Engine Belts And Pulleys Problems of Mini Cooper S

Mini Cooper S owners have reported 29 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (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.

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Failure Date: 05/15/2017

I purchased a brand new Mini Cooper S in 2009 w/ standard 3 years of factory maintenance and I later added on an extended warranty a few years later. 2014 I entered into a 3 year lease on a BMW. Aside from maintenance, the Mini was mostly garaged except for maintenance until th after a month of driving it, I heard a ticking sound that made me think it needed oil added, despite having one about 2 months prior. I added the Mini synthetic oil to the car and the ticking sound stopped for a week or two. Then it started rattling and shaking severely when driving low speeds or at an idle. I checked the on board diagnostic systems, which is supposed to check oil levels and the general health of the car. No issues came up but I stopped driving it because I saw the oil light come on, and I know that couldn't be good, especially since oil was added between changes. I had the car towed to an independent Mini mechanic, they told me that the timing chain needed to be replaced, there were holes in the turbo line and some various oil leaks. Their estimate was roughly $2500 to make the car drivable again. Spoke to Mini corporate, urged me to take it to Mini dealer for diagnostics so corporate to see what help they'd offer me on these issues because they knew the timing chain belt was an issue and they knew the car burns through oil 50% faster than their electronic system and owners manual says. They were aware of this in 2008 and it affected several Mini coopers to the extent of blowing out their entire engine. A class action lawsuit was filed because Mini failed to issue a recall, warn buyers, or notify current ones. They extended the timing chain belt coverage to 7 years or 80k after the suit. My car has 73k but it's 7 years going on 8. The dealer confirmed diagnosis but Mini won't offer any help on the 3-4k repairs. If this happened 9 months ago, they would cover it.

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Failure Date: 03/08/2016

I have a Mini Cooper S 2009, with only 50,000 miles in it ,and already its failing the guide and support rail the holds the timing chain, those supports are made of plastic which I believe it should be some kind of metal instead,when the support guides breaks the chain comes out of place crashing the engine, well the is ecsactly what happen to me , when I was driving in the freeway, I had to stop and get my car towed, but lucky me I wasn't in the middle of freway which it could cause a big accident, maybe death. Most of car makers like Honda has a miles limit for timing belt replacement, Mini Cooper S dont, its base on how much you drive it ,thats what dealer said. Botton line Mini USA should replace those plastic parts for something more durable specially if its going to make your car stop all of of sudden.

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Failure Date: 09/22/2014

The timing chain belt broke suddenly and flew up into my engine, destroying the engine completely. I got a new engine, but this new engine is also faulty (reason unknown) and now I need another new engine.

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Failure Date: 03/05/2014

The 2008 Mini Cooper S started making the infamous "death rattle" noise. I took it to a mechanic who specializes in imports. He changed the oil, which wasn't due for another 2,000 miles, and he changed the oil filter. The noise continued so he added oil stabilizer to ensure that oil was being filtered. The noise still persists at start-up, and goes away after the car warms up for a couple minutes. The mechanic told me I'd have to get the time changing belt replaced to fix the "death rattle," which is a common thing in Mini cars.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2014

When you start the car in the morning while its cold and start driving, you hear a rattling noise in the engine which coming out of the timing-belt area. It started 5 days ago.

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Failure Date: 02/17/2014

I tried to start my car and only heard a spinning sound. First I thought the transmission or starter would need replacing but after having it towed to the Mini dealership, I was informed it is thetiming chain. Upon further review I was informed that the timing chain belt had shattered and bent the valves, and now the pistons are blocked and a plethora of other things. The total to repair this domino effect of damage is above $8,000 and just the chain alone is 1500 but I was informed would be a grand mistake because the car will not run. I am a college student who is financially challenged and am now in too deep to even try and float.

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Failure Date: 09/27/2013

I was driving on the interstate, when without any warning or indicators, the engine shut off. I was stuck in a dangerous place, with high-speed traffic for sometime. The dealer who as my car says: "the primary cause of the engine failure was the locking up of the vacuum pump. Consequently this caused the bolt on the exhaust cam shaft sprocket to sheer off causing the vehicle to run out of time. The pistons therefore made contact with both intake and exhaust valves, verified with boroscope inspection, thus bending the valves and causing catastrophic failure to the engine. $6850. 00 minus discount to replace engine. This is obviously not an isolated incident. I have had a lot issues with various Mini engine parts deteriorating, despite following the recommended regular maintenance schedules ¿ clutch, fly-wheel, thermostat, intake silencer, spark plugs, timing chain twice, waterpump, radio head unit, drive belt, hi-lo horn, boot latch, boot cable, to name a few. Hopefully Mini will do something about these issues.

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Failure Date: 08/14/2013

Started to hear a knocking noise coming from the engine compartment. Issue with the time chain. So bent out of shape that the chain almost broke. I have always kept on top of changing my oil and getting my car serviced everytime it need it so I dont understand why this would even happen. When researching my problem I saw that its extremely common for models since 2007+ to experience this. This needs to be recalled. Theres no reason for a owner to have to pay 200-2000 dollars when they have done everything right with servicing and oil changes etc. Im just glad I wasnt on the highway when this happened to me because having your engine belt break in a busy highway doesnt sound safe.

