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We’re a top rated local MINI Cooper repair services shop in Fremont, CA. We also serve the greater East Bay Area, including Newark, Union City, Milpitas, and Sunol. Here, we will discuss some common MINI Cooper problems including clutch failure, automatic transmission, coolant leaks, and timing chains. If you notice any of these problems, visit our auto repair shop today.


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Clutch Failure

For driving enthusiasts, there is no substitute for a manual transmission. Aside from the fun factor, they are reliable and should last for the life of the vehicle. With that said, chances are you will have to replace the clutch at some point, and in MINI Coopers, possibly more often than you would like, such as every 50,000. However, driving habits will play into that, especially if your commute involves frequent stop-and-go traffic. If so, the lower end is more realistic as opposed to regular highway driving. Should the engine RPMs start increasing during acceleration or if you notice a burning smell similar to that after braking hard, the clutch is likely due for a replacement.

Automatic Transmission

There’s no denying that automatic transmissions are convenient, especially for a daily-driven vehicle. Outside of the early 2000s, the automatics used in MINIs are solid units and can provide years of trouble-free service if properly maintained. Here, the problem was MINI’s factory service schedule, which recommended changing the fluid every 100,000 miles. However, many automotive professionals disagree, as the oil’s lubricative properties break down over time, which can cause excessive component wear. As such, it is advised to change the fluid every 50,000 miles, and doing so will extend the life of your transmission.

Coolant Leaks

While coolant leaks are a common complaint across all model years, the 2nd generation (2007-2013) MINIs are the worst offenders. Among the most notable are leaks from the thermostat housing. Made out of plastic, over time, it becomes brittle and cracks. Similarly related is a leaking water pump, and it is not uncommon for this to occur in low-mileage vehicles. In both cases, a loss of coolant can overheat and cause costly engine damage.
As with the thermostat housing, 2nd gen MINIs had a plastic radiator and fan support. Unfortunately, they were notoriously weak and, like the lower radiator hose, can be damaged by simply parking over a high curb. As such, the radiator support housing and lower hose should be inspected periodically, which can be easily done when performing routine service.

Timing Chain

Unlike timing belts that need to be changed periodically, MINIs have a timing chain that should last for the life of the vehicle. Unfortunately, that was not always the case, and there have been reports of timing chains failing on engines with as little as 20,000 miles. While it was mostly limited to 2007-2010 MINIs equipped with the turbocharged 1.6L “Prince” engine, it has been observed in other models through 2015.
Here, the culprit was a faulty timing chain tensioner. A fairly simple component, it plays an important role by keeping the moving parts inside the engine in sync. If it fails, the valves and pistons will collide, necessitating costly engine repairs. While the problem was identified in 2008, it wasn’t until 2016 that BMW issued a recall and began reimbursing owners of affected 2007-2010 models. If you hear a rattling sound coming from the passenger’s side, usually more audible at idle or in cold weather, it is best to turn the vehicle off and have it towed to a shop, as the tensioner can suddenly fail.