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 is 1 recall 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
coupe
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 2012 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Replaced two"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"Ignition coil failure. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"One coil pack failed, was under warranty. They replaced all four plugs just in case also"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace faulty ignition coils and spark plugs because the engine went into reduced power mode."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"not sure if coil.. Engine running rough. Replaced ?coil, (some part of ignition electronics)"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bad ignition coil causes eratic firing - replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the injector/coils went bad"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Two of the four coils failed simultaneously. Expensive repair. Turns out the coils are a weak spot for Mini's & s/b recalled"

Richard Z., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"One ignition coil failed"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Each spark plug has it's own coil. One failed last year and had to be replaced. Went ahead and replaced all spark plugs as well at about 50,000 miles"

Ira V., NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was struggling to accelerate on a cold day, went into limp mode and was clearly misfiring. Car repair diagnosed as a failed ignition coil."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Eldor Cylinder coil failed in #3 cylinder in early 2017. #4 cylinder coil failed in May 2018. Mini Cooper extended the warranty and authorized free replacement on the Coil(s) which were done at no charge."

Ira V., NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"This was part of the previous discussed issue"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Car began behaving sluggishly for brief periods of time, then the engine stopped completely while driving. All plugs had to be replaced earlier than I'd expected"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"On each spark plug there is a device that needed to be replaced right after the warranty expired"

Jose C., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't believe I had to replace the spark plugs at 23,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Burnt out ignition coil and cables. They said they had issues with some of them and were replacing them with a different brand that is also used on the newer Minis after seeing these fail more often"

Bruce M., FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem causes the engine to run roughly and did not accelerate. Initially we had to pay for the repair then got a recall notice that required us to submit receipts when mini had done the repairs and had the documentation in their system. finally our money was refunded."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"need expensive repair. Replaced wires and plugs"

Stephen O., VA (2012 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

"After I replaced the cross engine water tube and vacuum pump. The ECU kept giving me a shorted sensor error. Sensor is good and wiring is good. Have not fixed the problem. will be removing the ECU for service."

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine running rough; told needed computer software upgrade; charged ~$700 for that upgrade"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine misfires while idling. Check engine light comes on"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was knocking and jerky Had to replace spark plugs twice Original plugs from BMW fixed the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"Engine Mounts were prematurely worn and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Went in for scheduled maintenance and service dept. pointed out a very small leak that was gathering residue under the car. They fixed it immediately and provided loaner if I wanted it. There was no visible oil stain in my garage"

Dave S., CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine access is difficult and dealership charges exorbinant rates for rotuine work. Very expensive to maintain"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Valve cover gasket needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaks a quart every three months. Began as the car turned 7 years old."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"At 32,383 miles - Coolant Leak from oil filter housing involving oil volume control valve solenoid showing fault - valve fault repaired first under warrantee then later repaired at my expense of $865 + $448 out of warrantee."

Charles V., WA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Told by dealership service that specific oil leak is at sensor and will cost ~$1700 to repair"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The car leaks oil and needs to be fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Simple gasket under oil filter leaks, Dealer wants $1700 to disassemble the whole front of the car to fix it."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pressure sensor leaking oil"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pan gasket, turbo line leaks (not sure if the turbo oil lines were leaking in addition to the antifreeze lines)"

Sean P., IL (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"From the engine seal"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Uncleared Fault on test drive. 110 Diagnose Engine Concerns - Necessitated replacing - Oil volume control solenoid $ 835 This had been replaced under warranty 04 - Aug - 2014"

Anonymous, WA (2012 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

"Back window leaked water in"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radiator replaced due to leak. Subsequently after repair coolant hose blew. Suspected poor maintenance procedure when replacing the radiator"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water collected in the spare tire well. No apparent entry point. 3 trips to the dealer may have solved the problem, but not confirmed due to lack of sustained rain"

Raymond P., PA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The runflat tires are a serious problem. They repeatedly lose air and need costly replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drainage holes blocked in sunroof, resulting in water having to be bailed out of the rear of the passenger compartment a couple times. Holes were recently cleared, so problem should be fixed."

