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Mini Hardtop repairs by problem area

Engine (54%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 240 repairs.
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Mini Hardtop repair cost distribution

$2500+ (24%)

$1000 - $2499 (76%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 144 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

22000 mi

US $1400
Driver's door latch replaced. Second 2-hour round trip required because dealership incorrectly installed a part, causing driver's window to malfunction. 
39500 mi

US $1500
4-wheel alignment 

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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. 
65400 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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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

52849 mi

US $1318
Replace thermostat, install adapter lead, antifreeze. Brake fluid service Fuel injector rail and pressure hose assembly Replace Thermostat, Adapter Lead, Flush Antifreeze, Brake Fluid Service 
59000 mi

US $238
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Replaced 
71800 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. 
74700 mi

US $1228
Replace Clutch and Flywheel,  replace rear sway bar bushings. 
75000 mi

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

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

62700 mi

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

US $1700
Window regulator failed. 
63400 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 
66200 mi

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

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

43297 mi

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

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2011 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

121-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

54000 mi

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

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

84580 mi

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

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

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

30500 mi

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

US $1100
I discovered that the car was losing coolant, and when it was checked out, the mechanic found the water pump housing to be the likely source. The thermostat was also compromised, so it was replaced.  head gasket, not related to water pump and thermostat issue 

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2010 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

83000 mi

US $7000
Thermostat cracked; caused engine to overheat and need replacement. 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 208hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

69200 mi

US $2275
Clutch & flywheel went out. The flywheel was a dual and likely had a mechanical failure (jammed, based on the sound it was making and behavior) as they're prone to it on the MINIs. Replaced with a lightened steel single flywheel to avoid a repeat. Water pump was leaking, had it replaced. 
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. 
87000 mi

US $500
Thermostat was leaking and had to be replaced (AGAIN) 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

56274 mi

US $1100
The A/C condenser was damaged. Cost to repair was $1,100. 
63000 mi

US $1200
Radiator seemed to leak. Antifreeze ended up on the back window. Water pump replaced, thermostat replaced. 
93000 mi

US $119
Was unable to move the seat forward or backward. 
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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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

79000 mi

US $175
Plastic Throw Out bearing deteriorated, ruining the clutch, flywheel, and many parts with it. Clutch pedal had developed a clicking noise/feel. Could move from left to right slightly. Plastic Pedal bushings replaced 
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. 
54200 mi

US $200
The LCD screen of radio was broken. 
87000 mi

US $2634
valve cover gasket leak, air intake hose crack. Turbo oil hose leak, 
45000 mi

US $1000
Clutch release bearing and alignment dowels replaced after howling noise discovered when releasing clutch pedal. 
35000 mi

US $1500
Timing chain tensioner repair after cold start rattle. 
60000 mi

US $3000
Timing chain tensioner AGAIN. High pressure fuel pump, intake carbon cleaning. Starter module. 
62000 mi

US $1000
Navigation DVD drive failed 

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2009 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

37000 mi

US $13000
Engine got broken with 37K mileage. To repair, a new engine is required. The repair quote is more than $10K. I am thinking of scrapping the car. 
68740 mi

C $2300
Started with brakes, ended with misire codes and timing being off. Carbon removal, new plugs, timing adjustment, and a so called reprogramming. 
65000 mi

US $1900
Failed water pump thermostat housing and transmission cooler connector 
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 
106400 mi

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

US $300
Hood release cable replaced 
153000 mi

US $2700
Timing chain stretched 
159100 mi

US $625
Rear calipers failed, both replaced along with pads and rotors 
169000 mi

US $1200
Engine service light came on and Jen much running rough allegedly the same problem I had last time when I had the timing belt replaced, I have not put the car in for service yet hoping some of it it’s going to be covered by warranty 

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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 Internal fan failed-Replaced along with relay Cost = $600 
36120 mi

C $500
Needed water pump, fixed at local garage. When being fixed PCV valve screwed up requiring, with superior German engineering, a new valve cover at cost of about $500 for the part only which I replaced myselfý. 
37900 mi

C $300
Next event was small oil leak from main bearing seal. Fixed by local mechanic at cost of $300. 
39680 mi

C $1150
After fix car wouldn't idle. Many codes, couldn't narrow down. Replaced MAF sensor to rule it out. Cleaned variable valve timing sensors and actuators. Cleaned contacts and connectors for computer. Finally replaced both variable valve timing actuators. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

