The Countryman is Mini's "jumbo" vehicle, an SUV that's still rather small in stature. It has four doors and comfortable seating. Cars built for the 2014 model year got a standard rear bench seat -- earlier ones came with rear bucket seats, seating only four people total. The quick steering and extraordinary handling found in its smaller brethren remain mostly intact, making it fun to drive.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"The check engine light came on and there was reduced power. The mini dealer ran the diagnostics which came back normal. They performed another test and the high pressure fuel pump failed. The pump was replaced under the recently extended warranty from Mini related to this issue. I was still charged about $280 for diagnostics and other work"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"replace with extended warrantee, free of charge. but this is all after spending several hundred dollars on trying to figure out why i keep getting CEL"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has been replaced three times, so far"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump went bad, resulting in the engine going into a "limp mode.""

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It needed to be replaced. Three separate times the car went into a degrade mode where it would only go about 35MPH"

Vincent B., NJ (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"failed O2 sensor. Did not result in the car being undrivable"

Jeffrey W., SC (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"check engine light continually came on upon stopping at lights. Multiple visits to dealer until diagnosed as faulty air mass meter"

Roy F., AZ (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Engine temperature sensor failure was a recall item. Other was defective fuel level sensor that required 2 trips for repair"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Trunk leaks , fixed several times under warranty and now leaking again"

David C., WA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump leaked - covered under warranty"

Matthews E., AR (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Trunk filled with water , ongoing problem , finally fixed. Claimed it was the rear hatch seal"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked sunroof frame and defective windshield seal allowing water into cabin"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Annoying amount of rattles from the doors, rear seats, and dash"

Stephen V., PA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace tire bearings"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car has a lot of interior noises. I think the run flat tires do not help to reduce the noise/vibrations"

Joe S., FL (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This is the noisiest car I have ever driven. Will not take it on a trip out of the city"

John P., OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"My battery failed suddenly with no warning or indication that it was losing power. It could not even be jump started. It left me stranded at night in a school parking lot with my son for several hours after a school function. If this had been one of the only issues with my MINI, I wouldn't see it as such a big deal. However, it seems that have needed service on my car 1 -3 times a year for reasons other than regular maintenance since it was first purchased. This car was too expensive to be s"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"All 4 ignition coils replaced -- at less than 35,000 miles?!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Very surprised to have multiple coil failures within a few months of each other"

Jeff B., VT (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"I have had spark plug failure/replacement three separate times since I purchased my vehicle. As a previous and long time owner of Toyotas, I have NEVER owned a vehicle with this many reliability issues"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Coils, spark plugs and wires failed at about 75k miles"

Andrea A., WV (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership replaced the spark plugs in an attempt to solve an intermittent engine light problem"

Steven B., GA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Entire ignition system failed at 90k miles"

Andrea A., WV (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Depending on its mood, our Countryman can decide to sound the alarm, completely STOP electrically, change radio stations, or display warning lights on the dash whenever it wants"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"apparently it is a common issue on the 2012 AWD coopers"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Repeated issues with the transfer case. Has been repaired twice"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very loud noise while driving, some vibration"

David G., VA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"wheel bearing in front left wheel went bad"

Anne P., MA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Timing chain tensioner went bad resulting in engine skipping and long crank time. Timing chain repairs were completed for about $2800. About 4K miles later the same problem occurred but was covered by the mechanics warranty. The same symptoms reappeared about 2k miles later and the mechanic stated that the oil was very low even though there were no visible oil leaks"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"One day the car worked perfectly, next day we had difficulty driving it. took to Dealer; Told the Turbo Charger was going~ fix ASAP!"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Waste-gate went bad, resulting in a check engine light being triggered on a random basis"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Failed; replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbo went out at ~32000 miles. They tried to blame the engine light on other things for 10000 miles more, but then admitted that the turbo was defective"

John P., OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cylinder head

"The engine light would intermittently come on. We look it to the dealership multiple times before they sent the cylinder head out for resurfacing. They kept the car for 6 weeks. The dealership did a poor job of communicating and didn't return phone c"

Steven B., GA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Needed new clutch. Very very expensive repair"

Liza B., NY (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete clutch failure at less than 12000. Dealer acknowledged sub-standard clutch supplied. Warranty replacement. 3rd AAA tow in to dealer. Alternate problem oil leaks from engine, causing oil loss. Fixed on second try, tows 1&2"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The clutch pedal had a noise when you stepped on it. A clutch part was replaced but the transmission was incorrectly installed and had to be removed a second time"

Joe S., FL (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clutch slipping in higher gears. Warranty check. Master and slave seal leaks, opened up clutch: covered in oil. Replaced clutch and seals under warranty. Good service. Hate to have that bill off warranty. 9 hour service time just for clutch removal"

Codey C., AB (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The clutch went out at about 20K miles. No indication it was going to go out. It just burnt out and left us on the side of the road. Mini came and got us and covered the replacement cost and a borrowed car under our warranty though"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"I had difficulties with all the Dashboard lights flashing, Car stopping in the middle of our drive( thank heavens it was our drive and not on the Interstate at 70 MPH!"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine computer prevented the turbo from operating intermittently"

Darin L., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Oil problem exists, not yet taken to shop -- one has to ask again: at 35,000 miles?!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"as part of replacing high pressure fuel pump that broke during extended warrantee, dealer found oil and coolant pump also leaking. oil pump is more memorable because the fix was to place a piece of material to prevent oil from fouling the electric line, seemingly not fixing it still. Yet still got charged $300 for the "fix""

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"keeps blowing fuses"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heated seats worked fine, but one in-dash button malfunctioned"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Lights coming on erroneously"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Even the slightest breeze can set this thing off - sometimes it even goes off while you're driving, totally unannounced. Weird"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rear valance became loose, and mounting brace needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"tape on accent trim around the windshield is coming off"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Oil leaks. No clear explanation. Fixed on second try, second tow. Supplier issue. Free repairs plus out of schedule service"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"dealer said can do nothing"

Anthony M., MO (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"Oil seal needed replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak was discovered and repaired under warranty. No more problems"

John Z., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Attempting to play audiobooks through my Galaxy S3. Doesn't work, consistently"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The nav system is difficult to use. Unintuitive to operate and has too many menu layers to scroll through"

Stephen V., PA (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Wheel bearings

"Front left (drivers side) needed to be replaced"

Matthews E., AR (2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Apr 18 2018
If the circuit board were to overheat, it can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2011-2012 BMW 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive, 750i, 750Li, 750i xDrive, 750Li xDrive, 760Li, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, ActiveHybrid7, MINI Cooper S Convertible, John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4, Cooper S, JCW, Cooper S Clubman, JCW Clubman, Cooper S Roadster, JCW Roadster, Cooper S Coupe, JCW Coupe and Rolls-Royce Ghost, 2011 BMW X6 Hybrid and 2012 BMW 650i Coupe, 650i xDrive Coupe, 650i Convertible and 650i xDrive Convertible vehicles. The electric auxiliary water pump may fail and cause the circuit board to overheat.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric auxiliary water pump, free of charge. Depending on the model, there are currently limited parts available, however not all parts are available at this time. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning June 11, 2018, and will receive a second notification when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at BMW 1-800-525-7417, MINI at 1-866-825-1525, or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Note: BMW recommends that owners park their vehicle outdoors until the recall remedy has been performed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V248000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47806
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