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Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (5%)

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Mini Hardtop suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (30%)

Chart based on 139 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Mini Hardtop 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2000 mi Popping sound when turning wheel at low speed. Lower swivel bearing pinch bolts needed to be torqued to the correct values. 
10000 mi clicking noise when going over speed bumps. They replaced both control arms 

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2015 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

8000 mi Both front struts and shocks were replaced three times under warranty and it never solved the problem. the dealer was not interested in finding what was wrong and had horrible customer service. Sold the car for a 2008 Infiniti. 
28000 mi service bulletin for control arm replacement performed on my vehicle. They were exhibiting a small clunk noise, no other issues. Also received a software update. 
31000.0 mi

US $100
knocking noise from car 

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2014 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 189hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

8000 mi service bulletin - control arm bearings replacement 
16000 mi Bushings in fron suspension replaced. 

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2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

29348.0 mi 2 front stabilizer bar bushings were replaced under warranty. Front suspension clunk when going over uneven bumps. Diagnosed as failed front stabilizer bar bushings. Dealer replaced all front stabilizer bar bushings and clunk is gone. 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

36000 mi Drivers front wheel bearing went bad...bearing replaced under warranty 

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2012 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

16740 mi Loud rattle/clunk from rear - sway bar bushings worn out 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

49000 mi Rear sway bar links 
74200 mi

US $1228
replace rear sway bar bushings. 
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! 
60000 mi Front shock abosorbers replaced due to leak Sway bar links rusted and bent 

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

95000.0 mi

US $150
Replaced both rear shocks - one Passenger side went bad causing road noise and uneven tire wear. 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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. 
68700 mi Replacement of bushings 
80000 mi

US $450
Replace front strut due to leak 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

156000 mi

US $250
Pass. side front wheel bearing noise 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

63000 mi

US $996
Front struts were leaking. Replaced all four struts. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

36500 mi Control arm bolts loose 
52000 mi

US $1200
Bushings cracked on both sides of front suspension Strut tower bushings cracked 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Steering wheel not straight. Dealer said it is OK. I'll get it fixed next time. 
5000 mi new shock absorber fitted following knocking noise. 
46200 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 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

64480 mi

C $1200
Rear bushings worn out. Replaced on both sides. Cost = $600 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84000 mi

US $1778
Front left spring broke, punctured front tire.  

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2007.5 Mini Hardtop 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

45400 mi

£200
Broken rear spring. Had to replace entire set of springs. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

92000 mi Front control arm bushings needed replacement. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

46700 mi

US $600
Replaced both sway bar links and bushings, and the sway bar bushings at frame 
80000 mi

US $1100
Tie rods frozen to rack, had to be replaced to realign vehicle after upper strut mounts were replaced. 
7148.0 mi Grinding noise in the rack and pinion. Dealer could not replicate the problem, but installed a "Rubber Buffer." 
10371.0 mi Grinding noise coming from the Steering System (Rack and Pinion) - Dealer could not replicate, but performed a 4 wheel alignment.  
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. 
109000 mi

US $100
Wheel Bearing replaced. 
145000 mi

US $1100
Passenger's rear strut failure, caused misalignment and tire wear/noise 
183000 mi Worn bearings 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

88000 mi

US $300
grinding noises and friction when spinning rear tires.. both rear hub assemblies needed to be replaced.. Mini dealer also damaged rear driver side caliper, but said nothing to owner.. this was replaced 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

53000 mi

US $600
control arm bushings were worn out. replaced complete control arm along with bushings, used oem part. 
77000 mi

US $700
lower control arm bushings replaced at 76k 
78000 mi

US $1300
had to replace the passenger side wheel bearing at 77k miles 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

42000 mi

US $400
Replaced ball joints & shocks 
55500 mi

US $1700
replaced rack & pinion 
121000 mi

US $1500
New power steering hoses (old ones were cracked and leaking) and a system flush. Brake service, and new shocks. 
64300 mi

US $291
Control arm bushings 
81700 mi

US $1200
The power steering pump went out on the car. This particular pump was made by Range Rover and always failed. A costly repair for such a small item. Mine actually almost caught on fire it was so hot. Replaced and working fine now. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

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. Control arm bushings worn and loose. 
66000 mi

US $711
Low-pressure steering lines leaking. Dealer replaced lines, flushed system, and refilled with fluid. 
60000 mi

US $2000
Power Steering return hose, pressure hose replaced 
44000 mi

US $450
Power steering leak. Both inlet and outlet hoses were replaced and power steering refilled using OEM Pentosin CHF11s. 
38000 mi

