90 000 Minis recalled by BMW

2012-01-16 11:45

BMW AG will recall nearly 90 000 Mini Coopers built since 2006 to address fire risks linked to failing auxiliary water pumps.

According to Detroit News, BMW said it will recall its 2007-2011 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S Convertible and several other versions built between November 2006 and January 2011.


The German automaker said it will replace the water pumps after reports of 81 failures and four engine fires worldwide since 2009.

Detroit News reports BMW has been investigating the issue since July 2009, following the first report of an auxiliary water pump failure. If the pump fails, an electronic circuit board can malfunction and overheat, the company said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in October, 2011, but BMW said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes resulting from the defective water pump.


BMW SA was contacted for details on how this recall may affect South African Mini Cooper owners and has this to say.

"Mini is conducting a worldwide technical recall of turbocharged Cooper S (R55, R56, R57 and R60 body derivatives) and John Cooper Works models (R55, R56, R57 body derivatives) built between March 2006 and October 2010 due to a potential fault with the additional water pump fitted in these models.
"Approximately 3350 local customers will be affected. These customers will be notified to arrange for the replacement of the additional water pump free of charge during January 2012. It is anticipated that it will take no longer that an hour to replace the affected part.

"Affected owners can contact their nearest Mini dealer or Mini customer care on 0800 696 464 to make the necessary arrangements for the replacement or if they have any questions or concerns."

  • cobus123456 - 2012-01-16 11:03

    They should get Peterhansel to sort out NHTSA with his mini. He'll just ride into them and they will keep back.

      Tandas - 2012-01-17 08:46

      You must NEVVA... buy a BMW.

      christo.stone - 2012-01-17 09:48

      Mini = BMW... Buy a Smart xD

  • Riaan - 2012-01-16 13:19

    Now that’s nice! The water pump on my 2005 Cooper S Failed without my knowledge, resulting in a hefty R25000 engine rebuild. The water pump is driven in conjunction with the super charger..very expensive repairs (many similar complains on the net!). I subsequently sold the car, and now they are recalling them..nice! Never a Mini again thank you..

      russell.bennett1 - 2012-01-16 14:37

      Dude... turbocharged Cooper S motors from '06 onwards, not the old supercharged ones. So even if you still had yours you couldn't claim anything as it wasn't affected.

      Shaun - 2012-01-16 17:04

      That's the best step you took, judging by the report BMW knew about the waterpump issue, what other problems do they know about? - Cheers

  • comurray - 2012-01-16 15:38

    Do you mean to say that persons with brains actually buy a grossly over priced Mini Cooper S. What a pity, oh yes it is probably a status symbol of sorts.

  • Dyl - 2012-01-16 16:21

    Still a bit in confused as to why they still called mini when the latest models are the size of a yaris. Next youll find fiat making cars that look like monster trucks and calling them sedans. My first car was a mini and i loved it. A product should reflect it's brand and in this case, its a fractured reflection of what mini used to be or even mean to us drivers.

      Thando - 2012-01-17 08:43

      There's even a Mini SUV now ...

  • Riaan - 2012-01-16 16:22

    @Russel.Bennett1..Dude, I can read! Not that it matters anymore..sold the thing after the repairs! Just to prove that its not a new issue, go google waterpump failure on Cooper S and see what you get..its a well know fact that it happend on the R53 as well. Its due to bad design on the fins inside the waterpump.

  • Shaun - 2012-01-16 17:02

    It's British car, made by the Germans....sounds like "back to the future". - Cheers

  • Justin - 2012-01-17 10:03

    The Mini shares it's engine with the Peugeot RCZ/207 GTi and is found in some of the new 1-series models as well. Are they also affected by the recall?

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