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.
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Reliability

We expect the 2022 Cooper will be less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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 2006 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"Problem to maintain alignment"

Alvin L., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Misalignment from the factory finally noticed due to extreme tire wear"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Due to alignment issues the run-flat tires have to be replaced frequently"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Ball joints

"Cracked boot allowed dust into joint which required full replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Bushings

"Bushing damaged because of potholes in streets. Dealer replaced parts"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Power steering leaks

"Problem started 4 months ago, the cost to fix it is over $500"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The Pump leakes and makes noise. The hoses leak as well"

Brian N., WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Difficulty handling the car as these items were malfunctioning and leaking fluid"

David W., MD (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"during check-up they found holes in power steering hoses and leaking fluid"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Recall and replace steering pump"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Pump overheated and the engine would have caught on fire, but I was home, pushed the car out of the garage and ran water over the engine for about 30 minutes. They did fix free as this was a known (but not recalled) problem"

Allen H., VA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"High pressure hose leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering pump failed entirely. It had to be replaced and it cost over $1000"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"They are completely shot. At 48,000 miles"

Brian N., WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"strut on right side went bad,but not to the point it would not drive."

Olivan L., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the shocks and struts replaced. I also put in steel anti-mushrooming plates. Also, the engine mounts failed twice and I had to replace them with aftermarket parts. Honolulu has the worst roads in America."

Alex K., HI (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"UNIVERSAL JOINT IN STEERING LINKAGE WORE OUT AND BECAME HARD TO TURN."

Mark W., MN (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Tie rods

"At 147000 miles I replaced the original suspension with a set of sportier, stiffer, coil overs. I drive aggressively, and with the age of the vehicle, I imagine this contributed to the squeaks / knocks coming from some of the tie rods. One tie rod became loose and was merely re-torqued, another was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Wheel bearings

"bearings needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S)

"Two wheel bearings have failed in the past year. Both were easy to replace in our garage"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"New driver burned out clutch"

Dirk H., PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was chattering and the car had 145k miles so it was time. Took it to the dealer for replacement. It was considerably more expensive but it was a major job on this model and I wanted it done right by someone familiar with the process"

Ralph F., NC (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The replacement was at 58,000 miles which seems early but my wife learned to drive stick on the car so it may be fair"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"it took 3 times to shop to get adjustments right"

Fredrick B., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"hydraulic cylinder of clutch leaked making the clutch fail and the car immobilized. could not place in any gear/"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Have had the clutch replaced twice this year"

Jes D., OR (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch needed to be replaced shortly after we purchased the vehicle at approximately 75000 miles"

Lynne T., WI (2006 Mini Cooper Base)

"Replace clutch at 158000 miles. We view this as normal maintenance on 12 year old car"

Michael B., OH (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"This type of transmission was part of a class action law suit against BMW (?). Our car was one month too old to participate when the trans began to malfunction. We ended up replacing it with a factory-rebuilt trans costing us almost as much as the ca"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission requires replacement. Cost to replace or rebuild is over $8000 which is greater than the value of the car. Mini Cooper offers no help even though this appears to be a common problem"

Albert B., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The automatic transmission shifts very jerkily, especially after the car is warmed up/sitting in traffic. Both my mechanic and the local Mini dealership recommended a transmission rebuild, which costs between $9,000 and $10,000 on a Mini"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Trans shifted very hard, then stopped. replacement cost $8500"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"at 70,000 miles the autoshift transmission started shifting really hard (up and down) between 2 and 4. it just went puke"

Sam F., PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"New tranny is exhibiting same issues already. Not worth it in retrospect"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The transmission began shifting rough and slipping between 2-3 3-4 4-5. This is a common problem with this transmission (internet forum search) and the only solution was a transmission replacement"

Michael B., AB (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Transmission clutch did not engage when stopping at all times"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Mini Cooper Base 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

"Tons of water came in the car because of defective drain. The tube broke. Ruined carpeting"

Anonymous, DC (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Repeated water leaking cannot be identified. Dealer has had car for a month"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Water leak causes water to collect in battery compartment"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Water pump leaking/replaced. Left front wheel bearing replaced; 2nd time"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The convertible top leaks in the rain."

Gerald S., TN (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather strip around the outside rear of the convertible top next to the body was wearing from of all things, weather. We had that replaced."

Jose H., VA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The driver's seatbelt housing has a water leak into it from an unknown source such that when it rains and you extend the below out of the roller housing it comes out soaking wet! I've played with the sunroof and door weather stripping but so far to no avail ... it's a nuisance"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Constant struggle with water leaking into the car from the windows not making contact with the convertible top"

Jes D., OR (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak at rear window, fixed at dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks or rattles at times"

Bob A., CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Great handling apparently comes at the expense of ride comfort. The vehicle is punishing in almost every area of driving. Shakes and rattles. You need a kidney belt to drive it"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"They have been unable to isolate many of the noises. To me they seem to come from the sound system"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Squeak from the dash, have not found yet"

Michael B., AB (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"loud scraping noise coming from tires. Had to visit dealership multiple times"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Several interior plastic rattles and squeaks. Head liner separating from foam backing."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Mini Cooper S 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

