Recall Alert:  2007-2011 Mini Cooper

BMW is recalling several turbocharged versions of its popular Mini Cooper coupe and convertible to address problems with the water pump that cools the turbocharger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A problem with the electric circuit board could malfunction and overheat, leading to a potential fire. USA Today is reporting that Mini parent BMW received 12 complaints regarding the issue, and in eight cases, the fire occurred while the vehicle was parked and the engine was off.

The recall affects nearly 90,000 Coopers and is limited to vehicles built between Nov. 16, 2006, and Jan. 18, 2011. (You can find the vehicle's build date on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.) The affected vehicles are listed below:

2007-2011 Cooper S
2008-2011 Cooper S Clubman
2009-2011 Cooper S Convertible
2011 Cooper S Countryman
2009-2011 Cooper John Cooper Works
2009 Cooper Clubman John Cooper Works
2010-2011 Cooper Convertible John Cooper Works

BMW will notify owners in February and replace the water pump free of charge. For more info, owners can call BMW at 866-275-6464 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.



Hey, Vanna, can I buy a “comma” between those models in the 4th paragraph. What a run-on mess.

Jennifer Geiger, Editor at

@Rich: Sorry about that--formatting issues.

It's important for Mini owners to bring in their vehicle and get the water pump replaced. Far too many consumers ignore recalls or put off going back to the dealership to get the problem fixed. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Todd landry

The water pump in my vehicle broke a month ago but because I have the standard version (non-S) Mini Cooper gave me the "sorry Charlie" treatment. So much for customer service.


Todd, the recall is for the turbo models. Your car is not affected by the recall so why would you expect to have it fixed for free?


The turbo charger on my '08 Clubman S died 2000 miles out of warranty and a week before the recall. The estimate to fix it - $3100. Then the recall announcement and I was told by the dealership that they had no knowledge of the recall (Really? Watch the news). They told me to "wait and see" if I got a recall letter "maybe sometime in February". They said if I DID get a letter, they would have to replace the turbo charger also. Any idea when these letters will actually go out?


I have a love - HATE relationship with my Cooper. Love the car Hate all the problems.
Next vehicle... A Toyota.


I. like Ezra, have a love - hate relationship with my Cooper S. Get this, I called BMW about the recall and was told that even though my car falls into ever category and it looks like I should've received a letter. I have to wait to see if I actually receive one in the mail. when I told her that I was having problems with my water pump at this very moment which is why I started researching. Their response was I still have to wait to see if I get a letter. Now that is truly crazy!


My next vehicle - A HONDA!


Electrical circuit boards that could overheat and cause a fire... serious - run on sentences not so much---

Denise Alexander

Has anyone had a problem with the doors locks locking unlocking , sun roofopening , windows going down and up when the car is not running?

U Htun win

I have 2011 Mini Cooper countrymen s
Production date 2011 july and cheese no. WMWZC510xCWK-68613. Please let me know
I need to change water pump or not. Because
We have no dealer in MYANMAR. I hope you
Can help for me.

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