US $1616 clutch went out and needed replacement at 38,780 miles. Although my car is still under warranty the dealer claims the clutch failed due to improper use or abuse. I have driven manuals for 30+ years with no clutch replacements prior to this 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

59139 mi

US $368
Replace thermostat housing and assembly to fix coolant leak. 
71398 mi

US $765
Replaced expansion tank and cap. Pressure tested. Replaced oil pan gasket and spark plugs. Replaced passenger seat sensor. Replace oil stand gasket, turbo oil turn rube, and turbo oil supply pipe 
75979 mi

US $1265
Water pump was leaking & drive belt cracked. Replaced water pump and drive belt. 
78219 mi

US $1399
Replaced brake vacuum pump. Replaced intake vanos actuator and intake vanos solenoid. 
84700 mi

US $1308
Oil change plus oil leak 
90300 mi

US $2600
Timing change needed replaced, gadget was replaced to stop oil leak. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

45260 mi

C $3500
Clutch slipped over 2-300km and then no catch. 
45880 mi

C $1000
Clutch was changed last month but service found it was catching. New clutch and flywheel changed under warranty Also tie rod changed, brake fluid drained as per periodic maintenance 
67000 mi

US $160
Timing chain rattle at 2k-3k rpm when engine hot. Replaced timing belt tensioner. Solved issue. 
73000 mi

US $730
turbo oil seal leaky, engine was making some smoke from hot oil. required replacement oil seal on turbo plus installation of bmw-recommended heat-shield to protect turbo oil seal. most of the cost is labor. 
80200 mi

US $2200
Water pump / coolant system leak. Replaced pump, hose Excessive carbon buildup on intake/valves. Walnut media blast to clean. 
85000 mi

US $1120
Replace intake vanos solenoid and adjust camshaft solenoid Replace valve cover gasket Replaced left front wheel bearing due to excessive road noise / drone 
85500 mi

US $700
Check engine - O2 sensor failure, replaced Worn rear pads, replaced 
97000 mi

US $2000
a box next to the engine made the engine noise really loud 
97300 mi

US $3000
The chain in the engine was scraping a part of the engine, along with other parts needed to be replaced 
55000 mi

US $1000
Noticed the dreaded cold start rattle. Diagnosed as a failed timing chain tensioner. Replaced on the house, given that I had purchased the car only a month earlier. 
74000 mi

US $1000
Power brakes failed. Diagnosed as vacuum pump failure. Pump was replaced. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

38000 mi

US $1300
There was a leak in engine coolant. had to replace the gasket; and the pump. It was covered by extended warranty but I don't think it should have happened in such a short time. 
77000 mi

US $600
Oil leak in housing and gasket. 

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2008 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

65000 mi

US $464
water pump leak, clacked plastic housing 
70000 mi

US $150
Remote control in key stopped working 
84000 mi

US $1778
Front left spring broke, punctured front tire.  Replaced thermostat and VANOS sensor while waiting for springs from Germany. 
118700 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. 

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2007.5 Mini Hardtop 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

34300 mi

£1053
Total ABS controller failure requiring that the complete unit be replaced. Dealership agreed to pay labour if I paid parts. 
44200 mi

£200
Leaking water pump. 
45400 mi

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

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2007 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

61000 mi

US $7500
Cylinder #1 no compression. Need new engine. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

73000 mi

US $3080
Turbocharger failed. I had complained to the dealer about rough running when cold and a clicking sound for the last two years. They told me it was normal (the common response) or my tires (the last two responses). 
74000 mi

US $500
The brake service light remains on. Shop unable to reset. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

65000 mi

US $275
While replacing front brake pads I found a lower radiator hose that had a broken hold down device. Hose had been rubbing on a sharp edge and was worn almost through. Had dealer replace it. 
71000 mi

US $250
Paid for diagnosis of loss of power under acceleration. Found bad coil on Cyl. 2. I purchased the part (as well as spark plugs) and installed myself. Plugs were maintenance item not included in cost of repair. Car ran badly under acceleration. Dealer diagnosed a bad coil on cyl. #2. Said I also needed plugs, injectors cleaned and carbon removed from intake valves. I paid for their diagnosis, and bought plugs and coil which I installed myself.  
89000 mi

