Engine And Engine Cooling Problems of Mini Cooper S - part 1

Mini Cooper S owners have reported 101 problems related to engine and engine cooling (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mini Cooper S based on all problems reported for the Cooper S.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 1
Failure Date: 03/19/2018

There was a recall for the timing chain, so I had it replaced in the recall program that was offered through Mini cooper. Less then 2 years later, my timing chain broke again, and has damaged the motor of my car. It would not start.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 2
Failure Date: 01/29/2018

While traveling on I-10 in tallahassee, FL at highway speed of 70 mph the car suddenly lost power. Being I the center lane of eight (four each direction) it was almost impossible to get out of traffic. Several vehicles made abrupt maneuvers to avoid a crash. Also as I got out of the vehicle was nearly struck by other cars. I later found out this was due to a failed timing chain with numerous complaints and no recall. There was also a class action settlement and still no recall. This could have well been a fatal incident.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 3
Failure Date: 11/10/2017

Car takes a while to "warm up" however after a very short drive the hood is hot to the touch. It also smells hot. I looked on line and seen several complaints and there is actually an after market 'deflector' to channel heat from the hood. I have noticed the plastic hood scoop is deformed from heat. I feel it is a matter of time before a fire or other reaction, e. G. , heat causes another part to fail and car wont stop, accelerate or other causing a crash. I also noticed the headlight wiring to be frayed as if it has been hot.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Mini Cooper S 4
Failure Date: 08/10/2017

My Mini cooper was parked in my garage for over two weeks. On August 10, 2017 I moved it out of the garage to get to some things in my garage. When I backed it back in, I heard a pop and within minutes I saw smoke coming from the hood. When we were able to open the hood the engine was on fire. We had to call 911 and they told us we could not leave the car in the garage because of the fire incident. We had to figure out how to get the car into neutral so that we could move it out of the garage without starting the car. Once parked on the drive way, my car proceeded to smolder two more times. We disconnected the battery and finally all the smoking stopped. My car has been at the BMW momentum dealership since August 12, 2017 with no resolution on what caused the fire. According to Mini, they were sending a fire specialist to see my car which they said would take some time. My car was finally looked at the first week of October and as of this email, BMW has not informed me as to what caused the fire. This incident is very concerning to me. My three kids were upstairs doing homework when my car caught on fire. Had I not paid attention to the pop I heard and closed the garage door, the car would have been on fire in our attached garage with all of us in the house. This all took place about 8 pm as we were winding down for the day. The outcome of this could have been catastrophic for me and my family. I want resolution to this whole incident which as of today BMW has not given me any indication as to what caused the fire.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2004 Mini Cooper S 5
Failure Date: 08/06/2017

The vehicle was hard to steer and smoke was coming from the engine. Took the car home, did not see flames, parked car in the driveway switched cars and left. Received a call from the fire department that my Mini was on fire and I needed to return to my house.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 6
Failure Date: 08/02/2017

During my morning commute on August 2nd in boston massachusetts, the timing chain on my 2010 Mini cooper failed causing massive engine damage and ultimate failure. This occurred while in motion, approximately 60 mph on 93 north, a four lane highway leading into boston. The car became disabled and would not not start again. The car was then towed to herb chambers, the nearest Mini dealer.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 7
Failure Date: 07/14/2017

I have Mini cooper r56 s models and I have spent almost 5k in just repair the timing chain is broke every 2 or 3 weeks this car is piece of crack every 2 or 3 weeks has something new !! never would buy again this piece of crack and wouldn't recommend to anyone get this piece of crack!!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Mini Cooper S 8
Failure Date: 06/04/2017

The contact owned a 2011 Mini Cooper S. The contact smelled a burning odor and noticed white smoke coming from the engine compartment while driving 45 mph. The contact exited the vehicle and it became engulfed in flames. The fire department was notified and extinguished the flames. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Mini Cooper S 9
Failure Date: 12/25/2016

After coming home from a routine drive. I parked my car in the drive way. About 30 minutes later I smelt something burning and noticed my hood of my car smoking. I immediately ran outside and started housing of the bubbling hood with a garden hose. I managed to pop the hood and put out the fire which had cover most of the engine at that time.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 10
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

Leaving for work, heard a snap and lost power to engine less than a mile from home. Pulled over, then coasted (with no power steering or brakes) downhill to a safer spot. Towed to mechanic; issue is broken timing chain. This vehicle is just a few months outside the final recall dates for skeen v BMW. I believe the class was too narrowly defined; this 2010 Cooper S (69k mi) has the same n14 engine and problem as described in the recall. (can't tell but from some of the early reporting on that case it sounds like this car may have been included an earlier version/draft??). Very upset that this car has the same engine and issue covered by the recall, and yet we have no recourse!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 11
Failure Date: 12/06/2016

Timing chain broke leading to vehicle coming to a sudden stop. Had this happened in heavy traffic, it could have been life threatening. BMW refuses to assist.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 12
Failure Date: 12/02/2016

