Last post on Aug 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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MINI Cooper, Hatchback
#397 of 406 Re: 2007 Mini Cooper Reaching 100,000 [csantocristo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 18, 2013 (6:54 am)
Have you ever had a coolant flush? If not, you're overdue.
When you have the oil changed, does someone look the car over top to bottom---checking for leaks, brake pad wear, tire wear, worn belts or hoses, worn suspension parts, torn CV joint boots, etc.
Have you ever had the brake fluid flushed? Also not a bad idea if it's never been done in the last 6 years.
I'm not sure when your spark plugs are due for change. My Mini is the older supercharged model and so my specs might not be right for your car.
#398 of 406 Re: Getting Parts for your Mini Cooper [pboulio]
Jun 28, 2013 (11:16 am)
I was wondering if any one has had difficulties with the maintenance of their Mini Cooper due to the fact the Mini Cooper is originally a foreign car and was brought to the US by BMW which is also a foreign car company. I know that my mother has had trouble when fixing her Volkswagen because she had to wait for the new parts to come from Germany. Has anyone experienced this with their Mini Cooper?
Why would it be a problem? Toyotas, Nissans, etc. are also foreign cars but usually have no supply issues, except in rare cases due to weird events, such as tidal waves and earthquakes. We've owned a 2005 Mini convertible since new and never experienced any parts shortage needed for repair completion.
I'd be surprised if any 1st line automaker selling in the US today would experience supply issues on any model but the most unique, limited production models they sell.
#399 of 406 Just to share
Jul 14, 2013 (2:51 am)
Heya. I'm about to send this off to BMW North America Customer Relations, and I thought I'd share it here. It's a hoot:
To Whom It May Concern:
I brought my last MINI into service several times for a squeaking sound made by the clutch that I described as sounding like “a creaky door,” a problem that was attempted to be repaired more than once. The repairs included replacing the throw-out bearing, I believe more than once, and replacing the entire clutch assembly.
That car was bought back by MINI after that problem, along with a few others, couldn’t be repaired.
At an arbitration hearing hosted by the BBB AUTO LINE, _____, a west coast MINI representative, said something interesting when he heard that noise in my MINI: he said it was within factory specification.
He said something that had been considered a problem on my last car, something for which MINI bought the car back after it couldn’t be repaired, was spec.
_____ also said, upon hearing another noise produced by my clutch, a sound that was unable to be verified seven times by MINI’s factory-certified technicians, that it “happens in my car all the time.” He also used the word “normal” to describe it.
He was able to experience the condition within a minute or two of getting in my car.
Other factory-certified MINI technicians were, after seven service visits, unable to verify something that is, as your company puts it, “normal.”
Is it OK that MINI’s factory-certified technicians can’t verify normal conditions?
I realize that you stand by your factory-certified technicians. I would, nonetheless, like to know if it’s OK that MINI’s factory-certified technicians can’t verify normal conditions.
I am, as _____ pointed out, a “loyal” customer. I appreciate your direct response to my question.
#400 of 406 Re: Just to share [ihitcows]
Jul 15, 2013 (2:48 am)
What model year and model is your car? Are you talking about the hooting noise that many owners hear from their clutches when starting off on an incline with a cold clutch?
#401 of 406 Re: Getting Parts for your Mini Cooper [busiris]
Jul 15, 2013 (2:56 am)
We have owned a number of BMW products, including three mini coopers. As is the case with most domestic and imported vehicle manufacturers, they maintain several parts distribution centers Around the country so they can quickly provide any dealer with a part that the dealer might not have in stock. But it sounds like they may not keep parts that they rarely have a call for. For example, someone I know needed to have the diesel engine completely replaced on their BMW x5. They had to wait about 10 days for the engine to be shipped in from Germany. But in their case the vehicle was under warranty, and their dealer had already provided a loaner car.
#403 of 406 Re: Just to share [ihitcows]
Jul 15, 2013 (8:26 am)
*It's a 2012. Typo. Heh.
#404 of 406 Re: Getting Parts for your Mini Cooper [shark715]
Jul 15, 2013 (11:58 am)
Personally, I wouldn't consider an entire engine replacement an everyday occurrence, so it wouldn't surprise me at all it it took a similar amount of time for the same repair in a diesel Ford or Chevy PU.
I would expect a higher volume gasoline engine to take at least a week.
My daughter's 09 Nissan Versa had he CVT in it replaced at 49K miles, and it took the dealership a week to get a new unit in and install it. I thought that was a reasonable time frame for such a task.
#405 of 406 Alternate options to replace Mini Cooper 2005 vanity mirror/sun visors
Jul 29, 2013 (1:17 pm)
I just purchased a 2005 Mini Cooper hard top and so far the only issue has been that the vanity mirror keeps fallling off of the passenger sun visor. It also seems like the vanity mirrors are pretty much impossible to use because they wont stay open even when they are not broken.
Has anybody else had this issue or looked into replacing these altogether with something from a different company or vehicle? It's a little thing but it would be nice to be able to have all the parts in my new mini be functional.
Also if anybody has any tips for a new mini owner let me know! My new mini is coming up on 90k miles.
#406 of 406 Key fob
Aug 21, 2013 (4:42 pm)
The buttons stopped working. I replaced the key battery. Still doesnt work. Problem started after battery ran down and car was jumped. Any advice on what to check? Key works fine manually and I followed the instructions to initialize the key. I have an 04 mini