Despite being the least-expensive Mini, the base Mini Cooper with a manual transmission is our top-scoring variant. It outscores the faster turbocharged Cooper S and larger Clubman due to its better ride and fuel economy. Even with its base engine, the Mini is a joy to drive with excellent handling and braking. Fuel economy is impressive at 33 mpg overall, but it requires premium fuel.
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There are 3 recalls 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.

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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2009 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"exhaust valve of one cylinder breaks, losing compression and causing loss of power and rattling"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine is direct injection and needed to have the carbon blasted off of the valves"

Joel N., OK (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Head was removed twice within the first 4 years to remove carbon from the cylinder heads and valves the dealer claimed was due to using low quality gasoline and suggested adding fuel system cleaner. From day 1 we have used name-brand "top Tier" gasol"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The EGR system does not separate the oil vapors from the air stream and the oil residue builds up on the intake valve, restricting inlet air flow. MINI service has not replied to our query's about a service campaign to fix this DESIGN PROBLEM"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Valve failed; fell apart for no apparent reason."

Wiley G., CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"the clutch was slipping at 48000. engine light came on, rough idle - carbon build up on valves from driving it like an old man, yet clutch failure from driving it like a maniac. Makes no sense. I baby this car and don't race it at all, as proof wit"

Brad S., MB (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Factory recall on timing chain tensioner wasn't sent to me. Failure caused total engine failure. Even though it wasn't under warranty, Mini replaced the engine at not cost to me"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"THIS CAR HAS ONLY ABOUT 45000 MILES ON IT AND ENGINE IS BEING REPLACED RIGHT NOW. NOT HAPPY AT ALL WITH THIS BWM"

Dwaine T., GA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I have been told by my mechanic not to put any more money into this vehicle. It stopped running due to engine failure caused in part by some kind of exhause leaks, or combustion problem."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A blown water pump far from a source of water in January 2017 led to one of the cylinders being compromised which led to a total engine replacement."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Because of the timing chain failure, our only option--if we wanted to restore the car--was to replace the ruined engine, an operation that would have cost us more than the car was worth. Mini corporate refused to be of any help in this process, despite the fact that Minis of this vintage are notorious for timing chain problems. They accepted absolutely no responsibility."

Jeff S., ME (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Replacement needed after needing to add oil after less than 1,000 miles of mostly in-town driving"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Took multiple visits to solve"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Read there were possible issues with original OEM timing chain so chose to replace with new design to avoid problems. There seemed to be a rattling noise from the timing belt area so decided to take action before failure"

Brian A., MO (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Change timing belt and was a fortune to replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing change failing. Rumble heard from engine. Found out too late there had been a recall on this."

John L., FL (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain started making noises around 96,000 miles. Was replaced under warranty"

Richard H., GA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing Chain tensioner had to be replaced because of leaking oil"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain noisy. Chain had excessive wear due to previous problems with timing chain tensioner.Timing chain was replaced at a substantially discounted price"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"timing belt broke at 33000 miles not an issue of time to change it"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had to be taken totally apart to replace broken timing belt guides. Exactly a week later the car broke down again a a bad water pump. Altogether cost $4,000 in repairs and car was out of service 8 days out of 15"

Thomas O., NV (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"timing belt needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The guide for the timing chain was broken and they needed to replace it and the chain"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed to replace timing belt every 25000 miles. Absurdly low quality"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The timing chain slipped and destroyed the engine"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain guide appears to have frequent failures, at least it did for me."

Wiley G., CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain guide apparently cracked (as determined later by mechanics), causing misfires that ruined the engine. Mini corporate refused to provide any help, despite the fact that Minis of this vintage are notorious for timing chain problems."