Motor has rattle was told it was timing chain by mechanic and will need to be replaced or motor will need to be replaced/ Mini sold a defective car and knew about this defect. Now I am out 10k if the car breaks and have no car for family.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 13
Failure Date: 11/03/2016

During normal vehicle operation, vehicle lost power. Pulled to the side of the road, turned vehicle off, and vehicle would not restart. Had vehicle towed to local mechanic. Problem was diagnosed as a broken timing chain.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 14
Failure Date: 10/25/2016

Timing chain evidently broke with little warning and car died in middle of road. BMW Mini has known of this and settled a class action lawsuit without ever issuing a recall or notification to owners. The car had less than 30,000 miles on it.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2011 Mini Cooper S 15
Failure Date: 10/11/2016

Leaking thermostat replacement. The Mini dealership notified me after repairing the vehicle that nearly every Mini in this model year is coming in for a thermostat replacement. I was tipped off to this after questioning an adapter that was invoiced. Mini knows about this issue of defective thermostats but is avoiding a recall.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2015 Mini Cooper S 16
Failure Date: 08/31/2016

When I took my car in for its first service I was told that the entire engine needed to be replaced due to a recall. I have not been able to locate any such recall. I have found this entire experience to be very unusual.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 17
Failure Date: 01/28/2016

At 30000 miles the timing chain was replaced due to a recall. Car rattled for a few months prior to replacemen. At 55ooo mile my car engine light came on and lost power. I was able to limp it in to work about another 5 miles. My husband drove it to Mini dealership another 10 miles away and they stated that it blew a valve or a piston quoting him a head replacement of $5000 or replacement of engine for $10000. I purchased this car new and I have maintained it to a t. Reading on line this seems to all be related to the timing chain issue. Mini is not standing by their car and refusing to take responsibilty. Hopefully if we all continue to squeak we can get them to take responsibilty for faulty vehicles. I have a nice looking non running worthless car sitting in my driveway. . . Anyone want it!.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 18
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

Engine rattle upon startup. Next thing I know is the timing chain guides broke and the valves bent. Thousands in repair and Mini won't cover a thing.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 19
Failure Date: 12/02/2015

Timing chain replaced at 32k, just failed again at 92k with mobil one oil and filter changes every 5k miles. Chain jumped in garage during shut down of engine. Would not restart. I checked spark, fuses for primary fuel pump and made a judgement that it was a failure of the high pressure fuel pump and towed it to the dealer for warranty replacement. Got the call the timing chain jumped a link and I would need a replacement again. Can't believe it . Third chain with good lubrication maintenance in under 92k.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 20
Failure Date: 10/25/2015

Timing chain mechanism failure at 70,000 miles. Known issue among at least 500,000 Mini cooper generation 2 models.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 21
Failure Date: 10/15/2015

Timing chain broke well before 10 year or 100000 miles. This timing chain breakage caused my engine to fail due to piston damage or cylinder damage. My engine now needs to be replaced. My vehicle was moving when the sound occurred. When I researched this sound, I learned it may be the timing chain and took it to the garage to be replaced. The garage replaced the timing chain and when they took it for a test drive, it didn't seem to be running right and after further inspection it was determined that the engine was ruined and needed to be replaced.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 22
Failure Date: 08/24/2015

My daughter was driving the Mini cooper on hwy 101w when the car suddenly and with out warning lost all power. She was fortunate to not have been stranded on the highway. We had the car lifted and taken to a BMW dealer. They determined that there is a hole in the #4 cylinder that is responsible for the loss of power. The car has 55k miles on it and is 5k miles outside of full warranty. We have all service records well documented that exceed BMW \mc recommendations. We have since had the car lifted and taken to the mc dealer in camarillo CA. They with out explanation as to what happened state that the car needs a new engine at our cost of $6,500+. This is crazy given the low miles and the fact that it has been well maintained. There is much more information that we can provide however the site seems to time out and this is my third attempt at writing this notification. Please advise or contact me if you can help with this matter. BMW is fraudulently selling these vehicles as reliable and they need to be taken to task. Regards, mike fahner.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 23
Failure Date: 06/21/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate after the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was powered off and back on and was able to be driven; however, the vehicle would not accelerate past 55 mph on a 70 mph highway. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that one of the cylinders failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2006 Mini Cooper S 24
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

I was driving on the road my I turned the ac on and about 20min of me riding in the vehicle me and my infant son my my vehicle started smoking under the hood heavy white smoke under the hood of the 2006 Mini Cooper S. My car began to loose power while engine bay still heavily smoking I managed to get car in a nearby dealership get my son and I out of the car I put water on the side of the engine that was burning to keep the rest of the car from burning up. The rest of the car I had to call my insurance company the car wont do anything at all the electric system or the wires burnt under the hood.

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car image   Engine And Engine Cooling problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 25
Failure Date: 04/12/2015

Engine ceased while traveling on highway. Previously took car to Mini dealer when engine light was on and was told that the engine light was probably on because of the gas cap and their was nothing to worry about,.


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