2014 Mini Cooper: Due For Second Service
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on September 24, 2015
We only had one scheduled service on our previous long-term 2007 Mini Cooper S. It requested the first service around the 17,000-mile mark and we returned the car to Mini with just 18,244 miles on the odometer.
Our 2014 Mini Cooper is a little different. It required its first service at 9,800 miles, and we guessed the second service would be due around 20,000 miles. The maintenance light illuminated in the instrument panel as expected and it was time to visit the dealer.
According to the performance-based maintenance tool in the center display, the Cooper only needed an oil change. I don't know if the service includes more work, such as a tire rotation, because the owner's manual does not spell out an estimated service interval or list the recommended work for that interval. The owner instead waits until the IP throws up a maintenance alert and then takes it to a dealer. It's frustrating.
It would be refreshing to see Mini embrace the approach of other performance-based minders, like the one in our 2015 Acura TLX, which displays a code that corresponds to a set of maintenance items listed in the owner's manual.
We made an appointment for service at Long Beach Mini.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 20,789 miles