US $180
Front lower control arm bushings were worn out. Replaced with polyurethane bushings. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

102000 mi

US $1100
Front end bushings replaced Power steering hoses leaking 
47000 mi

US $800
Replace upper strut mount 

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2005 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

48000 mi Picked up a piece of metal during trip to dealer that lodged in the rear spring/suspension. Dealer looked at it and returned the car with object still there...????? Sort of said "oops"...we forgot. 
64000 mi

US $2000
Suspension is loose- not sure of the technical reason. Not a critical fix for now, but expensive. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

73000 mi

US $1752
Power steering pump and fan Front struts failed Bad front axel 
119000.0 mi

US $200
I replaced all 4 wheel hubs, this was due to a low speed noise that I could not nail down and the hubs were the originals. In the process I broke one of the wheel speed sensors. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

65000 mi

US $412
Fluid leak. We took a piece of poster card and set it under the engine all night to help shop locate source. Fluid was clear. Shop cleaned area, drove it and said the PS hoses were leaking. Both hoses replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

53000 mi

US $450
Power steering fan & pump failure - debris seized fan. 
38000 mi

US $350
Bushing replaced. 
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. 
60000 mi

US $800
Power steering, fan not working 
78000 mi

US $387
Worn control arm bushings 
62200 mi

US $275
The brake rotors were getting cut by the brake cage. After ordering new pads and rotors I found out that the bearing hub was the culprit. The hub was so bad that it moved freely through to the axle. $200 for pads/rotors and $75 for hub. 
34000 mi Had to replace 2 bad wheel bearings in front. 
99100 mi Replacing electric power steering pump and power steering cooling fan 
102500 mi

US $200
Replaced RF and LF control arm bushings 
22598.0 mi Steering failure. Dealer replaced steering rack, power steering pump, asst. wiring, and electric fan. Steering failure. Dealer replaced steering rack, power steering pump, asst. wiring, and electric fan. 
62000 mi

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

US $200
Power steering motor failed. 
74000 mi Power steering rack failure. 
37820 mi Brought car in for Inspection II. Turned out there was a leak in the steer rack. Replacement covered by warranty. Brought car in for Inspection II. Turned out there was a leak in the steer rack. Replacement covered by warranty. 
81840 mi

C $300
Power steering pump return hose leak 
102300 mi Power steering was stiff and seemed to vibrate when turning. MINI replaced power steering pump under extended warranty. 
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. 
121500 mi

C $140
Rear swaybar bushings broken. Dealer only lubed them. 
118960 mi

C $150
Worn swaybar bushings 
35340 mi Power steering pump failed, ventilator seized. 
47000 mi Replaced defective power steering pump 
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. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

75000 mi

US $1000
Tie rod was bent, mechanic replaced 
74500 mi

US $918
Power steering pump failed. Replaced pump and cooling fan. 
59000 mi

US $400
control arm bushings 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

99500 mi

US $505
Power steering pump malfunction due to inoperable cooling fan. Update: new fan didn't fix problem, new steering pump ordered. 
101700 mi

US $800
Lower steering arm replaced. Mini did not have any part in stock for about a year. Really. A full year. 
75700 mi

US $1500
replaced suspension bushings 
89200 mi

US $1100
Power steering electrical pump fan always on. Replaced pump and fan. 
52060 mi

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

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

85000 mi

US $650
electric steering pump failed and was replaced. 
102000 mi

US $2500
Replace worn clutch and rotors. Replace bushings. 
142300 mi

US $600
Replace original shocks, struts, bushings, and rear control arms. 
95400.0 mi

US $60
replace left front shock mount replace left front shock mount 
124200 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. 
105500 mi

US $190
Power steering suction and return hose replaced 
149300 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. 
150400 mi

US $450
Replaced rear control arm bushings with Neoprene aftermarket parts. 
77000 mi

US $200
Rear trailing arm bushings & top shock mounts were replaced. Originals had softened enough that the toe in on the rear tires would change over bumps & grooves, making the car wander. 
53000 mi

US $360
Grinding noise prompted me to replace the front wheel bearings. Problem solved. 
97000 mi

£300
Noise from wheel bearing 

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2004 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

31000 mi

€680
replaced power steering pump replaced power steering pump 
40300 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+ 
52000 mi

US $5662
wheel bearing hubs completely worn down 
118000 mi

US $300
Broken tie rod - mechanic replaced rather easily. Had alignment done afterward. 
77000 mi

