The Truth About MINI Cooper Maintenance Costs

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The MINI Cooper is an economy sized vehicle which is a bit smaller than most and packs a punch with its speed. The Mini Cooper has a sporty and fun look that compliments its high quality drifting ability well. Owned by BMW, the Mini is one of the most coveted car brands which inspired a cult following. The brand spots a cool and fresh take on the economy sized vehicle by giving an elite driving experience.

Mini is also surging in popularity because they are offered in most worldly locations making them typically available to renters and a fun vehicle for a weekend. But what about when the weekend is over? Is the Mini brand reliable enough to make it a solid daily ride?

Many will say yes, and Mini does make a well liked vehicle, but the cars in the Mini series tend to be much less reliable than the average car and a lot more expensive to maintain.

MINI Maintenance Will Cost You

According to the website repairpal.com the following expected maintenance costs can be expected with a MINI vehicle

The cost of owning a MINI vehicle will cost you almost double what the average cost of owning a vehicle will. On average a MINI owner will pay $846 per year in repairs and maintenance. That is including unexpected repairs as well as expected and scheduled maintenance items. The average cost for a subcompact cost in these two categories is $456.

Frequency Of Unexpected Repairs

A MINI owner will have to bring their vehicle in for repairs a little more than one time every two years or .6 times per year. These are unexpected repairs that must be made not maintenance items. This is twice as frequent as the average car in the subcompact vehicle category.

Severity Of Unexpected Repairs

Out of these cases when the car must be brought to the mechanic unexpectedly, there is a 13% chance that the damage to the vehicle may be major for a MINI branded vehicle. This can be compared to 11% for the same statistic in subcompact vehicles.

Common MINI Cooper Repair Issues

  • Clutch May Wear Prematurely
  • Electric Door Locks May Malfunction
  • Service Recommend for “Sealed For Life” Transmissions
  • Electric Power Steering Pump May Fail

Mini Cooper Repairs and Prices

AC Condenser Replacement$350 – $780
Ignition Switch Replacement$240 – $305
Tire Rotation$40 – $51
Dashboard Replacement$1,342 – $1,515
Powertrain Control System Diagnosis & Testing$51 – $64
Brake Line Replacement$97 – $105
Hood Support Strut Replacement$78-$212
Transmission Control Module Replacement$1,469 – $1,495
Transmission Replacement$8,832 – $9,126
Parking Brake Activation Switch Replacement$227 – $272

MINI Brand Model Cost

Below, we’ve listed the starting MSRPs of the 2022 models being unveiled this year

MINI Hardtop 2 Door

  • Cooper: $22,400
  • Cooper S: $26,400
  • Cooper SE: $29,900
  • John Cooper Works: $32,400

MINI Hardtop 4 Door

  • Cooper: $23,400
  • Cooper S: $27,900

MINI Cooper Clubman

  • Cooper S: $29,900
  • Cooper S ALL4: $32,900
  • John Cooper Works ALL4: $39,500

MINI Cooper Countryman

  • Cooper: $29,100
  • Cooper ALL4: $31,100
  • Cooper S: $31,900
  • Cooper S ALL4: $33,900
  • Cooper Countryman SE ALL4: $41,500
  • John Cooper Works ALL4: $41,500

MINI Convertible

  • Cooper: $27,400
  • Cooper S: $31,400
  • John Cooper Works: $38,400

Recommended Maintenance Intervals Vary Based On Where And How You Drive

The recommended maintenance time frames and mileage counts are more of a recommendation that reflect when the average vehicle will need the repairs and maintenance chores performed.

Cars that are driven more modestly and in less extreme conditions will last longer, both as a whole and their individual parts! Always remember that when you are in a hurry. The more stress you put on the car by accelerating and braking hard are going to cost you more money more frequently.

Luckily the Mini Maintenance system is designed to tell drivers when maintenance items are coming up based off of information that sensors give to the computer system. The information is then applied to the algorithm of the vehicle and changes the timeframe in which the car warns the driver that the vehicle needs maintenance.

