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>Do not exceed an engine speed of

4,500 rpm or a vehicle speed of 95 mph / 150 km/h.

>Absolutely avoid using the full-throttle or kickdown position for the accelerator.

Up to 1,250 miles / 2,000 km: Engine and road speeds can be gradually increased. You should also comply with these break-in procedures if the engine has to be replaced at a later point.

Tires Due to technical factors associated with their manufacture, tires do not achieve their full traction potential until after an initial break-in period. Therefore drive care- fully during the first 200 miles / 300 km.

Brake system Approx. 300 miles / 500 km must be driven before the brake pads and rotors achieve the optimum pad-surface and wear pat- terns required for trouble-free operation and an extended service life.

Clutch Roughly 300 miles / 500 km must be driven before the clutch starts to operate at opti- mum efficiency. Remember to engage the clutch carefully during this initial period.



Parking the vehicle Condensation forms in the air conditioner system during operation, and then exits under the vehicle. Traces of condensed water on the ground are therefore normal.


Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving. Even light but

consistent pedal pressure can lead to high temperatures, brake wear and possibly even brake failure.<


When driving on wet or slushy roads, reduce road speed. If you do not, a

wedge of water can form between tires and road surface. This phenomenon is charac- terized by a partial or complete loss of con- tact between the tires and the road surface. The ultimate results are loss of steering and braking control.<

Driving through water

High temperatures

Do not drive through water on the road if it is deeper than 1 ft / 30 cm,

and then only at walking speed at the most. Otherwise, the vehicle's engine, the electrical systems and the transmission may be damaged.<

Clothes hooks

When suspending clothing from the hooks, ensure that they will not

obstruct the driver's vision. Do not hang heavy objects on the hooks. If you do so, they could cause personal injury during braking or evasive maneuvers.<

High temperatures occur in any vehi- cle equipped with a catalytic con-

verter. Do not remove the heat protection plates fitted in the area of the exhaust sys- tem and do not apply body-cavity pro- tectant to this area. When driving, standing at idle, and parking the vehicle, take care to avoid contact between the hot exhaust sys- tem and flammable materials, e.g. hay, grass, leaves, etc. Such contact could lead to a fire resulting in serious personal injury and property damage.<


Simple and environmentally friendly

Always observe all safety precautions posted at the service station when

handling fuel.<

When refueling, insert the filler nozzle completely into the filler pipe. Pulling the nozzle out of the pipe during refueling: >Results in premature pump shutoff >Will reduce the effect of the fuel vapor

recovery system on the pump.

As long as the filler nozzle is used properly, the fuel tank is full whenever the nozzle shuts off the first time.


Unlocking manually In the event of an electrical malfunction, the gas cap can be unlocked manually. 1. Remove the side trim panel on the left-

hand side of the cargo area. Remove the first aid pouch

2. Pull the white lever toward the rear.

The central locking system releases the gas cap

3. Open the fuel filler door.

Always switch off the engine before refueling. If you do not, fuel cannot

be filled into the tank and the SERVICE ENGINE SOON lamp may come on.<

1. Open the fuel filler door 2. Turn the gas cap counterclockwise 3. Put the gas cap in the bracket attached

to the fuel filler door.

Always observe all applicable precau- tions and regulations when handling

fuels. Never carry spare fuel containers in your vehicle. Whether empty or full, these containers can leak, cause an explosion, and lead to fire in the event of a collision.<




The engine uses lead-free gasoline only. Required fuel: >Premium Unleaded Gasoline, min. 91 AKI. AKI = Anti Knock Index.

Do not use leaded fuels. The use of leaded fuels will cause permanent

damage to the emissions-control system's oxygen sensor and the catalytic con- verter.<

Close the tank 1. Put on gas cap 2. Turn gas cap clockwise until it clicks 3. Close fuel filler door. Fuel tank capacity: Approx. 13.2 gallons / 50 liters, of which approx. 2.1 gallons / 8 liters are reserve capacity.

Close the gas cap carefully after refu- elling until a click is heard.

While closing, be sure not to squeeze the strap which is fastened to the cap. US models only: A loose or missing cap will activate the message CHECK GAS CAP in the Check Con- trol* or the Check Gas Cap lamp*.<

Do not drive until the fuel tank is totally empty. Otherwise engine

operations are not guaranteed and damage could occur.<


Brake pads Brake pad sensors in the left brake pads of the front axle and in the right brake pads of the rear axle monitor the brake pad condi- tion. When the brake pads reach the wear limit, the brake wear warning lights up, refer to page 16.

