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Used Mini Cooper Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Mini Cooper faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Mini Cooper fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Mini Cooper/S (2001 - Present) Fault Guide
Mini Cooper (2006-) Fault Guide


Mini Cooper/S (2001 - Present) Fault Guide

View Mini Cooper/S (2001 - Present) Fault Guide

We know of 13 MINI Cooper/S (2001 - Present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 1 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 5 recalls

Here's an example fault on the MINI Cooper/S (2001 - Present)

What to look for:

BMW Mini clutches have a surprisingly short life. In many cases the clutch fails at around 50,000 miles. There are no particular early warning signs.

What it means:

You need to budget to replace a clutch at around 50,000 miles. If the car is approaching 50,000 miles, you may want to negotiate a discount of a percentage of the clutch replacement cost.

What to do

Budget £700 for a new clutch.


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Mini Cooper (2006-) Fault Guide

View Mini Cooper (2006-) Fault Guide

We know of 16 MINI Cooper (2006-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 8 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the MINI Cooper (2006-)

What to look for:

Test drive the car. Make sure that the engine idle speed is regular and the car does not ‘hunt’ and idle (i.e. the revs rise and fall without use of the accelerator). Also check that the turbo has a marked effect (a sudden burst of power) when it comes in.

What it means:

If you find ‘hunting’ at idle or a flat power delivery then this may be a problem with the turbocharger dump valve. This will need to be replaced.

What to do

If you find this fault and the car is under warranty (3 years unlimited or 5 years if the car has the ‘TLC’ option) then BMW/Mini may repair it for free. Otherwise try to reduce the price of the car by £150.00.


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