MINI Cooper Service and Maintenance Schedule for 3rd Generation MINIs

MINI Cooper Service & Maintenance Schedule
for 3rd Generation ("Gen3") MINIs

This information is intended as a guide to help you keep your MINI properly maintained. Proper maintenance will minimize the chance of "car problems" down the road, and greatly reduce the chance of expensive repairs resulting from a neglected MINI. It is recommended to document your service records, as this will make your MINI more attractive to the potential next owner.

Applies to:

  • 2014-on F56 Hatchback/Hardtop MINI Cooper (both S and non-S)
  • 2015-on F55 Hatchback/Hardtop MINI Cooper (both S and non-S)
  • 2016-on F54 Clubman MINI Cooper (both S and non-S)
  • 2016-on F57 Convertible MINI Cooper (both S and non-S)
  • 2017-on F60 Countryman MINI Cooper (both S and non-S)

Please Note:

  • This list may not be complete, as service items may have been added by the factory since this list was created. Some dealers may perform fewer, or additional, tasks than are on this list
  • This list is only an "unofficial guide" - see your MINI Owner's Guide for maintenance requirements for your MINI

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Maintenance Intervals

Maintenance intervals on motor vehicles were conventionally based solely on a fixed time period or a specified amount of accumulated driving mileage.

However, operational and driving conditions have a major influence on your vehicle's routine maintenance requirements; the distance traveled is only one of these significant factors. A vehicle used for short trips in the city with numerous cold starts, prolonged periods of idling, stop and go driving, and high engine speeds during acceleration may require more frequent maintenance intervals than a vehicle that is driven long distances at moderate engine speeds.

Your MINI vehicle uses sensors and algorithms together with the elapsed time and the driving distance/profile to monitor and evaluate your vehicle’s maintenance service needs. This information is then used to adapt dynamically the parameters used to forecast the applicable maintenance service task intervals.

The MINI Maintenance System

All MINI vehicles are equipped with an integrated MINI Maintenance System. This maintenance “reminder” system helps ensure that the vehicle inspections and maintenance service tasks are performed at the forecasted intervals that apply to your vehicle.

The MINI Maintenance System display provides the vehicle operator access to the current status information for the following maintenance service tasks:

For each specific maintenance service task, either the future date (month/year), remaining miles or both are provided as noted above. The system monitors variable inputs to forecast the intervals and alert the driver when one or more specific maintenance tasks should be performed.

The following “combine with Engine oil” maintenance service tasks may be identified as needing to be performed with a specific occurrence of the “Engine oil” service task service counter number):

Although these items do not appear in the MINI Maintenance System’s display in the vehicle, these services should be performed when your vehicle’s engine oil is changed in accordance with the interval identified by your vehicle’s MINI Maintenance System.

Condition Based Service (CBS)

MINI's onboard computer will prompt you with some of the maintenance needs using the Condition Based Service (CBS). Sensors and special algorithms take into account the driving conditions of your MINI. Based on this, the CBS recognizes the maintenance requirements. The system makes it possible to adapt the amount of maintenance corresponding to your user profile.

The MINI's remote control key fob records all of your MINI's service data. Information on the required maintenance is continuously stored in the remote control. The dealer's service center can read this data out and suggest an optimized maintenance scope for your MINI. Disconnecting the battery for extended periods will disrupt this record.

Engine Oil

MINI/BMW Full Synthetic Motor Oil for use in all MINI cars with gasoline engines, is a 100% synthetic formula for premium lubrication and superior performance even under extreme low or high temperature conditions. It offers superior performance over conventional motor oils.

Factory oil recommendations may change over time. Although we do our best to provide the most up-to-date information, always check with the factory for the current recommendations.

  • 2014-2017 models, factory recommends FULL SYNTHETIC SAE 0W-20 (recommended), 0W-30, SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30, SAE0W-40 or 5W-40. Approved oil types include BMW Longlife-01 and BMW Longlife-01 FE, API SL or superior grade specification
  • 2018-2021 models, factory recommends FULL SYNTHETIC SAE 0W-20 (recommended) or 0W-30. Approved oil types include BMW Longlife-01 FE and BMW Longlife-14 FE+, API SL, SM or SN grade specification.

Long-Term Rated Fluids & Oils

The following systems and assemblies are factory filled with long term rated fluid and oil; fluid replacement is only necessary when repairs are being performed (unless otherwise noted):

Regular Checks — Vehicle Operator

In addition to the maintenance service procedure information contained listed here, MINI recommends that you regularly check (when refueling, for example), and address when necessary, the following items:

  • Washer fluid level
  • Engine oil level
  • Coolant level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Tires: pressure, condition and wear

Please refer to your MINI Owner’s Manual for additional information.