For your own safety: use brake pads which the manufacturer of your MINI

has approved for your particular vehicle model. The manufacturer of your MINI can- not evaluate non-approved brake pads to determine if they are suitable for use, and therefore cannot ensure the operating safety of the vehicle in the event of their use.<

It is a good idea to periodically dry the brakes with a gentle application when driv- ing in rain and on wet roads. Monitor traffic conditions to ensure that this maneuver does not endanger other road users. The resulting heat dries the brake rotor and the brake pads. Then if braking effect is needed, it is immediately available. Extended or steep mountain descents should be driven in the gear or in the driv- ing position in which only minimal periodic brake application is required. This helps avoid placing excessive loads on the brake system. Stay within the allowable speed range, refer to page 54.

Do not coast with the clutch pressed or with the transmission or selector

lever in Neutral. Do not coast with the engine switched off. The engine provides no braking effect when the transmission is in Neutral, and there is no power-assist for braking when the engine is switched off.<


Brake fluid level If the brake fluid level is too low and brake pedal travel has become longer, there may be a defect in one of the brake system's hydraulic circuits.

Proceed to the nearest MINI Dealer. Higher brake application pressure

may be necessary under these conditions, there may be a slight pull to one side, and brake pedal travel may be longer. Please remember to adapt your driving style accordingly.<

Disc brakes When the vehicle is driven only occasion- ally, during extended periods when the vehicle is not used at all, and in operating conditions where brake applications are less frequent, there is an increased ten- dency for corrosion of the brake rotors and accumulation of contamination on the brake pads. This occurs because the mini- mal pressure that must be exerted by the pads to clean the rotors by brake applica- tions is not reached. Corrosion on brake rotors is signaled by a running or pulsation during braking; even extended subsequent braking will not cure this phenomenon.



Information for your safety It is not merely the tire's service life, but also driving safety and driving comfort that depend on the condition of the tires and the maintenance of the specified tire pres- sure.

Check tire inflation pressures regu- larly, including the space-saver spare tire: at least twice a month and before long journeys. Failure to observe this precaution can result in incorrect tire pressures, which cause unstable handling response as well as tire damage, and can ultimately lead to an accident. Do not drive with deflated, i.e. flat, tires except if Run Flat tires are fitted. A flat tire greatly impairs steering and brak- ing response, and can lead to complete loss of control over the vehicle.<

Checking tire inflation pressures Check the tire inflation pressures only on cold tires. This means after driving a maxi- mum of 1.25 miles / 2 km or when the vehi- cle has been parked for at least 2 hours. Warm tires have higher pressures.

After correcting the tire inflation pressure, reinitialize the Flat Tire

Monitor, refer to page 62.<

Tire inflation pressures for original tires The tire inflation pressures in psi and kilo- pascal are given on the placard on the B-pil- lar that is visible when the driver's door is open.

Inflation pressures for other tires In the following tire pressure table, all pres- sures are specified in the psi / kilopascal units of pressure and apply to tires at ambi- ent temperature.

In order to determine the correct inflation pressures for your tires,

refer to the values for the tire size in ques- tion.<

Checking the inflation pressure on the space-saver spare tire Behind the bumper there is a valve exten- sion accessible from the outside for check- ing the inflation pressure.

Run Flat tires Run Flat tires consist of self-contained tires and special rims. The tire reinforcement ensures that the tire offers some residual safety in the event of pressure drop and driving remains possible to a restricted degree, refer to page 93. The vehicle is equipped with Flat Tire Monitor, refer to page 62.





Pressures specified in psi / kilopascal 175/65 R 15 84 H 175/65 R 15 84 Q M+S 195/55 R 16 87 H 195/55 R 16 87 H M+S 205/45 R 17 84 V 205/45 R 17 84 V M+S 175/65 R 15 84 Q M+S 175/60 R 15 82 Q M+S 195/55 R 16 87 Q M+S 205/45 R 17 84 Q M+S Space-saver spare tire T 115/70 R 15 90 M 195/55 R 16 87 V 195/55 R 16 87 V M+S 205/45 R 17 84 V 205/45 R 17 84 Q M+S 205/45 R 17 84 V M+S 195/55 R 16 87 Q M+S 175/60 R 16 82 Q M+S




30 / 210

35 / 240

35 / 240

35 / 240

30 / 210

30 / 210

35 / 240

35 / 240

33 / 230

33 / 230

38 / 260

38 / 260

61 / 420

61 / 420

61 / 420

61 / 420

30 / 210

30 / 210

35 / 240

35 / 240

33 / 230

33 / 230

38 / 260

38 / 260

41 / 280
All-season tires, M+S, should be inflated to the same pressures as summer tires. Figures as stated here apply to the manufacturer's approved or recommended tires; your MINI Dealer will be happy to provide information on request.

