What is the maintanence difference between the automatic and manual transmissions on mini cooper s?

Asked by Jul 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM about the 2008 MINI Cooper S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've heard that the mini cooper has a lot of mechanical issues, and requires alot of maintanence. Is there any difference in that between the automatic transmission and the manual one? (specifically the 2008 Mini Cooper S)

5 Answers

3,015

Hell yes! The manual is easy to up keep and maintain. If the automatic goes belly, you are looking at up to 8 grand for a replacement, depending on the model in the vehicle. You definitely need to change the fluid more frequently that the recommended service intervals if you drive the vehicle hard.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
4,165

I will have to agree with michael on this one the manual trans is easier to maintain then the automatic one. You are also correct in that the mini s has alot of mechanical issues. The main one I see with this N14 engine is the oil interval for this engine is to long thus causing sludge build up and eventually engine failure. The interval needs to be done at 7,000 miles or twice a year what ever comes first and always use mini oil with a mini filter aftermarket filters will break aparts and clog the vanos solenoid and oil gallies. Other issues are water pumps failing, belts breaking, rear sway bar bushings. Those are some of the little things bigger issues of course are the timing chain tensioners and timing chain guides. Personally I would rather have the non s then the s but then agian I'm not that big of a mini fan.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
3,015

Robert is spot on, but then again I am a big Mini enthusiast!

120

MINI doesn't recommend changing the oil in either, but we tend to change the oil in the AT trans at 60k

My mini weeps a bit of green CVT oil. Noticed this during my skid plate installation. 34,000 and still no dipstick, time to have it looked at my a MINI mechanic. no? Driving a CVT transmission requires a bit of understanding~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Cooper

Looking for a Used Cooper in your area?

CarGurus has 11,264 nationwide Cooper listings starting at $1,995.

ZIP:

Search MINI Cooper Questions

MINI Cooper Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 510
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 500
#3 mightymini11
mightymini11
Reputation 380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper Clubman
73 Great Deals out of 4,299 listings starting at $4,495
Used Volkswagen Beetle
263 Great Deals out of 8,661 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series
1,797 Great Deals out of 40,896 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic
1,155 Great Deals out of 66,086 listings starting at $1,500
Used Jeep Wrangler
505 Great Deals out of 17,416 listings starting at $2,990
Used Ford Mustang
713 Great Deals out of 38,572 listings starting at $1,963
Used Fiat 500
161 Great Deals out of 7,117 listings starting at $3,695
Used Volkswagen GTI
138 Great Deals out of 6,243 listings starting at $2,299
Used Honda Accord
1,228 Great Deals out of 77,867 listings starting at $969
Used Toyota Corolla
1,397 Great Deals out of 68,393 listings starting at $988

Used Cars For Sale

2017 MINI Cooper S For Sale
897 listings starting at $23,430
2016 MINI Cooper S For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 315 listings starting at $21,599
2015 MINI Cooper S For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 206 listings starting at $17,199
2014 MINI Cooper S For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 116 listings starting at $14,995
2013 MINI Cooper S For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 384 listings starting at $9,499