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Failure Date: 05/09/2013

I had been servicing my 2008 Mini Cooper S at the dreyer & reinbold BMW Mini dealership for the life of the car, which I bought new. I just had it in the shop around 50k miles and was not told that I should consider changing my timing belt. One day I went to start my car and it wouldn't start. I towed it to the dealer and they told me my timing belt had broken and damaged my engine. I am no faced with replacing my engine and a bill of $6600+. This defect that was not brought to my attention has ruined my engine and after thorough research of fellow Mini drivers, I am hesitant about what other defects may come about in the future for this car. This should be brought to the attention of the manufacturer and there should be a lawsuit or recall in place to compensate Mini owners for this faulty part.

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Failure Date: 04/13/2013

In April 2013 I was merging onto highway i20 with my children in the back of my Mini Cooper S 2006. As I was speeding up to merge onto the highway the car completely cut off. I veered over into a median in the middle of six lanes of high-speed traffic. The car had completely shut off, even the hazard lights. I was very lucky that the median was there and that I had not yet entered the main stream of traffic. The police came, then a friend. After about a half hour it restarted without power steering and he was able to slowly drive it, and he fixed a belt that he said had looked like it had blown out. About four times in the year prior to this the car had cut off, but not while I was driving; it shut down as I was pulling out of a parking spot but then immediately restarted. No one could explain it. After the April incident I went to the Mini cooper dealer and spent close to $3000 to ensure that the car was safe for my children. However, yesterday, 11/5/13, I was backing out of a parking spot and the car completely shut down. I called the dealership for assistance and they said they had never heard of this kind of problem and couldn't help; fortunately the car restarted about ten minutes later. However, I am extremely concerned that this car is unsafe and I have heard from an acquaintance who also has a Mini Cooper S 2006 who said this has happened to her, that something random happened with her car and it completely shut down while she was driving. She told me that there was a recall, but I called Mini corporate today, and was told there was no recall and referred me to NHTSA.

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Failure Date: 01/31/2013

My car had been making a rattling sound off and on for a short time (mostly in the cold mornings) I drove from houston to dallas. When parked on the side road, my car would not start up. I had no service light or any other lights come on. Took it to the dealership and I was told my timing belt was broken. I have no means to pay for the repair. While searching the internet it appears this is a very common problem and Mini cooper/BMW are aware of this and have done nothing about it.

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Failure Date: 01/17/2013

Took vehicle in to Mini of the woodlands to have recall work done to the vehicle and while it was there had them do a diagnostic to ensure car was in good shape. Was told that it needed a new timing chain and that I shouldn't drive it. Was told to tow it home or leave it with them and they would fix it for close to $2500. The car has 37,000 miles. Really? feel like there's a nice scam going on with a product that has obvious defects with this timing chain issue. There are complaints all over the internet. No vehicle should need a new timing belt with this low of mileage. Mini needs to do the right thing and issue a recall for this problem.

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Failure Date: 08/04/2012

Without warning the car started jerking and running very roughly and the engine warning light came on. We brought the car into the Mini dealer to be diagnosed. While the dealer was very helpful, the diagnoses was disturbing at best. After tearing apart the motor, cleaning it and reassembling, the problem remained. It was "Mini services" recommendation to the dealer that the timing belt be changed. This is a 13 hour procedure that cost just over $2000 and provides no guarantee that it will solve the problem. In addition, they may run into more problems once they are inside of the engine. To add insult to injury, the timing belt tensioner had already been replaced do to a similar problem while under warranty. We have elected to pay $5000 for a new motor and 2 year warranty so at least we would have a slight piece of mind that the problem would not reoccur at our expense. I completely understand the risks of owning a vehicle beyond the warranty period. I just wish BMW Mini would recognize this problem and stand behind what appears to be a rampant problem with the "timing-belt-tensioner" on the 2007 s models. I was shocked to see the pages of owners that are reporting the same problem. My wife loves this car. There is no way I would purchase another Mini product after paying over $30,000 for the 2007 63,000 mile disposable model.

car image   Engine Belts And Pulleys problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 14
Failure Date: 05/16/2012

Timing belt failure due to restrictor belt defect.

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Failure Date: 04/09/2012

Timing belt and tentioner needs to be replaced, has broken guides and causes very loud "diesel" sounds. Only 50,000 miles on the car. Oil leak in oil line going to turbo.

