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.
Alerts
There are 3 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).
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).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
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.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard on hatchback. ESC available, standard from 2009.
Road Test

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. A slightly choppy ride and high interior noise levels grate on a long trip. The rear seat is small and many controls are overly complicated and unintuitive. Bluetooth is standard on all models. An all-new model debuted for 2014.

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
wagon
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (118 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (172 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (208 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

"Recurring engine check indication that could not be diagnosed. Timing chain replaced (warranty) and cam lifter replaced (warranty). Recent work completed; no recurrence"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to have the cylinders cleaned"

Robert R., PA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Water pump failure caused engine to burn up. There was a recall but Mini said my VIN wasn't included even though my vehicle was in the middle of all the recalled vehicles and the letter to NHTSA from Mini said 100 % of the vehicles were affected."

Dennis S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coolant leak into engine oil. New engine required"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"We bought the car new. The dealer provided all service for the car. We bought an extended service plan, and all maintenance was done on schedule. At 4 years, 5 months, we had to get the engine replaced. Unacceptable poor quality"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"timing chain broke and killed engine"

Dale S., KS (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have a letter from Mini USA to the NHSTA stating that all Mini Cooper S models 2007-2011 were affected and recalled for water pump failure resulting in engine overheating and possible fire. After my engine burned up they said my VIN was not included in the recall! If 100% of them were affected as stated in their letter to NHTSA how is it possible that my vehicle wasn't included. The repair cost me about $6000.00. Mini USA can't give me an answer and won't do anything other than say your VIN doesn't come up as being part of the recall."

D S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle just quit running while driving on the interstate. The engine was so hot I was surprised that it didn't catch on fire and as a result it has to be replaced. BMW/MINI refuse to help with the repair because the VIN is not on their recall list even though the vehicle falls into the recall group"

D S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"The head gasket had to be replaced."

Lee S., TN (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Plastic timing chain guide broke off and is the oil pan."

Robert R., CO (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"at 37000 needed the timing chain replaced, it was a little longer than they wanted to see it; a cassette failed in the engine and there were parts in the engine inside (sorry, don't know exact terminology). was covered under warranty"

Stacey S., NY (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain and tensioner replacement"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Recurring engine check indication that could not be diagnosed. Timing chain replaced (warranty) and cam lifter replaced (warranty). Recent work completed; no recurrence"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer changed due to making noise"

Rodney M., NC (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace timing belt tensioner - known issue and done under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"slow oil leak (high oil consumption) led to stretching of timing belt and damage to the timing belt. had to be changed under warranty. Cooper S consumes a lot of oil (two litres every 8000 km!) and if left unchecked, will cause damage"

Michael S., QC (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This was just one suspect component for my super-knocking problem. Was able to be replaced under an aftermarket warranty, even though it was very slightly stretched... Did not fix the issue"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Timing chain needed replacement just after warranty expired. The part cost $125; the labour was $1200"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loud clanging noises in front of engine"

Steven L., NJ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"required new clutch. class action suit"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Began experiencing loud noises coming from front of engine. Belt and mechanism needed to be replaced"

Steven L., NJ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain issue is well known by Mini. After a class action suet they finally offered to pay current and past owners for this issue. FYI, the repair cost is $4500+"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Had to replace entire turbo charger"

Ed K., NY (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo just went out. Dealer fixed it, under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Yellow Check Engine light came on - dealer says turbo mechanism needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Retaining nut apparently worked loose on the impeller. The engine shifted to "non-power mode." This was handy as we could still drive it. $4500 repair. Covered under emissions warranty for some reason"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo pressure relief valve failed while on a trip, necessitating its replacement and the replacement of the throttle body. Was covered by extended warranty, but we were lucky to be near a Mini dealer so that we were only delayed 7 hours"

Lee R., CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cooling problem led to failure including oil leaks"

F L., WI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car wouldn't get up to highway speed. Engine light cam on. Took into dealership. Had to replace. Initial quote part and labor. 3000. When I excitedly told the. I just spent 1700 on a. Ew water pump and thermostat. They empathized and did it for 2000"

Jaben B., CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The auxiliary water pump failed and caused the engine to burn up. There was a recall but MINI said my VIN didn't show up on the recall even though their letter to NHTSA said 100% of the Mini Cooper S models were included."

