Notes: The 2008 Mini Cooper has problems with the oil feed lines to the turbo leaking which is not only dangerous & a fire hazard, but also costs $1,200 to fix at relatively low mileage.

Also the 2008 Mini Cooper has a defective timing belt tensioner pulley that can cause the timing chain to break, resulting in expensive engine damage.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,206 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Mini Cooper engine problems

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #3

Oct 022009


  • 38,000 miles


2008 MINICooper S spontaneous engine fire 10/02. I had just returned home from work and I had driven the car for about 45mins and then 10mins after shutting the car down a fire had started in the engine compartment.

- Santa Paula, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 242009


  • 100 miles
My 2008 MINICooper S has a terrible rattling noise occasionally during startup. The problem can be reproduced 100% of the time under the following conditions: - start car for short period of time (back out of garage / wash car) - restart car for short period of time (move into garage) - leave car for 8 or more hours - restart and drive away. For the first 2 minutes there's a terrible rattling sound.

- North Vancouver, 00, USA

problem #1

Oct 012008


  • miles
Engine compartment of 08 MINICooper S gets so hot it has melt the hood scoop. My hood scooping is bowing down and the car has 2700 miles on it. I suggest a recall and a heat shield to resolve this issue. Too many complaints on the forums.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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