MINI COOPER SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR 3rd GENERATION MINIs


This article is intended as a 'guide' to keep your Mini properly maintained.  Proper maintenance will minimize the chance of 'car problems' down the road, and greatly reduce the chance of expensive repairs resulting from a neglected Mini.  Document your service records as this will make your Mini more attractive to the potential next owner.

This article applies to the following Gen3 models:

2014-2020 F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop
2015-2020 F55 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door
2016-2020 F54 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Clubman
2016-2021 F57 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertible

Understand Rxx and Fxx model designations.

Always refer to YOUR Mini Owners Manual for factory recommendations for YOUR Mini.

For the 2002-2006 1st generation R50-R53 Minis, see Mini Cooper Service & Maintenance Schedule for Gen1 Minis

For the 2007-2016 2nd generation R55-R61 Minis, see Mini Cooper Service & Maintenance Schedule for Gen2 Minis

For a guide to performance parts, see Mini Cooper Performance Parts - An Upgrade Guide for your Mini


Maintenance Intervals

Maintenance intervals on motor vehicles were conventionally based solely on a fixed time period or a specified amount of accumulated driving mileage.

However, operational and driving conditions have a major influence on your vehicle’s routine maintenance requirements; the distance traveled is only one of these significant factors. A vehicle  used for short trips in the city with numerous cold starts, prolonged periods of idling, stop and go driving, and high engine speeds during acceleration may require more frequent maintenance intervals than a vehicle that is driven long distances at moderate engine speeds.

Your MINI vehicle uses sensors and algorithms together with the elapsed time and the driving distance/profile to monitor and evaluate your vehicle’s maintenance service needs. This information is then used to adapt dynamically the parameters used to forecast the applicable maintenance service task intervals.

The MINI Maintenance System 

All MINI vehicles are equipped with an integrated MINI Maintenance System. This maintenance “reminder” system helps ensure that the vehicle inspections and maintenance service tasks are performed at the forecasted intervals that apply to your vehicle.

The MINI Maintenance System display provides the vehicle operator access to the current status information for the following maintenance service tasks:

Engine Oil (date and miles)
• Vehicle check (date and miles)
Front brake pads (miles)
Rear brake pads (miles)
Brake fluid (date)

For each specific maintenance service task, either  the future date (month/year), remaining miles or both are provided as noted above. The system monitors variable inputs to forecast the intervals and alert the driver when one or more specific maintenance tasks should be performed.

The following “combine with Engine oil” maintenance service tasks may be identified as needing to be performed with a specific occurrence of the “Engine oil” service task service counter number):

Cabin Microfilter(s)
Engine air filter(s)
Spark plugs

Although these items do not appear in the MINI Maintenance System’s display in the vehicle,  these services should be performed when your vehicle’s engine oil is changed in accordance with the interval identified by your vehicle’s MINI Maintenance System.

Condition Based Servie (CBS)

Mini's onboard computer will prompt you with some of the maintenance needs using the Condition Based Service (CBS).  Sensors and special algorithms take into account the driving conditions of your Mini.  Based on this, the Condition Based Service recognizes the maintenance requirements. The system makes it possible to adapt the amount of maintenance corresponding to your user profile.

The Mini's remote control key fob records all of your Minis service data.  Information on the required maintenance is continuously stored in the remote control.  The dealer's service center can read this data out and suggest an optimized maintenance scope for your Mini.  Disconnecting the battery for extended periods will disrupt this record.

Engine Oil

The MINI Service Information M11 01 15 dated December 2015 recommends the following:
•   BMW Longlife-01 5W-30 Full Synthetic for all MINIs produced up to and including Model Year 2015
•   BMW Longlife-14 FE+ 0W-20 Full Synthetic for 3rd generation Model Year 2016 and later.

Engine oil should be changed when the vehicle’s engine is at operating temperature.

If an engine oil service is being performed or you need to add engine oil between changes, please refer to the Owner’s Manual for the  recommended engine oil for your MINI vehicle.
 
Long Term Rated Fluids and Oils

The following systems and assemblies are  factory filled with long term rated fluid and oil;  fluid replacement is only necessary when repairs are being performed (unless otherwise noted):
• Engine cooling system (antifreeze/coolant)
Automatic and manual transmissions
• All wheel drive transfer cases (except when indicated by the vehicle)

Regular Checks — Vehicle Operator

In addition to the maintenance service procedure information contained in this booklet, MINI recommends that you regularly check (when  refueling, for example), and address when necessary, the following items:
• Washer fluid level
• Engine oil level
• Coolant level
• Brake fluid level
• Tires — pressure, condition and wear

Please refer to the Owner’s Manual for additional information.

Maintenance Service Summary

The maintenance service tasks outlined in this section are based on intervals of:
• Time and/or
• Mileage or combined with
• Performing a specified occurrence of a maintenance service task.

Such intervals are primarily determined by the MINI Maintenance System unless otherwise noted in this booklet.

