R50 Cooper - Starting to notice issues! - MINI Cooper Forum

First Generation MINI Cooper MINI Cooper from 2001 - 2006

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
MINI2 Newbie
Join Date: Nov 2013
Local Time: 10:28 AM
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

United Kingdom
Scotland R50 Cooper - Starting to notice issues!

Okay, so I've had my 2003 R50 Cooper with 76,000 miles for just over a year and it's been nothing but fantastic, until recently.

Firstly, my gearbox. Yes, it's the rubbish gearbox. I'm presuming it needs replaced but worth mentioning on here first.. I have no reverse gear.

I do have a reverse gear but it crunches, grinds, bangs, and then gets stuck in reverse. (Curing this at first took a while but if you turn off the car and restart whilst still in gear it frees it and you can take it back out again, I know. It isn't good for it but it's only been done twice!)

Secondly, I've noticed now that my sister has bought a Mini One that my steering is a lot heavier. Wasn't sure if this was just down to the different models, but hers feels a lot more natural. I did have wide wheels on at first but they've been changed back to standard and still no luck. It's not unbearable, gives it quite a nice feel on a twisty road. Living in the city centre, it isn't ideal though!

And last but by no means the least of my problems, it's overheating, but only when it wants to. I'll top it up with water and it'll be fine, but after about 30-45 mins of running I'll hear a knocking noise behind the dash on the passenger side. (Sounds as if it's coming from the bottom of the footwell) and I initially thought I had mice in the car the first time it happened. But, no. Because as soon as it stops making the noise, the temperature gauge shoots up and starts flashing. But, sometimes it isn't actually overheating. The fans come on as they should etc, but half the time the bonnet is still cool to touch and sometimes the car has literally just started when it happens.

Overall, she's quite the troublemaker! And she's parked in my dad's driveway until I get the issues sorted, and I'm left to run around in a 700 Focus Zetec.

So, I'm asking the experts. I've been putting it down to my car being jealous of the new addition to the Mini family in the household, but I doubt that's the issue. I should also add that the car hasn't been thrashed. It's been left lying a lot though, for 3-4 week periods whilst I'm offshore.

ShaunSutherland is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 2014, 09:02 PM
MINI2 Regular
Join Date: Jun 2014
Local Time: 11:28 AM
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Hi Shaun, I have read though ur problem, first of all with the gearbox fault going into rev gear, at that mileage it could possible be the gearbox but I would recommend removing the air filter housing and battery box and using a silicone spray or light spary gease on both of the gear linkage and there mountings, and have somebody work though all gears. I say this as if there linkage is getting old and past it, when you put it into gear it may not be right in and this would explain and crunching and noise when going into gear. This can be common in these earlier years.

Second fault, what year is the mini one, on gen one mini"s the power steering was hydraulic using fluid to run the pump, were later models such as r56 use the newer style electric power steering racks which will give a total different feeling.

With the noise and overheating problem is rather unusual for a noise on n/s and the coolant to shoot up together, mainly cause on that side all there is the thoremostat or in the centre of the dash at the bulkhead is the heater matrix , I would let it run and when you hear the noise look under the bonnet at the coolant pipes going into the car. Also inspect the thermostat housing for signs of coolant leaks as they are a very common failure. If you could attach a video of the fault this would help greatly.

Hope I can help.

Minitech93 is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 2014, 10:31 AM
MINI2 Privilege Member
MINI2 Master
Join Date: Mar 2012
Local Time: 11:28 AM
Posts: 3,829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)

United Kingdom Male
2003 is getting on a bit now, maybe its time to bite the bullet and get a brand new one and then your sister can see how bad hers is? instead of the other way around :-)
The Nun is offline  
Sponsored Links
Tags: , , , , , ,

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the MINI Cooper Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electrical Noise prior to Starting, 2006 R50 Cooper griff384 Welcome New Members 3 Jun 8th, 2014 09:05 PM
Mini Cooper S engine issues TrevS First Generation MINI Cooper S 4 May 4th, 2014 11:29 AM
2006 Cooper S Starting issues phiebs First Generation Faults & Fixes 1 Nov 1st, 2012 04:19 PM
Hello from Lou - Cooper R50 and Countryman ddommen Welcome New Members 4 Sep 6th, 2012 11:24 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome