix it.  During inspection, dealer noticed oil outside the engine. They replaced the head cover gasket and the oil pan gasket.  
62000 mi Fluid from engine mount leaked out. Dealer said it would still be okay to drive with it for awhile. Would replace at next routine maintenance. 
63860 mi

C $1700
Top engine mount leaked fluid. It appears to be a common issue. Replaced the mount. 
66340 mi

C $120
After repairing the top engine mount, the dealer said the lower engine mount was likely worn. Turned out the bushing was cracked. Lower engine mount was replaced. 
81840 mi

C $300
Power steering pump return hose leak 
91140 mi

C $735
Fuel pump failure while on a MINI club drive 
102300 mi Power steering was stiff and seemed to vibrate when turning. MINI replaced power steering pump under extended warranty. 
104160 mi

C $2000
catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
110340 mi

C $800
Had clutch replace a year ago. The new clutch failed due to too much vibration from the dual mass flywheel. Replaced under warranty. Converted to single mass flywheel system. 
114700 mi Passenger side power window motor failure. Ran diagnostics, checked fuses and nothing wrong indicated. Fixed using the "Fonzie method". A couple of good hard bangs on the door panel where the motor was mounted. 
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. 
127100 mi

C $200
Top passenger side engine mount leakage. Replaced engine mount. 
128300 mi

C $150
Worn swaybar bushings 
138260 mi

C $100
Coolant overflow tank cracked 
34000 mi Had to replace passenger seat air-bag sensor, light was on.  Had to replace 2 bad wheel bearings in front. Had to tighten E-brake cable. 
77000 mi The catalytic converter broke open at a seam which created almost a cutout at the headers and the sound was quite loud in the car . The converter was welded closed and the rest of the exhaust system was replaced. Actually in January. 
91700 mi

US $750
Replaced dead Battery. Could not get the passenger side hood latch to open. Hood was stuck closed. Replaced exhaust system after catalytic converter. The shop did not align the hangers to the supports. Exhaust would twist and bang against the underside of the car. 
47000 mi Replaced defective power steering pump 
51300 mi

US $7000
Transmission fluid leak.  
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. Drivers seat not sliding forward when seat back is tilted. Reattached cable inside seat back. 
65300 mi

US $250
Passenger side headlight washer broken. Replaced parts with new. 
74700 mi

US $450
Fluid (oil) leaking from right side motor mount. Replaced right side motor mount. Second motor mount replacement in 24 months. Previous repair to same item done in January 2010. 
78000 mi

US $1200
Airbag sensor in passenger seat went bad. Replaced seat bottom. Driver's seat easy access feature not working. Replaced driver's side seat rails. 
80000 mi

US $400
Alternator failed. Auxilliary cooling fan failed after being replaced in March. Kept cycling on and off repeatedly. Fan replaced at no charge. 
89000 mi

US $1100
Crank pulley broke and was replaced with new 
68700 mi

US $900
broken connection at rear of fuse box 
81000 mi

US $160
alternator failed. replaced with new timing belt 
82300 mi

US $5
replaced pads, rotors, brake lines and rear brake caliper 
99300 mi Replacing electric power steering pump and power steering cooling fan 
100000 mi

US $306
Replaced Head lamp and head lamp ignitor 
103000 mi

US $200
Replaced RF and LF control arm bushings Valve cover gasket replaced 
70000 mi

US $130
Replaced both oil cooler seals. 
71000 mi

US $330
Replaced the main gasket seal on the oil cooler 
82700 mi

US $493
Diagnosed as a starter issue, but turned out to be an ignition switch. Installed new starter and ignition switch. 
100000 mi

US $139
Battery died and replaced it. 
105000 mi

US $225
Upper right motor mount bolt broke off. 
121000 mi

US $215
Replaced a broken charcoal canister. 
122000 mi Had airbag sensor replaced in the passenger seat under recall. It didn't didn't always recognize that there was a person in the seat. 
122000 mi

US $1064
Crank pulley broke while driving the car. replaced crank pulley, serpentine belt, tensioner unit, and Idler pulley 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

26040 mi

C $1200
air bag light on as weight sensor on passenger seat not working replaced wieght sensor 
27280 mi

C $375
oxygen sensor was not working so was replaced 
29760 mi

C $320
Car was overheating thermostat was replaced. 
42780 mi

C $330
Diagnose problem code re air leak. Did some test to rule out any major issue. Appears that gas cap may have not been tightened properly. 
45260 mi

C $1400
Coolant leak found.Concern that it was the head gasket. Plastic thermostat housing leaking so was replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

44640 mi

C $150
switch to open hatch, took water or humidity, had a short, unable to open 
52660 mi

C $700
Power steering electrical pump changed. Power steering cooling fan changed. 
55180 mi

C $200
Engine light on, to signal defective oxygen sensor, I believe related to antipollution system. sensor replaced. 
42780 mi gas and temp. meter was not reading 
76000 mi

US $1500
replaced suspension bushings electric radiator fan malfunction coolant leak 
85000 mi

US $500
fixed exhaust rattle/buzz Reset tire pressure warning sensor light, cleaned reset swithch for same. 
88000 mi

US $50
purchased tire pressure monitor reset switch at dealer, replaced myself 
90300 mi

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

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

114700 mi

US $360
Common R53 problem; no. 2 spark plug blew out of the engine, stripping the head of the spark plug threads. Bought tapping set $300, locktite, thread sleeve, and plugs to repair. 
128000 mi

US $450
Rebuild of the rear brake calipers. Had to order seals, brake fluid, pads, and $60 in tools to extract piston. 
134000 mi

US $30
Simple A/C recharge 
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. 
154000 mi

US $200
Bearing noise on the alternator (continued to work). Replaced the alternator, and the idler pulley (not the idler pulley assy). Replacement SuperCharger, and Waterpump was bought - not installed. 
154500 mi

US $44
Crap AutoZone belt blew out in 9 months on the highway. 
102500 mi

US $2500
Replace worn clutch and rotors. Replace bushings. 
124700 mi

US $500
Alternator quit 
130000 mi

US $2200
Oxygen sensor Radiator fan 
138000 mi New compressor. Replaced dryer and condensor also. Oil filter gasket and water pump Supercharger beginning to fail 
142700 mi

US $600
Replace original shocks, struts, bushings, and rear control arms. 
94000 mi

US $160
A pillar exterior finishing panel detached during normal highway driving. replaced with updated design from dealer. Common issue 
94700 mi

US $60
replace oil pan gasket 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. 
112000 mi

US $2600
New clutch & flywheel 
112300 mi

US $190
Power steering suction and return hose replaced 
112700 mi

US $300
rear wiper motor shaft leaking washer fluid, replaced with updated motor, new arm and new electrical lead 
123000 mi

US $140
Driver side window regulator needed replaced due to broken plastic mechanism. 
133300 mi

US $200
Passenger window regulator failed 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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
transmission grinding badly wheel bearing hubs completely worn down 
57000 mi radio amplifier burned out, $1,000 to fix 
60700 mi

US $442
Had to reepalce ABS speed sensors in front 
70000 mi

US $1034
The brake lines were corroded and developed several leaks. Had to hot shot new lines and replace. 
77000 mi

US $1100
Leaking valve gasket and leaking oil pan gasket. control arm bushings worn so replaced oxygen sensor replaced for service engine light; second time in the car's life; MINI has extended the emissions warranty to 10yr/100k because a known problem. 
90000 mi

US $800
Needed new driver's side rear brake calipers; seizing and scraping. Driver's side emergency brake cable snapped. 
93000 mi

US $1300
Progressive, loud, rubbing noise from left rear wheel. Diagnoses as worn wheel bearing. Loud muffler, hole found in pipe and muffler, hangers replaced as well 
94000 mi

US $550
Brake lines rusted through and thusly were leaking. 
99000 mi

US $650
Hinges for rear hatch failed, couldn't close hatch, wasn't aligned any more 
109000 mi

US $265
Refilled freon, fixed short that was preventing compressor from turning on. 
112000 mi

US $500
Caliper seized then new caliper seized. Second caliper covered by parts warranty 
118000 mi

US $1200
Car would not start. Solenoid in starter failed. Right front grinding noise, wheel bearing failed. Valve cover gasket leaking, last replaced 60k miles before. 
120500 mi

US $600
Power steering lines leaking. Valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced only 6 month prior so dealer covered cost. 
124700 mi Leaking power steering fluid. Power steering pump was faulty; due for power steering pump recall to change pump so pump changed. 
129000 mi

US $300
Wheel speed sensor broken, triggered ABS and low tire pressure yellow warning lights 

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2003 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

96000 mi

US $300
throughout bearing failed. Replace clutch assembly. Replace worn serpentine belt 
115000 mi Got back from a week long trip and the AC compressor would no longer run 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

102000 mi

US $479
Parking brake cables misaligned, causing uneven wear of the rear pads. 
112000 mi

US $180
Noticed slight exhaust leak sound, couldn't find the source. After 1-2 weeks, the exh. manifold broke right at the 1st cat. Suspect it's too close to the cat to re-weld. Replaced entire mfld with used part. New was $1350 at discount dealer. 
114000 mi

