2nd Generation (2007—2012) Cooper S Problems

Cooper S owners with a 2007—2012 model year have the most problems with the engine (36%), clutch (16%), and the cooling system (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Timing Chain Broke 4 complaints at an average of 56,519 miles in the 2008 MINI Cooper S.
  2. Premature Clutch Failure 9 complaints at an average of 26,439 miles in the 2007 MINI Cooper S.
  3. Engine Failure 5 complaints at an average of 75,828 miles in the 2007 MINI Cooper S.

What Cooper S Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all MINI model years.

Watch out for the 2009 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 3 0 27 1.18
2011 4 0 43 2.82
2010 6 0 49 9.3
2009 24 0 38 19.43
2008 14 0 16 15.34
2007 23 0 15 17.56

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