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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,686 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper exhaust system problems

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


Timing chain 2008 MINICooper S failure. Loud knocking noise from engine. Under warranty parts replaced.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 302008


  • 15,000 miles
In early December 2008 my wife was putting items in the back of the MINICooper and her leg touched the exhaust, pipe burning her leg. We took it to the service center and the service advisor informed us that there was nothing that they could do. On a recent visit to the service center the new service advisor informed us that there was a recall but not for this model. We are concerned from a safety stand point.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062008


  • 19,342 miles
I borrowed my friend's MINICooper S for the week to test drive it. As I was unloading cargo from the trunk, my leg was burned when it touched the exhaust tip. Yesterday, I read about an investigation into the same problem on

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 212008


  • 1,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper sport. While removing groceries from the rear of the vehicle, the contact burned her leg on the exhaust pipe, which was located in the middle rear of the vehicle. The dealer gave her the number to the manufacturer, and they stated that they would get back with her. Since that time, the dealer stated that nothing else could be done due to the design of the exhaust system. She was advised to not get too close to the exhaust. The failure and current mileages were 1,400. Updated 08/04/08. The consumer stated the design itself was flawed. The consumer stated the issue could easily be rectified by making the exhaust pipe shorter. Updated 08/06/08

- Emeryville, CA, USA

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