Mini Cooper S owners have reported 12 problems related to gas recirculation valve (egr valve) (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.
This is the 2nd time this happend the car started to acelerate by its self when stopped and the brakes couldn't hold the car back, I then put the car into newtral, then into park tapped the gas and the car acted normal. It was like the car had a mind of its own and just started to go without my foot on the gas pedal . The last time this happend was a year ago . I thought it was a fluke but now it happend again, I am a very good driver but after this happend again I think I might just get rid if this car . . . It reminded me of the movie chritine when the car had a mind of its own. I was stopped at a light with a car in front of me, the weather was 45 degrees and was driving for about 15 minutes already when it happend.
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Purchased car April 2014 w 46,000 miles. Warranty history showed valve gasket replaced. At 64000 miles dealer says it needs to be replaced again. Not told at purchase - at Mini dlr - that car consumes a quart of oil every 700 miles which I was just told by local servicing dealer that they consider that normal. Leak at gasket contributes to air infiltration and poor oil consumption I was told. I would not have purchased the car knowing this. It adds considerably to the operating costs. After telling servicing dlr this weekend that I knew the car had already had valve cover gasket replaced, he said he would cover 75% of over $800 cost. He obviously knew that it didn't or shouldn't need that work so soon after being done. The Mini dealers are thieves and withhold vital information. The strut mount apparently is also "domed" which speaks to structural integrity of this car. I would never recommend a Mini to anyone and feel their practices are completely unethical and the build quality is substandard to what is considered normal. Who needs to have the valve cover gaskets replaced twice in under 65,000 miles? who has to go and buy oil every month and a half? the last car I owned that needed that was a 20 year old 1975 pontiac with over 100k. Miles. Garbage.
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I was driving my 2010 Mini Cooper S 50-55 mph when I heard a loud noise come from the engine compartment. From then on, the engine was making a rattling and clacking noise and the oil light eventually came on. Pulled over to the side of the road and got out to look at the car. Oil was all over the frontside and wheelwell of the car. All the oil had came out of the engine. Towed the car to a mechanic who told me the engine was seized and that the timing chain tensioner had broken lose and somehow that allowed all the oil to pour out of the engine. Had to have the engine replaced for a cost of a little over $5,000. A BMW specialist wanted $8,500 to do the same job. Now my new engine they just installed is leaking oil from somewhere and there's a light clicking noise coming from the engine. Im so afraid it's going to happen agian, and I know that Mini USA will be of no help. It's a shame that I had to find out what a terrible company they are in this way. I needed a reliable car for my new job and ended up with the exact opposite, an unreliable vehicle from a manufacturer that has no integrity whatsoever. I loved these cars, now I just hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Engine seized while driving on the 6-lane highway during rush hour traffic. Just a sudden complete loss of power, all vehicle operation stopped. Fortunately, I was on the outside lane, and I was at an exit that went down hill, so I coasted down the off ramp before it rolled to a complete stop. Some bystanders assisted me in pushing the vehicle off the side of the busy 4-lane road. Turns out it is the timing chain problem with many Mini coopers, 2007 - 2012. There is a faulty or missing part, that if not addressed, results in "catastrophic engine failure". My vehicle had 50k miles on it; I purchased it new, so I have all vehicle records, all recommended maintenance performed; all recalls performed, and my records are 100% complete. The real kicker is - my service records clearly show that several times I reported a "rattle" from the engine (while under warranty) as far back as 2012. And the service records indicate that the dealership "could not duplicate customer complaint of rattle". The notorious "rattle" is the first symptom of this engine flaw that can result in catastrophic engine damage, and it was known by the auto industry in 2012. Cost - $8k, complete engine replacement required. Dealership and BMW deny any wrong doing, and deny any knowledge of the "engine" issue. Following the incident, I spent a month of my time trying to figure out what happened, why, had it towed to three places, lots of phone calls, research, etc. Luckily no one died. This was a very dangerous situation to be in, and the people that stopped to help me push the car were very brave. I looked pretty pathetic I am sure - lone, petite female trying to push a car on a very busy 4-lane road during rush hour, in 90 degree heat. Lucky for BMW/Mini that no one died. I guess that is exactly what it will take to force therm to recognize this problem.
I purchased this car with 24k miles on it. It now has a little over 28k miles. It has been starting and running just fine, until the weather turned colder. Now if the car sits outside for a few hours with the temp below about 45 degrees, the engine rattles and sounds horrible when I first start it. This is a very loud rattle coming from the passenger side of the engine. The noise is so bad that I am afraid to drive the car until it warms up and the sound goes away. After a little research online, I am shocked to see how many people have this problem and that it is the timing chain tensioner and guide system. I wish I had researched these cars before making a purchase because now I own an expensive problem.
A car stopped short in my path causing me to brake hard and stall. Since I didn't apply the clutch during the emergency stop I pressed the clutch pedal to the floor in an attempt to restart the engine. When it failed after several attempts I had it towed to Mini of baltimore. They told me it had no compression and that the exhaust cam had jumped 180 degrees out of timing. This sounds like a timing belt tensioner problem the service manager gave me an estimate of $2800. After further research I found this is a common problem but Mini won't issue a recall for this common problem.
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The turbo charger has totally failed (car is under half power) and the top guide on the timing chair (tensioner system) is broken. I have done the proper maintenance with exceptional care. The turbo is cooled by the known failed auxiliary water pump with integrated circuit board and is currently under recall. Mini/BMW is refusing to cover these failures clearly caused by defective parts and design (oil line leading to turbo gets gummed up because it is too small). They are attempting to charge me over $5200 to repair the car (20% of the vehicle cost in 2008) for what is absolutely a manufacturer problem. My car is not operational and has not been operational for over 2 weeks while I continue to 'fight' BMW's determination not to cover these problems. Reading countless blogs with owners experiencing the same problem(s) I believe BMW is intentionally selling a product it knows is defective and collecting thousands of dollars on repairs. No car should experience a total failure of a turbo and broken timing chain in 60k miles. This is outrageous and NHTSA should protect us consumers from this fraudulent activity by issuing a recall - sooner than later.
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When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. There is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. Could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. BMW needs to do something about it.
My Mini Cooper Spontaneous caught on fire. Thursday 8/25/11 before all this happen, I took the car in for service. I stated to the service advisor([xxx]) the car was not driving right and I'm sure some services needs to be looked at (oil change etc. . . . ). My service tech ([xxx] vista Mini coconut creek) puts the key into the card reader nope nothing showed up you good to go I exit with some doubt on my face never thinking twice, could be my mind playing car games. I'm really admit about funny noises, and since the dealer isn't far from my job. I'd just stop on by for a check up. I do have extended warranty service. Saturday 8/27/11 (10:30p) car sitting from a short drive to have dinner. Came home (10pm) parked the and didn't hear or notice anything. I usually take a quick walk around the car. Sunday 8/28/11 (4:00p) police came knocking " are you the owner of a black Mini cooper " your car was on fire and the plantation fire dept are in the process of putting out the fire/flames. As I walk out the shock of my car burning. After speaking with the firemen. He couldn't pin point where the fire started and the cause unknown but he said when they started to hose it down it looked as if the fire was coming from the driver side engine compartment another fire dept guy said from the looks of this incident, what's seems to cause this was electrical malfunction. Flames were shooting 8'ft in the air. The car is damaged and not repairable,there's no engine there's nothing left besides the some ashe, melted metal, there's no windshield, the headliner is completely gone, side glass are blown out. All I can think about is my baby daughter in the car while I was driving. BMW you have caused some damage, leaving me second guess you integrity of your craftsmanship/flagship auto. Someone please contact me about this situation. Updated09/07/11 [xxx] updated 2/23/12.
For about 2 weeks now I have noticed that my cooling fan comes on each time I turn off the engine and then it shuts off after a minute or so. So I thought that the fan was just acting up or something. However, yesterday I also noticed that the engine temperature gauge was at the maximum (250 degree f) and the indicator red light had come on. I had been driving for about 20 minutes at about 50-60 miles per hour on side roads (so I had been stopping at lights at intervals). The weather is actually unseasonably cool (60-70 degree f), and I had been changing gears (I have the automatic with sports drive). So naturally, when I turned off the engine the cooling fan came on again and didn't turn off for another 3-5 minutes. So on the way back, I drove at about 30 miles with my hazard light on as I was driving on the free-way and put it on cruise control. But the temperature gauge still went up to about 3 quarters of the way and the fan kicked on after I parked it after about 15 minutes. The manual says to immediately stop the car and let the engine cool down if the temperature gauge goes past the half-way point. I have an appointment with the dealer in 2 days for what I thought was a cooling fan problem. But this seems like an engine issue. So I am planning to get the car towed to the dealership first thing in the morning.
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On 2007 Mini Cooper S, purchased new 12-2007, experiencing warped/melted/deformed scoops on bonnet(hood) due to extreme heat issue from turbo, scoop originally had zero cutouts, my cooper has 3 cutouts in scoop made by mfg, opening not large enough or fan does not run long enough to cool down the bonnet scoop or fan does not run at all, fan runs about 30% of the time only & warping occurs on the bonnet scoop which is painted plastic. If the bonnet scoop was metal, this would not be an issue. Heat can reach 235 degrees. Have been opening hood when re-parking in the garage to allow to vent/cool down. Opening hood not always possible ,obviously, when parking not at home. Would like Mini (BMW) to address this problem, needs to replace the painted to match hood scoop, addressing with BMW 12-19-2008.
I started leasing my Mini cooper in 11/2005. I had leased cars with mitsubushi prior to this for 8 years with no problems. Recently, I was coming home from the airport in my Mini cooper. It started to "clunk", seized, I pulled over - then black and green fluid started pouring out of the front of the car. The roadside service sent a tow truck to pick me up. I sat in 95 degree heat on I-95 for 1 hour and 45 minutes waiting for the truck. The truck came and we took the vehicle to the closest BMW dealer - the dealer I leased from - princeton BMW. They looked at the car and told me that it would not be covered under warranty - even though the car was only 8 1/2 months old and had 6,300 miles on it. They told me that the reason was that the car had gone through water and this was not covered. 2 weeks prior to this event, I went through water on a regular street in my area, the car stopped, I started it up and went on my way. I then proceeded to drive the car down the shore, to work, etc with no problems, no engine light or warning signs. On July 9, I drove to the airport, parked the car, and went on a business trip. On July 11th the incident on 95 occurred. I have never had a car that was not able to go through water on a street.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Timing Tensioner problems||
|Engine Oil Leaking problems||
|Water Pump problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Engine Failure problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problems||