Dennis S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Instrument light indicated engine was overheating . Problem turned out to be thermostat and housing needed to be replaced"

Steven L., NJ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle overheated and ruined the engine due I think to a known problem with the auxiliary water pump which caused the car to overheat and then affects the engine computer unit"

D S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"radiator thermostat failed"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Our engine went bad and had to be replaced. Six months after getting the car back, the thermostat had to be replaced. I've never heard of a thermostat only lasting 6 months on any make of vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Thermostat housing failure resulting in coolant loss which caused inconvenience and over $600 in cost to repair"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heater did not during the winter and replaced thermostat to fix the problem"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"cracked thermostat housing requiring extensive engine removal to replace. I was told this plastic part failure is not uncommon in my model Cooper"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"at 50000 miles the thermostat housing seal failed. The car was driven 500 miles without knowing that there was only 1 gallon of coolant left in the engine. Cost of replacement was very expensive and time consuming"

Stephanie S., OH (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Heater was very slow to warm. Seal at the thermostat was leaking coolant. Over $1200 to replace hoses and thermostat."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Broken thermostat and "PCV stuck" ( ? ). Both replaced at cost $$$$"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine overheated with hissing sound. Thermostat housing assembly leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Thermostat contained in PLASTIC housing. It cracked. Stupid to make such a component out of plastic"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came in. Took it to dealer and they replaced thermostat. Car had less than 27000 miles on it"

Barry W., CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Known area of issue according to MINI. The pings and belts are associated w/ the water pump issues"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"vehicle was still under warrenty ,I turned into the dealership and they repaleced it no charge"

Anthony C., NC (2010 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The Mirr-ribbed V-belt and Mi-Friction Wheel had to be replaced"

Ralph S., NY (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"slipping at acceleration."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine computer

"Due to the engine getting fried the engine computer was damaged and had to be replaced. This was one of the issues causing the recall."

D S., OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Build up of deposits in intake manifold. Blasted with walnut shells to remove. Told source is bad gas, and bad driving habits. Reprogrammed computer with new settings to better deal with problem. Warranty work"

Paul V., HI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine not running smoothly at 88K. Computer indicated solenoids and then intake adjustment. Both replaced in two different trips to dealer as all codes didn't show at same time. Battery died, no warning. Blamed quality of oil but only MINI oil used"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the mirr-ribbed v-belt and mi-friction wheel"

Ralph S., NY (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"A Mini certified mechanic has replaced multiple components that "could" be causing engine knocking to no avail... Still a worsening issue"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"The heat of the turbo is causing a rubber part to crack and oil is slowly leaking onto the turbo. This will need to be replaced in the very near future and is not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaking from somewhere. Not sure of origin."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This vehicle, which was purchased used from a MINI dealer as a certified used, has burned oil from day 1. Dealer service said it was typical of the vehicle. When it started to leak, it was nothing to worry about."

S A., MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Mini engineers the thermostat housing using 2 dissimilar materials. The different materials age, flex and fatigue at different rates with the many thermo cycles. Also they engineered oil channels through these materials. After so many cycles, the thermostat housing cracks due to dissimilar flex/fatigue allowing oil leaks. Depending on where the housing cracks, the oil leak (and possibly water leaks) could be catastrophic. In my case, the cracks were catastrophic allowing leaks at > 1 quart per 10 minutes of run time. This resulted in a repair of > $3000 because of the amount of disassemble needed to get to the housing and the number of water and oil connections made to this area. Unlike older cars that you can just take off 2 bolts and pop off the thermostat housing, this is a major repair and can stop a car in its tracks if the leak is big enough. This also happened to my second MINI, my Countryman, and a friends Cooper JCW so it's clearly a design defect or engineering problem."

Anonymous, HI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My car both leaks oil and burns oil. I think the oil burning is more of a problem. This started in 2017. Since 2018, every month, I have to have my mechanic add a quart of oil. I think this is a known problem for Mini Coopers."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a gasket failure on the timing chain tensioner. Repair was between $300&$400. I feel Mini should have issued a recall on this"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My vehicle has leaks around the valve cover and the oil filter housing gaskets. It was more than $2,000 to repair!"

Daniel W., WI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High pressure fuel pump leaking oil"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not so much an oil leak - there are no leaks, but the engine seems to consume oil.. about 1 quart per 3000 miles. no leaks and no visible signs of burning (no fouled plugs, no tail pipe smoke)... it is a mystery that not even the dealer can explain.. it would be funny if it wasn't so serious"

Rommel M., FL (2010 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

"losing water in the cooling system. The problem was covered still under warranty so not cost to me for repair."