US $1360
Replaced timing chain, sprocket & tensioner 
91000 mi

US $1100
Clearcoat was peeling off near windshield spray nozzle on hood and rear hatch door, and one other spot on the hood. 
95000 mi

US $900
Sunroof would not open (after a long period of intermittent problems). Required removal and repair. The shop found and repaired a defective vent tube for the transmission. 
101200 mi

US $125
Removed and replaced leaking thermostat. 
69500 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. 
78700 mi

US $1498
New clutch kit, flywheel resurfaced 
44000 mi

US $18000
Drive chain completely broke at 40,000 miles. 
44000 mi

US $150
Cylinder misfire. 
62500 mi

US $1000
1. four new coil packs, plugs and a valve cover gasket for $600; 2 a new serpentine belt and a belt tensioner. 
78000 mi

US $400
Thermostat failed. Dealers would not sell the part keeping them for their customers. Had to order from supplier. Actual repair took 2 hours with pressure test. 
83000 mi

US $450
Replaced thermostat and sensor connector Valve cover was replaced as it had a vacuum leak. 
33000 mi

US $500
Water pump replacement 
45000 mi

US $750
Fan was running after shut-off. Thermostat and housing replaced. 
46700 mi

US $600
Replaced both sway bar links and bushings, and the sway bar bushings at frame 
50500 mi

US $1000
Car overheated, water pump replaced. Mechanic recommended replacing the belt tensioner too. 
47200 mi

US $150
Turbo inlet tube was loose and displaced, just needed to be re secured 
58000 mi

US $800
Carb buildup on intake side 
117000 mi

US $135
Turbo oil feed line leaking. Put front in service mode to replace, diy took 10 hours. 
131200 mi

US $2400
Burnt exhaust valve on cylinder 3, requires cylinder head R&R and exhaust valve replacement. Intake valves were extremely carboned up requiring cleaning and valve job. 
135000 mi

US $295
PCV valve cracked causing large vacuum leak and resulted in CEL. Replaced valve cover (PCV valve is integrated, can't be replaced separately). 
152000 mi

US $140
Cracked thermostat housing, required replacement. 
162000 mi

US $250
Water pump and harmonic balancer needed replacement. Oil filter housing gasket leaking oil. 
107000 mi

US $4500
Replaced entire engine. 
140000 mi

US $200
Resistor and blower motor failed. 
102000 mi

US $3000
Seal in the turbocharger failed causing oil to be spit directly out the exhaust. 
92000 mi

US $300
Cracked thermostat housing replaced 
145000 mi

US $1100
Passenger's rear strut failure, caused misalignment and tire wear/noise 
29000 mi

US $3100
replaced clutch and timing belt, four new tires, electrical module (major malfunction). Some covered under warranty. Still pulls to right 
74200 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. 

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2007 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

75000 mi

US $450
I needed to replace my coils and plugs to fix an engine misfire. Oddly, I got no check engine light for this. 
95000 mi

US $1200
Also needed a new water pump 
102200 mi

US $650
Leaky cooling system 
113200 mi

US $650
The hood release cables broke, making it difficult to open the hood. The cables needed to be replaced. 
115000 mi

US $1500
The rear brakes needed to be completely replaced. Pads, calipers, and rotors. 
57000 mi

US $1100
Had to have the Panoramic rood replaced. I have since traded the Cooper for another Camry. I will NEVER own another Mini with the Panoramic roof. THEY ARE JUNK. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 207hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

85600 mi

US $1900
Replaced top cable box. One cable snapped, other was about to snap. Replaced both Cooling System - Thermostat leaking Oil Pan leaking oil 
89000 mi

US $160
Leaking power steering, replace hoses AC not blowing cold, Recharge and dye refrigerant - no leak found 
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

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. 
36000 mi

US $1100
Replaced leaking Thermostat housing and performed 30,000 service 
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. 
48000 mi

US $570
New rear pads, replacement rotors and calipers were rebuilt 
50900 mi

US $160
Misfire - replaced plugs - Denso Iridium, Leads and coil pack - no problems now 
53200 mi

US $815
Replaced upper and lower engine mounts 
56000 mi

US $135
Thermostat housing leaking - replaced the housing and the thermostat myself 
55500 mi

US $1700
replaced rack & pinion air bag sensor failed water pump leaking - replaced 
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. 

