The current Mini, now in its third generation, has become more mature and has more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character are ever present. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity is welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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

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The 2016 Mini Cooper has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Mini Cooper owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Within one month of brand new purchase and less than 1,000 miles on the car, A/C compressor failed and had to be replaced!"

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC compressor died after 1 month of owning car."

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"The actuator failed on the blower door. This caused the motor to completely burn out, requiring the entire interior of the car to be dismantled. The car was at the dealership for 2 weeks."

Richard F., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Trying to just use vented air turns on heat. to activate A/C often entails turning off automatic climate control"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Air conditioner leaked all the coolant. Dealer replaced coolant and the system works."

Marc L., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Apparently the air conditioner drain wasn't hooked up correctly. It was a known problem. It dripped into the passenger foot space. The area was completely soaked. Still under warranty so Mini repaired it."

Susan K., FL (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"A/C water dripped on passenger side floor mat enough to saturate carpet"

Susan K., FL (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the run flat tires are difficult to get repaired. Had to go to the dealer and they replaced the valve stem"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Also had a major problem with flatiron tires, only got 8000 miles before had to replace tires"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle in the engine. The dealer found that there was a loose fastener at the a/c unit and they fixed it."

Ursula M., AZ (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

"side mirrors squeak when folding in/out."

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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

"car has run flat tires, and they are horrible over bumps, takes the car out of alignement"

Michael S., CA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air conditioner coolant evaporated."

Marc L., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer told me alignment needs to be fixed and cause uneven tire wear."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Hit a pothole and one of the front shocks broke"

Edward A., NC (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera quit working no picture in the car."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System is horrible, outdated maps from the first day purchased. Upgrade to current maps is available from dealer for 250 dollars. New York Dealer (Mini of Freeport} are the most unprofessional group I have ever dealt with. Sold all types of add on service contacts and refuse to honor"

Therese E., NY (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Voice commands for phone and navi are terrible. Almost never gets the contact or address correct. Among the worst of any vehicle we have ever used voice commands for."

Anonymous, (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-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

Clutch adjustment

"Also had major tire problems, original tires had to be replaced after 8000 miles. Replacement tires are still good after 25,000 with plenty of tread left"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"also the shift handle has been broken 2x"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"I had to have the battery replaced. It would not hold a charge any longer and could not start the vehicle. It was covered under warranty. I could jump start it to get the car going but if you turned it off you had to jump start it again."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"The choices did not include (directly) out problem, which was that the fuel pump failed (and, hence, of course, the engine would not start). Mini transported the care a couple of hundred miles to the nearest dealership (which was also in our home town) and fixed the problem within two days. They offered a rental, but we used ride-sharing (and were reimbursed for the cost), It was very surprising and inconvenient to have this happen. Mini's response left nothing to be desired - they handled i"

Putnam B., WA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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

"The repair was for a cylinder head cover. The dealer stated that there was a problem with cold weather operation. It sounded like an issue that occurs with direct injection engines in cold weather (I am in Wisconsin)."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Engine light came on. Took in for service and gasket replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mini Cooper Base 1.5-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"When I went in for service they fixed the problem under warrantee"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mini Cooper JCW 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"The parking sensors signal as soon as the car is placed in reverse if there is any rain or if it's below freezing. In northern US, this is essentially all winter long. This has been the case since the car was new and the dealer has essentially refused to fix it - very frustrating."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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

Horn

"The horn stopped working, or required a very heavy press. The dealer said this was a known problem, and tried to fix it. Their fix hasn't worked. This is an important safety issue."

Anthony L., NJ (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"There is a fabric strip coming out of the seals around the rear windows."

John B., MA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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

Squeaking

"Brakes, went to mini said it was associated with the low mileage and days of being parked in my garage. There answer was drive it more. Went to my long time trusted mechanic who lube the caliper and brake parts and it never made a sound again will the low mileage drive I perform"

Therese E., NY (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Within one month of brand new purchase and less than 1,000 miles on the car, the radiator blew a hole on the engine side and failed requiring it to be replaced!"

Charles D., VA (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"The upper engine mount failed, causing the engine to making a knocking noise when it was started."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Mini Cooper S 2.0-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.

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.

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 31, 2017
If the brake light does not illuminate when a turn signal is activated, other drivers may be confused, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2016-2017 MINI Cooper Clubman, Cooper S Clubman and JCW Clubman vehicles. When the affected vehicles are braking and the turn signals are on, the inner, bumper-mounted, brake light will go out. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
MINI will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the vehicle to correct the brake lighting, free of charge. The recall began May 22, 2017. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V222000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16883
SEAT BELTS
Oct 17, 2016
In the event of a crash where heavy braking is applied, the Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) may activate when the occupant is more forward in the seat, possibly increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, MINI Hardtop 4 Door Cooper, Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper S, MINI Cooper Clubman, and Cooper S Clubman, 2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost, and 2016 528i vehicles. The vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism of the seat belt Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) for the driver's seat may not lock as designed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's seat belt assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 3, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V747000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15455
STEERING
Dec 30, 2015
A gearbox malfunction may cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling one model year 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vehicle manufactured November 24, 2015, and one BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) manufactured October, 19 2015. The steering gearbox may have been manufactured with incorrect parts.
What should you do:
BMW will replace the steering gearbox, free of charge. Affected vehicles are located in dealer inventory and will be remedied before customer retail. The recall began on December 28, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V887000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2
AIR BAGS
Oct 07, 2015
In the event of a vehicle crash, an air bag that does not deploy properly increases the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper two-door vehicles, 2015-2016 MINI John Cooper Works and MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper four-door vehicles and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
MINI and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on November 25, 2015. Owners may contact MINI customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V628000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6073
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