MINI One D (2003–2007)

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What to watch out for

Can hit a dead zone of no power or torque under 1,500rpm in 3rd gear.

Quite heavy and not as economical as the figures suggest.

Expensive, but also depreciates slowly so this isn't a problem.

Has been some criticism of the handling compared to other MINIs, but I found no problem with it.

New faster, lower emission, more economical 1.6 MINI Cooper D from May 2007.

By 2007 transmission failure of 2001/2002 MINIs had become increasingly common.

Paint problems at rear of light coloured cars seem to be caused by exhaust emissions.

Reports of PAS problems. The electric motor which runs the pump packs up and sometimes takes the wiring loom with it (through overheating). BMW dealers quote £750 to repair, but BMW will sometimes approve 'goodwill' of half the cost of parts and labour. Reports of frequent steering column failures (sometimes BMW will pick up the tab).

ABS/ASC modules starting to fail after 3 - 4 years. Unlike VAG, BMW dealers will separate the two parts and effect a reasonably priced repair: about £600 - £700.

Fuel tank retaining straps of 7 - 8 year old MINIs can rust through.

Early cars pulling to nearside: caused by early type front struts identified by domed ca on centre nut. Replace struts complete with top mounts and anti-roll bar links.

All MINIS pulling to n/s: front suspension turrets pushed up. Replace top mounty and repair turret on jig.

Early MINI Ones, Coopers and Cooper S extra noisy power assisted steering with low oil level. PAS seals have failed. Replace track rod ends.

MINI Ones, Coopers and Cooper S PAS failure due to failed pump or corroded wiring to pump. Replace pump and/or wiring.

All MINIs noise from steering column means steering column upper bearing has failed. Replace upper and lower steering column depending on age.

All MINIs excessive footbrake and parking brake travel indicates rear calliper(s) have failed. Replace calliper(s).

Early MINI One, Cooper and Cooper S: ASC, ABS, RDW+ handbrake warning lights on with possible intermittent loss of speedo and rev counter and sometimes gradual loss of electrics amd fire/smoke from engine bay. ABS pump wiring shorted out on pump bracket. If minor wiring damage, repair loom. If major, replace main vehicle wiring loom. Always fit a protective edge cover to pump bracket.

Check manual transmission for noises and change quality. Failures after 3-5 years are common.

Aircon may gurgle due to airlock in refrigerant. Difficult to purge.

Rear exhaust silencer boxes rot inside out and also deposit rust particles on the rear of the cars. particularly noticeable on white and yellow.

ABS/ASC modules starting to fail after 3 - 4 years. Unlike VAG, BMW dealers will separate the two parts and effect a reasonably priced repair: about £600 - £700.

3-6-2014: Injection pump failed in 2005 MINI 1 D. Reader charged £1577 to replac it, including 'diagnostics'.

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