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 2 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.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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 turbo (181 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 (121 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (208 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Oil leak from thermostat area had entered computer housing and wiring harness. Both were replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light indicated malfunction & needed to replace condenser which cost $1100"

Pat S., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine computer diagnosed a leak in the transmission and computer module. suggested fix for $5,000: not done and have had no problems"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The display would indicate attention was required-each time, calling for electronic diagnostics and some kind of service/repair/replacement part - etc."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Multiple engine problems manifesting in oil leaks, difficult starts, stalls, and rough running with knocking. Extended maintenance required to diagnose, with oil pressure solenoid, high pressure fuel pump, and multiple sensors replaced"

Kay B., WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine running rough due to very low oil. Check engine light came on oil was 3 quarts low causing misfiring"

Donald D., VT (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Each of the four fuel injectors failed and required replacement."

D L., MN (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine acceleration very uneven, slows and races with steady application of accelerator."

Anonymous, UT (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine mounts

"Replaced the engine and transmission mounts in 2015. Work was covered under a warranty. Recently had to have the same EXACT work redone (not under warranty) less than 24 months later"

Nick B., AZ (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

"The high pressure fuel pump had to be replaced and fortunately was covered by Mini. However, it required a trip to the only Mini dealer in Indiana which is 60 miles from my home."

Len S., IN (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Leak at oil pump solenoid valve. Service Bulletin 336320. Known problem but not part of a recall. Has potential for oil to go up wiring harness into computer (so really should be part of recall..) Fixed during last month of warranty)"

John M., TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Located and repaired after three service visits with same problem"

Hal G., AL (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil solenoid was leaking and the oil had damaged the wiring. Solenoid was replaced and new wiring harness installed. Also on a previous repair the oil pan gasket was replaced."

Anonymous, IN (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It started without notice, meaning the vehicle hasn't been driven in a couple of weeks, and went for one short trip and came back to notice oil dripping from the engine. The valve cover gasket on top of the engine was seeping oil. May have been caused by a blocked PCV valve, which is integrated in the cover. I replace the cover which cost $450 for the part. I was told this was a common problem that the cover can warp or the PCV fails."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaking at the front crankshaft seal."

Anonymous, (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"multiple issues. valve cover gasket replacement. oil sending unit gasket replacement. Lots of leaking."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"alternator needed replacement"

Jeremy C., WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"2014 Feb. car was in home garage stop over for two days while the family was at San Francisco, came home the battery have not power to turn over the engine"

Peter L., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery failed without warning, stranding the driver"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Two batteries have died over 6 years of ownership"

Jason H., TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"to replace the battery would cost $450.00 for battery and computer upgrade. Not done"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"I've had two coils fail in the last 9 months. This resulted in a loss of power, but I was able to limp at lower speed to my dealer. The coils are not covered under base warranty"

Michael T., PA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced 4 direct ignition coils and spark plugs."

Anonymous, (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Fouled / worn plugs failed before the scheduled pre-paid maintenance interval"

Kay B., WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Spark plugs and wired all need to be replaced prematurely. The engine now knocks and pins"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty spark plug"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine stutter. Replaced spark plugs, problem solved"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Spark plugs were changed twice due to the failure of the coils per the dealer. This was not covered under base warranty"

Michael T., PA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Multiple time the car has been in the sop for "engine failure-reduced power". We have tried spark plugs/wires and vanos solenoid repairs... fingers crossed no further issues"

John J., IL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"OBD indicated misfire on one cylinder. Coils are per spark plug, and we had all the spark plugs and all the coils replaced on all four cylinders. (To be honest, engine performance is now better than ever.)"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Installed the incorrect spark plugs because of an error from amazon showing them as compatible."

Hans H., GA (2011 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)

"Service Required messages and reduced power in the winter time"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"It was a minor problem that was easily resolved"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Mini Cooper fuel injection totally fouled, had to remove injector assembly and walnut blast to clean it - and then change all four spark plugs. So common in Minis that manufacturer now advising owner to blast clean assembly every 30k miles. Also had to replace failed coil"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"High pressure fuel pump failed at 23000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pump went out"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failed but was under warranty and replaced by Mini"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"secondary pump failed, car went into limp mode, fixed by dealer under warranty"

David C., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sensors intermittently went on for engine check. After the third time this happened, I made an appointment to have problem diagnosed. They found problem with fuel pump and replaced it without cost. The dealership provided free rental car"

Andrea S., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The check engine light went on and off so I took it in. They ran diagnostics and told me I had let the car run out of gas (I hadn't) and it cost $125 for the diagnostic check"

Jeanne M., WI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High pressure fuel pump intermittent failure to provide adequate fuel. The engine would sputter. BMW covered that repair under a special extended warranty."