US $21
Cowl vent foam had deteriorated and almost completely disappeared over time. Replaced foam with pre-cut foam from Minifini. 
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. 
120000 mi

US $153
Engine cooling fan low speed stopped working; fan would stay off until the car got hot enough to engage high speed. Replaced cooling fan/shroud assembly with aftermarket part. Bumper & radiator support must be slid forward for access. Small oil leak from front of engine and oil pan area. Since radiator support was already pulled forward for fan replacement, decided to replace the oil pan gasket and re-seal the crank angle sensor, both common oil leak locations. Side marker bulb apparently overheated and melted the plastic at the socket. The socket broke off the lamp housing and was dangling by its harness. There were no signs of external damage. Replaced side marker lamp assembly. 
127500 mi

US $1
Had to pull inner door handle 3-7x before the door would open. Cable had stretched and cable end had popped out of its holder. Reinstalled in holder, routed cable to take up slack, put a fastener in an unused hole to keep cable in place. 
140300 mi Glove box would fall open when hitting large bumps. Eventually it just started falling open frequently and randomly. Removed glove box and adjusted latch. Problem fixed. 
141000 mi Power steering fluid leak from reservoir. Engine oil leak(s). 
146300 mi

US $12
Oil was leaking from the valve cover gasket. Replaced gasket. The sunroof deflectors rattled while the roof was closed. I removed them years ago because of this, but the air is very turbulent when the roof is open. Reinstalled deflectors, using new springs. The new springs didn't help the rattling. 
147300 mi Sunroof deflector rattle never fixed. 
37000 mi Power lock on driver side required new actuator 
111000 mi

US $500
Thermostat replacement including coolant flush.  Review extensive oil leaks, apply oil tracing liquid to determine source of leaks. 
113000 mi

US $50
Leaking power steering 
117700 mi Leaking battery, checked regulator and all is ok. 
120700 mi

US $1200
Clogged heater core 
135000 mi

US $335
Post Catalytic Converter Oxygen Sensor "Lifetime" Xenon headlight bulb replaced, passenger side only. 
64000 mi

US $400
Short in the starter which caused the car to start repeatedly while running 
102000 mi

US $235
transmission failed at 35,000 miles. Dealer replaced entire transmission and clutch both front control arm bushing needed to be replaced I replaced them myself at 65000 miles left HID Headlight ballast, and HID Bulb needed to be replaced under original warranty, at 45,000 miles Right HID Headlight ballast, and HID Bulb needed to be replaced under extended warranty, at 65,000 miles CD player needed to be replaced with newer OEM model, 2003 version's LCD display would pixelize in temps under 20 degrees. Known issue when I brought it to dealer, and they replaced it with newer build date CD player Rear hatch license plate light socket disintegrated. Metal tabs for bulbs totally corroded away - had to replace entire rear hatch handle assembly, and have it painted, since it only comes primed. 90,000 miles 
107000 mi

US $235
Supercharger was out of internal oil. Mini USA states it is a wear item, and needs to be replaced once out of oil. normally 100,000 miles - part from dealer is $2600 for the part, + 7 hrs labor. I got mine rebuilt for $1200 plus 6 hrs labor thermostat housing cracked replaced it and thermostat crank seal leaking oil replaced alternator died 
107000 mi

US $115
both O2 sensors needed replacing. was able to get non-OEM ones for $55 each from advanced suto, and just splicesd the connector on. 
117500 mi

US $1200
CV joints starting clicking, and then went to a heavy vibration when on the gas. needed to replace both driver and passenger axle's and CV joints, and have the passenger side bearing pressed off the old axle, and pressed onto the new axle. 
120000 mi

US $1800
OEM flywheel has internal grease in it. This grease was expelled from the flywheel, contaminating and ruining the clutch 
123000 mi

US $75
MAP sensor died. When the Map sensor dies, it throws the EML light, and the car goes into limp mode. I could sometimes restart it, and it would be fine for a little while, then it would sputter, and go into limp mode again 
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
thermostat housing cracked again - replaced it 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 :) 
128500 mi

US $1400
the gears in the trans shattered. I got a fully re manufactured trans from the UK, $1270 shipped from http://www.minigearboxes.co.uk/. I also replaced my ebrake lines, one had rusted solid had a hole in the intercooler, which got replaced 
130000 mi

US $420
rear hard lines had rusted out in spots and were leaking. Parts were 120, dealer wanted $700 to install. I bought a brake line bender and did it myself. I replaced all the ball joints I replaced a worn out tie rod end 
138000 mi