The MINI Maintenance System 

The entire line of MINI vehicles has a standard feature, their computerized maintenance schedule which takes care to keep track of how the vehicle is being driven and monitor several key components of the vehicle. This information together is then used to suggest maintenance as needed to the driver of the vehicle.

The components monitored give information to fund the following maintenance service tasks:

  • Engine Oil
  • Vehicle check
  • Front brake pads
  • Rear brake
  • Brake fluild

Engine Oil

The following maintenance items are combined under the “engine oil” category of the MINI Maintenance system.

  • Cabin Microfilter(s)
  • Engine air filter(s)
  • Spark plugs

Vehicle Maintenance Check Items

Check operation according to MiniMania.com

  • Horn, headlight flasher, hazard warning flasher
  • Instrument cluster and control lighting, blower
  • Lighting system (dome lights, glove compartment light, flashlight, trunk or cargo compartment lights, turn signals, hazard warning flasher, back-up lights, brake lights, license plate lights)
  • Seat belts
  • Wipers and washers
  • Body, check for corrosion
  • Tires, check tread depth, wear pattern, condition, inflation pressure – correct if necessary
  • Run-flat indicator
  • Battery, check state of charge
  • Airbags, check for torn covers, damage or attached stickers
  • Mirrors
  • Engine coolant check level and concentration
  • Engine accessory belt inspect
  • Windshield washer, intensive cleaning system, check protection level, fluid level, top of if necessary
  • Brake system connections and lines, check for leaks, damage and correct positioning
  • Underbody (transmission, rear axle, fuel lines, exhaust system) check for damage, leaks and corrosion
  • Steering components, check for clearance, damage and wear
  • Convertible:  Lower and raise convertible top to test. Actuate rollover protection using scan tool to test
  • Road test, check for performance, braking, steering, suspension, noises

MINI Car Maintenance: 3,000 Miles / 3 Months

Every 3 months or 3,000 miles, the following MINI components should be checked and/or changed:

  • Engine oil
  • Engine air filter
  • Transmission fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Battery and cables
  • Tire inflation and condition
  • Belts
  • Hoses
  • Lights
  • Exhaust

MINI Car Maintenance: 6,000 Miles / 6 Months

At every 6,000-mile or 6-month interval, the MINI maintenance schedule includes all of the 3,000-mile services, plus these additional points of focus:

  • Chassis lubrication
  • Wiper blades
  • Tire rotation (if necessary)

MINI Car Maintenance: 9,000 Miles / 9 Months

Each time you hit the 9,000-mile or 9-month interval, your MINI maintenance will be identical to the 3,000-mile services, including all of the same checks and/or changes.

MINI Car Maintenance: 12,000 Miles / 12 Months

Every 12,000 miles or 12 months, MINI maintenance will be a bit more involved. This once-yearly interval encompasses everything from the 3,000 and 6,000-mile maintenance schedule, plus these additional important checks and/or changes:

  • Brakes
  • Coolant
  • Steering and suspension
  • Wheel alignment

MINI Car Maintenance By Type

Brake Fluid

  • Replace Brake Fluid

Front Brake

  • Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
  • Brake discs: Check surface and thickness; replace as necessary.

Rear Brake

  • Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • Brake discs: Check surface and thickness; replace as necessary.
  • Parking brake: Repair or replace parking brake shoes/linings only if a reduction in the brake’s effectiveness is noted.

Emission & Control

The maintenance schedule as shown is designed to maintain the proper function of the vehicle’s emission control systems. This will help ensure optimum performance and fuel economy.

Basic Engine

  • Engine oil As specified by CBS
  • Engine oil filter As specified by CBS

Fuel System

  • Air Filter at every 4th Engine Oil  Service (approximately 40,000 miles)

Ignition System

  • Spark plugs at every 6th Engine Oil Service (approximately 60,000 miles)

Emission Control Components

  • Oxygen Sensor
  • JCW  120,000 miles
  • Cooper, Cooper S (SULEV [PZEV]) 150,000 miles

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It could cost you up to $9,126 to replace your transmission.

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