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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,154 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Mini Cooper engine problems

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2009 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #9

Jan 062012


  • 81,000 miles


Turbo oil lines leaking oil. No check engine light has being activated.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 052012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 53,328 miles
Driving vehicle heard some engine noise and observed red oil indicator came on. Pulled over and checked oil level, appeared to be low.. I immediately put in two quarts of oil only to see it all seep out and through both front wheel wells. Appeared to be an issue with the timing chain tensioner.

- Sherrill, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 122012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 72,120 miles
I was traveling on NJ turnpike and my vehicle blew up. Catastrophic engine failure. Water pump also broke.

- Pitman, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 292012


  • 52,000 miles


The timing tensioner on my MINICooper S backed out, resulting in a massive oil loss while at highway speeds. This is apparently a known issue by MINIbut no known recall has been issued at this point.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 272012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 54,385 miles
During my commute to work on 9/27/12, my car completely died while I was driving in the middle lane of the freeway. The car was towed to a garage, where it was found to be leaking an excessive amount of oil. During inspection, it was assessed that the timing chain "jumped" and caused a catastrophic engine failure. At the time of this incident the car had 54K miles on it and there were absolutely no warning signs prior to the failure (I.e. leaking oil, engine rattle, etc...). furthermore, since I purchased the car in February 2012, I have performed regular maintenance on this car (new brakes, tires, alignment, regular synthetic oil changes) to ensure it stays in good driving condition. Apparently, this has been a frequently reported issue with MINICooper and the problem could have easily resulted in a fatal car accident while I was driving on the freeway! the estimated repair cost (with labor) for this failure is approx 10K!!! MINIshould be held responsible for this faulty craftsmanship. A 3 yr car with 54K miles should absolutely not need to have a new engine replaced!!!

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 68,500 miles
Water pump for turbocharger replaced in may (recall) and turbocharger warranty extended via MINIof America letter. Turbocharger failed in August, but MINIof austin blamed failure on lack of oil changes. All oil changes performed by that dealership whenever the car told us it was due. Crappy response from MINIof America as well.

- Lago Vista, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 102012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 43,709 miles


Purchased used vehicle in June 2012. On todays date, upon cold start vehicle began making knocking noises as if lifters were involved. As car warmed up noise became less apparent, but prompted me to take to local mechanic. Mechanic advised that timing chain needs adjusting/replacing and needs to go to dealer (an hour travel). Upon perusing web info on vehicle and year, this issue appears to be a prevalent mafunction in this vehicle causing major engine failure.

- Clewiston, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 252012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
On July 25th, aprox 9:00pm. My daughter (driver) have just arrived from college internship and arrived boyfriend family home (12-15mi trip). Upon turning off the engine and getting out of the car she smell burnt and saw sparks and fire through the car front grill. Boyfriend came and open the hood and noticed the fire. The boyfriend's father came and used dry chemical extinguisher to put fire out. Report was made to MINICooper. I came later and notice several wires burnt. The car was towed (7/25, 7/26 early morning) and is today (8/7/2012) at montgomery county MINICooper rockville, md, awaiting inspection by BMW engineering. The car still pending repair. I took pictures last Saturday (8/4). These pictures are available upon request.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #1

May 162012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 57,120 miles
Timing belt failure due to restrictor belt defect.

- Davis, CA, USA

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