7 Most Common Repair Problems Faced by MINI Owners
7 Most Common Repair Problems Faced by MINI OwnersMini Coopers can be extremely fun to drive, however, from time to time, certain problems do surface. This article takes a look at the seven most common problems faced by Mini Cooper owners.
1. Issues with the Transmission System – the automatic transmission's problems come from the fact that the manufacturers often say that their transmissions don't need any type of fluid change. This is without a doubt, a huge problem because if you do not change the transmission fluid, it'll eventually fail, earlier than expected. Somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 miles, you should change the transmission fluid to prevent any serious and expensive repairs in the long run. The CVT transmissions installed before 2008 should have regular oil changes; however, the 5-speed automatic transmissions used on most Minis are much more reliable.
2. The Thermostat and Water Pump Leaks – You should consider replacing the thermostat and water pump if your Mini Cooper has over 50,000 miles. This action will save you several visits to the local auto repair center and, of course, money.
3. Faulty Electric Power Steering Pumps – Electric power steering pumps are bound to fail at some point. If your power steering pump needs replacement, while the vehicle is apart, it's a good idea to check out the cooling fan and other related parts.
4. Clutch Failure - Untimely clutch failures seem to be related to hard use.
5. Damaged Front Radiator Support – The front radiator support is made of plastic and it supports the radiator, fan, and condenser. This support is positioned very low, and as you can see, it doesn’t take much to damage the support. Even a mediocre impact on a high curb can do plenty of damage. Moreover, the lower coolant hose is located even lower, so make sure you take care when parking your Mini.
6. Rattling Timing Chains – At some point, the timing chains will begin to rattle. When the engine is idling, this problem can be even worse. This is a serious problem, so you shouldn’t ignore it, because it could lead to other expensive repairs.
7. Performance Issues Related to Variable Valve Timing (VVT) – This particular problem occurs when the oil is not changed regularly. To operate the system, the VVT must have a good flow of oil. Sludge starts accumulating when the oil is not changed, which leads to blockages of the small passages.
If you wish to avoid having to deal with this problem, change the oil the moment it gets dirty, even if your Mini is not due for an oil change. This might solve the problem, provided that the passages are not completely blocked.
With that being said, don’t let this article alarm you. Mini Cooper vehicles are not among the most expensive cars on the market, and with the help of regular maintenance services, the cars are designed to last a long time, depending on the type of driving you do.