36 / 250

41 / 280

36 / 250


Knowing the tire code on the tire's sidewall makes it easier for you to choose and iden- tify the correct tires.

205/45 R 17 84 V

Tire size e.g. Nominal width in mm Cross-sectional ratio in % Radial belt construction Rim diameter in inches Load index, not on ZR tires Speed code letter, in front of the R on ZR tires

Speed code letters: Q = bis 105 mph / 160 km/h T = up to 118 mph / 190 km/h H = up to 131 mph / 210 km/h V = up to 150 mph / 240 km/h W= up to 167 mph / 270 km/h

Tire Identification Number Tires with DOT codes meet the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DOT xxxx xxx 3603

DOT quality grades Treadwear 200
Traction AA A B C Temperature A B C

DOT code: e.g. Manufacturer's code for tire make Tire size and tire version Tire age

Tire age The manufacturer of your MINI recom- mends replacing all tires, including the space-saver spare tire, regardless of actual wear, after 6 years at the latest. The date on which the tire was manufac- tured is indicated by the code on the side- wall: DOT … 3603 indicates that the tire was manufactured in Week 36 of the year 2003.

Uniform Tire Quality Grading Quality grades can be found where applica- ble on the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section width. For example:

All passenger car tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in

addition to these grades.<

Tread wear The tread wear grade is a comparative rat- ing based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half, 1 γ times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.


Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the labora- tory test wheel than the minimum required by law.

The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly

inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire fail- ure.<

RSC Run Flat tires You will recognize Run Flat tires by a circu- lar symbol containing the letters RSC on the side of the tire, refer to page 93.

M+S Winter and all-season tires. These have better winter performance properties than summer tires.


Traction The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified govern- ment test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction per- formance.

The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead brak-

ing traction tests, and does not include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.<

Temperature The temperature grades are A, the highest, B and C, representing the tire's resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under con- trolled conditions on a specified indoor lab- oratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to a sudden flat tire. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety



Tire tread Inspect your tires frequently for tread wear, signs of damage and for foreign objects lodged in the tread. Check the tread depth. The tread depth should not fall below 1/8 in / 3 mm. Below 1/8 in / 3 mm tread pattern depth, there is an increased risk of hydroplaning, even at relatively moderate speeds and with only small amounts of water on the road. Below a tread depth of 1/6 in / 4 mm, win- ter tires display a perceptible decrease in their ability to cope with winter driving conditions, and should be replaced in the interest of safety.

Tire damage

Unusual vibrations while driving can indicate tire damage or other dam-

age to the vehicle. This may be caused, for example, by driving over a curb. This is also true for abnormalities in the vehicle's han- dling characteristics, such as a pronounced tendency to pull to the left or right. Should this occur, respond by immediately reduc- ing your speed. Proceed carefully to the nearest MINI Dealer or professional tire center, or have the vehicle towed there to have its wheels and/or tires inspected or controlled. Tire damage – up to and includ- ing blowouts – can endanger the lives of both the vehicle occupants and other road users.<

Wear indicators in the tread-groove base, arrow, are spread around the circumfer- ence of the tire and are marked on the side wall of the tire with TWI, Tread Wear Indi- cator. The indicators in the tread indicate at 1/16 in / 1.6 mm tread depth that the legally permitted wear limit has been reached.



Unprofessional attempts by laymen to service tires can lead to damage

and accidents. Have this work performed by skilled profes- sionals only. Your MINI Dealer will be glad to assist you with both their expertise and the proper equipment for your vehicle.<

The correct wheel and tire combination also affects various systems that would otherwise be impaired, e.g. ABS or DSC. Have the wheels balanced after each tire or wheel replacement.