Gear selector or linkage

"This was changed as part of the clutch replacement"

Ralph F., NC (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic recently replaced the cable that connects the gear selector and the transmission; the cable showed signs of heat wear, including melting and disintegration. This was costly to diagnose and repair; cost about $1000"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"The slave cylinder was cheaply made of plastic and did not hold up well. Failed at less than 60000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Rough shifting

"2nd gear extremely rough to engage"

Bert L., TN (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"At times when shifting the automatic transmission will not engage the next gear and the motor will rev up with no load. At that point you have to back off the throttle and try to "get it connected" whether that's the synchronizers or whatever ... there's never been a case (yet) where it hasn't connected within a second or two (and thus while still moving so no accident danger). This is still very troubling"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Suspect this is a software issue since tranny works fine in manual mode"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Slipping transmission

"ever since we purchased it never worked right. They lied every year we went in. Had it repaired numerous times and it never worked right"

Gary B., CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Fluid seemed dirty. I did a triple flush of the fluid and that corrected the problem. The alternative was a costly transmission replacement"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"For the second time the cat transmission did not shift properly"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"cvt failure as did so many others, dealer fixed it for about $300"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"had it reset many times, worked for a week and then failed"

Gary B., CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Transmission leaks

"We had a minor leak that needed to be fixed. It could have led to a bigger problem if left unchecked. This occurred after the car had about 125,000 miles on it and we decided to get it repaired at about 130,000."

Jose H., VA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The pulley pulled loose from the engine attachment causing a knock and needed $800 repait"

Ronald B., CA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Just had the crankshaft pulley come loose and almost fall off. Had it, the serpentine belt, and an worn engine mount replaced for $1062.00"

Alan M., FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"I'm on my fourth belt tensioner with this car. At least I'm getting efficient at replacing them"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Engine computer

"Two times when accelerating after a traffic light turned green, the car was misfiring and had no power. The Service Engine Service light and EML light illuminated. Took in for service both times. Last time, reset all modules"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Engine knock or ping

"See previous answer, knock was caused by pulley shaking"

Ronald B., CA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"leak from manifold and water pump"

Bob A., CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Oil spots on the garage floor. Talk to the MINI service department about it. They wanted $6,500 to fix it. Since that is more than the value of the car, I chose to live with it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"oil or lubricant leaks in 3 places - don't recall where"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S)

"all gaskets need replacement"

Fredrick B., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Oil pan/gasket leaking on both cars. Very costly to replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"replace oil pan gasket and also had to replace the rear main oil seal."

Anonymous, IN (2006 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

"A/C stopped working"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor went out Bout 6 months ago"

Sharon M., OR (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Once it was replaced, everything worked fine"

Alan E., FL (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Slow failure, complete replacement needed"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Condenser

"My local garage fixed the issue. Mini dealer wanted double what he charged."

Anonymous, IN (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Heater system

"Would not heat. Had to be completely replaced for about $1000"

Anonymous, DC (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not do a good job of heating the car"

Brian C., OR (2006 Mini Cooper S)
Refrigerant leaks

"Hose deterioration was difficult to find"

Alvin L., TX (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"has to be refilled annually"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Long-standing small leak. Requires recharge every two years"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The indicator light repeatedly came on, indicating a problem with one of the 4 ABS sensors. Upon replacing the sensor, it was discovered that the cord had been severed by "rubbing" on something near the front drive wheel. There was no problem with"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"At 157000 miles & 10yrs old, I expect to begin having additional mechanical failures. After having the rotors & pads replaced, my brakes wouldn't stop squeaking. This could have been due to the mechanics experience with MINI's, or simply the age of the vehicle. The guesses that the parking brake was not fully releasing / calipers not fully opening that caused the squeaking. Calipers replaced; squeak averted"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes starting making loud scrapping noise. Front brake pad worn to metal, the Brake Wear light never illuminated! The brake wear light should have illuminated prior to such severe wear!"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"brake fluid lines filled with black fluid, requires flushing"

Peter S., FL (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"brake pads wear prematurely. causes rotor wear"

Sam F., PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Rotors

"Rotors were warped"

Charles C., NY (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"see pads"

Sam F., PA (2006 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 air intake trim on the hood of my Mini actually came off of the vehicle, flew over the hood and roof od my car, into the windshield of a driver behind me. This occurred at highway speeds and I could not recover the trim, but it appeared that t"

Janet C., GA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Rust

"Minor surface rust (1-2" area) appeared under petrol cap on drivers side of body. Drivers door had 5mm dia size paint bubble due to imperfection from new, never increased in size over 9 years. MINI replaced complete rear drivers side quarter panel an"

Anonymous, VT (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"In addition to the stripes on my vehicle, I also opted for film overlays (aftermarket??) to protect my paint from rock chips, etc... Around the edges of this protective films there are rust spots"

Janet C., GA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"rust on hatchback near handle; when hatch replaced under warranty, they found side panel rust too & also fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Rear hatch hinge rusted apart"

Cody J., IA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear quarter panel replaced under 10 year rust warranty recall"

Dominic L., WI (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Some minor rust on corner of driver side door and around edge of hatchback."