Jeff S., ME (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had a recall which the Mini dealer addressed. In doing the fix, the dealer caused an oil leak. Took it back to correct the oil leak. Two days later the engine quit because of a timing chain failure - total dump of oil. Took it back and the timing belt and some other stuff was replaced. Still had an oil leak. Took it to another dealer then it was fixed ... finally"

Wiley G., CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"chain guide broke"

Richard E., GA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car ran rough. Went to dealer and they diagnosed timing chain issue. Just squeaked in under waurantee, otherwise $1400. Believe there was a class action suit on this"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The hydraulic chain tensioner was replaced under warranty. I remain concerned about the chain due to MINI's history of problems. I believe that they should have replaced the chain along with the tensioner. I think it was reprehensible that MINI needed to be sued to make good on their timing tensioner problem"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Oil leak, repaired under warranty"

Richard H., GA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced turbo oil lines and related gaskets"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to be replaced. Done at companies expense"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Get error code 2885 occasionally and no one can figure out the cause or how to fix it - including Mini"

Wiley G., CA (2009 Mini Cooper 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

Engine computer

"Car starts normally but when you step on the accelerator the engine rpms don't increase and the car just creeps forward. If you shut down and restart, everything is fine. This will occur every time when the outside temperature is over 80 degrees,but never if the temperature is below 75 degrees. This has been going on for 5 months an has not been resolved because the failure icon that appears goes out when you restart and when the computer is downloaded no failure codes are found."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light went on. We took the car to our local Mini dealer. It took them 11 days to replace the cam sensor and connector. That problem was resolved, but they didn't identify the oil leaks..."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sudden and dangerous loss of power, many times, while driving at various speeds - still unresolved despite multiple trips to 2 different shops ( including Mini). Have replaced fuel pump twice, repaired leaks which may have affected computer, etc. have paid $3000to repair and still basically unusable"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"knock or ping appears to be caused from oil leaks or other form of loss of oil as the oil level gets pretty low in between oil changes, once it is topped off the knocks and pings seem to go away"

Franco T., TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine knocks on startup which dealer says is normal but I believe to be related to the carbon buildup issues experience twice with this vehicle within the first 4 years. Do not like the computer-based maintenance schedule which dealer swears by"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One cylinder was not firing, dealer had to clean inlet carbon out of intake. They also charged me for updating the software to improve the fuel & air ratio"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Continue to have Check Engine light, rough idle, hesitation and missing issues, multiple smaller repairs, now reported needs to have valve cover replaced due to integral gasket, emsiions pum, accessories, all related to check engine light and rough running. Additionally the engine burns at least 1 qt of oil a month, and Mini says that is "normal"?"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Loses about one quart of oil every 1000 miles. Just live with it - apparently common enough for a BMW made vehicle."

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I noticed oil spots on the garage floor, so took the car to an independent repair shop. I was told oil was leaking in several places and valve covers were replaced and coolant had to be replaced. Perhaps the repair shop took advantage of me?"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"burns lots of oil and minor leak as well"

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced the oil return line that was leaking. Now it's fine. Also purchased new tire pressure monitors."

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After having 'oil pressure' light come on, I discovered it was at least 2qts low (4-4.5qt capacity). Now tracking this, it consumes about 0.5qts/month, maybe more? No visible leaks on garage floor, even when parked for days."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I needed new valves."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Almost everything in this car is leaking. Oil leaks from the top and bottom of the oil pan and are expensive to fix. I've also had fuel and other leaks. Crazy expensive. Won't buy this car again due to this."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"At 26000 miles required a replacement gasket (no longer under warranty). Motor mount had to be replaced. This is the *worst* car I've ever owned in my life. My wife drives this car like a baby"

Chris B., KY (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaking through valve cover gasket - had to be replaced. $1000"

C H., OH (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"apparently caused by a known problem that mini refused to acknowledge, eventually fixed under an out of date warranty claim"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My Mini is burning oil which means that it is leaking oil someplace. It probably loses a quart every 1000 to 1500 miles"

Gail S., MD (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has a history of "burning" oil. Initially there was a noticeable oil leak but the dealership could not determine the source of the leak. A second or third visit to the dealership "repaired" the leak but the oil began to "burn" more than s"