The manufacturer of your MINI rec- ommends that you avoid using

retread tires, as this could impair driving safety. This is due to the possible variations in casing structures and, in some cases, to their extreme age, which can lead to a decrease in their durability.<

The correct wheels and tires

The manufacturer of your MINI rec- ommends never mounting wheels and tires that have not been specifically approved by the manufacturer for use on your particular model. Although other wheels and tires may theoretically have the same dimensions, variations in factors such

as manufacturing tolerances can result in contact between tire and bodywork, ulti- mately leading to serious accidents. The manufacturer of your MINI cannot evaluate non-approved wheels and tires to deter- mine if they are suited for use, and there- fore cannot ensure the operating safety of the vehicle if they are fitted.<

Recommended tire makes: To maintain good handling and vehicle response, use only tires of a single tread configuration from a single manufacturer. In the event of a flat tire, remount the pre- vious wheel and tire combination as soon as possible.

Run Flat tires: If your MINI is equipped with Run Flat tires – refer to Run Flat tires – use only these tires, since no space-saver spare tire may be available in the event of a flat.

Special characteristics of winter tires The manufacturer of your MINI recom- mends winter tires for driving in adverse winter road conditions. While all-season tires with the M+S designation provide bet- ter winter traction than summer tires, they

generally do not achieve the full perfor- mance of winter tires. For mounting winter tires, refer to the descriptions under Tire condition, page 91, and Wheel and tire replacement.

Run Flat tires: If your MINI is equipped with Run Flat tires – refer to Run Flat tires – use only these tires, since no space-saver spare tire may be available in the event of a flat.

Observing speeds:

Never exceed the maximum speed for which the winter tires are rated. Unprofessional attempts by laymen to ser- vice tires can lead to damage and accidents. Have this work performed by skilled profes- sionals only. The technicians at your MINI Dealer will be glad to assist you with the required professional knowledge and spe- cialized equipment.<

Storage Store tires in a cool, dry place, protecting them against light whenever possible. Pro- tect the tires against contact with oil, grease and fuel. Do not exceed the maxi- mum tire inflation pressure specified on the tire sidewall.


Continuing driving with a damaged tire Depending on the load, you can continue driving with Run Flat tires at a maximum speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h. If there is a total loss of tire inflation pres- sure, 0 psi / 0 kPa, or obvious tire damage, you can gauge the mileage for continued driving on the basis of the following indica- tions: >With a light load:

1 to 2 persons without luggage: approx. 155 miles / 250 km

>With a medium load:

2 persons, full cargo area, or 4 persons without luggage: approx. 95 miles / 150 km

>With a full load:

4 persons or more, full cargo: approx. 30 miles / 50 km.


You will recognize Run Flat tires by a circu- lar symbol containing the letters RSC on the side of the tire. Run Flat tires consist of self-contained tires and special rims. The tire reinforcement ensures that driving remains possible to a restricted degree in the event of a pressure drop or even a flat tire.

When mounting or replacing summer Run Flat tires with winter tires, or vice

versa, use Run Flat tires again since no space-saver spare tire is available in the event of a flat. In this event, the manufac- turer of your MINI recommends consulting your MINI Dealer. Your MINI Dealer has the necessary special equipment and expertise for handling Run Flat tires.<

Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h. In case of tire pressure loss you must expect changes in vehicle handling such as lower track sta- bility during braking, longer braking dis- tances and changes in self-steering proper- ties when close to the handling limit. For safety reasons, the manufacturer of your MINI recommends not having dam- aged Run Flat tires repaired. In this case, consult your MINI dealer.<

Tire change set Your MINI is additionally equipped with a tire change set. This is located in the MINI COOPER in the cargo area under the floor mat. In the MINI COOPER S the tire change set is located in a separate bag which is attached to the eyelets on the cargo area floor by means of tie-down straps. When changing a tire, always observe the safety measures on page 116, and follow the procedure described on page 117 ff.

In case of a flat tire, the tire change set is not needed, since your MINI has

Run Flat tires.<



Only certain types of snow chains have been tested by the manufacturer of your MINI, classified as road-safe and approved. Contact your MINI Dealer for more details. The manufacturer of your MINI recom- mends that you use only these approved fine-link snow chains. Their use is only per- mitted in pairs on the front wheels on win- ter tires of the following types: >175/65 R 15 M+S >175/60 R 16 M+S. When fitting, comply with the manufac- turer's instructions. With chains, do not exceed a speed of 30 mph / 50 km/h.

