Engine Failure Problems of Mini Cooper S

Mini Cooper S owners have reported 18 problems related to engine failure (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 Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 1
Failure Date: 03/01/2019

While driving at highway speed on I-71 n & n. Broadway exit in columbus, ohio on March 1, 2019 the timing chain broke and caused complete engine failure and bent all valves and cylinder head and valves resulting in $8821. 97 in damage to my engine. The cause of the timing chain failure is due to the prince/psa engine design and manufacturing defect admitted to in the class action lawsuit know as joshua skeen and laurie freeman v. BMW of north America, l. Lc. United states district court district of new jersey civ. No. 2:13-cv-1531-whw-clw. BMW declined to replace my engine under the extended warranty agreed to in the settlement agreement of the above cited action. All affected vehicles should have been recalled and my engine failure could have easily caused loss of life. My vehicle is one of the class vehicles, r56 n14 engine produced between 2006 thru 2010. This is a product liability safety claim that is not subject to any statutory/warranty time limitation. All class vehicles should be recalled due to the loss of life and safety risks. Do not wait for loss of life to enforce the liability of BMW for their failure to self report the design defect and failure to voluntarily recall all affected vehicles.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2008 Mini Cooper S. While driving 60 mph, the timing chain fractured, causing a complete engine failure. All the valves and cylinder heads were bent. The contact was able to coast the vehicle over to the shoulder even after the vehicle lost all power. The vehicle was towed to the dealer (midwestern auto group, 6335 perimeter loop rd, dublin, OH 43017, (614) 889-2571 where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced at a cost of over $8,000. The contact notified the manufacturer and was provided a claim number. The manufacturer did not assist with the warranty or recall,s but offered to pay $2,000 towards the repair cost. The offer was good for six months. The failure mileage was 70,674.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 3
Failure Date: 07/30/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Mini Cooper S. The contact stated that with no warning there was a catastrophic engine failure. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to braman Mini of palm beach, 4011, 2815 okeechobee blvd, west palm beach, FL 33409,(561) 257-4774 . The dealer indicated that the manufacturer service campaign only was to address replacing the timing chain and that the replacement of the engine assembly was not included in the manufacturer guidelines of the service campaign. The vehicle was not repaired yet. The contact was waiting for a response from the manufacturer to determine if they may approve the dealer replacing the timing chain and the engine assembly. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Dyd.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2010 Mini Cooper S 4
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

The contact owns a 2010 Mini Cooper S. While parked, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 5
Failure Date: 04/29/2015

Engine failure occurred when driving on major freeway at posted speed limited of 75 mph. Pulling off on slip road due to engine stopping. Only after full stop did engine warning lights come on. Checked under hood and found coolant had evacuated the system. Engine would not restart. Towed to mechanic and found that the gear shifter had worn through coolant hose due to engineering defect.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2009 Mini Cooper S 6
Failure Date: 03/05/2015

I stopped at a red light on a busy city street. The Mini Cooper S engine stopped running and would not start. That day was heavy snow and the roads were very difficult to drive on. I could not move the car. After sometime waiting on a tow truck the four way flashers quit working. Fortunately no one ran into the car. I disrupted traffic for about an hour until the police were able to push the car off the road. The car was towed to the Mini dealer and it was determined the timing chain broke. The car only has 32,000 miles on it. Researching, I see that many Mini owners have experienced the timing chain failing. My 17 year old daughter usually drives this car. I am glad I was driving it when this happened and fortunate the car was not moving when the engine failed.

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car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 7
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

Timing chain failure caused immediate engine failure at highway speed. Damaged timing chain housing cracked causing oil to spray the hot engine. Subsequent oil started a small fire that was extinguished by driver.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 8
Failure Date: 08/18/2012

The engine quit while preparing to enter a highway. The car was accelerating to turn onto the highway and it just quit and partially blocked the highway. Luckily the highway was on a slope and to prevent from blocking the highway and risk injury, I was able to coast into a fire station along the highway and from there push the car out of the way of traffic. The cause of the failure is a broken timing chain which broke with no warning. The repair will cost about $4000. The fact that it broke as I was entering a highway and with no on-coming traffic was very lucky. There is no warning for the engine to stop. This seems like a common problem for 2007 Minis and as these cars age the likely hood of the problem occurring increases. This can happen at any time the engine is running and without warning. This is a safety issue as an abrupt engine failure can happen anywhere and without notice. It was over 100f the day my engine quit, I was over 90miles away from home in a sparsely populated rural area with no cell phone coverage. If it had happened 15 miles in either direction it could have been hours before anyone found me and my car.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 9
Failure Date: 06/23/2012