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2006 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

60500 mi

US $2000
Oil Pan gasket replaced Power Steering return hose, pressure hose replaced 
41000 mi

US $600
Replaced A/C pump & condenser, drained & recharged system. 
48300 mi

US $150
A/C pressure regulator valve blew out all the refrigerant. 
60300 mi

US $150
Coil pack died. 
70000 mi

US $2146
Radiator fan control module went out, allowing the engine to overheat. Replacement required tearing down the entire front end of the car for access. 
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. 
65500 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. 
69000 mi

US $2100
Replaced the radiator, water pump, reservoir tank, thermostat, thermostat housing, all hoses, heater core, and flushed coolant. Replaced supercharger oil, belt tensioner, belt idler pulley (adjusting pulley), oil dipstick tube o-ring, crankcase vent valve, crankshaft sensor o-ring, coolant temperature sensor, radiator fan resistor, spark plugs, spark plug wires, ignition coil, throttle body o-ring, supercharger inlet tube gasket, timing chain tensioner, timing chain tensioner bolt, radiator housing/front clip (front panel, damaged by a frozen snow bank), hood struts, hood emblem, transmission fluid, gas cap, installed metal skid plate from Mini Mania 
82400 mi

US $2400
Spark plug blows out of spark plug hole stripping hole. Self-repair failed causing piece of metal from steel insert to damage valves. Upper head had to be rebuilt. Oil pressure light came on when at idle. Light goes off when applying gas pedal. This stared happening after the car was running for 10 minutes. Oil change did not resolve the issue. Failing oil pressure sensor replaced. 
101000 mi

US $1000
serpentine belt and oil pan gasket 
127000 mi

US $1000
State inspection performed-- exhaust system determined to be too rusty. Ordered stainless steel catback exhaust and had installed. Rear support bracket discovered to be broken and also replaced. 
93000 mi

US $850
Supercharger was serviced, water pump and pulley were both replaced 
93000 mi

US $1000
Clutch replaced because the throw out bearing started to rattle. I thought it would be good idea to replace everything while it was apart. There were no signs of slipping but the clutch was due for replacement.  
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. 
72000 mi

US $178
Intermittent P0303 code (misfire cylinder 3). Decided to replace coil pack, spark plugs, and plug wires. Problem apparently resolved. 
74200 mi

US $1073
Thermostat housing broken and thermostat non-op. Required OBD computer scan, antifreeeze, elec throttle service, thermostat assembly, coolant system kit, etc. 
65300 mi

US $2000
Coolant temp sensor was replaced, which resulted in a the solenoid leaking, which leaked into the computer and fried it. Second mini with this problem, near catastrophic failure. Original quote of 8k to fix. 
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). 
55000 mi

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

US $2300
Manual transmission throw out bearing failure. 

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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 Motor mount replacement 
110000 mi

US $400
Leaking tstat housing. 
107500 mi

US $2200
Had to have the clutch replaced. 

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2005 Mini Hardtop

Engine not specified

43000 mi

US $4500
Gear Box making noise when clutch disengaged. 
64000 mi

US $2000
Cooling fan was replaced 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

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 
87000 mi

US $350
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 Replaced Master Cyl and fluids Replaced alternator, bad pulley bearing. Also replaced serpentine belt 
88000 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. 
119000 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. 
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 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

84000 mi

US $3500
Coolant leak repair, a single part cost $300. Hoses and valves replaced Motor blew, headgasket replaced, along with all other 80K maintenance, many hoses, valves, and gaskets replaced. 
91000 mi

US $600
Leak of main oil gasket in engine deteriorated all oil gaskets causing massive leaking. Needed all main gaskets replaced. 
59800 mi

US $115
Transmission went into "EP" mode and driver noticed harsh shifts and general sluggish performance. The shop retrieved error code 2C10. Updated tranny control unit with latest software. It's better but shop cautioned, be alert to more. Investigated trouble code:2C10 ("EP" displayed on tranny indicator). One occurrence of code. Fault was cleared. Car driven, fault did not reoccur. Tranny software upgraded. Shop cautioned vigilance to more occurrences.  
61000 mi

US $1171
Replaced shifter. Replaced ignition packs on recommendation of shop. Replaced shifter. 
61300 mi

