2014 Mini Cooper drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,158 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.

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2014 Mini Cooper drivetrain problems

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2014 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 262015


  • 8,000 miles


I was driving on an interstate and a warning reading "drivetrain malfunction. Drive moderately" came on. Power was low (couldn't get the car over about 60 mph, not safe on an interstate with steady traffic) and car was somewhat chuggy. This car has three times in under 8000 miles told me the oil was low and it was critically necessary for me to add a quart, which seems related. After stopping and calling MINIwho told me they would send a tow truck if the light had been red, rather than yellow) and starting the car back up some 20ish minutes later, no warning. Unsure when the next warning in this new car will come up, but MINIsays there is an issue with oil filter housings.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Dec 012014


  • 9,200 miles
Driving on the freeway, car lost oil pressure suddenly, oil poured out of vehicle, smoking as warning lights indicated "drive train malfunction" and then, "loss of oil pressure: Stop vehicle". diagnosed as a failure of a welding on the oil pump housing. MINIreplaced part and returned car to me. Within 1 mile, "drive train malfunction" ignited again. A week later, they reported that there were metal shavings in the oil and the engine needed to be replace. I sold it back to MINIas a lemon.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 142015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
When accelerating with transmission in first gear from a stop it will on occasion jump out of gear causing a loss of power to the driving wheels. Car has a six speed manual transmission.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #5

Apr 032015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 6,500 miles


While driving in the highway, the car suddenly started shaking and having loud clunking rattling noise. The exhaust was spewing heavy white smoke. The car suddenly slowed and then stopped with " drivetrain malfunction." We also got into an accident!

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 292015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
Oil filter housing failed during commute and lost all oil. Needed to have the car towed for repair. Received the car back next day. Failed part is currently subject of recall, but my car did not fall into the scope of the recall so I never received a notice. Two days after repair for the oil filter housing, the vanos system failed. Entire vanos system needed to be replaced, took a total of 6 days for repair.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 172014


  • 5,600 miles
2014 MINICooper S hardtop manual transmission fail. The vehicle abruptly drops out of 1st gear when starting from a stop, causing the car to shift into neutral. This first occurred on Nov 17 and has occurred with increasing frequency to now happening about 9/10 times the car is starting from a stop. This makes the vehicle unsafe to drive in traffic, merges, and on hills. Note, this car had a dealer required programming update on October 26 2014.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

May 292014

Cooper 3-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
On two occasions when driving, the auto start and stop function shut the engine off, where I had to put the car in park & restart it. Happened once on a flat surface and once on a downhill slop at a stop. Also, I've only had the car one month and the drivetrain light came and the MINIservice repair says it was fault #20A503 with the water pump. Please advise!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 172014


  • 2,466 miles
Gear shift completely became detached at speed. Two magazines have had same issue. This could easily cause a fatal accident if it happened to someone that isn't as calm as myself. Consumer reports just had this same issue happen. Affects 2014 MINICooper hardtop models, chassis code F56. www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/06/2014-MINICooper-S-shifter-comes-off-while-driving/index.htm.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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