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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,298 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 172016


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 MINICooper S. while driving 70 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the timing chain fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000. Updated 06/15/16

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 152016


  • 65,000 miles
There is a loud clanging coming from the motor, the engine lost oil, it is being towed to a mechanic - the diagnosis is a bad timing chain tensioner, the car has about 65,000 miles, there was a recall for 2008 - 2010 minis for this problem

- Watersmeet, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 292016


  • miles
Timing chain issue lead to oil leak in engine. 2008-2010 models have been recalled after a class action lawsuit was filed for the same issue. My model is one year outside the official BMW recall. I took my car in for routine maintenance. That's when the dealership informed me I couldn't drive my car without the repairs. The cost of the repair was nearly $2000 since I am also outside of my warrantee period. I have read that if this issue wasn't found, it could lead to engine failure either when idle or driving. I am lucky not to have sustained injuries or incur further costs. Other 2011 MINICooper drivers should be made aware since there has been no official warning from BMW. BMW should be held accountable.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 122016


  • 22,365 miles


Timinig chain tensioner had a washer stripped, oil was leaking all of ther engine and it was down to less than a quart. It's a known issue with MINIcoopers all over the internet where a $10 part, if not caught causes major engine repairs, or worse, engine replacement. MINIcooper dealer wont fix it for free even though it's touted "maintenance free" chain belt. Vehicle only has 22,365 miles on it.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 272015


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 MINICooper S. while driving 35 mph, the vehicle violently shook, overheated, and an unknown warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump was leaking. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. The VIN was not available.

- Avon Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 132014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 60,016 miles
Car severely overheated. Melted coolant system manifold and hosing pipe. Repair cost $1,100+. days later crack in water pump grew. Immediate car malfunction occurred resulting in towing the car to mt laurel MINITheir assessment was that coolant was found on the dipstick of the engine oil. Recommended a new engine. Currently fighting to have company cover all costs and damages.

- Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 082014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
MINICooper 2011 overheated and blew off radiator hoses while driving on fwy- engine damage and head replacement.. dealer is saying bottom radiator hose must have come off and leaked coolant. Just had it serviced.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 112013


  • 30,000 miles
Premature high pressure fuel pump failure may lead to loss in power, furthering the potential for a wreck. Engine enters "limp home" mode, which reduces power considerably and makes acceleration much slower than normal. Check engine light comes on, several obd-II diagnostics codes appear.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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