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I was just looking at the log book and noticed that my car has been serviced every 2,000-3,000 from around 15,000 onwards up to 30,000 miles (most recent, Sep 14).

It's just gone into 35,000, April 15.

I assumed it would require servicing around every 10K / 12 months.

Does anyone have any info off Mini on this? When should I look at getting it serviced?

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MINIs have a Service Interval Counter which tell when and what service (Oil Change and Inspection) is required. The interval is based on how the car is driven.

In addition, brake fluid should be changed every two years and coolant flushed every four years based on build date.
 

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MINIs have a Service Interval Counter which tell when and what service (Oil Change and Inspection) is required. The interval is based on how the car is driven.

In addition, brake fluid should be changed every two years and coolant flushed every four years based on build date.
Thank you! So it's simply a matter of waiting for the car to tell you when something needs servicing? Rather than basing it on a miles or year method?

If the computer shows nothing after 12 months you still shouldn't take it in ?
 

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Assuming you have a second generation car, you can use the indicator stalk button to access the service menu:
- press the stalk button until 'Set/Info' appears in the little display in the tacho;
- press and hold the stalk button until the next menu appears:
- press the button to scroll to 'Service', then press and hold to enter service menu;
- press the button to scroll through all the service items (see below) and see when they need doing.

If a service item isn't required in the near future, the estimate of how long until it is needed can be a bit screwy - it may say it is two years away but fail to display that it is only 5000 miles away.



A list of service items is attached as a PDF. Be aware that 'adaptive' service items really are - instead ot the nominal 15,000 miles between oil changes, my first Mini regularly did over 20,000 miles before needing a change, because my use is pretty ideal with frequent longer runs.
 

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Thank you for this, I'll go check this out now.

It is a 2011 with the newer 1.6 diesel that is BMW, but not current 1.5. Does that make sense?

FWIW it also has a satnav/screen where I can access car info. It only gives me "ticks" under all the items which can require servicing (so nothing currently needed). But doesn't give me any timeline.

So I'll go check what you've suggested above and see what I can find...

EDIT: That worked perfectly, thank you!

Most things are 10,000-15,000 miles away at the moment, so a good while. But it being adaptive makes sense, glad I understand how it works now.

One question: #5 "Vehicle Check" is due in July. Does it mean an MOT here, or just a 'general vehicle check service'? I have around 18months of service included, and intend on buying a service pack after - my only concern was doing the "right" thing to keep the car in good order.
 

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Vehicle check (5) is effectively a major service.

It is road-worthiness check (6) that is the MoT - though that assumes someone has previously entered the correct date for that. If you car is a 2011, it is now on annual MoTs, so if it tells you more than 12 months to go, it's lying!
 

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Vehicle check (5) is effectively a major service.

It is road-worthiness check (6) that is the MoT - though that assumes someone has previously entered the correct date for that. If you car is a 2011, it is now on annual MoTs, so if it tells you more than 12 months to go, it's lying!
IIRC Mini did an MOT on it when I purchased it directly through them, so it should have had one. I cannot recall what #6 said but I will check this tomorrow and see if it relates correctly to my papers.

Good to know re #5 . The date happens to correspond for when I have an endless amount of work set! Hopefully it won't be much trouble if it goes a little over the date.

How long do they usually take to service? Can you usually pick it up the same day? My nearest dealer is around 25 minutes away so quite easy.

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Actually, number 5 is about the only one that needs a whole day. For all the others, including brakes, I book the car in on a while-you-wait basis for just the afternoon and it rarely takes longer than 90 minutes for any other job. My dealer seems quite happy to put two mechanics on one car to get it done quickly.
 
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