US $1100
control arm bushings worn so replaced 
93000 mi

US $1300
Progressive, loud, rubbing noise from left rear wheel. Diagnoses as worn wheel bearing. 
118000 mi

US $1200
Right front grinding noise, wheel bearing failed. 
108700 mi

US $600
Power steering lines leaking. 
123700 mi Leaking power steering fluid. Power steering pump was faulty; due for power steering pump recall to change pump so pump changed. 
10000.0 mi Warranty claim for new steering pump Warranty claim for new steering pump 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

76000 mi

US $612
Front control arm bushings gone. 
84000 mi

US $720
Power steering pressure lines were leaking and replaced. 
83000 mi

US $405
Driver side wheel bearing and passenger side tie rod replaced 
122200 mi

US $176
Power steering pump 
165000 mi Steering pump stopped working. 
222000 mi

US $120
Rear wheel bearing was noisy. Front suspension control arm bushings were replaced. A little worn but had many miles on them. 
233300 mi

US $70
Wheel bearing was noisy. 
48672.0 mi End of warranty at 50k. Alignment, replace the clutch, steering rack, re-hang the driver's side door, driver and passenger side window motor replacement. All covered by warranty. End of warranty at 50k. Alignment, replace the clutch, steering rack, re-hang the driver's side door, driver and passenger side window motor replacement. All covered by warranty. 
84000 mi

US $280
Since I bought the car used, the rear bushings which had been replaced by solid ones by the previous owner, were very noisy. As they wore, the rear suspension felt loose. Replaced with new solid bushings. Drives and sounds great. 
81000.0 mi

US $876
Power steering pump, and cooling fan need replacing. BMW parts quoted $876.00 for PARTS ONLY! found online for $450.00 replaced myself. Power steering pump, and cooling fan need replacing. BMW parts quoted $876.00 for PARTS ONLY! found online for $450.00 replaced myself. 
107900 mi

US $700
lower control arm bushings loose/worn out 
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. 
141000 mi Power steering fluid leak from reservoir. 
113000 mi

US $50
Leaking power steering 
65100 mi

C $500
Replaced rear wheel bearing, noisy. 
70680 mi

C $300
Tie rod end replacement 
102000 mi

US $90
both front control arm bushing needed to be replaced I replaced them myself at 65000 miles 
125500 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
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 :) 
130000 mi

US $420
I replaced all the ball joints I replaced a worn out tie rod end 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

46000 mi

US $1001
R & R electronic power steering pump. Design is prone to failure, and it was beginning to whine incessantly, "bump" on turns and I've read enough to know that this is a common failure on the BMW design. 
59000 mi

US $500
2 power steering hoses leaking. Parts ordered and replaced. Pump fine no problems. 
94000.0 mi

US $500
O2 sensor needed replacing. Left rear control bar was bent and also needed replacing. Dealer wanted $1500 for the job. Went somewhere else and have never returned to the dealer. O2 sensor needed replacing. Left rear control bar was bent and also needed replacing. Dealer wanted $1500 for the job. Went somewhere else and have never returned to the dealer. 
120000.0 mi

US $850
Power steering pump failed and needed replacing. Power steering pump failed and needed replacing. 
135000.0 mi

US $225
Power steering pump fan needed replacing. Power steering pump fan needed replacing. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

25000 mi

US $823
Replace leaking high pressure power steering hose. 
58200 mi

US $1300
Replaced shocks  
116000 mi

US $2272
Suspension worn. All four struts and mounting plates replaced. 
160000 mi

US $749
Replaced torn lower control arm bushings 
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. 
110000 mi

US $583
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Front end alignment. 
121000.0 mi New owner of a used mini, right away power steering started malfunctioning & runs after car is shut off, other forums report this as widespread problem, planning to repair myself at cost of aprox $300 for rebuilt part. No other problems to report New owner of a used mini, right away power steering started malfunctioning & runs after car is shut off, other forums report this as widespread problem, planning to repair myself at cost of aprox $300 for rebuilt part. No other problems to report 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

92000 mi

US $70
Replaced strut mounts. Mounts were failing. 
75000 mi Mini honored the full power steering pump and fan replacement which had an extended warranty from the factory. Power steering started to stiffen whilst driving and the power steering fan sometimes kept running when the car was off. 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

98780 mi

C $1200
was a recall problem. called Mini and they did not have a record of my VIN being recalled, but I did receive a letter --- misplaced. Surprized at their reaction. 

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