If you're the proud owner of a MINI—whether a MINI Cooper, Countryman, Clubman or other model—then congratulations are in order! You have a precision vehicle that, with proper care, can give you enjoyment for years to come. The following MINI care and maintenance tips will help ensure that your MINI runs at its best throughout its life span.
Follow the recommended maintenance schedule
There are three levels of service recommended for the MINI:
Oil change, Inspection 1 (minor service) and Inspection 2 (major service). The typical maintenance schedule sequence is:
- Oil change
- Inspection 1
- Oil change
- Inspection 2
- …and so on.
Most MINIs come equipped with a Service Interval Display on the speedometer that calculates the next recommended service and how many miles left before you need it. If you go past the mileage point for the recommended service, the display begins to flash, telling you to take it to a qualified auto repair shop for maintenance as soon as possible.
Pay attention to the CBS
Some MINIs have an enhanced monitoring system called Condition Based Service (CBS). With this technology, MINI care and maintenance has never been easier. CBS uses an array of sensors to monitor brake pads, oil, coolant, fluids and other wear-and-tear issues on the car, showing you on the display exactly what needs servicing, and when. This service helps ensure the critical parts of your MINI remain in optimum condition at all times.
Don't ignore unusual symptoms
Despite the technology MINI has put in place to help you keep up with care and maintenance, technology isn't always foolproof. If your vehicle starts to show unusual symptoms of any kind, use common sense and take the car into the shop for an engine diagnostic or repair. Quite often, quick action will minimize damage and repair costs.
Only take your MINI to qualified technicians
Because of its precision design, and to keep the warranty intact, your MINI should only be serviced by someone who is trained and qualified to service MINI vehicles. Some MINI dealerships like to suggest that only their service departments are qualified to do this, but there are a number of independent auto repair facilities whose technicians are qualified to service MINI vehicles, and they can usually perform the service for less. You can also check with the auto shop directly for special offers to save even more.
For quality auto repair and service in Vancouver, Washington, the professionals at David's Auto Repair are qualified to handle your MINI care and maintenance needs, also providing trustworthy engine diagnostics, service and repairs on all other domestic and foreign makes and models; they can be reached for a free estimate