If you own a MINI Cooper, you know how important it is to keep your engine and cooling system in optimal condition. One of the key factors that affect the performance and longevity of your Mini is the type of antifreeze or coolant you use. Antifreeze is a liquid that prevents the water in your radiator from freezing in cold temperatures and boiling in hot temperatures. It also protects your engine from corrosion and rust.

But not all antifreeze products are created equal. Some may contain harmful chemicals that can damage your MINI's components or cause compatibility issues with other fluids. That's why it's essential to follow the MINI's recommendations and use the right antifreeze for your MINI Cooper.

The Recommended Coolant for Mini Coopers: What You Need to Know

So, what antifreeze/coolant does MINI recommend for Mini Coopers? According to Mini, you should use a coolant that is nitrite-free and amino-free, with corrosion inhibitor and extended-duty properties. This type of coolant is specially formulated to meet the high standards and specifications of Mini Cooper engines and cooling systems.

The Genuine MINI Antifreeze/Coolant

One of the brands that meets these criteria is the MINI Cooper Coolant Antifreeze 1 Gallon Factory Recommended, which you can find on Mini Mania's website. This product is labeled as "RECOMMENED BY MINI" and has no phosphates or nitrites, which can cause deposits and clogs in your radiator. Blue in color (just like the original coolant that came with your MINI) with a 50/50 mix of water and glycol, this recommended antifreeze by MINI is designed to last for up to four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.  


Where is Your MINI Coolant Reservoir Located?

The coolant reservoir is located at the rear of the engine compartment, next to the power steering fluid tank. To access it, you need to:

  • Open the bonnet (hood) of your Mini Cooper by pulling the first release lever underneath the instrument panel on the passenger side, then pulling the second release lever under the bonnet.
  • The coolant reservoir has a MIN and MAX marking on it, and you should keep the coolant level between these two lines.
  • To add coolant, you need to unscrew the cap on the reservoir and pour the correct type of coolant / antifreeze for your Mini Cooper (check your owner's manual for details) until it reaches the MAX line.
  • Then, screw the cap back on and close the bonnet.

A Recommended Alternative Coolant

BMW/MINI also recommends Zerex G-48 by Valvoline as an alternative antifreeze. Also blue in color and has a similar composition and performance as the BMW or Mini Cooper antifreeze, Zerex G-48 is compatible with aluminum and magnesium engine components and has a long service life.

Why Recommended Antifreeze/Coolants Are Important

While there are many Antifreeze/Coolant alternatives on the market, be careful to find one that exactly matches the recommended coolant formula for your MINI Cooper. Make sure to check your owner's manual and follow the instructions carefully. Do not mix different types of antifreeze or use more than the recommended amount. Doing so may cause damage to your engine and void your warranty.