BMW to recall 3 350 MINI’s in SA

MINI is conducting a worldwide technical recall of the MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, due to an electric water pump fault.

According to, BMW, one of the largest car manufactures in the world and which owns MINI, will be recalling 235 000 Mini Cooper vehicles worldwide due to a potential fault with the additional water pump fitted in the cars.

Models affected in SA
Approximately 3 350 vehicles will be affected in SA. “I can confirm that MINI is conducting a worldwide technical recall of turbocharged MINI Cooper S and MINI John Cooper Works models which were built between March 2006 and October 2012,” says BMW SA Group Automotive Communications Manager, Edward Makwana.

The fault
According to Makwana, an electro-migration can occur at the circuit board installed in the addition water pump under high operating temperatures, leading to a failure of the addition water pump, which will manifest itself in an overheating of the circuit board. “In very extreme cases, such overheating of the circuit board, it can lead to smoldering of the water pump. If smoldering does occur, the possibility of a fire may not be completely excluded,” Makwana says.

Affected owners (R55, R56, R57 and R60 body derivatives) should contact their nearest MINI dealer or call the customer care line on 0800 696 464 to make provision for a replacement, or if they have any questions regarding their vehicles.
MINI SA has not received any reports nor any accidents or injuries due to this matter. Owners can still drive their cars, however, they do recommend that owners of affected vehicles, who received a letter requested them to have the service performed by their authorised MINI dealer, to do so as soon as possible.