hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,990 miles

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problem #5

Feb 222017

Cooper S

  • 82,000 miles
6 speed automatic transmission failed catastrophically after 82,000 miles. This in spite of proper dealer recommended mainainance. Cost to repair was the same as the value of the vehicle.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #4

Jan 242015

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 76,952 miles
2 days after purchasing a used MINICooper S convertible 2006, the car began to self shift at improper times, causing the engine to rev at high RPM's. I contacted the dealer immediately and he test drove the car trying to get the vehicle to respond the same way. After 15 minutes of driving it the problem did not occur and I was sent on my way. The problem continued to persist when I was at low speeds.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 022013

Cooper S 4WD 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Automatic transmission electronically disengages (random occurrences) while shifting between 3rd and 4th gear, allowing the engine to rev uncontrollably. Since this happens while accelerating, it creates an unsafe condition in traffic as there is no power to the wheels. When the transmission re-engages, it can happen at a very high rev (3000-5000, or more RPM) which causes an unsafe condition because of the sudden engagement. If roads are wet, the re-engagement can easily produce wheel spin and skidding when it happens during a turning maneuver. The sudden re-engagement at high revs can also break a cv joint or other drive component, which would cause the vehicle to be uncontrollable while in traffic.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 162013

Cooper S 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
On 2/16/2013 my harmonic balancer went out while driving on the freeway their are no warning lights. What happens is a loud pop then a bunch of crunching noises from that shock your car will go from 55 mph to 20 mph in a matter of seconds...extremely scary when you see a semi behind you. MINIpaid for this malfunction because they know this issue is a major flaw and will cause an accident or possibly someone's death. On 8/29/2013 my transmission failed at 55,123...no warnings just slow lunching and grinding also during this event I found out my engine and transmission mounts were cracked. Seat belts are constantly curling backwards and don't lay flat. Convertible roof drip seal rubber has been replaced more than twice making me believe that MINIhas used a sub standard rubber therefore using it in their engine parts...please note that I've had numerous hoses replaced due to being brittle and sub standard... power steering, radiator, and other hoses. MINIcopper is currently battling a class action law suit why do I know about every other car company benign sued " does it really take a death, accident, or other issue to make car companies accountable " please note current mileage is at 68,000 meaning I don't trust this car nor do I feel safe in selling it to some high schooler or other person because this manufacture isn't honest and rushed out a product all in the name of profit.

- Sierra Madre , CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 032012

Cooper S

  • 72,000 miles
While pulling up to a signal with the clutch pedal down, we heard a clunking sound in the center of the car. The rest of the drive, the car was difficult to shift (6 speed manual) into any gear. Took the car to an independent mechanic and the linkage was fine. They could not determine the cause of the problem. Took the car to the dealer, and was told that the throw out bearing had failed, requiring a $2300 clutch repair. That seems like a very expensive and premature failure.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA