Mini Cooper Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mini Cooper reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Is it hard to get the charger off a Mini Cooper?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Sep 2020

Hi Jeanie, assuming you mean the turbo-charger, it is located at the front of the engine, behind the heat shield. It isn't too difficult for an experienced BMW/Mini mechanic to do the job, but the turbo itself may be expensive to replace if it is seized, and you may also be faced with high hourly labour rates going to a BMW/Mini specialist, so do shop around. Please do ensure that you speak to a specialist who has worked on Minis before.

Here's a top tip: assuming also that your Mini is from 2007 to 2014 (R55 through to R60 series), call up Peugeot specialists too, as the 'Prince' engine in Mini turbos is exactly the same as the ones used in some Peugeot 207, 308, 508 and RCZ models from about 2007 to 2015. Later Minis (from 2014 to date with an 'F' designation like F56) use an entirely different engine, so if that's yours, disregard the Peugeot specialist.

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Is a new Kia Cerato a good 2015 Mini Cooper replacement?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Nov 2019

You can get a good feel for a car’s quality simply by looking at things like the paint finish, the panel fit, the feel of the doors as they open and shut, the touch of the trim and plastics in the cabin. Kia’s quality is generally good; I can’t see any reason why you should be disappointed with the Cerato.

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What electric car should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Nov 2019

We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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Nissan Juke 2019 or Mini Cooper 2018: Which should I buy?

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Aug 2019

A: You’re right; every car has its positives and negatives, so try before you buy. Sit in them, drive them, and assess them for your particular needs. There are no hidden nasties in the Juke or Cooper A to worry about. You can negotiate on anything, everything is up for grabs, so have a go and see what you can win.

 

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Mini Cooper: Key fob replacement

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2019
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Mini Cooper 2018: Automatic shuddering

Answered by CarsGuide 25 Jan 2019

You should use the park brake when leaving the car parked, and always engage the gear before releasing the brake to drive away. If it continues to shudder after doing this, have the gearbox checked, it could a problem with the clutches, or the hill-hold might need adjusting, or it might be fixed by a transmission oil change.

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How to lower a Mini Cooper?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2018

The Mini uses coil springs to set its ride height, and there are several aftermarket options for lower coil springs. However,they should be installed by a professional suspension workshop. You should also check the laws and regulations in your state to ensure the legality of any modifications you're planning on doing.

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How to remove Mini Cooper door panel?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2018

Pop out the red cap, then remove the fastener behind it. There are then four other fasteners around the door card to remove. Pull the door handle cover off, then lever the bottom of the door card off.

You can then work the door panel loose by pulling the top part of the panel forward and lifting it up.

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Are Mini Cooper parts expensive?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Aug 2018

They are more expensive than Toyota Corolla parts, but cheaper than parts for a Rolls Royce. Generally, most European vehicles will have more expensive parts compared to a similar Japanese or Korean car and the Mini is no different. Finding a good independent mechanic and researching where parts can be purchased cheaper is how many owners save money.

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How to change Mini Cooper oil?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Aug 2018

Take it to a good independent mechanic and have them do it, as you don't save enough money doing the job yourself to make it worthwhile spending the time sourcing your own oil and filter, jacking the car up, risking scaling yourself with hot oil while draining the old oil, making a mess when filling the new oil, then disposing of the old oil (you can't put it in your bin!).

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