The Mini is a modern reincarnation of a classic icon. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the front accommodations are surprisingly generous. A choppy ride, tight rear seat and the base model's modest acceleration are notable detriments.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard on hatchback. ESC available, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Mini is a modern reincarnation of a classic icon. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the front accommodations are surprisingly generous. A choppy ride, tight rear seat and the base model's modest acceleration are notable detriments.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 supercharged (207 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 supercharged (168 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch dropped to the floor and had to be lifted by foot in order to change gears. I could continue to drive it but considered it unsafe."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Engine over reving"

Patrick L., BC (2005 Mini Cooper)

"Manual transmission, only 40000 miles, but almost all city driving, wore out the clutch. Replacement cost: $1600"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"City driving wore out the manual transmission clutch after 12 years."

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had reached the end of it's useful life. This was a bit early in my opinion as the car had fewer than 65,000 miles on it. However, given that the car was 14+ years old, the age may well have played a factor in the clutch failure. The major issue I had with the clutch failure was the cost to repair - which ended up being just under $1,000. This cost would have been much higher if I took it to a Mini dealer, so I guess I am lucky that the previous owner had developed a relationship with an independent (and highly-rated) repair shop."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The throw-out bearing went, and damaged the clutch mechanism necessitating replacement of the whole clutch assembly."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch started to chatter when cold. Failure of dual mass flywheel required replacement of all components. Clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, throwout bearing"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"My clutch died and needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Basic wear and tear on clutch required replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch replace at 70,000 miles. Dealer took one week to replace. Cost about $1800"

R K., AL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"In a standard transmission I expect the clutch to be replaced. However, this seemed premature at 70,000 km. I tend to be a bit of a hard driver, but I had a standard 1999 Mazda 626 Turbo (bought new) that didn't need its clutch replaced until about"

John D., NB (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"No one wants to work on it Rough shifting, with the computer reset"

J W., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Early Mini coopers were subject to a class action lawsuit. Our car was too old to benefit from the action, so we have our transmission rebuilt at a local shop"

John M., NY (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently typical for this year Mini Cooper. Gears were slipping. Needed a transmission rebuild to solve the problem"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Transmission problem was MORE THAN 12 months ago. Transmission rebuild. Class action suit. Recovered part of transmission rebuild costs. Transmission is still problematic."

Donald B., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The transmission was unrepairable. New transmission cost with installation was $7000.00. The transmission started going bad about 80000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"hard power surge when upshifting"

Jim W., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Slipping on shift from 3 to 4 gear, rough downshifts, led to complete trans replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

Ball joints

"mechanic detected problem and replaced ball joint"

Robert C., OH (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Bushings

"created thump; expesive to fix because of suspension design; $600"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"power steering fluid line leaked"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"failed hoses"

Richard L., VA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"leak found pump was going bad, all three lines needed replacement along with pump, which was a very high cost to replace"

Mark B., UT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Steering rack was leaking requiring its replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Became noisy and smelled hot"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan cooling pump failed and pump stopped working so we lost power steering"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Mini Cooper S)

"Power steering had a recall"

Anonymous, ID (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust and corrosion of cooling fan on power steering pump caused power steering pump failure. Replaced by dealer with no issues"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Power steering pump failed. this is apparently a common problem for this model year"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Shocks or struts

"Excessive squeaking on hard right or left turns at slow speed. Upper bushing and support socket for strut needed to be replaced."

Robert K., AL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace both front stabilizer links"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"struts repeatedly broken, almost yearly for the last 3 years. Car makes loud banging noises every time I go over even the smallest bump. I am looking to get a new car now."

Roberto R., WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering rack was leaking requiring its replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Repairs needed every 2 years"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Wheel balance

"on the back right tire the metal pz that hold tire vertical broke every 8 months , last one last week"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Clogged moonroof drainage holes caused water to soak the cabin carpet"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The thermostat housing is cracked. This is the 3rd time since we've owned the car that we have to replace this housing. There are no drivability issues at this time"

James S., CT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"right hand seat belt gets wet after hard rain"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Convertable top and sunroof do not work cannot open either"

Alan M., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Have water leaks onto floor of auto. Not sure where coming from."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Coolant expansion tank developed a leak and had to be replaced"

Leroy T., CT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Coolant leak at thermostat couple (2nd time)"

Diana M., NC (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The sun roof drain tube became disconnected at the top of the "A" pillar on the right side"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Drain tubes in the moon roof clogged, water started coming into the cabin."