Maintenance Service Summary

The maintenance service tasks outlined in this section are based on intervals of:

  • Time and/or
  • Mileage or combined with
  • Performing a specified occurrence of a maintenance service task

Such intervals are primarily determined by the MINI Maintenance System unless otherwise noted.

MINI reserves the right to make changes to the vehicle’s maintenance service parameters and intervals due to running vehicle production improvements (among other things).

Your authorized MINI dealer can utilize the most current applicable maintenance service information to determine which maintenance service inspections and service tasks need to be performed on your vehicle.


Maintenance work:

  • Verify Check Control messages
  • Check indicator and warning lights
  • Reset CBS display
  • Lubricate tailgate hinges
  • Check sunroof guide rails for excessive contamination
  • Inspect tires, adjust tire pressures and reset Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Check parking brake functionality while the vehicle is being driven into the workshop

Engine Oil

Maintenance work:

  • Change the Engine Oil and oil filter (as shown in CBS). For the recommended engine oil for your MINI vehicle, please refer to the Owner's Manual

MAINTENANCE SERVICES connected to a specific engine oil service*

* These additional connected services will not be shown in the vehicle’s CBS display

Maintenance work:

  • At every 2nd Engine Oil Service: Ventilation Cabin Microfilter: Replace.
  • At every 4th Engine Oil Service: Intake air filter: Replace (reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions)
  • At every 6th Engine Oil Service: Spark plugs: Replace (approximately 60,000 miles)



Maintenance work:

  • Check operation of horn, headlight flasher and hazard warning flashers
  • Check instrument and control lighting, and heater/air conditioning blower
  • Check lighting system: turn signals, back up, license plate, interior (incl. map, reading lights), glovebox, luggage area lights
  • Safety belts: Check condition and function
  • Check windshield wiper and washer jet positions
  • Tires, incl. spare in MINI Cooper: Check tread depth, wear pattern, outer condition, inflation pressure. If necessary, correct pressure
  • Battery: Check state of charge (magic eye) and charge if required
  • Visually inspect all SRS airbag units for torn covers, obvious damage or attachment of stickers
  • Convertible: Open the convertible top. Activate automatic rollover protection system manually
  • Rear view mirrors
  • Coolant: Check fluid level and concentration
  • Windshield washer and intensive cleaning systems: Check protection level, fluid level; top off if necessary
  • Brake system connections and lines: Check for leaks, damage and correct positioning
  • Underbody, incl. all visible parts (i.e., transmission, rear axle, fuel lines, exhaust system): Check for damage, leaks and corrosion
  • Steering components: Check for clearance, damage and wear
  • MINI Mobility System: Check expiration date on sealant bottle. Change sealant bottle if necessary
  • Final Inspection: Road test with check of:
    • Brakes
    • Steering
    • Shock absorbers (visual)
    • Transmission


Maintenance work:


Maintenance work:

  • Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • Brake discs: Check surface and thickness; replace as necessary


Maintenance work:

  • Replace brake pads, clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • Brake discs: Check surface and thickness; replace as necessary
  • Parking brake: Repair or replace parking brake shoes/linings only if a reduction in the brake’s effectiveness is noted


The maintenance schedule as shown is designed to maintain the proper function of the vehicle’s emission control systems. This will help ensure optimum performance and fuel economy.



  • Air filter at every 4th Engine Oil Service (approximately 40,000 miles)


  • Spark plugs (all models) At every 6th Engine Oil Service (approximately 60,000 miles)


  • Oxygen Sensor
  • JCW 120,000 miles
  • Cooper, Cooper S (SULEV [PZEV]) 150,000 miles

The MINI Scheduled Maintenance Program

Subject to change at any time, may not be current

Absent a vehicle transfer, a MINI purchased from an authorized MINI dealer in the United States (including Puerto Rico) is covered by the MINI Scheduled Maintenance program for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

The MINI Scheduled Maintenance Program covers the following factory recommended maintenance services when they are identified as needing to be performed by the MINI Maintenance System:

And, in conjunction with one or more of the items listed above, the:

  • Standard scope (Procedure)

Additionally, the following “combine with Engine oil"** maintenance service tasks are also covered when they qualify to be performed:

** As determined by the vehicle’s maintenance system “Engine oil” service counter “number.”

If a covered maintenance service task’s procedure specifies the inspection of components with a performable adjustment,  when required and in conjunction with performing this maintenance service, these adjustments are also covered.

For more information on your vehicle’s maintenance services requirements, procedures, intervals, please refer to the Maintenance Service Summary.

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