Do not initialize the Flat Tire Monitor after attaching snow chains to the

tires. When driving with snow chains, it can be helpful to switch off the ASC or DSC for a brief period, refer to pages 59, 60.<



Do not attempt to service your vehi- cle if you do not have the required technical background. Before working in the engine compartment, switch off the engine and allow it to cool down. Before working on the electrical system, always disconnect the battery first. For all work on the vehicle, comply with the appropriate information and instructions. If you are not familiar with the guidelines, the manufac- turer of your MINI recommends that you have the service work performed by your MINI Dealer. Otherwise, work improperly carried out on the parts and components can pose a safety hazard for vehicle occu- pants and other road users.<

To unlock Pull the lever in the right door area beneath the instrument panel.

To open 1. Reach under the bonnet 2. Pull the release lever 3. Open the bonnet.

To close Allow the bonnet to fall from a height of approx. 1 ft / 30 cm.

To avoid injuries, be sure that the travel path of the bonnet is clear

when it is closed, as with all closing proce- dures. If it is determined that the bonnet is not completely closed while driving, stop immediately and close it securely, also refer to page 16.<



1 Reservoir for windshield washer

system 98

2 Coolant expansion tank 100

3 Engine oil filler neck 99
4 Battery 124
5 Brake fluid reservoir 101

6 Reservoir for headlamp cleaning

system 98

7 Engine oil dipstick 98



1 Reservoir for windshield washer

system 98

3 Engine oil filler neck 99
4 Auxiliary terminal for jump-

2 Coolant expansion tank 100

starting 126

6 Reservoir for headlamp cleaning

system 98

7 Engine oil dipstick 98

5 Brake fluid reservoir 101




As with fuel economy, oil consumption is directly influenced by your driving style and vehicle operating conditions. The oil volume between the two notches – MIN, MAX – on the dipstick corresponds to approx. 1.1 quarts / 1 liter. Do not fill beyond the upper notch on the dipstick. Excess oil will damage the engine.

The illustration shows as an example the dipstick of the MINI COOPER.

Measuring the oil level 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface 2. Switch the engine off after it has

reached normal operating temperature

3. Pull the dipstick out after approx.

5 minutes and wipe it off with a lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar material 4. Carefully push the dipstick all the way

into the guide tube and pull it out again. The oil level must be between the two marks on the dipstick.

Headlamp* and windshield washer system The capacity of the headlamp washer sys- tem is approx. 2.6 quarts / 2.5 liters, that of the windshield washer system approx. 2.1 quarts / 2.0 liters. Fill with water and, if required, with anti- freeze, according to manufacturer's recom- mendations.

We recommend that you mix the washer fluid before adding it to the


Antifreeze agent for the washer sys- tems is flammable. Always keep it well away from sparks and open flames, and store it in tightly closed containers well out of the reach of children. Always observe the instruc- tions for use provided on the container.<



Adding engine oil

Only top up oil when the oil level has dropped to just above the lower

notch of the dipstick. However, never allow the level to drop below the lower notch.<

MINI engines are designed to operate without oil additives; the use of addi- tives could lead to damage in some cases. That is also valid for the Continuously Vari- able automatic Transmission (CVT), the gear box and the power assisted steering.<

The manufacturer of your MINI recom- mends that you have the oil changed at your MINI Dealer.

Continuous exposure to used oil has caused cancer in laboratory testing.

Ask your authorized MINI Dealer for details concerning the specific MINI

High Performance Synthetic Oil or syn- thetic oils which have been approved.<

Viscosities Viscosity is the oilflow rating as established in SAE classes. The choice of the proper SAE class depends on the climatic conditions in the area where your MINI is used.

Approved oils are in SAE classes 5W-40 and 5W-30.<

These oils can be used at all ambient tem- peratures.

For this reason, any skin areas that come into contact with oil should be thoroughly washed with soap and water. Always store oil, grease, etc., out of reach of children. Comply with all warning labels and information on lubricant containers.<

Comply with the applicable environ- mental laws regulating the disposal

of used oil.<

Specified engine oils The quality of the engine oil selected has critical significance for the operation and service life of an engine. Based on extensive testing, the manufacturer of your MINI approves only certain grades of engine oil. Use only approved MINI High Performance Synthetic Oil. If you are unable to obtain MINI High Per- formance Synthetic Oil, you can add small amounts of synthetic oil in between oil changes. Only use oils with the API SH spec- ification or higher.



