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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2012, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Service Schedules

I took my BMW for a service at Sytner Last year and had such a bad experience so i have decided to service my Mini myself and I am struggling to get the details on what needs to be serviced and when.

Does anyone have a service checklist or schedule on the car at approx 96k miles and when major things should be done ie fuel filters/spark plugs/timing belts etc.

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This is not from me but it looks about right

Oil change + new filter
MINI Says: ~15.5k miles (actually calculated by OBC based on fuel use) or 1 year
I recommend: 6-8k miles or 1 year
Coolant Flush + new thermostat w/ gasket
MINI Says: 4 years (MINI does coolant only - no new thermostat)
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 years
New thermostat housing (replaced at same time as coolant flush and thermostat -an R53 specific item as it tends to be a part more prone to failure on our engines)
MINI Says: Replace only at point of failure
I recommend: 60k miles or 4 years
Engine Belt
MINI Says: 60k miles on S – 100k miles on Cooper
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 years
Manual Transmission Fluid change
MINI Says: MINI calls this a ‘lifetime fluid’ - No maintenance required
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 years
Brake fluid flush/bleed
MINI Says: 2 years
I recommend: 15k miles or 1 year (or before every visit to the track). 2 years and 30k miles would be OK for a street-use only MINI
Automatic Transmission service
MINI Says: MINI calls this a ‘lifetime fluid’ - No maintenance required
I recommend: I'm a manual transmission guy, but a friend from my local MINI club board recommends a fluid swap and new gasket at 40k and a fluid swap and gasket plus a new strainer at 80k, which sounds reasonable to me.

Clutch Slave and input pipe
MINI Says: Replace only at point of failure
I recommend: 40k miles or 3 years. Lots of MINIs never have a clutch slave problem. I know of 3 or 4 that, like me, are on slave #3 or more. It appears to be isolated to '05 and '06 models.
Wiper Blades
MINI Says: Replace only when performing poorly
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 years for high-quality replacements – 15k or 1 year for OEM
Fuel Injector Cleaner
MINI Says: Not in the MINI schedule (my dealer syas 3000 miles)
I recommend: 6-8k miles or 1 year (with each oil change / filter)
Air filter (replace paper based – OEM style filter)
MINI Says: 50k-60k miles (At inspection II)
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 years
Air Filter (for a non-OEM cleanable foam element for those that have it)
MINI Says: NA
I recommend: 5k miles or 6 months
Cabin Air Filter (I’m not as careful about this one, but I try to keep it up)
I recommend: 30k miles or 2 year
Battery
MINI Says: Replace at point of failure (I agree with Mini)
I recommend: 4 years
Oxygen Sensors
MINI Says: 100k miles
I recommend: 100k miles
Spark Plugs
MINI Says: 100k miles
I recommend: 40k miles
Spark Plug Wires
MINI Says: replace at failure
I recommend: 80k miles
Brass Brake bushings (aftermarket Mod) clean and lube
MINI Says: NA
I recommend: 1 year or 12k miles
Supercharger oil swap
MINI Says: Wait for failure
I recommend: I haven't done this yet, but I plan to do it at 80k miles
Fuel filter replacement
MINI Says: It's a lifetime filter - doesn't need replacement
I recommend: 40k miles(I agree)
Powerflex LCA re-lubrication
MINI Says: NA - this is an aftermarket part
I recommend: 20-40k miles or 2-4 years, depending on dirtiness/wetness of your environment... more dirt/wet = more frequent service (thanks, k-huevo)
Power Steering Fluid
MINI Says: MINI says that it is a lifrtime fluid
I recommend: 80k miles or 5 years

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