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The center instrument stack has (over time I expect) developed several annoying little snap crackle & pops, though these are most prevalent on rougher road surfaces. Also pillar molding around windshield is loose and will pop! on rough roads"

David E., OR (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior in the cabin on rough roads, rattles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The vibration damper failed causing the drive belts to be damaged. It had to be towed to repair shop due to lack of power steering and limited engine speed. The cost to repair the Mini was $1300. for new vibration dampers, belt tensioner, belts, etc."

Richard L., OH (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"super charger belt tensioner and belt required replacement. Belt failure from normal wear/tensioner as well, around 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Engine computer

"Real problem was not identified as diagnostics did not include enough information. Minimal power. Could not drive over 10 mph. Worked fine after overnight"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Engine mounts

"Easy fix."

Anonymous, (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Liquid filled damper in upper, passenger side engine mount failed. Replaced it my self with aftermarket part for $85"

Anonymous, WY (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Oil leaks

"Engine oil leak from an oil change. Had to replace the main seal for the oil cartridge. Still leaking"

Phil B., KY (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"There are minor leaks from the valve cover and the oil pan. I have not had these gaskets replaced due to high cost (about $300 for valve cover gasket and $700 for oil pan gadket) and minor amount of leakage"

R L., OH (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Something is always leaking"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The oil was leaking like Swiss cheese, from everywhere it could leak. No oil in car!"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Took two repairs at non-dealership to fix oil leak"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S)

"the car leaks oil from almost every engine gasket. mechanics and the dealer have both said this is normal for this model and that repairing all of the gaskets would be prohibitively expensive. So, I end up adding extra oil every few months"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"Failure of electrical harness to conv top motors"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Doors or sliding doors

"see prior discussion regarding rust on rear hatchback door. Mini honored their 10 year rust warranty and replaced entire door for free. My car was 9 1/2 years old when I brought it to their attention. I am very happy with their customer service"

Cathy T., MA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Splitting on the bottom where rust is present"

John R., ON (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Failure of glove box lock/latch"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"electrical failings throughout the car including the locks. I have to use my physical key in the lock to open the drivers side door so that I can open the passenger door from the inside. The driver side window also doesnt work."

Roberto R., WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Serious rust appears under the taillights, evidently a design flaw in which water gets trapped and causes rust. The tailgate rusted so badly we had to replace it entirely."

David W., NY (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Would not remain open"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Windows

"Loud noise when raised or lowered to or from fully closed position"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper)

"Both doors/ power window regulators had to be replaced. Both paid for by dealer"

David E., OR (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side window will not go down. This has been fixed once prior"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Slight slippage in engaging. Problem resolved by local mechanic"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper Base Unsure)

"bad dealer,dallas,texas 4hrs for oil change"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake went out years ago....I was told the wires were rusted out and that their course through the interstices of the frame was so inaccessible that labor costs would be circa $500. I let it go."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake cable rusted. Repair estimated at over $500. Fergedaboutit"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Once a year, something goes sour with the brake system....name a part, it's worn out between oil changes and inspection."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"brakes pulsing due to warped rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

"Fuel pump stopped working and so did the car."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Faulty acceration and sputtering"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine trouble light comes on frequently, different problems each time."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Light/alert went on and wouldn't go off until I had the $1,000 repair. The dealership/ mechanic said it wouldn't pass an emissions test unless it was fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Both units failed at various times and it took several visits to get the dealer to completely fix the issue. While the car was drivable, it did experience performance issues."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"In order to pass the CT emissions test, the O2sensor was replaced. Following the replacement, the car passed."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the sensors was bag and an ignition wire was melted"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had all of the O2 sensors replaced at least once since I've owned the car. The last one replaced seems to have finally fixed the overall issues"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"it just went and stopped working"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Compressor died and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Automatic climate control

"The upgraded automatic temperature control is erratic - heats sometimes comes on when a/c should. Requires turning temp control down to 62 or 64. Dealer checked it and was clueless."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Won’t shut ofg"