Anthony V., MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cooling water leak which prevented us from using car for 5 days until repaired, $400.00"

Thomas W., VA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seal around the trunk was letting in water making it impossible for the trunk to stay closed"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"window seal needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"When it rains or snows, water seeps through the lining of the driver's door. It appears to be a design flaw caused by the opening in the automatic roll-up windows (which I have had no problems) and the door lining"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"For the last 10-15K persistent but sporadic rattle/squeak in headliner near sun visor and front of moon roof"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"There are annoying rattles from the back of the car. The dealership was unable to find them during the last servicing of the vehicle"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles emirate from the passenger side door; may be seatbelt moving"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"when hitting bumps or holes"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The door, glove compartment, and windows squeak when opening and closing. You can hear rattles when driving on rough roads, especially potholes. Overall, the car still feels solid and well-built. However; rattles, still protrude in the cabinet"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Motor rattles on cold start while blowing out black smoke. Told by Mini this is normal."

F L., WI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In this last year, we have noticed road noise and rattles that I believe to be loose front end body parts. You can hear a rumbling sound if you smack the grill or bumper area with your hand. Two years ago the dealership said they had to "drop the bumper" to do repairs on a leaking valve timing pump. But, it's also time for new tires, which should quiet the situation some."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side window squeals when closing"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"more wind noises at highway speed"

Anonymous, RI (2010 Mini Cooper S 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)

"Wires to evaporative collection rubbed on suspension and shorted out"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Distributors failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My Mini was driving slightly sluggishly. When I took my car in for an oil change, I had the fuel injectors cleaned. This totally fixed the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Has problems starting when it's cold and it misfires when I give it gas under 3000 RPMs"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"High pressure fuel pump was failing, De powered engine"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pump failure, needed replacement"

Anonymous, NM (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failed"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High Pressure fuel pump intermittent low pressure caused stall at idle"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car was stalling regularly after several trips to mini it was finally diagnosed. Previous models had the same issue and the warranty was extended, however they declined to do so on the 2010; they did agree to cover the cost of part"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The high pressure fuel pump at the engine (not the normal pump, in the gas tank) failed. The car ran poorly for a week or so, then stopped running at all."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has trouble starting when it's cold and it misfires when I give it gas under 3000 rpms"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor failed at 48,400 miles. I was a the dealership so I pushed them to replace it. They didn't want to though even though the car has a 'service' plan through 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced sensor"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"A sensor malfunction was indicated where none existed"

Anonymous, FL (2010 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

"An alternator should not malfunction on a vehicle with 70K miles on it. It was a very expensive job ($1700) because of the location under the bonnet."

S A., MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery died after 5 years..not uncommon. But the shop told me that when it went it took the entire onboard computer system and they had to reprogram the car at a cost of almost $350. That seemed like an expensive problem due to a simple batter"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery replaced after 4 years use"

Mike D., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery life was shorter than expected"

S A., MA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"At is 7 years old. Just replaced dead battery for the first time. To me that's normal wear and tear"

Jaben B., CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"Engine ran rough, through a trouble code, had to replace the coils"

Greg W., CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace all the coils Engine was misfiring badly"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"One of the four "igniters" failed so that cylinder would not fire"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"car missing, Engine light went on, Coil needed to be replaced"

Steven L., NJ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"Problem of sensor. Engine did not well"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine wiring failed. $1400 fix. Soured me on car"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"All four spark plugs have independent coils. They are covered with rust and cylinder 2 and 4 have faults. Rough engine will not move the car at all. Also a high pressure fuel pump failure. Outrageous for a car with 87K"

Robert R., CO (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"general service, changing of parts and oil, tuning.."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mini Cooper 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ignition coil on plugs - multiple failures repeated replacement"

Rommel M., FL (2010 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

"Left brake caliper began to stick in one position and wore out the brakes quickly from the friction."

Anonymous, MO (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"master cylinder started leaking had it replaced"

Bruce G., MN (2010 Mini Cooper)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brake light came on. I took it to the dealer and was told it's routine wear. However, the cost to replace the parts was very high, which leaves me dissatisfied."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"brake work was done at 30,000 miles- under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"Design of brakes required replacing discs in addition to new brake pads"

Kenneth M., OH (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"All 4 brake pads wore out"

Lance S., AB (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car had only 25000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"I had to have the brakes redone at 36000 miles which, from past history, was earlier than I have had with other cars. It also was more expensive to fix than I have experienced with other cars"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"30000 both front rear brakes had to be replaced"

Robert H., WI (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake rotors had to be replaced at 30,000 miles"

Mike D., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the brake pads and rotors wore completely and needed replaced at 33000 miles. Mini cooper warranty should have fixed this problem but the car was 2 months out out of warranty. Poorly handled by the Mini Cooper Service department"

Stephanie S., OH (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Pads and Rotors. On Mini Cooper it seems all 4 rotors are a 'normal' wear item. $1200 for pads/rotors/install"

Howard O., MD (2010 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

A/C compressor

"Slow freon leak"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The air conditioning system doesn't work at all. The car runs fine otherwise. Repairing it was estimated at $4,000, which is not a sensible choice."

