Mini Cooper Spark Plug Application Guide

This chart lists replacement spark plugs that are MINI factory original replacements or the NGK equivalent of the same plugs.  Modified MINI's may require different plugs. 

Spark plug technology has come a long ways and the modern plugs last a lot longer than in the past.  However, they DO wear down and can impact your engine's efficiency.  The factory might recommend a 100,000 mile interval for replacements but most MINI owners replace them much sooner.  Since a worn spark plug can affect your fuel efficiency, we recommend you inspect them regularly and replace when they start to show signs of wear.

ALWAYS torque the spark plugs to the proper torque setting:

  • 27 Nm or 20 ft-lb for Gen 1 MINIs (R50 R52 R53)
  • 23 +3 Nm or 17+2 ft-lb for Gen 2 MINIs(R55 R56 R57 R58 R59 R60 R61)

All current MINI models have spark plugs located at the bottom of a deep well - this requires special 'extended' spark plug sockets.  On the Gen 2 2007+ models, the spark plugs are Bi-Hex so the standard hex socket will not work.  Take a look at the Spark Plug Socket part numbers to see what you will need.  We also recommend the use of 'locking extensions' so the socket does not get stuck on the plugs.

For ignition upgrade to include coil and plugs, take a look at our Mini Cooper Ignition Maintenance and Upgrade Application Guide.

 

MINI COOPER SPARK PLUG APPLICATION GUIDE

BODY MODEL YEAR   ENGINE 
AFTERMAKET
  EQUIVALENT 
OEM FACTORY
  REPLACEMENT 
   FOR
MODIFIED MINIS
  SPARK PLUG SOCKET 
HARDTOP R50 COOPER 2002-2006 W10 NME3012     NME1053
HARDTOP R53   COOPER S  2002-2006 W11 NME3012   NME3011*
HARDTOP JCW JCW 2004-2006 W11 NME3016   NME3011*
HARDTOP GP GP 2006 W11 NME3016   NME3011*
CONVERTIBLE R52 COOPER 2005-2008 W10 NME3012     NME1053
COOPER S 2005-2008 W11 NME3012   NME3011*
CONVERTIBLE JCW   JCW 2005-2008 W11 NME3016   NME3011*
        * For MINIs with Supercharger Reduction Pulley
 
HARDTOP R56


COOPER 2007-2010 N12 G2NME3011E G2NME3011   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
2011-2013 N16 G2NME3014E G2NME3014  
COOPER S 2007-2010 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
2011-2013 N18 G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
HARDTOP JCW JCW 2008-03/2012 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
  03/2012-2013  N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
CLUBMAN R55 COOPER 2008-2010 N12  G2NME3011E G2NME3011   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
2011-2014 N16  G2NME3014E G2NME3014  
COOPER S 2008-2010 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
2011-2014 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
CLUBMAN JCW JCW 2008-03/2012 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
03/2012-2014 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015  
CONVERTIBLE R57 COOPER 2009-2010 N12  G2NME3011E G2NME3011   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
2011-2015 N16 G2NME3014E  G2NME3014  
COOPER S 2009-2010 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
2011-2015 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
CONVERTIBLE JCW JCW 2009-03/2012 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
03/2012-2015 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
COUPE R58 COOPER 2012-2015 N16 G2NME3014E  G2NME3014   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
COOPER S 2012-2015 N18 G2NME3015E  G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
COUPE JCW JCW 2012-03/2012 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
03/2012/2015 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
ROADSTER R59 COOPER 2012-2015 N16  G2NME3014E G2NME3014   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
COOPER S 2012-2015 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
ROADSTER JCW JCW 2012-03/2012 N14 G2NME3010E G2NME3010 G3NME3017**
03/2012/2015 N18 G2NME3015E  G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
COUNTRYMAN R60 COOPER 2011-2016 N16  G2NME3014E G2NME3014   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
COOPER S N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
COUNTRYMAN JCW  JCW 2011-2016 N18 G2NME3015E  G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
PACEMAN R61 COOPER 2013-2016 N16  G2NME3014E G2NME3014   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
COOPER S N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
PACEMAN JCW JCW 2013-2016 N18  G2NME3015E G2NME3015 G3NME3017**
        ** For MINIs with upgraded ECU software or Turbo upgrades running higher boost.
 
HARDTOP F56 COOPER 2014+ B36/B38   G3NME3010   G2NME3009
G2NME3008
COOPER S B46/B48  
HARDTOP F55 COOPER 2015+ B36/B38   G3NME3010
COOPER S B46/B48  
CLUBMAN F54 COOPER 2016+ B36/B38   G3NME3010
COOPER S B46/B48  
CONVERTIBLE F57 COOPER 2016+ B36/B38   G3NME3010
COOPER S B46/B48