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R50/R53 MINI Power Steering Warranty Extension

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe) Jun 1st, 2013 77 Comments

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Do you own a ’02 – ’05 MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S or MINI Cooper Convertible in the US? Have you had to replace your power steering pump at your cost? Did you get the letter?

In the interest of customer satisfaction, we are extending the warranty coverage for the power-assist steering pump and associated cooling fan on your vehicle to 13 years/150,000 miles, whichever occurs first, starting from the date of first retail sale or the date the vehicle was first placed in service as a demonstrator or company vehicle, whichever is earlier.

If you have not had to replace yours, and if it should fail before your MINI is 13 years old or has 150K miles, the repair will be covered. If you have replaced yours out of warranty and at your own expense, you have a very good chance of getting reimbursed. I received an email from MINIUSA earlier this week and that was indicated. continued →

MINI Sends Great Apology Letter

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Faults & Fixes, In the Press May 17th, 2013 7 Comments

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MINI delivers a car with miss steering wheel paddles. Hilarity ensues.

MINI Officially Discontinues Recaro Seats in the Roadster

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, R59 (Roadster) Oct 31st, 2012 11 Comments

Last December MINI introduced the factory optional Recaro seats across most of the range. And after years of waiting and hoping, the US finally got them in March builds. For one glorious month all was well. Until MINI noticed some unusual wear spots on the Recaro seats of some Roadsters. Production was stopped and the seat belt anchor was supposedly being redesigned. continued →

MINI USA Recalls 2011 Clubman For (Almost) No Reason

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, R55 (Clubman) Oct 5th, 2012 8 Comments

Because of a production mix-up there are 75 Clubman (not Clubmans or Clubmen) rolling around the US with the EU style ABS symbol in the tach. The difference? On the EU version just the outer circle of the symbol illuminates, not the ABS letters. Major problem right? The NHTSA thought so and because of it those 75 affected can bring their cars into a dealer for a much safer (sarcasm alert) tachometer with the proper ABS symbol.

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MINI Shortens Oil Change Interval

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes Apr 16th, 2012 35 Comments

A regular topic on White Roof Radio is our opinion that the factory-specified 1 year/15,000 (approximately) mile oil service intervals on the R56 MINIs are far too long. WRR co-host and MF contributor, Todd Pearson, snapped this photo of a window sticker on a recent MINI showing a new oil change interval of 1 year/10,000 miles. Given the number of R56s (and R50/R53s) that have had oil-related troubles, it makes sense that MINI would re-consider this interval. However, we don’t yet have any information as to exactly why MINI has dropped the interval back to 1 year/10,000 miles, which was the original service interval on the R50/R53.

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Quality Parts Matter

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, MotoringFile Garage Mar 22nd, 2012 22 Comments

This story comes to us from WhiteRoofRadio host and Detroit Tuned founder, Chad Miller.

The automotive aftermarket has a lot of great parts to offer. That said, not all replacement parts for your MINI are created equal. When your looking to repair or maintain your MINI, don’t just look at the price and go for the cheapest option. Many parts on the market are not made to the same high standards as what comes in your car from the factory. These substandard parts can actually cause damage over time. For example: oil filters. continued →


BMW/MINI Sued Over CVT Failures in Early MINIs

MotoringFile Sections: Faults & Fixes, In the Press Dec 15th, 2011 28 Comments

It’s well known in the MINI community that the CVT automatic transmission used in the early R50s was — how shall I put this delicately — kind of a pile of crap. I don’t think anyone would dispute that it was a terrible transmission with a notorious reputation for spontaneous, premature failure and extremely expensive repair costs. Those issues are well known and oft mentioned on WRR. I don’t think anyone would dispute the reputation the CVT earned for itself, but the law firm of Baron and Budd is alleging more. The national law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against BMW claiming that MINI’s parent company knowingly cut corners on these early CVTs in an effort to rush the car to market, keep up with its explosive demand and keep its asking cost as low as possible. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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