Your MINI Car Maintenance Schedule Guide

Posted on 24th May 2019

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As the proud owner of a new or used MINI from Dick Lovett, you’ll appreciate the importance of keeping your vehicle in peak condition. Our guide to how to manage your MINI service, and what’s included in interim and full service checks, will help you to stay in charge of your car maintenance plans.

How do I know if my MINI needs a service?

It’s simple to know when your MINI needs a service – a light or message will be displayed in the dashboard of your car, acting as a reminder.

MINIs are fitted with one of two systems that are designed to let owners know when their vehicle needs a service. Your MINI will either have a Service Interval Indicator (SII) or Condition Based Servicing (CBS), depending on the age of the model. 

Older MINIs have an SII, which monitors the mileage of your MINI and then alerts you via icons on the dashboard as to what kind of maintenance is needed. If an interim or full service is due shortly, the SII will alert you to that, giving you notice that you need to book your MINI service.

The CBS, which is fitted to newer MINI models, works in a similar way but in addition to an alert on the dashboard it also downloads data to your MINI key, which is used by our technicians to find out what repairs your car needs.

MINI CBS performs a number of checks, including monitoring oil levels and wear and tear. It informs drivers of MINI service intervals, using time and mileage, and provides advanced notice of a required service.

Whichever in-built system your MINI has, when your car is due its next service, get in touch with the Dick Lovett servicing team and book an appointment. Regular servicing and maintenance is recommended to keep your MINI in optimal working order and to deal with any potential issues before they become a more urgent or expensive problem.

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What’s included in a MINI service?

A MINI service can include a number of different maintenance checks, plus more specific requirements as and when needed according to age and mileage. A typical MINI service plan might schedule a full service every 12 months or 10,000 miles. If your MINI is fitted with a CBS system, that system will set the service intervals in line with mileage.

As well as full services for your MINI to plan for, there may be other regular servicing requirements. For example, MINIs manufactured before 2006 will be ready for an oil change every 12 months or 10,000 miles, with a brake fluid service and air conditioning service and refresh due every two years. Newer MINIs may need an oil change every two years or 18,000 miles.

An engine oil service helps to keep your MINI’s engine running smoothly and in healthy condition. Old oil is drained away and replaced by new. A MINI engine oil service can include replacing the microfilter, air filter, fuel filter in diesel engines and spark plugs in petrol engines to ensure they’re all working correctly.

Our team of expert MINI technicians will give your car the specialist attention it deserves, using only genuine MINI parts.

MINI Brake Servicing

MINI brake servicing checks explained:

Keep your brakes in good working order by booking a Brake Fluid Service for your MINI, which is a process included when you book in for brake servicing. We’ll drain any remaining fluid from the system before replacing it with new MINI approved brake fluid.

Your MINI will require its first Brake Fluid Service three years from first registration, and then every two years after that. In addition to a brake fluid service, MINI brake servicing covers a number of checks, including:

Front Brake Pad – as brake pads wear thin over time and regular use, performance can be affected. MINI recommends a Front Brake Pad Service every 30,000 miles. Your brake discs will also be inspected, too.

Front Brake Pad and Disc Service – this is recommended every 60,000 miles. If required, both brake pads and discs will be replaced with genuine MINI parts. Wheel wells will be cleaned and inspected.

Rear Brake Pad – though your MINI will indicate when your rear brake pads need checking, it’s worth booking a Rear Brake Pad Service to have these inspected and cleaned.

Rear Brake Pad and Disc Service – with this service, as with the front brake pad and disc version, both rear brake pads and discs are checked. We’ll replace the old pads and discs with new genuine MINI rear brake pads and discs, and replace the brake wear sensor, too. Parts are covered by a two-year warranty.

Full MINI Service checks include:

A full service for a MINI might be scheduled every 12 months if you use your vehicle a lot and record relatively high mileage, or around every 10-12,000 miles.

Compared to an interim service, a full service covers more vehicle checks, such as air filter maintenance, door locks and spark plugs.

Full MINI Service checks include:

ABS Warning Lights
Interior / exterior fixtures Seatbelts
Mirrors Air conditioning
Oil levels Brake and clutch fluid levels
Door locks Coolant system
Fans Air filters
Spark Plugs  


The full MINI service also includes additional inspections, depending on the age, mileage and service history of your car.

MINI service plans & Pay Monthly

To help make it easier for you to budget for your MINI car maintenance, here at Dick Lovett we have a Pay Monthly Service Plan. Replacing the previous TLC Service Plan, the MINI Pay Monthly Service Plan makes regular checks and services more affordable. It’s a great way of keeping your MINI in excellent condition, while managing your motoring finances.

Finance Example

x2 Service, x1 Brake Fluid Service, x1 Vehicle Check Service, x1 MOT, x2 Nav Update £647.64
36 monthly payments of £17.99

For more information, please contact your local Dick Lovett MINI Centre:

Bath - 01225 562 733

Bristol - 01173 216 753

Hungerford - 01488 853 626

Swindon - 01793 398 505

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