Anonymous, NY (2006 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

Body control module

"The dealership has been working on this for 9 months and I have spent more than $4,000. The problem has not been solved"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Tire pressure warning light won't go out."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Tire pressure monitor

"Needed dealer reset"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Seat belt light on on side malfunctions"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Random seat belt indicator lights when seats belts were being used along with a concurrent loss of cabin temperature control (went to max heat for ~30 seconds)"

Keith P., CA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Check engine light will come on at random intervals without meaningful cause. We tend to disregard it now even though we are worried that we won't know when something serious happens"

Gary G., MD (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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

"from time to time the top has difficulty in either opening or closing. It moves very slowly in either direction. Cause is uncertain, but revving engine seems to help a little."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The handle that operates the lock and latch on the rear trunk door broke off the door while opening it. The plastic material that the screws go through had disintegrated. The entire handle/latch assembly had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - temperature

"Seats are overheating and shutting off"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Sunroof

"The drain tube from the Passenger side sunroof became disconnected at the headliner and caused water to drain into the foot well on the passenger side"

Phil B., OH (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The hatch pops open while driving. The MINI dealer does not seem to be able to solve this problem"

Anonymous, TX (2006 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 injection system

"completely cleaned fuel system using special kit, replaced throttle body and gasket"

Mike R., NC (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"throttle body is kicking in over rev protection at 80 mph. turn off engine and restart, runs like a champ"

John A., FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump failed. First fix failed. second fix is working"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Mini ran approx 20 miles normal. Parked in parking garage, came out, tried to start - stumbled. Finally did restart but would not take fuel, ran only slightly above idle. By very carefully feathering gas pedal and gears managed to drive it 11 miles on surface streets to MINI North Scottsdale. Immediately diagnosed as fuel pump issue and loaner provided. $1136 total for pump replacement."

Warren F., AZ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"airbag sensors flicker on and off - could potentially disable airbag when a passenger is in the seat"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mini Cooper Base)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The engine has burnt valves which are very expensive to fix. No explanation has been provided as the cause"

Gregory S., VA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Cylinder 2 lost compression and full replacement required."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Turbo or supercharger

"Weld holding two pulley components failed and supercharger was totaled. Mini has a one-month backorder on replacements so the vehicle was off the road for weeks. My mechanic found a rebuilt supercharger for less price that OME and improvements to d"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"When we first got the Mini, the engine seemed tight, with no smoke and no oil leaks. I assumed that it was not using any oil. This was in the fall/winter, when it's always dark in Oregon. So, I didn't check the oil level. It turns out that the chain drive for the supercharger tends to use some oil. After several months, it began to emit a noise. We took it to the dealer. They replaced the chain and auto-adjuster for around $600. Lesson learned. Our fault."

Jay C., OR (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"Waste gate on turbocharger stuck open a couple of times. Cleared quickly the first time then only after the car cooled down the second. Local shop figured it out and fixed it."

Anonymous, (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Had to have a seal replaced when milage was under 11000 and pay for myself. The air bag warning failed and the company would only replace it at my expense"

Willis R., CA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"MINI selected a plastic coolant overflow tank, and then brilliantly elected to put a seam in the middle of it. The harsh environment of the engine compartment caused it to crack along this seam. This is a common failure. I replaced it with an aftermarket polished aluminum reservoir, which cost the same as the OEM replacement from a dealer"

Anonymous, MT (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Cooling fan

"Low speed does not work on cooling fan. Quoted $780.00. Will do this myself. Just ordered the fan from Amazon for $79.00. I had to do this on my previous 2003 Mini as well. Did it myself. Easy fix"

Alan M., FL (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

"The slow speed cooling fan stopped operating. Apparently the control is within the fan so the entire fan has to be replaced. Very expensive"

Gregory S., VA (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"fuel pan leaks in both cars. to be expected after 10 yrs with no major problems"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mini Cooper Base)
Muffler

"Rusted out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The power steering lines developed leaks and had to be replaced. It wasn't cheap. I believe the problem could have been avoided with better materials."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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

Engine harness

"Had to have engine wiring harness replaced, car would not operate out of "safe" mode otherwise"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The mechanic had failed to insert the wires until there was a click in the spark plug."

Alan E., FL (2006 Mini Cooper 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

"wires to automatic transmission worn, causing transmission to be stuck in one gear, and not shift out"

Paul B., AR (2006 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

CD player

"CD player stopper working and had to replace CD player and radio with after market radio."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl supercharged)

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Apr 06, 2015
An improperly functioning mat may cause the passenger frontal air bag to be inactive when the seat is occupied, and in the event of a crash, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the passenger's risk of injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2005-2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to November 28, 2006, and 2005-2008 MINI Cooper Convertible and Cooper S Convertible vehicles manufactured January 5, 2005, to July 31, 2008. Due to manufacturing, installation, and exposure issues, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat may not function properly and, as a result, the front passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash.
What should you do:
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. The recall began on October 12, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.
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: 15V205000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91800
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