Anonymous, IN (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replacing fuel pumps every 12-18 months. This is crazy, but mini has replaced them free of charge every time"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High pressure fuel pump failed and required replacement. This time we drove it to the mechanic with hazards on and it was a scary ride due to the lack of the fuel pump not performing consistently."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"High Pressure Fuel Pump failed"

Hans H., GA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"left side radiator to engine hose disconnected at the radiator end"

Marius R., DC (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"we were told that the 2011 Cooper Mini was constructed with "recycled plastic" components which often resulted in failure. The new parts were from "virgen plastic" and should hold up better. Mini never offered to reimburse or recall all these defective parts"

James B., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S)

"Coolant hose failure resulted in loss of all coolant."

Dudleigh S., SC (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"Computer light came on. Took to the dealer and was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car had to be towed 300 miles from our house. Oil leakage had also damaged wiring harness and computer. This was not coolant. Required multiple trips to dealer. Dealer did a very good job"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light -> diags code 2EE2 (P0599) -> Failed thermostat -> had to remove & replace at a cost of $600"

Rajeev G., CA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started to have trouble starting and eventually stopped starting altogether. The Thermostat in the radiator was stuck open. It took nearly a week to get a new part so it could be repaired, out of warranty"

Jason H., TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A thermostat is inexpensive on most cars, but very expensive on a mini. This is a poor design, clearly to extract the most dollars from owners"

Anonymous, RI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Failed"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump failed at 19000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"$600 for an auxiliary water pump!"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

12V power plug

"When I recently purchase my high-mileage Mini Cooper S, I had it inspected by a mechanic to confirm it didn't have any major mechanical issue. Fortunately it only had some minor electrical issue and since the price was below wholesale, I bought it and figured I would trouble shoot problems myself or just live with them. The 12volt plug in doesn't work and I simply haven't tried to fix it yet since I haven't had a need to use it. The Mini comes with a USB port and that does work, so I'll get around to fixing it eventually, but it's not a deal killer."

Gary C., WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Body control module

"FCM, or Footwell Control Module failed after changing the battery. The replacement was covered by MINI extended repair program for this module."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine oil was leaking into the computerized engine control Module"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Exterior fender light out"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I recently purchased my Mini Cooper S and it had what appeared to be some burned-out bulbs for the brake and reverse lights. One bulb actually was burned out, but others weren't and it really was a problem with the design of the blub mounting base within the tail light housing on both sides. The bulb has to sit just right in the rotating base to work, but if it's slightly off, then it won't work. Basically it's a not-so-great design. The car had high mileage when I purchased it (118,000), so some issues like this might be forgivable, but this was not. It was also not that big of a deal to fix because I'm handy and able to trouble shoot these types of things relatively quick. I managed to rotate the bulb holder base about 1/8th to 1/4 inch until it worked, then used some tape to hold it in place. 3000 miles later it still works fine. It was that or buy a whole new tail light housing for each side at a cost of about $200. I'm a cheap bastard, so I went the tape route. That said, a Mini Cooper S is a fun car to drive - even with high mileage, but unless you are willing to overpay for service at the local Mini dealer, you have to be willing to trouble shoot a few niggling problems on your own that are typical of any higher mileage car."

Gary C., WA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"I keep getting an adaptive headlight warning every day even though the lights seem to work fine. More irritating than anything"

John J., IL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Headlight covers are cloudy which reduces visibility."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Key stopped working, took the dealership a week to replace, I don't have a spare, was not offered courtesy car"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

"I Pod habitually cuts out after 3-5 minute connection."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Carbon buildup on intake valves"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine blew at 113k miles, shortly after extended warranty expired"

Tom S., CT (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"i was told head gasket oil leak 2014 during a oil change"

Peter L., CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced the valve covers and high pressure fuel pump (warranty)"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing chain ensioner bolt failure. Engine lost all oil"

Joe G., GA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Cover gasket was leaking oil"

Stephen O., MD (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The mini cooper started running horribly right after the alternator and fuel pump got replaced. We had to tow it to our mechanic as it was undriveable. The problem turned out to be the timing chain tensioner that fell into pieces when the mechanic removed it from the engine. Replacement of the tensioner fixed the problem."