Anonymous, DE (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Worsening but intermittent problem with blower noise"

Timothy W., VA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower/fan died and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Refrigerant leaks

"Multi checks. Finally a leak was found in the compressor a $950 repair which we have chosen not to do"

D L., MA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"radiator reservoir leaked and was replaced as was the thermostat. Both were said to be common faults on this model"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Clutch Spring needed adjustment"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Coolers and lines

"Transmission fluid line to cooler burst. Car stopped"

R S., GA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Automatic shifting is very rough"

J W., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Clutch shutters in first gear, especially when cold"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch chatters when it's cold, in first gear only"

Anonymous, (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"It started about 80000 miles. It would downshift or go into neutral for no reason going down the road. It cannot be fixed, BMW does not make any repair parts. the transmission must be replaced at a cost of $7000.00."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Seems to remain in lower gear occasionally when accelerating"

Jim W., GA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"car failed twice in the middle of intersections. 1st time Supercharger; 2nd time Transmission. According to mechanics, both failures are common Car was deemed too expensive to fix and donated"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front spoiler keeps unsnapping"

Deb S., AZ (2005 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Little plastic chrome ring on hand break keeps falling off onto floor. I'm going to lose it one of these times"

Deb S., AZ (2005 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat is chalking on the roof"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper)
Rust

"on the rear next to the lift handle the paint was bubbled and rusting - we have seen other mins with the same issue - our dealer did repair it ( reluctantly) because we were just before the end of that warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Big gaping hole under the back tail light. We have a car that is ten years older that doesn't look this bad"

Jeri S., IL (2005 Mini Cooper)

"My 9 1/2 year old Mini Cooper slowly developed rust on rear hatchback door around door latch (under the rear window) where I could no longer open the door. Mini has a 10-year rust warranty and they replaced the hatchback door for free. I am happy"

Cathy T., MA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Bottom of both driver and passenger door. Rear hatch. Rear taillight area"

John R., ON (2005 Mini Cooper Base 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear brake light intermittently went off for a few years. I kept changing the bulb and finally had some wiring work done, which fixed it"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Continually not allligned correctly"

Richard M., TX (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Tire pressure monitor

"Has never shut off regardless of tire condition"

Alan M., CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"came on along with warning lights. replaced sensor. $400"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Warning lights

"all the warning lights came on. nothing was wrong with the car, had to replace sensors, cost $1200"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Bad converter caused the replacement of the entire exhaust, manifold to end pipe"

Mark B., UT (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"fore and aft oxygen sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Exhaust manifold

"The exhaust manifold cracked"

Anonymous, NV (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Muffler

"rust caused the mounting brackets and muffler itself to disintegrate and leave the remaining muffler almost dragging on the ground. Required full replacement of muffler and brackets"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Spark plug&the female threads separated from the cylinder head. Dealer wanted to do a new cylinder head but it was repairable with a plug insert."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Car started to run rough triggering a misfire code. Discovered low compression on #1 cylinder. Oil analysis revealed excess metals from bearings and pistons"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Turbo or supercharger

"The supercharger was failing and the part is no longer available, so we went with a used part."

Anonymous, (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"Cooling fan is electric drive and the low speed died. The cooling fan is behind the radiator which means the radiator must be removed to replace it. The labor cost is huge for that"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Cooling fan replaced twice in the past 2 years."

Michael B., PA (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"water pump design was defective. extended warranty available on base cooper model ... but not on "Cooper S" ... but I think it's the same pump"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

Driveshaft or axle

"Drive shaft pulley malfunctioned. A few weeks later the drive belt tore."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Electrical failure

"Electrical problems throughout car. Dash systems not working. Blower won’t shut off. Battery won’t hold charge, even though it is new."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Somehow having wiring problems that have most systems inoperable. Manufacturer having problem supplying replacement wiring harness for model."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Severe hesitation / stalling followed by would not start at all."

Anonymous, DC (2005 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"spark plug wire failure; metal cylinder detached from wire. After 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

Radio

"The amplifier for the radio/cd system no longer working. Mini wants about $1800 to replace or I need to replace entire system as a work around . Without the amplifier the entire system audio system does not function"

Peter C., WI (2005 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
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