Adam E., FL (2009 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My mechanic confirmed I had a slight oil leak which he fixed with no problem"

Barb M., GA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"turbo oil seal leaking out of warranty by 200 miles"

Fritz F., AR (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaky PCV valve and turbo oil lines"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The engine seals leaked and it cost $2000 for the repair."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve cover leak, crank seal leak, oil filter gasket leak"

Rick P., AZ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"axle seal leaking head gasket termostat housing coolant pump"

Martin R., FL (2009 Mini Cooper)

"Always leaking. Taken in for repairs which were very expensive, but never really solved the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper)

"Recurring problem; took several services to solve"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks oil at cylinder head gasket and vacuum pump gasket, estimate for repair over $1,000"

Harry C., OK (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Crankshaft seal oil leak, valve cover gasket leak, and another oil leak related to cooling the oil filter"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Valve cover oil leak; required new valve cover installation"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the front engine oil seal is leaking. That is unacceptable in today's era of reliability"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak from original turbocharger at approximately 85k miles. Replaced"

Peter N., VA (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"radiator hoses don't appear to have enough protection to keep them from getting damaged from riding so low to the ground and scraping on street surfaces"

Franco T., TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a coolant leak in teh oil filter housing gasket. Was expensive to repair"

L N., CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked coolant where oil filter housing attached to engine block. Replaced warped housing and gasket. Required removing exhaust manifold and replacing manifold gasket."

Harry C., OK (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"MINI uses a plastic water pump and thermostat and it is an all too often point of failure resulting in overheating"

James C., HI (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"It leaked, once because a hose clamp broke and the hose dragged on the ground, and then a second time it was leaking around the thermostat"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Therostat housing was cracked"

Raymond P., FL (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt was a fortune top replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"thermostat housing cracked due to heat cycling over time and caused a leak. It is a $140 part on the Mini Cooper"

John B., GA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Thermostat is stupidly expensive - part and labor. Having to replace it every 3 years."

Wiley G., CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had car in for service, including antifreeze flush, 2 days before a road trip. Night before trip it overheated. Thermostat housing was leaking and new part was on back-order for three weeks! No car for 3 weeks. I had to rent a car for my trip"

Thomas O., NV (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The thermostat housing is plastic and cracked. It's a very complicated housing being knicknamed as the "artificial heart". I had the dealer replace because it has so many connections"

Joel N., OK (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine ran after shut off in cold weather....new thermo was dx'ed...cost was 650 due to having to take apart top half of engine"

Michael M., MA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Rediculously expensive to replace at dealership"

Frank D., NJ (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The heater wasn't working properly so the thermostat was replaced but it still malfunctioned so the mechanic assumed it was the computer so they sent it off for repair only to find out it was okay. turned out they installed the thermostat wrong and I had to do without the care for two weeks while the computer was being tested. The mechanic made good on all of this."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"We brought the car in for recall repairs and the dealer told us we had a thermostat problem. We were unaware of the problem, but we had them fix the thermostat."

Kevin D., TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"water pump developed a leak"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump had to be replaced. Less than 60kmiles. $1000"

C H., OH (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Overheating. No passenger compartment heat"

Michael J., NM (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump began leaking apparently due to normal wear and tear, although I thought it would last longer than 38000 miles"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"We had two water pumps leaking on my garage floor at different times. The dealer replaced them no charge. This was during the first year. I have had no issues in the last two years"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ridiculously expensive to replace at dealership"

Frank D., NJ (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed, needed replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked coolant at water pump seal, required replacement of water pump, shop recommended replacement of thermostat at same time. Parts and service are expensive for this car"

Harry C., OK (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump leaked"

Anonymous, NC (2009 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

Calipers

"The brakes on the mini are tough. The entire rotor must be replaced, went through two batches very quickly on the front. Rear brake calipers, since not worked as hard - seized up and had to be replaced entirely."