Joel L., PA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Most of the rattles removed around the soft top frame and frame mounts in the side doors within the door structure both sides"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeeks come with the territory when you buy a convertible, but they have become increasingly intrusive in the last 12 months. Not just over bumps, but when turning on smooth roads"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles at door frame area when driving over rough roads"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a rattle when the AC is on"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber suspension bushings deteriorated, allowed clunks in the suspension when driving on rough roads and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"High pitch squeal coming from engine when cold start up. Intermittent noise. Replaced belts and pulleys. Noise still returns ."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear hatch rattles terribly. It's been in for repairs five times in the past 12 months but has not been able to be fixed"

John E., CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When open in the vent position the sunroof rattles"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"wind noise and road noise on rough surfaces"

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

"Caliper dragging for 2 years. Complained each time we took it in but they were not able to fix it until they finally replace the caliper and brake pads. Now it is perfect"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"a clamp was misplaced on the front right wheel near the brake line. It had rotated and cut the brake line causing all the brake fluid to escape and inducing near complete brake failure."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes should not wer out at 29000 miles especially with mostly highway normal driving"

Steven H., GA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rear brakes"

Raylin B., IA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Not expecting the need for new brakes when I went in for routine service but service recommended so I had it done."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads needed replacement about 125,000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front Brakes have been changed 3 times since purchase"

Wm S., NH (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Three complete brake changes - pads and rotors and sensors. Brake life is awful. Dealer thinks it is normal to change brakes more than once per year. I don't agree"

Anonymous, NL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The service garage did say the brakes were a bit premature on their wear."

Ellen K., ME (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Seemed premature to have to replace brake pads on a car with so few miles"

Paul M., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I would think that brakes would last longer than 20,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"A sticking caliper created excessive wear on one rotor and pad, causing both rotors and all 4 pads to be replaced - the other caliper was operating properly, and had plenty of wear left on both pads."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"The brakes wore out at 29000 miles. Since the brake rotor is thin it required hanging both the pads and rotors on the front brakes. Thin rotors can't be turned and leads to extra ot to fix"

Steven H., GA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the rotors became so rusty they had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MD (2012 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

"Access to leak was very tight (and expensive)"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coolant leaked and then when driving engine overheated. Added water to drive to mechanic close to home. All within 5 miles from home"

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The gasket for the oil filter mount which also seals the cooling system was leaking water and anti-freeze so it had to be replaced. It is difficult to access so it was expensive to get the work completed."

Thomas K., NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The antifreeze leak occurred at the oil filter housing and went from a small leak that we refilled easily to an empty bottle in one week. The cost to repair focused on accessibility of the engine compartment and resulted in us fixing many other 110,00 mile issues including oil, belts, coils and replacing a warped valve cover to resolve most of the issues with the engine at that age. The cost of service was excessive due to accessibility of the engine compartment (labor) and the cost of specific Mini parts. But once you access that area of the engine, you might as well take care of the other age-related issues. Total bill was $3800 by the time I was done fixing all the items mentioned.."

Robert B., NE (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Turbo antifreeze lines leaking"

Sean P., IL (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Small puddles of antifreeze under engine. $ 1350 to replace Oil Filter Housing Gasket and coolant"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Temperature sensor was bad. Registered as overheating"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Thermostat was stuck open. Required removal of intake manifold for access to thermostat. Very expensive!"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"replaced multiple times"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I have twice replaced the thermostat housing, a complex several hour job for a simple sensor failure. It's a poor design"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Water pump failed, covered under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump started leaking at 50K miles. Had to be replaced"

Thomas G., IL (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed causing engine to overheat. Mini covered all repairs under its warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2012 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)

"going down the highway the left side yellow light just blew off the car lost in on the highway someplace"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"After changing my battery, my indicator lights and windows wouldn't work. I didn't feel safe driving my car without the indicators and I couldn't signal out my window because the windows wouldn't roll down. We found out that it was due to a burned out footwell module and that it was covered under an extended warranty. It took about a week from the initial problem to get into the Mini dealership to get it checked and fixed."

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Front cornering/parking light was indicating a fault on the car's system check. MINI replaced it."

John S., FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"replace left head lamp"

Raylin B., IA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed a new xenon lightbulb"

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"The driver heated seat started acting funny about a year ago. Sometimes it will not work and other times it seems to get stuck on the hottest setting even if I turn it to the lowest setting. I haven't gotten the problem fixed."

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"failed"

David R., CT (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Receiver on car broke, so electronic key did not work"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure warning appears on dash. Manual check of tire pressure evidenced to comlaint"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We had to get the tire pressure monitor replaced as it acts up during the winter months."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The tire pressure control module was damaged by water getting inside. The corrosion was so bad that the module flooded the car network with erroneous information and resulted in the network never shutting down. This prevented engine, instrument, and sensor normal operations and resulted in continuous battery drain that ran the battery down and prevented electrical system functions. The car instruments, switches, and controls all failed in a cascading fashion that took a while to diagnose the sources. The RDC module was found to be the problem, replaced for 400 parts and 400 labor. And the car functions like new again. But the failure was so catastrophic, I was surprised by the downstream effects and it resulted in 2 or more weeks of attempted troubleshooting at home - replacing the battery - without success before taking it to a repair facility. This is the first stranding failure we've experienced."