The information contained in this booklet is correct as of the “print date.” MINI reserves the right to make changes to the vehicle’s  maintenance service parameters and intervals  due to running vehicle production improvements  (among other things).

Your authorized MINI dealer can utilize the most current applicable maintenance service information to determine which maintenance service inspections and service tasks need to be performed on your vehicle.

Standard scope

Maintenance work:
• Verify Check Control messages.
• Check indicator and warning lights.
• Reset CBS display.
• Lubricate tailgate hinges.
• Check sunroof guide rails for excessive contamination.
• Inspect tires, adjust tire pressures and reset Tire Pressure Monitor.
• Check parking brake functionality while the vehicle is being driven into the workshop.

Engine oil

Maintenance  work:
• Change the Engine Oil and oil filter (as shown  in CBS). For the recommended engine oil for  your MINI  vehicle,  please  refer  to  the  Owner’s Manual.

Maintenance services connected to a  specific engine oil service*

*These additional connected services will not be  shown in the vehicle’s CBS display.
Maintenance work:
• At every 2nd Engine Oil Service: VentilationCabin Microfilter:  Replace.
• At every 4th Engine Oil Service: Intake air filter: Replace (reduce replacement interval  in dusty operating conditions).
• At every 6th Engine Oil Service: Spark plugs: Replace (approximately 60,000 miles).

Maintenance services that display in CBS

Vehicle check
Maintenance  work:
• Check operation of horn, headlight flasher and hazard warning flashers.
• Check instrument and control lighting, and heater/air conditioning blower.
• Check lighting system: turn signals, back up, license plate, interior (incl. map, reading  lights), glovebox, luggage area lights.
• Safety belts: Check condition and function.
• Check windshield wiper and washer jet  positions.
• Tires,  incl.  spare  in  MINI  Cooper:  Check  tread depth, wear pattern, outer condition, inflation pressure. If necessary, correct pressure.
• Battery: Check state of charge (magic eye) and charge if required.
• Visually inspect all SRS airbag units for torn  covers, obvious damage or attachment of  stickers.
• Convertible: Open the convertible top. Activate automatic rollover protection system manually.
• Rear view mirrors.
Coolant: Check fluid level and concentration.
• Windshield washer and intensive cleaning  systems: Check protection level, fluid level; top  off if necessary.
• Brake system connections and lines: Check  for leaks, damage and correct positioning.
• Underbody, incl. all visible parts (i.e., transmission, rear axle, fuel lines, exhaust system): Check for damage, leaks and corrosion.
• Steering components: Check for clearance, damage and wear.
• MINI Mobility System: Check expiration date  on sealant bottle. Change sealant bottle if necessary.

Final Inspection: Road test with check of:
o Brakes
o Steering
o Shock absorbers  (visual)
o Transmission

Brake fluid

Maintenance  work:
• Replace brake fluid (as shown in CBS).
 
Front brake
Maintenance  work:
• Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
Brake discs: Check surface and thickness;  replace as necessary.

Rear brake
Maintenance work:
• Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
Brake discs: Check surface and thickness;  replace as necessary.
• Parking brake:  Repair or replace parking brake shoes/linings  only  if a reduction in the brake’s effectiveness is noted.

Emission & Control Maintenance Schedule

The maintenance schedule as shown is designed to maintain the proper function of the vehicle’s emission control systems. This will help ensure optimum performance and fuel economy.

Basic Engine
Engine oil As specified by CBS
Engine oil filter As specified by CBS

Fuel System
Air filter At every 4th Engine Oil  Service (approximately 40,000 miles)

Ignition System
Spark plugs (all models)  At every 6th Engine Oil Service (approximately 60,000 miles)

Emission Control Components —
Oxygen Sensor
JCW  120,000 miles
Cooper, Cooper S (SULEV [PZEV]) 150,000 miles

The MINI Scheduled Maintenance Program

Absent a vehicle transfer, a 2017 vehicle purchased from an authorized MINI dealer in the United States (including Puerto Rico) is covered by the MINI Scheduled Maintenance program for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

The MINI Scheduled Maintenance Program covers the following factory recommended maintenance services when they are identified as needing to be performed by the MINI Maintenance System:
Engine oil (including the oil filter)
Brake fluid (Replacement)
• Vehicle check (Inspection)

And, in conjunction with one or more of the items listed above, the:
• Standard scope (Procedure)

Additionally, the following “combine with Engine oil**” maintenance service tasks are also  covered when they qualify to be performed:
Cabin microfilter(s)
• Remote control/key battery
Engine air filter(s)
Spark plugs

**As determined by the vehicle’s maintenance system “Engine oil” service counter “number.”

If a covered maintenance service task’s procedure specifies the inspection of components with a performable adjustment,  when required and in conjunction with performing this maintenance service, these adjustments are also covered.

For more information on your vehicle’s maintenance services requirements, procedures, intervals, please refer to the Maintenance Service Summary.

 

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