Mini rear brakes

Asked by Aug 02, 2017 at 05:24 PM about the 2014 MINI Cooper Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Took mini to dealer as mini connected said brake fluid was over due even thou cars was only service last month. The car is 2014 has only done 10K,  dealer today recommended replacement of the rear brake pads, he said pads were 80% gone 4mm left and should be replaced at 3mm, so I said yes. Thinking about it now the car has only done 10k, can this be true that the car needs new rear pads at 10K or is something a miss here ?

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It doesn't sound right, rear pads last a lot longer since the front ones are the ones doing most of the work


These cars are notorious for brakes wearing quickly but 30 to 50k miles. Driving styles will greatly affect how many miles you get out of your brakes, regardless of who makes them but 10k miles is very low.


whats missing is the money from your wallet for a brake job at a dealership


Have them show you the worn parts, it just seems way too soon for rear brakes unless something happened like stuck calipers, and whit that kind of mileage that's a long shot.


Asking to see the worn parts is useless as there are always old brake pads available and you wouldn't know if they were your old ones or not unless you marked them prior to having the work done. When your mini needs new pads a warning light will come on. If there is no light on I would remove a wheel and actually look at the installed pads. You see how much material is left.

Thank you to all for your help. Went back the next day and as expected they did not even have the pads but said "the next set will last 30k it just the luck of the draw how long pads last". So congratulations BMW/ Mini you have made £180, well done. Oh I forgot to say this is the wife's car. BMW please enjoy the £180 as it really helped me in my decision process. I have placed an order for a 2017 E class delivery October.


factories make mistakes , a simple problem in the rear set could make one pad wear uneven , what you need is an honest mechanic .180 quid's like $240 bucks , not a lot to spend on a car but I like you vote with your $$ ,

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