Do not add coolant to the cooling sys- tem when the engine is hot. Escaping

coolant can cause burns. Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents are hazardous to health. Always store these agents in tightly-closed original containers kept well away from the reach of children. Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents are flammable. Therefore, do not spill them over hot engine parts; otherwise they may ignite and cause burns. Always observe the instructions for use provided on the con- tainer.<

Comply with the applicable environ- mental laws regulating the disposal of antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents.<

To add coolant MINI COOPER: 1. Slowly open the cap by pulling at the tab to allow accumulated pressure to escape

2. Pull open the cap completely 3. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant until the correct level is reached; do not overfill.

MINI COOPER S: 1. Open the cap by turning it slightly coun- terclockwise to allow accumulated pres- sure to escape

2. Unscrew and open the cap completely 3. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant until the correct level is reached; do not overfill.

The coolant is made up of water and an antifreeze with corrosion resistance. The mixture ratio of 50 to 50 must be kept the entire year due to the required anti-corro- sion property. No other additives are required. Replace the coolant every four years.

The illustration shows as an example the coolant tank on the MINI COOPER.

Checking coolant level Correct coolant level with cold engine, approx. 687/206: Up to the MAX mark of the transparent expansion tank.

Only open the cap of the expansion tank when the engine has cooled

down. The needle on the coolant tempera- ture gauge in the display elements must be no higher than in the first quarter; other- wise there is a danger of scalding.<



Warning lamp

If the brake warning lamp comes on with the parking brake released: The brake fluid level is too low,

refer to page 15.

Brake warning lamp for Canadian models.

Adding brake fluid To add brake fluid or to determine and cor- rect the cause of brake fluid loss, please consult your MINI Dealer. Your MINI Dealer is familiar with the specifications for fac- tory-approved brake fluids, DOT 4. Brake fluid loss may result in extended brake pedal travel. If this occurs, refer to the information on page 86.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is, it absorbs moisture from the air over

time. In order to ensure the brake system's safety and reliability, have the brake fluid changed every two years by a MINI Dealer, also refer to the Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. Brake fluid is toxic and also damages vehicle paintwork. Always store brake fluid in tightly closed original containers kept well away from the reach of children. Do not spill the brake fluid and do not fill the brake fluid reservoir beyond the MAX mark. The brake fluid could ignite upon contact with hot engine parts and cause serious burns.<

Comply with the applicable environ- mental laws regulating the disposal

of brake fluid.<



The MINI Maintenance System has been designed as a reliable means of providing maximum driving and operating safety, and as cost-effective for you as possible. Please bear in mind that regular mainte- nance is not only necessary for the safety of your vehicle, but also plays a significant role in maintaining the resale value of the vehicle.

Service interval display While conventional systems specify main- tenance according to fixed distances driven, the MINI Maintenance System takes account of the operating conditions of the vehicle, for distances can be driven in many different ways: 60,000 miles / 100,000 km short distance operation can not be equated with 60,000 miles / 100,000 km long distance operation from a maintenance standpoint. The condition-based MINI Maintenance System includes the Engine Oil Service and Inspections I and II. Determining the maintenance intervals according to the actual use of the vehicle covers every kind of operating situation. People who drive very little, i.e. much less than 6,000 miles / 10,000 km per year, should have the engine oil changed at least every 2 years since oil deteriorates over time, regardless of use. For more information on the service inter- val display, refer to page 56.

Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models, Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models For additional information on maintenance intervals and procedures, please refer to the Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. As a precaution against rust, it is advisable to have the body checked for damage from rocks or gravel at the same time, depending upon operating conditions.

Have your vehicle's maintenance and repairs performed at your MINI

Dealer. Be sure that all maintenance work is confirmed in the Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or the Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models. These entries are your proof that the vehicle has received regular maintenance. They are also a requirement for warranty claims.<



Suitable car-care products

Use the cleaning and car-care prod- ucts available at your MINI Dealer.<

Washing your vehicle You can wash your new MINI from the out- set in automatic car washes. Preference should be for cloth car washes. If, due to lack of availability, brush car washes must be used, modern systems with soft brushes should be given preference.

