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MINI Cooper: Problems & Solutions

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    for Mini Cooper owners to discuss their vehicle problems and solutions. Have you experienced any problems with your Mini Cooper? Please share your solutions here. Thanks for your participation.

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    In addition to the feedback here, be sure to check out the Helpful Links and Additional Resources on the left side of the page. You'll find direct links to other Mini discussions and resources throughout Town Hall.

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  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    ... is the fact that there are no dealers in my state (Texas)! It is going to take a leap of faith for me to order a car from an out-of-state dealer, fly to pick it up, drive it home, and then discover a fault that can't be fixed because local BMW-only dealers won't service my car :(
  • segestasegesta Posts: 27
    I hate automatic air-conditioning systems in cars. My Mini came with the Premium package, so I'm stuck with it.

    My question: why is it that when the system is Off, I still get warm air blowing up on the windshield? Does anyone else find that Off doesn't seem to really mean Off?

    The owner's manual remains unenlightening. Thanks for any insights.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    still have a little bit of flow even when off. Every car I've owned has a tiny bit of air flow when off. I think it's to keep the cabin from becoming to stuffy, or possibly, to keep the air from becoming unhealthy under certain circumstances. On manual systems (non-climate control) it will blow at what temperature you have the knob set at even though it's "off". I don't know how that would work with climate control though.
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    For no air without auto climate control, you put the fan in position 0 and press in the recirc button -- is there an equivalent with ACC?
  • segestasegesta Posts: 27
    Ah, the recirc button. That might do the trick. Thanks.

    PS it's a measure of how great my Mini is, that the only problem I have is a trivial air-conditioning matter!
  • stryderstryder Posts: 140
    Not that I'm trying to be annoying, but the helpful links (and the TCO link) for MINI's don't exist. I assume this is due to collecting the data from MINIUSA and other sources. I'm getting depressed looking for stuff on my car and going from Mercury to Mitsubishi :(. I have however found MINIUSA's email support to be quite useful, they even answered senseless questions like what the button on the middle of the dashboard is (the temp. sensor for climate)
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    on this page have been fixed. Stryder- Thanks for letting me know. ;-)

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  • So I guess from the lack of postings here all the Mini's must be outside playing in the sunshine?
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    I seem to have bought some British weather with this car as we've had mostly rain (even some snow, OK that's Canadian) since I bought it. Oh well, at least I can legally run with my cool looking foglamps and I know the speed sensitive wipers work really well. ASC+T, EBD, CBC and ABS work well too.

    I have a slight left pull in my car that I'll be mentioning to the dealer. I heard of really bad left pulls (unintended lane changes) with some other cars but mine isn't that bad, just feels like the alignment is a bit off. I had a dash rattle but it has all but gone away without intervention so overall I'm very pleased with the way my car was put together.
  • I've got the auto climate as well - what i've discovered is that when it's on - turn it to "low", then turn off... if you now just use the fan, it'll then push cool air through the vents when the a/c is off... I would have not gotten the auto climate stuff - but as you, it was part of the package. Love the car!
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    I guess it was inevitable, but the new MINI is starting to have problems. Cracking windshields, broken transmission linkages, faulty clutches, etc. I'm beginning to worry as my car is due in NJ on June 4th and my dealer is 80 miles away. I don't look forward to trips back and forth to correct these issues. Any comments?
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    Yes, I've read of such problems. It is a first-year car so some will have glitches. That said, those with problems post more messages than those without problems. Recently built cars seem to have many or most problems solved (I believe the windshield issue is very old for instance).
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    I'm happy to say that simple use of Armorall Interior cleaning wipes (the generic ones, not the fabric, leather or window ones) cleaned up the scuffs on the driver's seat leatherette from me sliding into the seat of my MINI. If the wipes hadn't done the trick I would have 'splurged' for the spray and some rags but for now the wipes seem more convenient, just pull one out, use it and toss it.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Good point about first year vehicles (i.e. Mini Cooper) and glitches. The trade off of course is the excitement of being one of the first on the road with the new model....

    Also, good leather tip. Here's another one that worked for me: I once used a small piece of detailing clay to rub off a 2 inch long ink mark! You have to be careful though, that you don't rub off too much of the top surface. Otherwise your left with an even bigger problem. Talk later, and happy motoring! ;-)

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  • This is not a first year car - it has been in Europe for sometime. I don't think BMW would bring it to North America with serious glitches - such a risk! I have a few problems - not serious. The dealer has been good to deal with, so I'm not worried...
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    It has only been made since October in the UK so it has been out for less than a year. The BMW MINI has very little in common with the previous Rover, Austin, Morris Minor, etc. versions other than styling cues and the name.

    Small changes were required for the north american market and these changes make it new since the beginning of this year.
  • This is a great site for what's going on in Europe - and says that the Mini was released in July '01. I consider this a second year car...

    www.autoexpress.co.uk
  • It's not even July 2002 yet.

    If the Mini debuted in the U.K./Europe in July 2001, and currently it's the beginning of June 2002, then it hasn't even been out for a whole year yet.
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