Anonymous, GA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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 sensor was triggered with a brake change and has not been able to be fixed"

Don P., IL (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"rear brake cylinder corrodes & freezes pad against rotor. Mechanic said it happens all the time, but factory refused to pay for parts or labor. Dealer finally paid for parts only"

Robert N., WI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads needed replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Normal wear item. Replaced at 60000 miles"

Dudleigh S., SC (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Driveline vibration

"A cross mount in the dashboard constantly rattles when going over 30 mph. Mini doesn't consider this a mechanical problem effecting the saftey or performance and would not cover the problem under the warranty (although they would happily make the repair for $700)"

Nick B., AZ (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"warning light comes on they cant identify problem, ...say it's something to do with computer system"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The thermostat failed which turned out to cost over $700 to replace. I knew buying my Mini would cost a little more to maintain but did not expect it would cost so much for a thermostat."

David B., WI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

"Oil leaking into transfer case and Oil leaking into computer module"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB port rarely functions. When it does the music player takes forever to load onto the on-board computer. Trying to change what is playing causes the system to freeze and you have to start over"

Nathan S., MA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Cannot update iPhone . Won't pair. Whole system has problems. Cuts off. Have to totally re set everything when it goes down"

Bonnie Y., HI (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio signal was very weak, and you could tell because occasionally, very briefly, you would hear the music at the appropriate volume and clarity. It had to be replaced, and is now in good shape"

Nathan S., MA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Does not recognize certain names , but it is a different name each time we have reset. Even repairman said he has problems"

Bonnie Y., HI (2011 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

"Throttle housing part leaked at 71000 miles.According to my mini specialist mechanic this is a a common problem in mini coopers because of the poorly designed part, which is 2 pieces of plastic, that tend to leak at the seam"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Fit of back/hatch door"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The hard ride combine with the poor roads causes a significant amount of noise from vibration. It appears the noise comes from the bumper and rear panels shaking while driving and NOT from the suspension nor driveline. I was able to quiet down some noise between a hard plastic and metal contact. Mini's are known for these rattles. And was told the new ones have addressed these issues better"

Alex J., MI (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A combination of bad roads, suspension being stiff, Vehicle age, and probably bad engineering leads to a lot of rattles and squeaks. My other vehicle, granted it is an SUV, has the same mileage, same production year, same roads, has no squeaks or rattles at all."

Anonymous, MI (2011 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

"Unusual wear to cloth next to one of the folding support members"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"The manual hood release and truck release failed to operate leaving the engine compartment inaccessible. Because of its design, parts and labor were several hundred dollars to repair. Given the limited mileage on the car, should not have failed in the first place."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The manual hatch release failed. Fortunately, the electronic release still opens the hatch. While the part is expensive, it is a repair I can do myself. Again it is a failure I believe should not have occurred. From these comments and my earlier comments you will note both manual releases on my car failed."

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

"Living and driving throughout NYC, Brooklyn etc - the alignment needs to be adjusted repeatedly due to the road conditions. Sensitivity due to lower profile (standard) tires and steering caused dashboard alerts to appear and service visits. Equivalent to high end sports cars (Porsche etc) I've owned in the past."

Janet Y., NY (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"tire wear is uneven in the rear wheels but not from the struts or shocks i am told by the mechanic that over time the metal keeping the back end straight and bends over time...don't recall the name of the part..but looking at it from the rear on the lift it resembles an x....."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"Minor, fixed with installation of new tires"

Anonymous, RI (2011 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

"I had replaced my A/C compressor in the summer of 2018. Before the 12 months, a seal broke & it stopped cooling. Fortunately, it was under warranty and I got a new compressor installed."

Anonymous, TN (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Annual checkup indicated upper hose leak and thermostat replacement need. Took vehicle to independent shop who replace thermostat but found no problems with hose or leks."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"It was leaking into the car, so had to have the system replaced. Shop could not just refill"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch began making noise at start. Entire clutch and pressure plate assembly was replaced at 22000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Really surprised. I've been driving manual transmission all my life and have never had to replace a clutch"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace clutch for second time. We've been driving manual transmissions for 40 years and even started going extra easy on shifts after first replacement. Mini Cooper S either intentionally used a too-small transmission design, or their engineers are foolish. The dealer's own repair shop staff says their engineers messed up and it is a widespread problem"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Light goes on intermittently, unable to find cause"

Anonymous, MD (2011 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

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Had to replace the clutch cylinder - leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Below the boot doors, the paint began peeling. I was told it had to do with the sealant used to adhere paint to the bumper. It was totally repaired under warranty"

Rebecca D., IL (2011 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
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