When using steam cleaners or high- pressure cleaners, maintain sufficient distance to the vehicle and do not exceed a maximum temperature of 1407/ 606 . If the jet is too close or the pressure is too high, this can lead to damage or initial damage that can develop into more serious damage. Water that enters vehicle compo- nents can lead to damage over the long term.<

After washing the vehicle, apply the brakes briefly to dry them, otherwise

water can reduce braking efficiency over the short term and the brake rotors can cor- rode.<

Switch the rain sensor off when pass- ing through an automatic car wash,

refer to page 50. Failure to do so could result in damage caused by undesired wiper activation.<

Rod antenna

If necessary, for example before entering a car wash or a garage with

elevator ramp, remove the rod antenna. To do so, grip the rod antenna at the base and unscrew it from the antenna foot by turning it to the left.<


When cleaning the headlamps, please observe the following: do not

rub them dry, and never use abrasives or strong solvents. Remove dirt and contami- nation, such as insects, by soaking with shampoo and then rinsing with plenty of water. Always use a deicer spray to remove accumulated ice and snow; never use a scraper.<

Vehicle paintwork Regular care contributes greatly to driving safety and value retention. Environmental influences varying from one region to the next can affect the vehicle paintwork. Please base the frequency and scope of car care on these various influ- ences.

Care of upholstery Depressions that come about on the uphol- stery material of the seats in daily use can be brushed out using a slightly damp brush against the grain. The fact that velour lays down is not a qual- ity defect, but rather is inevitable in the case of home textiles or clothing materials. In the case of strong sunlight and longer parking periods, cover the seats or all win- dows to prevent discoloration.


>Floor carpets and floor mats*:

If heavily soiled, clean using interior cleaner. Floor mats can be removed to allow the interior to be cleaned

>Wiper blades:

Clean with soapy water. Replace wiper blades twice a year, before and after the cold season. This is particularly impor- tant on vehicles fitted with a rain sensor.


Care of special parts >Light-alloy wheels*:

Use wheel cleaner especially during the winter months, but do not use any ag- gressive, acidic, strong alkali or rough cleansers or steam jets above 1407/ 606 . Observe the manufacturer's in- structions

>Chrome parts* such as bonnet grill, door

handles, etc.: Especially if exposed to road salt, care- fully clean these parts with plenty of water and possibly with a shampoo addi- tive. For additional treatment, use chrome polish

>Rubber parts:

Treat only with water or rubber care products

Do not use silicon sprays or other silicon-containing care products,

otherwise noise and damage could occur.<

>Plastic parts, imitation leather surfaces, headliner, lamp glass, covering glass for the display elements, as well as matt black molded parts: Clean with water and, if necessary, plas- tic care products. Do not dampen seats and the headliner. Never use solvents such as lacquer thin- ner, heavy-duty grease remover, fuel or similar

>Wood paneling*:

Please clean wood paneling and other wood parts only with a damp cloth. Dry off with a soft cloth

>Safety belts:

Only clean using mild soap, leaving the belts fitted. Do not dry clean, as the fabric can be destroyed. Always roll up safety belts only when dry. Dirty safety belts prevent unrolling and thus negatively affect safety




Cleaning agents can contain hazard- ous or health-damaging substances. For this reason, always observe the warn- ings on the package. For interior cleaning, always open the doors or windows of the vehicle. Do not use any products that are not intended for cleaning the vehicle.<

Your MINI Dealer will be glad to advise you on what is important if the vehicle is to be decommissioned for longer than three months.

Caring for leather* and imitation leather The leather and imitation leather used by the manufacturer of your MINI are high quality products processed using state-of- the-art methods and will retain their qual- ity level for many years if cared for prop- erly. Regular cleaning and care are necessary, as dust and road dirt scratch in pores and creases and lead to heavy wear as well as premature brittleness of the leather and imitation leather surface. This is why you should use a cloth or vac- uum cleaner to remove dust on a regular basis. Since dirt and oil slowly destroy the protec- tive layer of the leather and imitation leather, a treatment with a leather care product is necessary twice a year. This pre- serves the quality of the leather and pre- vents electrostatic charging.



The Onboard Diagnostic OBD interface socket is located on the left of the driver's side under the instrument panel and under a cover. The cover has the letters OBD on it. The purpose of the OBD system is to ensure proper operation of the emission control system for the vehicle's lifetime. The sys- tem monitors emission-related compo- nents for deterioration and malfunction.

An illuminated lamp informs you of the need for service, not of the need to stop the vehicle.

However, the system should be checked by your MINI Dealer at the earliest possible opportunity.

Indicator lamp for Canadian mod- els.

Under certain conditions, the indicator will blink or flash. This indicates a rather severe level of engine misfire. When this occurs, you should reduce speed and consult the nearest MINI Dealer as soon as possible. Severe engine misfire over only a short period of time can seriously damage emis- sion control components, especially the catalytic converter.