Anonymous, RI (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"normal routine brae wear"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"My mechanic detected the brakes needed repair. He did the job without any issues"

Barb M., GA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"It's a known problem that you have to replace the brakes every two years on this model. And I have had to. Gets expensive"

Pam M., CO (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace all 4 brake pads and flush brake fluid"

Chuck W., FL (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes needed replacing after only 22000 miles."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Full brake repair after 20k miles, including new rotors and pads on all four axles"

Chris B., KY (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"With a manual transmission and planning ahead my brake use is lower than most. An $1100 replacement of pads an rotors at 42000 miles is out of line in this engineers opinion"

Margie D., OH (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads needed replacement after 6 weeks of ownership. (I had only needed to replace brake pads on my prior car once in 4 years)"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brake pads and discs needed replacing after 46,000 miles. Rust and debris cleaned from calipers"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace brakes far sooner than typical"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"HAD TO REPLACE ALL BRAKES AND ROTORS AT 30,000 MILES I THINK THAT IT SHOULD GET MORE MILES ON A 1000.00 BRAKE JOB"

Dwaine T., GA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Required brakes and rotors ($1,100) at 35,000 miles. I've never before gotten less than 60,000 miles on a set of brakes and never paid more than half of this amount to replace brakes and rotors"

Margie D., OH (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"needed a complete brake job after only 35000 miles. Service center said 'foreign cars' have soft brakes that wear down faster and are 'very expensive' to replace. I'd rather have hard breakes"

Carol Y., CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"2 months ago, began to drive the car after parking it for several weeks. When I began to back out of the parking space I heard a loud pop; I thought that a brake pad had frozen to the rotor and then popped loose. When I drove the car I heard a scraping sound that increased in frequency as I drove faster. I parked the car and looked at the brakes. The right rear rotor had some scrape marks or gouges on it. I assume that a brake pad had come loose and damaged the rotor, but I haven't had the car flatbedded to the dealer yet to find out."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"normal routine brake wear"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads and brake rotors wear very quickly even under normal driving. 25k mile is typical replacement in mixed suburban - highway driving"

Jon C., MD (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Sunroof motor broke and also wiring was torn"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear glass separated from convertible top. Dealer stated cost of $9000 to fix it (replace top). Got it fixed at local trim shop for $250 (glued glass to top)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"An interior plastic trim piece fell off and cost $600 to replace. Also, the hood release failed and cost $800 to repair. This was handled by a BM/MINI dealer and the cost seems outrageous"

James C., HI (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Top will not go all the way down into the stowed position"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Top will not go down all the way into the stowed position"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Rear exterior hatch release failure"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Door handles difficult to pull. Lubrication is not the issue. Serious problem for people trying to enter vehicle quickly"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

"Driver's mirror light cap/cover came off - had to have replaced. Only used it maybe five times total in five years"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Both outside mirrors fell off in the Arizona heat. Poor choice of adhesive I guess. Just the glass fell off, not the whole mirror assembly"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The cables that connect the under-dash hood release to the hood can become stuck. Lubricating these cables is not part of routine service, even though it is a known issue. The cables stick and when you pull the under-dash release, the cheap plastic snaps and you have to take it to a body shop to get it fixed. In the meantime, it is impossible to open the hood. Very expensive repair over a very minor problem."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The latch had to be replaced because the rubber gasket went bad. The whole assembly was replaced"

Chuck W., FL (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Tailgate mechanism covered with rubber gasket that rotted within months of purchasing vehicle. Poor design that allows hatch to unlock when going over bumps"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Mini Cooper 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

"Water leaking around the convertible top leading to water in the trunk. Car stinks."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking seal in a part of the coolant system that was considered part of the emissions control system. Covered by warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump seal leaked, was out of warranty by 200 miles"

Fritz F., AR (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Convertible side rails that catch the water cracked and allowed water to get inside"

Sherry M., MN (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Rain leaks into the trunk and rear seat floor area (convertible) Don't have any idea how to get it fixed or top replaced. I'm 200 miles from a dealer"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The glue connecting the rear window to soft top of the convertible basically disintegrates with time and the recently the back window separated from the soft top itself opening the inside of the car to the environment. Due to the tension needed to keep the top taut, it's impossible to replace or reseal the window. Instead I need to spend thousands of dollars to replace the top."

Scott C., CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Convertible side rails that catch the water cracked and allowed water to get inside"

Sherry M., MN (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks into and is retained inside the trunk door"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Speedometer, located on the steering column, rattles loudly during cold weather"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle in the front end when on mild bumps. This was fixed but returned within 2 months"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Back end squeaks since new"

Anonymous, MN (2009 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

Alternator

"Alternator was shown to be the reason for battery draining , which should not be happening in a car 5 years old. This issue should have been discovered when car was taken in last year and they had to replace the battery the first time"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery (new) lasted exactly 6 months so had it replaced by AAA as it is over a 60 mile, one way, trip to the dealer from home. The battery stopped working again this winter, but after the weather got warmer it was working again!!"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"Failure of 2 coils"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine running very rough especially at low rpm. Slow acceleratiojn"

Raymond P., FL (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn engine coils misfiring, replaced coils"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced two bad coils"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coil failure to one cylinder disabled car."

Harry C., OK (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The problem, identified because the check engine light went on, was a faulty cam sensor. I'm not sure that spark plugs is the correct category for this problem."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ignition coil failed on Cylinder #1"

Raymond P., FL (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"starter replaced two times. car needs lots of programming and re-programming to recognize all the replacements of starters and others."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"module controlling the windows and fog lights failed"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I had a problem with the drivers window not stopping in the proper place. I had it fixed for $140 and it worked for about 5 months, and I took it back. I ended up paying $643 for a new battery and to have the computer reprogrammed to accept the bat"

Lloyd H., MN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Clock

"It is very annoying that the car is designed so that it has to be taken apart to repair, making simple repairs much harder and more expensive."

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Center brake light failed, needed to be replaced"

Michael G., CO (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Read id lights were not equal. Had to replace the light housing"

Paul S., WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Passenger seat heater puts out about one third the heat that it used to. Driver seat still normal"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"For the last two years when the temperature got below about 10 degrees, the TPMS would tell me a tire was low. I checked and they were all okay, but the monitor would not reset. After the outside temperature got above about 45 degrees, it suddenly"

Lloyd H., MN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"needed a new sensor"

Chris P., NY (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"low tire indicator seems to go off on a regular basis"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Mini Cooper 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

"Pieces of trim fly off the car from time to time, particularly at highway speed. The latest to do so was the front hood scoop. Replaced it with an aftermarket part...."

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Exterior plastic molding at the base of the windshield is cracking even though the car is garaged when not in use and rarely parked outside for more than an hour or two."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"wheel well covers get loose easily....trim on car door is coming up....bolt fell out of convertible top....running light goes off and on"

Michael M., MA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Error light for break continues to come on. Dealer cannot resolve"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front grill flew off car at interstate speed and hit my windshield while driving. The clips that held it to the hood broke allowing this to occur"

Michael C., CA (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Broken headlight ring, broken front grill trim"

Rick P., AZ (2009 Mini Cooper 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

CD player

"The operation of the entire sound system is dependent on the ampllifier which is VERY expensive to replace, like around $1000"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The radio console died. The entire front of the dash has to be removed to replace the chip, at a cost of $500+ for a chip that's about 50 cents. The absence of display includes car interior readings, as well, which are also dead."

Anonymous, (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I purchased the vehicle used in 2014 and the display screen never fully functioned for me. It was too costly to try to repair."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Center display fades out as the engine heats up"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"It doesn't work much and requires a lot of work to make it work. And, it forgets many commands quickly"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Hard to do and forgets the phone quickly"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Mini Cooper 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

Heater system

"Radiator failed"

Paul S., WA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Takes a VERY long time to warm up. Dealer said this is a known problem with 2009 Mini's"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Antifreeze leak. Caused overheating. Unable to drive. Leak repaired. Defective thermostat/part replaced."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked. Repaired under extended warrantee"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC stopped cooling and the dealer could not determine the issue and noted the refrigerant was low but did not locate a leak. They charged the system and sent us on our way, with only a few months left on the warranty. The AC did eventually fail a"

Adam E., FL (2009 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The direct fuel injection design has a vapor separation problem. MINI declines to offer a service campaign to remedy the problem... The car is out of warranty so the Customer get the $900 service bill to fix a design fault. WILL NOT BY MINI or BMW!"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light that told me to stop as soon as possible and take the car for service"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel cap

"Car would not start. A yellow warning symbol would pop up on the dashboard. Had to look up in manual what the possibilities were. Had to open fuel cap for a few minutes and close again. Car started."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Mini Cooper)
Fuel pump

"Failure...On freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Driver of this car is very experienced with manual transmission cards, yet this Mini required a clutch replacement at 22k miles. Extended warranty covered it, but owners previous cars never wore out clutches"

Jon C., MD (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the clutch got replaced when the transmission seals were replaced, even though the clutch was ok for now"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"After 40,000 miles driven new clutch was needed"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was replaced 4 times. Three times under warranty; Once clutch and flywheel wheel which I paid for half. Now radio went dark. Replacement is $1500.00. Waiting for some help from BMW USA."

Martin R., FL (2009 Mini Cooper)

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

"Dealer said they couldn't align rear suspension without $2500 in repairs. I passed on this because I can buy a lot of tires for $2500."

Henry S., TN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"They couldn't align rear suspension, said it would cost $2500 to fix it. Only problem resulting was uneven tire wear, and I can buy a lot of tires for $2500. Chose to not fix the suspension"

Henry K., TN (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"OEM front strut developed leak, needed to replace shocks and struts."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front struts had leaked out and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Warning light came on after 22,500 miles."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a sensor mat under the passenger seat that lets the car know if anyone is sitting there and adjust airbag controls and warning lights accordingly. The sensor mat is very fragile and over time the wires in it break and the seat belt light for the passenger stays on, regardless of whether or not there is a passenger. The sensor mat is US$1200 -- if you can find one -- it the seat has to be removed and disassembled to replace it. A hugely expensive caused by poorly designed circuits -- and not at all related to actual safety or operation of the vehicle. A common, known problem which Mini refused to acknowledge, but which forces thousands of dollars of repairs on the poor saps that buy this poorly manufactured car."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"The flex pipe separated from the catalytic converter requiring replacement of the front pipe and catalytic converter"

Gary M., NY (2009 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

"Failure if a high pressure fuel pump relay In power distribution module."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Mini Cooper 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

Transmission leaks

"several seals had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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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
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:TURBO/SUPERCHARGER
Jan 11 2012
THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY SMOLDER WHICH COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2011 MINI COOPER S, 2008-2011 MINI COOPER S CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW, 2009-2011 MINI COOPER JCW CLUBMAN, 2009-2011 COOPER JCW CONVERTIBLE, AND 2011 COOPER S COUNTRYMAN PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 14, 2006, THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2011. THE ELECTRIC AUXILIARY WATER PUMP THAT COOLS THE TURBOCHARGER HAS AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD THAT CAN MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WATER PUMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGANDURING FEBRUARY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-275-6464.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V008000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 90368
TIRES
Apr 30 2009
THE WHEELS ON THE VEHICLE DO NOT CONFORM TO THE TIRE LABEL AS REQUIRED.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING 12 MY 2009 MINI COOPER CONVERTIBLE VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE DELIVERED WITH 15-INCH WHEELS INSTEAD OF 16-INCH WHEELS AS INTENDED, AND THE TIRE LABEL INDICATES 16 INCH WHEELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE 15 INCH WHEELS WITH 16-INCH WHEELS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-866-646-4772.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V143000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 12
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