Anonymous, (2010 Mini Cooper Unsure Unsure)
Automatic climate control

"The controls for the heat and air conditioning that control how much air is blown out only worked on the highest setting"

David W., PA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower fan motor started squeaking so loud you couldn't drive with the fan on. Had it replaced"

Robert W., MN (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Noisy in cabin. Repaired compressor mounts and interior work to evaporator"

Paul V., HI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Evaporator leaks caused my MINI Cooper S's AC to go out. The evaporator is tucked away among so many components that you need to totally disassemble the dash to replace it. Another $3000 job. Did I say this car is fun? But it's totally too expensive to keep. I've ended up having on average 1 $3000 per year over the last 6 years!"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Car would not get warm inside. Coolant was leaking from a seal at the thermostat. Over $1200 to replace hoses and thermostat."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Cap on refrigerant reservoir went missing."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak developed in system. Took to dealer and they claimed system was pressurized. Refrigerant continued to leak from system until empty"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In June, 2019, my A/C was not cooling the air. My mechanic suspected a leak, so he added dye and replaced the freon. It has worked fine since then."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Twice in the last two years total loss of refrigerant made the A/C completely ineffective"

Anonymous, CA (2010 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)

"wiring issue with rear lights, that caused check engine light and required overnight visit to repair shop"

Daniel S., MN (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The lights needed a firmware update which took a full day to install"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights have repeatedly gone out, and the dashboard indicator light for bulb outages is still activated, even though we do not have any bulbs out"

Max F., CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"There was an intermittent fault that would cause headlights and all other lights to randomly turn on and / or off. 3 dealer service trips seems to have resolved the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Occasional false warnings on the tire pressure gauge due to normal pressure fluctuations due to seasonal weather changes"

Max F., CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"wire clamp came undone and needed to reattached by the dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"The clutch stopped working and had to pay about $400 to have it towed 120 miles to the dealer. The clutch cost $3000 to replace."

Benjamin B., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch failed almost to the mile every 18,000 miles. I had a 2006 Mini over 60,000 miles with no clutch failures. I sold the 2010 MINI because it was not reliable"

Robert S., OH (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"faulty clutch after 83 000 km"

Michael S., QC (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The clutch just went out entirely while on an errand at only around 41,000 miles. Cost to repair: about $1,400"

Robert S., CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Finally failed hard and transmission replaced. Suspect it was cause of repeated other repairs in prior years involving the engine. Since transmission replaced, no problems."

Thomas L., CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

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

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Tie rods seized so alignment was not possible."

Daniel B., ON (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"I took the car in for a engine hesitation problem and the dealer told me I also needed some suspension bushings replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Right rear shock needed replacing"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Poor suspension/road contact. Taking for repair twice without resolution."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Tie rods seized so alignment was not possible."

Daniel B., ON (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Intermittently hard to select first gear - will not go into 1st gear without force or double clutching at times"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Suspect the transmission replacement/computer sending unit solved ongoing engine problems necessitating repeated dealer service over a number of years."

Thomas L., CA (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"The transmission fluid was low and car wouldn't shift. There was no warning"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Both Vanos solenoids replaced, engine wasn't turning over smoothly at start, jerky performance at slow speeds."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Low ground clearance and bad pavement and oversize parking space wheel stops are not a good mix."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mini Cooper)

"The molding around the rear of the convertible top deteriorated and cracked badly. I had to replace it at great expense."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The front hood is prone to paint chipping with pebbles I guess"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mini Cooper S)

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

"The rear window for the convertible top detached from the top. There s no way to reattach the window to the top. The top must be completely replaced. Cooper charges $4400 to replace the top."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Because a drain plug was never removed at the bottom of the rear hatch it accumulated water due to a leaking seal around the trim for the rear latch/plate light. Over several years, this caused the electronic latch mechanism to corrode and quit working."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Toggle switch replaced. This was a expensive repair and when it was fixed, I lost the ability to change the color of my interior lighting."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Had to service twice. May have to replace"

Ed K., NY (2010 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exhaust leaks

"Broken flex pipe. Repaired with a generic part for $200."

Anonymous, (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

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

Display screen goes blank

"The radio has a display that only works during the first 10 minutes of operation then it goes blank. Cannot use display for choosing the source of audio or change fm station."

Benjamin B., AZ (2010 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Sound is terrible. Car is loud, perhaps speakers have blown. Crummy stock stereo!"

Christopher M., WA (2010 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.

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