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Ah, the good old days — when the Mini Cooper lacked a radio but made up for it with sliding windows and the ever-present ashtray of the 1960s. Times were simple, and so was the initial Mini model, launched in 1959. (Which also included a storage compartment allegedly sized to fit a bottle of Gordon's Gin.) The Mini Cooper has come a long way since its creation, and we don’t mean its participation in a world record that crammed 28 people inside. (Although that's a pretty amazing feat.) The Mini Cooper is still a classic model but has gradually evolved to keep up with modern times. It's known for being a very reliable car — as long as you take care of it. So, how do you keep your Mini Cooper in great condition, and when is it time for professional Mini maintenance in Calgary? Here are five tips for every Mini Cooper owner to keep in mind:

1. Be Aware of Common Mini Cooper Issues Different vehicles come with different problems, and the Mini Cooper is no different. For first and second-generation models (the year 2013 and below), clutch failure is one of the most common issues. It can happen even to those with low mileage. Another first-generation problem is a total transmission failure. Why? The manufacturer initially claimed that Mini Cooper transmission fluid did not need regular maintenance, when in fact, it does (typically every 30,000 - 40,000 miles). Other common Mini Cooper issues to keep an eye out for include:

  • Power steering pump malfunction

  • Water pump leaking

  • Loose timing chain

  • Radiator damage

2. Know Your Mini Cooper Model A big part of maintaining your Mini Cooper is being familiar with which model you own. Each generation of models varies, so here is a general guideline:

  • First generation (2002-2006): Two-door hatchback with a manual transmission

  • Second generation (2007-2013): Similar to the first generation style but with a new engine, two sets of headlights, and optional six-speed automatic transmission

  • Third generation (2014-Present): It looks about the same as the second generation model but with a new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, and some models include parking sensors and rear-view cameras

Typical Mini Cooper models include the MINI 3 Door, MINI 5 Door, MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible, and MINI Countryman. 3. Check Your Brakes Often Brake inspection is imperative to keeping you and your Mini Cooper safe on the road. You don't want to wait until it's too late to realize it's time for new brakes. If you notice a screeching or grinding noise while braking, it's probably time for a brake replacement. If your vehicle is pulling to one side or the brake pedal becomes hard to press, you may need a repair. Preventative brake service helps you avoid sudden breakdowns, extends your brakes' lifespan, and reduces the risk of an accident. 4. Keep up With General Mini Maintenance Owning a reliable luxury vehicle like the Mini Cooper has its advantages, but that doesn't mean you don't need regular maintenance. Keeping a general Mini Cooper maintenance schedule for your vehicle is necessary to maintain its much-desired level of luxury. General maintenance includes regular oil changes and tune-ups, transmission replacements, or an engine rebuild. Staying on top of routine services helps you avoid costly repairs, improves resale value, and keeps your Mini looking new. 5. Learn What's Included in the Mini Cooper Factory Warranty The mini cooper factory warranty covers almost everything for 4 years, or 50,000 miles (excluding tires). It also covers rust perforation for 12 years. The manufacturer's warranty also covers routine maintenance services, including oil changes, inspections, brake fluid services and air filter services. A Mini Cooper extended maintenance warranty may be needed depending on the age and condition of your vehicle. Choose Trusted Auto Specialists for Mini Maintenance in Calgary Mini Coopers aren't your typical vehicles, and a luxury car specialist knows that all too well. At British Auto Specialists in Calgary, we specialize in British vehicles like the Mini Cooper and ensure each service is completed thoroughly to maintain its world-renowned status. As luxury British car experts (and fanatics), we are just as passionate about your Mini Cooper as you are! We guarantee you and your Mini will receive the care and attention you both deserve. British Auto Specialists is Better Business Bureau certified and offers one-on-one interactions with customers to ensure high-quality work for your high-quality vehicle. For the best Mini maintenance in Calgary, contact us today to see how we can keep your luxury vehicle looking and driving like new!


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