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5 Mini Cooper Issues Every Owner Needs to Know

After BMW relaunched Mini with a bit of a facelift in the early millennium the cars was met with immense love. Since its the new debut, Mini has begun offering multiple models that are gathering followings of their own. Yet, as the first generation of the new Mini Coopers start to age several common issues have come to light. BY staying on top of trouble with your Mini Cooper you will ensure that you have a chance to let a professional Mini technician repair potential problems before they become bigger trouble. Here are five problems owners of Mini Coopers built between 2000 and 2006 need to know about.

Clutch Failure

Mini Cooper clutches are known to fail at relatively low mileage, especially when the vehicle is driven regularly in heavy traffic. If you catch a whiff of something burning while driving your stick shift Mini, be sure to visit an expert Mini mechanic to have the issue properly diagnosed and serviced.

Automatic Transmission Failure

A big issue that has become apparent in first generation Mini Cooper cars equipped with CVT automatic transmissions is complete transmission failure. This problem is actually the result of the manufacturer stating the transmission does not require routine transmission fluid services, but in reality they do. Most mechanics agree that transmission serviced should be completed every 30K to 40K miles.

Power Steering Pump Fails

The electric power steering pump in early Minis are known to fail, often without warning. If it seems your steering suddenly becomes more rigid, or if it becomes difficult to turn the steering wheel, a new power steering pump will likely be needed. If it is found that this service is necessary if may be worth testing the cooling system fan and other parts in the area of the vehicle at the same time, since the front of car will be need to be disassembled to perform the necessary repairs.

Water Pump Leak

Mini Coopers with more than 50,000 miles on them have been known to spring leaks from the water pump and/or thermostat housing. If you have a low mileage example of one of the early Minis, it may be worth having these parts replaced as a preventative fix, as doing so can save you hundreds of dollars in labor costs should the part suddenly call it quits.

Loose Timing Chain

The timing chain in Mini Cooper cars can loosen at relatively low mileage. Ignoring a loose timing chain may lead to the chain snapping, which will result in major engine damage.

Whether you own a Mini built between 2000 and 2006 or plan on buying one, be aware of these issues. If you need Mini Cooper repair in Morgan Hill head to Fred's Foreign & Domestic. Our foreign auto repair techs specialize in the service of Mini Cooper vehicles of all ages, even ones that just came off the lot. To request European auto repair in Morgan Hill give us a call at (408) 706-7318 today.


Freds Foreign and Domestic Car Repair Blog
Written By Brian Corey
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