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MINI Recommends the coolant system drain and refill EVERY 4 YEARS as listed in the 'Additional Service Items' section of Inspection II. This will maximize longevity of the cooling system and its components.
The MINI factory recommends this factory anti-freeze/coolant for your MINI. Specially formulated with no Phosphates or Nitrites to ensure compatibility with your MINI Cooper and S. The factory recommends replacement every 4 years but many owners like to change more often.
Factory recommends a 50% mix of coolant and water. Coolant comes in one gallon bottles, may be labelled 'MINI' or 'BMW' depending on supply.
Approximate capacity of cooling systems:
Both Gen 1 and Gen 2 MINIs)
Do not add coolant to the cooling system when the engine is hot. Escaping coolant can cause burns.
See instructions on drain and refill here.
Comply with applicable environmental laws regulating the disposal of coolant additives. Always dispose of used anti-freeze according to local laws and regulations.
GROUND SHIPPING ONLY.
Here is an interesting post from a popular MINI forum:
I'm a Master Level ASE tech (plus L1 and X1 cert)., and I teach Automotive Technology at a local Community College.
You guys putting in the wrong fluids keep me, and my students who go on to join the tech workforce in business.
Lets just say in my time dealing with European cars since 93' I've seen more than a few water pump impellers dissolved, heads fail, rotted intakes, and cooling system woes.
It's simply not worth skimping on. I'm not saying you have to march out to the dealer, but you should research who makes the OEM fluids and stick to them.
People forget the chemistry in today's cars is as complex as the electronics. __________________
MINI Service Intervals, Inspection I and II, Reset Service Indicator Light
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This is an 'approximate' list of service items for the MINI
The list may not be complete as service items may have been added by the factory since this list was created. Some dealers may perform fewer or more items than this list.
Mini Coopers have 3 types of service:
Your Service interval display located in the center of the speedometer will notify you of which service type you need. Each time the vehicle is started the display will show the mileage until the next service is needed.
If the display is flashing and the mileage is displayed as a negative you have gone past the time of service and are overdue.
The services come in this order,
Inspection (I) is also known as a Minor service and Inspection (II) is also known as a Major service.
Check overall thickness of front and rear brake pads.
Check battery state of charge
Check manual transmission and clutch or automatic transmission operation
To Reset Service Indicator Lights (SIL)