US $9500
Number 2 piston and connecting rod broke up. Needs complete overhaul including sleeving the block due to damage to the bore from the piston. Opted for 1.8L stroker crate motor from revolutionmotorworks.com 
50000 mi

US $60
Coolant expansion tank was leaking slightly when I acquired the vehicle. Replaced myself with a genuine BMW OEM part for $60. 
51000 mi

US $20
Supercharger oil change. Rear water pump drive housing completely dry. Will have to monitor for "death rattle" and eventually replace the supercharger itself. 
71300 mi

US $80
Airbag control unit had a hardware failure, replaced it with a used one. Found out I can't use a used control unit if the VIN from the donor car is too far from my own. Now need to purchase a new OEM part. 
114000 mi

US $90
Second OEM plastic coolant expansion tank began to leak. Replaced with aftermarket aluminum tank. 
83000 mi

US $405
Driver side wheel bearing and passenger side tie rod replaced 
84000 mi

US $180
Battery was down to five functioning cells. Replaced battery to fix. 
65100 mi

C $500
Alternator seized, replaced it as well as supercharger oil, thermostat, belt and idler pulley. Replaced rear wheel bearing, noisy. 
70680 mi

C $150
Replaced battery 
70680 mi

C $300
Tie rod end replacement 
76000 mi

US $612
Front control arm bushings gone. 
82000 mi

US $75
Right rear wheel arch trim clips came off; trim piece flapped in the wind. 
84000 mi

US $720
Power steering pressure lines were leaking and replaced. 
89000 mi

US $1200
Exhaust rusted, replacement required Brake line wearing, rubbing on control arm. 
101300 mi

US $115
AC compressor pulley clutch 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

41000 mi ignition switch 
47000 mi

US $730
new starter 
64700 mi

US $500
cooling fans 
66000 mi

US $501
sensor 
68000 mi

US $200
replace o2 sensor 
52000 mi

US $260
Replaced radiator due to small crack in side of tank. 
61500 mi

US $2220
Radiator fan assembly failed due to short. A/C compressor also failed and receiver dryer was leaking. Mechanic determined that the A/C compressor may have caused the short. 
90000 mi

US $100
Drivers Door Handle frozen and would not release when cold weather.. TSB said to R&R door handle. 
90700 mi Passenger Side window .. Motor drive broke.. second time.. The Window lift cables and the regulators jamed the window after it was down. 
91300 mi This is the third time for repairs to the passenger window motor and cable assembly.. The first time was $350 for parts alone.. then the next 2 were covered under warrenty. 
95300 mi

US $185
Oil Pressure illum engine check lite 
104300 mi

US $270
Starter Failed 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59300 mi Driver door lock no longer controlled by key fob 
65000 mi Driver door lock no longer controlled by key fob 
34100 mi

C $400
Engine light on, diagnosed as thermostat, replace same. Currently solved. 
40300 mi

C $160
Battery died, replaced. Battery was original from 2003. 
58300 mi

US $1300
Replaced shocks  had to replace exhaust Switch for raising and lowering windows is not working well...have to apply lots of pressure to the toggle. Was told the unit needed to be replaced. The cost was not worth it to me, as the issue is a minor nuissance. Praking brake needed to be tightened up. 
61700 mi

US $2300
Hinge for hatchback broke. Check engine light wnet on, some sensor needed replacing. 
82000 mi

US $17
Headlight replaced. 
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. 
89000 mi

US $17
Twice, I've had to replace the same headlight! Also one lower "custom light" is out but haven't replaced it yet. 
90000 mi

US $2800
Whirring noise under hood, confirmed to be bad transmission. Replaced with rebuilt transmission, new clutch and rear main oil seal. 
100000 mi

US $164
2 circular wheel decals, "Mini" wing emblem (back), cup holder & clamp - Black panel, separating windshield from door. This is the 2nd panel (other side) I've replaced! Parts guy said they break ALL the time. Cheap plastic garbage! 
107000 mi

US $45
Third time in 2 1/2 yrs that I've had to replace low beam headlight. Attempted to replace it myself but it still wouldn't work. Took it to a shop and discovered I was sold a burned out bulb! Still, it's worth noting frequency of this repair. 
110000 mi

US $583
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Front end alignment. 
93500 mi

US $100
Hatch would not align when closed - discovered rusted hinges cracking 
94700 mi

US $250
Driver's side window motor died. Replaced rotor. 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

62000 mi Passenger Belt Pretensioner had a bad crimp in the electrical connector. Covered under extended 10yr MINI warranty. 

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