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#4726875 - 04/14/18 03:32 PM Mini Cooper oil??
fins Offline

Registered: 07/19/06
Posts: 108
Loc: ohio
Pulling the trigger on a 2013 Mini Cooper S.

Any other Mini owners out there ........what engine oil are you using?

#4726897 - 04/14/18 03:49 PM Re: Mini Cooper oil?? [Re: fins]
kschachn Offline

Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 9108
Loc: Upper Midwest
As usual, what does the owner's manual say?
1994 BMW 530i, 225K
1996 Honda Accord, 268K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 389K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 265K

#4726959 - 04/14/18 05:27 PM Re: Mini Cooper oil?? [Re: fins]
1JZ_E46 Offline

Registered: 04/04/16
Posts: 914
Loc: Oregon
We have a 2012 Mini. Owners manual specifies oil that is LL-01 or LL-01 FE certified. The most prolific oil meeting that is Castrol EDGE 0W-40, which is a fantastic oil and a great value.

As for the car, be prepared for repairs and stay on top of maintenance. The engines are notoriously repair-prone. Being a direct injected turbo engine with a small oil sump, I would do no more than a 5k mile OCI. Recommend a good aftermarket air/oil separator to keep carbon buildup in the intake ports and valves at bay. Spark plugs also need to be done every 40k at least. Itís amazing how nasty they get and how much difference it makes changing them.

Edited by 1JZ_E46 (04/14/18 05:32 PM)
2007 BMW X5 4.8i, 105K: Castrol EDGE 0W-40, Mann
2012 Mini Cooper, 45K: Castrol EDGE 0W-30, Mann

#4726992 - 04/14/18 06:19 PM Re: Mini Cooper oil?? [Re: fins]
deven Offline

Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 3245
Loc: Massachusetts
I have a co-worker who has a 2013 Mini Cooper and for one reason or another it's always at the dealership mainly for electrical Gremlins and is nickling and diming him. But he still loves the car and has said that he'll replace this one with another mini cooper.
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#4727000 - 04/14/18 06:26 PM Re: Mini Cooper oil?? [Re: fins]
MCompact Offline

Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4055
Loc: KY
We have a 2009 Clubman with over 100k on the clock. We like it a lot. I changeg the oil annually using BMW/Mini 0W-30 Synthetic.
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#4727150 - 04/14/18 09:22 PM Re: Mini Cooper oil?? [Re: fins]
pkunk Offline

Registered: 03/19/11
Posts: 235
Loc: NM, USA
Castrol EDGE 0W-40. The 'S' is more trouble prone than a Justa Cooper but the key is maintainence. Go to North American and read all about your model, find the problem areas and all the good stuff.
2008 Mini Cooper Clubman (toad)
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