US $8755
Replaced transmission. Replaced fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump. Replaced transmission. 
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. EP message in gear selector display, scanned as 2C10. Shop cleared and drove. Error did not return. Shop contacted PUMA (MINI's tech support network). PUMA advised that code has been related to low voltage. Batt. checked, terminal loose 
67500 mi

US $518
Clear fluid leak. Dealer inspected, cited warped thermostat housing as cause. Replaced housing, thermostat, gasket and coolant was flushed. Addition repairs recommended. Engine mount $3C, brake fluid $1C, front control bushing $7C. 
74000 mi

US $3700
Leaking valves in the transmission was causing the car to buck and had difficulty changing gears (automatic transmission) 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

63000 mi

US $1050
Clutch Cylinder replaced.  Leaking Engine Gasket and mount. 
68000 mi

US $700
Main Engine Fan was reported to be not working. 
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. 
82800 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. 
54000 mi

US $250
Passenger side headlight washer broken. Replaced parts with new. 
66700 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 $450
Airbag sensor in passenger seat went bad. Replaced seat bottom. Driver's seat easy access feature not working. Replaced driver's side seat rails. Cooling fan cycling on and off every 30 seconds. Needed replacement. 
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 
54900 mi

US $1200
oil pan gasket leaking. 
96200 mi

US $130
Replaced both oil cooler seals. 
71000 mi

US $330
Replaced the main gasket seal on the oil cooler 
82600 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

US $1064
Crank pulley broke while driving the car. replaced crank pulley, serpentine belt, tensioner unit, and Idler pulley 
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. 
82000 mi

US $525
crankshaft pulley failure. Replaced crank pulley, idler, tensioner and serpentine belt. Also serviced supercharge (changed oil). 
100000 mi

US $1850
supercharger bearing failure. Supercharger replaced 
170100 mi

US $3000
Clutch wore out at 156,000 miles. Also had to replace flywheel, this doubled the cost 
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 
104160 mi

C $2000
catalytic converter rusted and broke in half. Required new exhaust manifold and cat. 
110540 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. 
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. 
127100 mi

C $200
Top passenger side engine mount leakage. Replaced engine mount. 
118960 mi

C $150
Worn swaybar bushings 
129400 mi

C $100
Coolant overflow tank cracked 
143220 mi

C $400
O2 sensor failed . 
54000 mi

US $100
Coldest day of the year, thermostat froze shut and car almost overheated. Self diagnosed as too little antifreeze in system due to constant topping-up as a result of leaky thermostat housing. Replaced thermostat and re-sealed housing. 
60000 mi

US $2200
Shop gave me some BS about the springs in the pressure plate "stiffening" enough to repeatedly blow out hydraulics. Basically, they were just covering their butts for a faulty diagnosis. Still have the pristine clutch they took out.  
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 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 

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2005 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

75000 mi

US $1000
Muffler was replaced for the first time, Tie rod was bent, mechanic replaced 
58700 mi

US $1070
Transmission cooler replaced. 
75000 mi

US $245
Items noted during 75k mile checkup: - two belts replaced (original?) - cabin air filter replaced - tires rotated 
76000 mi

US $775
Exhaust system needed replaced. 
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

56000 mi

US $3000
Replaced clutch. 
57000 mi

US $1150
Oxygen sensors were causing the "Check Engine" light to stay on. We took our out-of-warranty Mini to a reliable mechanic, but only the Mini dealership has the software to reset the "adaptations" to make the Check Engine light go off. 
241800 mi

C $1200
no heat in the car at all! - needed new heater core - dealer had no idea how to fix - replaced a new thermostat, replaced a good radiator, sensors,finally heater core. Dealers do not like working on these I think! 
108000 mi

US $3400
worn bearings & gears, replaced transmission & clutch kit 
75700 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. 
89200 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

102000 mi

US $2500
Replace worn clutch and rotors. Replace bushings. 
124200 mi

US $500
Alternator quit 
130000 mi

US $2200
Oxygen sensor Radiator fan 
138000 mi

US $1600
New compressor. Replaced dryer and condensor also. Oil filter gasket and water pump 
142300 mi

US $600
Replace original shocks, struts, bushings, and rear control arms. 
53000 mi

US $360
Grinding noise prompted me to replace the front wheel bearings. Problem solved. 
53000 mi