When the gas cap is not properly tightened, the OBD system can detect

the vapor leak and the indicator will light up. If the cap is subsequently tightened, the indicator lamp should go out within a few days.<



California laws require us to state the fol- lowing warning:

Engine exhaust and a wide variety of automobile components and parts,

including components found in the interior furnishings in a vehicle, contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluids contained in vehi- cles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Battery posts, terminals and related acces- sories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling. Used engine oil contains chemicals that have caused cancer in laboratory animals. Always protect your skin by washing thor- oughly with soap and water.<













Storage location MINI Mobility System with tire change set and onboard tools: >In the cargo area under the floor mat. Tire change set and onboard tools for Run Flat tires: >Tire change set:

In the cargo area in a separate pouch, refer to page 123
>Onboard tool kit:

on the left-hand side of the cargo area behind the side trim panel.

Tire change set with space-saver spare tire: >In the cargo area under the floor mat.

The picture shows as an example the tire change set with onboard tools for vehicles with the space-saver spare tire. Depending on the level of equipment options, your MINI is fitted with a special onboard tool kit stored at the locations described below:

Windshield wiper 1. Rotate the wiper arm completely out

from the windshield

2. Set the wiper blade at an angle 3. Press the securing spring, arrow 4. Unhook the wiper blade towards the


5. Pull the wiper blade past the wiper arm

toward the top

6. Insert the new wiper blade 7. Press into position until you hear it





Whenever working on the electrical system, switch off the electrical

accessory you are working on or disconnect the cable from the negative terminal of the battery. Failure to do this could result in short circuits. To prevent injuries and damage, comply with any instructions provided by the bulb manufacturer.<

Lamps and bulbs are an important compo- nent of vehicle safety. Therefore, proceed carefully when handling bulbs. The manu- facturer of your MINI recommends that you have such work performed by your MINI Dealer if you are not familiar with the pro- cedures.

Do not touch the glass portion of a new bulb with your bare hands since even small amounts of impurities burn into the surface and reduce the service life of the bulb. Use a clean cloth, paper napkin, or similar material, or hold the bulb by its metallic base.<

A replacement bulb set is available at your MINI Dealer.

Rear window wiper 1. Rotate the wiper arm completely out

from the windshield

2. Turn the wiper blade as far as it will go

to the rear, see arrow

3. Press the wiper blade against the limit

and thus out of the mounting

4. Press the new wiper blade into the




1 Low beams H7 bulb, 55 Watts

2 High beams H7 bulb, 55 Watts

The H7 bulb is pressurized. Therefore, wear safety glasses and protective gloves. If the lamp is damaged there is a risk of injury.<

Replacing bulbs The headlamps are integrated into the MINI engine compartment.


1. Pull on the tab of the cover of the defec-

tive lamp and open it

2. Press the retaining wire lightly at the

eyelet and at the same time guide it out- wards

3. Fold the retaining wire down 4. Remove the lamp holder and replace the


5. Reinsert the lamp holder in the correct


6. Fold the retaining wire back up and

catch in place. Ensure that it is placed in the middle of the wire connector.

Xenon lamps* The service life of these bulbs is very long and the probability of a failure is very low, provided that they are not switched on and off an unusual number of times. If one of these bulbs should nevertheless fail, it is possible to continue driving with great cau- tion using the fog lamps, provided traffic laws in your area do not prohibit this.

Because of the extremely high volt- ages involved, any work on the xenon

lighting system should be carried out by technically qualified personnel only. Other- wise, there is a risk of fatal injury.<

Turn signal indicators, front 21 Watt bulb 1. Open the bonnet 2. Reach into the opening for the turn sig-

nal indicators from above

3. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb holder

while turning it to the left

4. Remove and replace the bulb.

Parking lamps and standing lamps 5 Watt bulb The parking lamps and standing lamps are integrated in the lamp housing of the turn signal indicator. 1. Turn the bulb holder to the left and pull


2. Remove and replace the bulb.


Side turn signal indicators 5 Watt bulb 1. Press lamp toward vehicle tailgate and


2. Remove and replace the bulb.

Side marker lamps 3 Watt bulb Side marker lamps in the wheelhouse pan- eling of the bumper. Please contact a MINI Dealer in case of a malfunction.

Fog lamps* H11 bulb, 55 Watts Please contact a MINI Dealer in case of a malfunction.

Tail lamps Rear lamp 3: bulb 21/5 Watts Other bulbs: 21 Watts 1 Rear fog lamp* 2 Turn signal indicator 3 Rear lamp 4 Rear lamp/Brake lamp

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