Robert B., NE (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The tire pressure monitor indicates low pressure as the result decrease in temperature in the fall. I have to have the dealer resent the sensor."

Anonymous, NV (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear window wiper would never shut off, Wife ended up removing the wiper blade until we could get it fixed. It was well over $300.00 to fix short in the control module in the handle of the turn signal"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Mini Cooper S 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

"Exterior side light fell off while driving. Mini repaired light and paint at their expense"

Glenn P., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Small piece of placarding on door (both sides) entry were coming off. Replaces, a known problem"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front fender air vent cover"

Ralph D., VA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim around the front hood came off when trying to open the hood. It was broken and would not reattach. I had to order a new part."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Really wear and tear on plastic mud guards under front bumper. Molding around windshield had to be reglued"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cracked and loose rubber trim that seems to have eroded from sun exposure"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front grill completely separated from its tabs that hold it in place."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim between body and roof went missing, likely because of a car wash."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Handbrake plastic cover over button broke, had to be replaced. Not cheap."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Steering wheel paint peeling"

Brian K., CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"the chrome trim is peeling and rusting"

Anonymous, VA (2012 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

"The passenger rear window stopped operating, which prevented the convertible top from going up or down. That part of the mechanism had to be replaced, expensively"

John S., FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Doors or sliding doors

"Doors leaked water into interior during rain"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver's side door will not always open. Extreme temperatures - both hot and cold - seem to stop the door latch from opening the door. The button will not depress from the exterior"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Drivers side door hard to open. Dealer unreponsive to fixing it"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - temperature

"Driver's side heated seat stopped heating. Took to 2 dealers, neither of which knew that the heater and seat had to be ordered as a unit"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Mini Cooper JCW 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The inside part of the handle for opening the trunk broke off. It had to be replaced to keep moisture from entering the area."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk latch is broken and cannot be manually opened; we must use the remote to pop the trunk"

Robert T., CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Needed parts changed"

George K., AB (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel delivery issues caused the vehicle to cut out while driving. Took some time to diagnose: original thought was fuel filter or bad sensor, no luck. Traced issue to bad secondary pump (jet pump). Replaced and fixed issue temporarily. Come to find out upon further diagnostics that the dying jet pump fried the fuse panel because it was drawing too much voltage. Fuse panel had to be replaced (most expensive part) and then issue was resolved."

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The low pressure fuel pump failed in cold weather. The dealer replaced it but I think it may still have issues as the car has a rough start in cold weather"

Allen L., WI (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine sensor came on- diagnosis was bad fuel pump, which was aknown problem with minis- although not a recall. even though car not under warrantly, Mini dealership where I bought it replaced for free."

Rafael S., VA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Compressor failed, no cooling air"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"When driving the car there is an occasional rattle coming from the AC Vents, its very annoying but it stops and go."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"lack of heat as symptom; engine light: discovered broken thermostat and related hoses, loss of coolant"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"There was a leak that caused the coolant to leak out about 1 year ago and I had it repaired."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"We purchased the car used - 2 weeks after the purchase the timing chain tensioners failed, causing the timing chain to fail causing catastrophic engine failure."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Continual problems with engine trouble causing it to go into "Safe" mode which reduces power and speed of vehicle. After 5 instances of this happening over 12 months Mini had to rebuild the engine"

Mike H., MO (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"VANOS system caused check engine light to turn on replace many parts to fix problem. Found problem caused by drag on exhaust camshaft at low idle by the vacuum pump."

Anonymous, (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The timing belt tensioner failed and caused the timing belt to fail."

Anonymous, CA (2012 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

Bushings

"The front and rear stabilizer bar bushings were loose so needed to be replaced."

Thomas K., NC (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks blown out"

Brenda R., NJ (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"Can't handle the many potholes in Maine. Springs broke off front suspension, cut tire and needed to be replaced, about $1600"

Ellen K., ME (2012 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

Radio

"Echoing"

David B., OR (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced twice - still not working properly"

Anonymous, NL (2012 Mini Cooper Base 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Harmon kardon amplifier stopped working."

Michael M., ON (2012 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

Electrical failure

"Radio was not functioning. Interface for telephone did not work."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper Unsure 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery died."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"may be the same -- failure of thermostat"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"I purchased the car used so do not know the full history, other than the documented low mileage of ~ 8,000 miles. The clutch failed at ~ 18,000 miles. Although not happy and extremely expensive to repair, I have related the failure to operator error from either the previous owner or my teenage son who borrowed the car for several weeks while his vehicle was in the shop."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Mini Cooper JCW 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

Slipping transmission

"The transmission started slipping a in 2014. We noticed that the car did not shift well on hills any longer. We brought the car in, but Mini didn't believe there was an issue."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Mini Cooper S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

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