US $2500
An oxygen sensor failed. I replaced both, but computer had to be reprogrammed and throttle body "unit" was replaced by a mechanic. The car suddenly want into "limp" mode only going 30mph no matter what. 
94000 mi

US $160
A pillar exterior finishing panel detached during normal highway driving. replaced with updated design from dealer. Common issue 
112000 mi

US $2600
New clutch & flywheel 
125500 mi

US $190
Power steering suction and return hose replaced 
113100 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. 
133100 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

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
transmission grinding badly wheel bearing hubs completely worn down 
60300 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 
108500 mi

US $265
Refilled freon, fixed short that was preventing compressor from turning on. 
111500 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. 
115300 mi

US $600
Power steering lines leaking. Valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced only 6 month prior so dealer covered cost. 
129000 mi

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

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

125300 mi

US $7000
Rod bearing failed. Replaced entire bottom end of engine. 
128000 mi

US $7000
Threw a rod. Replaced engine with short block. Did all maintenance items under hood. 
111000 mi

US $500
Thermostat replacement including coolant flush.  Review extensive oil leaks, apply oil tracing liquid to determine source of leaks. 
120300 mi

US $1200
Clogged heater core 
119000 mi

US $335
Post Catalytic Converter Oxygen Sensor "Lifetime" Xenon headlight bulb replaced, passenger side only. 
79900 mi

US $150
Anti-lock braking, traction control, & tire pressure monitor all failed due to sensor failure on driver front wheel. Sensor replaced; problems solved. 
84000 mi

US $280
Replaced failing aftermarket headers with new aftermarket headers.The replaced headers, on the car when Purchased it used, had been wrapped which caused rust which caused holes. New headers are not wrapped. Supercharger hose wore through, rendering supercharger inactive. Replaced hose; works fine. 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. 
86000 mi

US $200
Replaced vacuum hose and changed oil. 
87000 mi

US $750
Replaced oxygen sensor Front strut mounts were worn. Replaced. 
102000 mi

US $235
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. 
116700 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 
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 :) 
128200 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 
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. 
76000 mi

US $612
Front control arm bushings gone. 
84000 mi

US $720
Power steering pressure lines were leaking and replaced. 
88500 mi

US $1200
Exhaust rusted, replacement required Brake line wearing, rubbing on control arm. 
100700 mi

US $115
AC compressor pulley clutch 
29000 mi

US $1900
Electrical, other than above, repair 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

37300 mi

US $9200
engine blew 330 miles after timing chain HAD to be replaced. 13000 miles left on warranty. BMW/Mini said I misused car and would not cover charges. They would not put in writing causes. will not go back. 
55000 mi

US $7500
Transmission Broke. Had to replace whole new transmission. 
94000 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. 
120000 mi

US $850
Power steering pump failed and needed replacing. 
135000 mi

US $225
Power steering pump fan needed replacing. 
136000 mi

US $400
Radiator leaked and needed replacing. 
52000 mi

US $260
Replaced radiator due to small crack in side of tank. 
61200 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. 
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. 

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2003 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

115-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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! 
110000 mi

US $583
Right front wheel bearing replaced. Front end alignment. 
107500 mi

US $200
Broken shift cable 
116000 mi

US $2272
Suspension worn. All four struts and mounting plates replaced. 
118000 mi

US $749
Replaced torn lower control arm bushings 
118500 mi

US $1525
Replaced water pump, thermostat housing, thermostat, and related hoses and seals 
58200 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. 
61300 mi

US $2300
Hinge for hatchback broke. Check engine light wnet on, some sensor needed replacing. 
23000 mi

US $5500
rear wheel speed sensor replaced. Computer reset. Brake system flushed(preventative). 
25000 mi

US $823
Replace leaking high pressure power steering hose. 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

72500 mi

US $1030
Valve cover gasket replaced Tensioner pulley and idler pulley replaced Serpentine belt replaced Clutch Release bearing making noise 

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2002 Mini Hardtop 2dr Hatch

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

135000 mi

US $1500
Replaced brakes and rotors 

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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. 
108500 mi

US $5600
Clutch went out; could not engage gears Transmission failed as clutch repair was being completed. Transmission was replaced with rebuilt unit Half shaft failed; car was sent to BMW dealership for repair; car sent back with no repairs performed; half shaft replaced at independent mechanics cost. Car shifted smoothly after this although experienced intermittent hesitation. 

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