Mini cooper 2007 - rattles when cold. Took the car to the dealer. Felt to be a problem with the timing chain. I did some research. It's a known problem and can lead to the engine seizing during driving. It's a safety issue that Mini is well aware of. My car only has 40,000 miles on it. The repair would cost ~$2500. If I don't repair it, I worry about the engine failing while I'm on the highway - or worse, with my kids in the car during a drive. Mini knows about this and has directed dealers specifically on this problem. Countless online complaints about the same thing. Mini should offer a recall and fix this known defect before anyone loses control of a car while driving and someone gets hurt. Updated ivoq 07/09/12.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 10
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

While driving in heavy traffic following extended highway speed, stopped at traffic light and engine died with no warning and would not restart. Car had to be towed a considerable distance to original dealership. Learned that the vacuum pump seized / locked up, causing a chain reaction of catastrophic results that totally destroyed engine. Car needs complete new engine at 74,000 miles (out of warranty)and Mini USA attitude is that such engine failure is not their responsibility even though this particular Mini was impeccably maintained beyond Mini servcie requirements, but to no avail as engine blew at a very young 74,000 miles of age and there are repeated instances of same engine failure on internet BMW/Mini blogs. Note: this catastrophic damage follows last year's large out of warranty expense of replacing the entire electronic steering lock system as vehicle could not be driven safely and again Mini felt no responsibility for equipment failure even though the problem was subsequently acknowledged by the fact that electronic steering lock is no longer installed in new Mini coopers!.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 11
Failure Date: 02/28/2011

1. Hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. Car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. This could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. Timing chain rattle during cold start. Car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. Dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 12
Failure Date: 02/22/2011

Car has timing chain noise on cold start-up and if left unrepaired, it will result in timing chain failure and engine destruction. This is a widespread problem on 2007 and later Mini Cooper S. Dealer refuses to repair out of warranty and, even if repaired, the problem will return. There are cases of multiple engine failures to same car. Car also uses 1 quart of oil every 2,000 miles.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 13
Failure Date: 10/27/2010

On 10/27/2010 I was driving on 595 west (stop and go traffic) came to a stop, my car stalls and dies. It will not restart. Vehicle was towed to lauderdale Mini dealership in fort lauderdale. After inspection I was informed the vacuum pump locked up and jammed engine several times causing a catastrophic engine failure. Engine was replaced. Cost- over $6000. 00. Mini USA refused to compensate unless their is a future recall.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2007 Mini Cooper S 14
Failure Date: 08/28/2010

Driving on the interstate, I approach my exit and as I come to a stop on the exit ramp, the car stalls and dies. Car will not restart. Vehicle is towed to the closest dealership. After inspection at the dealership, I am told the vacuum pump has failed causing catastrophic engine failure. Suggested repair is engine replacement.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 15
Failure Date: 06/20/2010

2008 Mini Cooper S. The vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. While driving on interstate 287 in NJ with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. Every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. One moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next I had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown NJ. Vehicle brought to Mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly "fixed". The same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. Vehicle brought to Mini dealer again. Happened a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to PA. Vehicle was at Mini for another 2 and one half weeks. Now they say it is fixed and I do not feel confident they are correct. This problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. Mini customer service was abhorrent. They would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchase this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. They will do nothing. The NHTSA must investigate. The only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. Mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. Again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. The engine losses all power. Please investigate.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 16
Failure Date: 02/06/2010

My 2008 Mini Cooper S, when cold, often starts up with a tremendous amount of rattling from the engine. So much so that it sounds like a diesel (but its not a diesel motor). Numerous online forums have documented this problem, including some complete engine failures. It is a very expensive problem to fix and I would like Mini to issue a recall to permanently fix the problem and to have an unlimited warranty on this specific problem. The dealership has been "unable to duplicate" this sound and therefore refuses to provide the fix for it.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 17
Failure Date: 05/10/2009

Noise in engine after cold start. Engine was replaced by Mini of peabody MA after a internal engine failure. This is a 2008 Cooper S jcw and the engine has been noisy since it was replaced. Noise goes away after it warms up. Dealer tells me nothing is wrong. Original engine failed at 8,000 miles and so did the transmission and had to be replaced as well. Now at 17,000 miles transmission ok but engine sounds like it is knocking at start up.

car image   Engine Failure problem of the 2008 Mini Cooper S 18
Failure Date: 03/20/2009

My 2008 Mini Cooper S, when cold, often starts up with a tremendous amount of rattling from the engine. So much so that it sounds like a diesel (but its not a diesel motor). Numerous online forums have documented this problem, including some complete engine failures. It is a very expensive problem to fix and I would like Mini to issue a recall to permanently fix the problem and to have an unlimited warranty on this specific problem.


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