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Failure Date: 03/08/2012

Timing belt tensioner failed resulting in slack in the timing belt. Final result was the timing belt slack contacted plastic chain guards which broke off and lodged inside the engine. After being towed to Mini service, they recommended replacing the entire engine. This is a safety issue because the critical timing chain failure led to premature engine failure. There was a strong smell of smoke and I had initial concern that the car was going to catch on fire. I was lucky that the incident did not occur while driving in traffic as I would have been stuck on the road without any power endangering myself and other drivers. Mini is well aware of the issue with the timing belt tensioner, but has failed to proactively address the issue. The service manager at Mini even has a bag full of bent rods at his desk that he showed me and told me he has had multiple cars come in with the same issue.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2012

I was told my warranty expired end of June. I bought Mini-s 08 used in February from a Mini dealership in westchester, elmsford, NY. I noticed a knocking noise that to me didn't sound normal not too long after I bought the car. The people at Mini told me it was from something else, a loose piece and that they "fixed the problem. " this noise only became worse, and now the car is at 45,000 miles and not even 6 months from purchase. The noise became even louder, which then it sounded like a tractor trailer. I changed the oil, the noise wasn't as loud but still there. My mechanic said that the timing belt is going to snap soon, and is a dangerous problem that can cause an accident, and once it breaks, the whole engine will be destroyed.

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Failure Date: 02/06/2012

My 2008 Mini Cooper S (with 28,300 miles) has experienced diesel sounding engine problems coming from the engine. I looked this up on the internet to find this was a tensioner or timing belt issue with the car. . Read more...

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Failure Date: 05/16/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Mini Cooper S. While driving approximately 35 mph the contact noticed a burning odor. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder and noticed small flames and smoke coming from under the hood. The contact was able to extinguish the fire with a blanket. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated that the oil return line that was connected to the turbo charger had began leaking oil and caused the fire. The vehicle was repaired however, after the repair the contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time for diagnostic testing. The technician then stated that the turbo charger and the engine would have to be replaced. The technician stated that the turbo charger could have been damaged during the fire. In addition, the contact had previously experienced intermittent stalling and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the timing belt tensioner was replaced. The approximate failure mileage was 60,800.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2011

Extremely loud engine noise during a cold start. The root cause is the failure of timing belt tensioner. The only recourse is to replace the tensioner and adjust or replace the belt/chain. This is a known defect.

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Failure Date: 02/15/2011

2007 Mini Cooper S, timing chain broke at 64k miles. There are countless complaints of this problem all over the web, we need to force Mini to issue a recall. Vehicle was properly maintained prior to failure. This is a chain, not a belt. . Read more...

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Failure Date: 01/25/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who advised him that the timing belt tensioners needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. A few days later he heard a noise coming in the engine after the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000.

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Failure Date: 12/02/2010

Failure of timing belt tensioner in 2009 Mini Cooper S leading to massive oil leak loss of power to engine and near lethal accident.

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Failure Date: 09/21/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. The contact heard an extremely loud knocking sound whenever he started the vehicle. The knocking noise was not present while the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the timing belt and other components were replaced at the his expense. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was approximately 40,000. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

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Failure Date: 08/30/2010

I had a loud noise under the hood of my 2008 Mini Cooper S, followed by the timing belt breaking. I had it fixed to the tune of $2000+. It was not covered under warranty. I was told it broke due to being down 1 qt of oil. I have heard this is a common complaint.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2010

I have had an issue with my 07' Mini Cooper S engine's timing chain since 2010. The tensioner brackets for the timing chain that came with my 07 Mini are made out of plastic and break easily, causing the timing belt to slip and damage my engine. It has currently cost me 1500 dollars in repairs to fix the issue. The repair can only be a temporary fix because the brackets were simply replaced with the same plastic brackets that broke previously. I am simply awaiting the day they break again. This is not a new issue, as I have seen multiple complaints of this very same issue all over the internet and BMW needs to be held responsible for their defected engines. I suggest a recall be placed on the 07 - 10 Mini coopers, Cooper S, and convertibles, for their defective tensioner brackets for the timing chain because it can cause severe damage to the engine if not destroy the engine completely.

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Failure Date: 02/14/2010

Upon starting my engine every morning there is a large clattering noise coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment. It seems to be an issue with the timing belt tensioner as the part does not get enough oil in it as it drains out after sitting for a few hours. If the part is not replaced or fixed the timing chain will eventually break and ruin my engine. My car is out of warranty and this is a factory issue that BMW/Mini refuse to acknowledge or fix.

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Failure Date: 11/20/2008

2009 Mini Cooper S loud noise at cold startup immediately after car was received in November 2008 miniusa has discovered it's an issue with the timing belt and its tensioner I read of this issue online and asked Mini dealer to repair they replaced timing belt and tensioner but some Mini owners report a recurrence of the issue and major damage to the car's engine.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2007

Vehicle produces loud metallic sounds from the left side of the engine on cold start. Mini USA has repeatedly stated this is okay, however now at 25000 miles the noise is constant and loud. Reading data from other Mini owners this problem is now extremely common on all Mini coopers with the 1. 6l produced after 2007. Mini has quietly replaced numerous belt tensioners to fix this problem but refuses to admit this is a large issue over the entire fleet of vehicles. Issue results in a $3-4k labor bill to repair.

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