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MINI Cooper Electrical & Lighting Glitches

MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
This topic covers everything about your MINI in the realm of basic electrical systems, including lights, switches, alarms and instrument displays.

However, hard starts or no starts should be discussed in the MINI "Starting/Stalling" topic. Also we have a separate topic for "Audio & Navigation" problems.
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  • akitadogakitadog Posts: 117
    Hi all,
    I posted here before about a supercharger failure. Well, that evening, after picking up my MCS, the "Service Engine Soon" light came on. I sent it right back in and they had to replace the DME. Well, two weeks after getting it back, the light comes on again. They replaced an O2 sensor, drove it around and the light came back on with the same code. Now, they're replacing the fuel injectors, and we can only imagine what will fail this time around. I've become increasingly disenchanted with my MINI ownership experience. i love my car (when it has no issues) but this makes the third visit/loaner car to fix something in two months. As well, my 10 K service is right around the corner. I am so tired of traveling 30 miles out of the way to the dealer.

    Well, has anyone else experienced this engine light issue? What were your resolutions?

    As a side note, I was given an MCS auto as a loaner, and I really don't care for the auto at all. It holds revs way too long during easy acceleration, does not kick into 6th on highway cruises half the time, feels clunky and engine brakes noticeably when coming to a stop. It's just not programmed well at all. The 4-speed in my Olds Intrigue is so much better.
  • I OWN A 2005 MINI-S WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND RECENTLY IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE CAR NEEDS THE CYLINDER HEAD MILLED AFTER 17000 MILES! I ALSO WENT THROUGH THE O-2 SENSOR AND A COMPUTER GLITCH THING BUT THIS DID NOTHING TO REMODY THE PROBLEM. I WILL BE TRADING IT OFF WHEN IT GETS BACK FROM THE DEALERSHIP! MINI WON'T REPLACE THE HEAD BUT HAS CHOSEN TO REPAIR THE OLD ONE! NOW THAT'S SERVICE YOU CAN DEPEND ON ISN'T IT?
    INDYMINIOWNER (BUT NOT FOR LONG)
  • New to this site. I have read many comments on brake costs. My Mini is mostly highway and I changed the brakes @100K. There was still a third of the pad left but the front rotors were under acceptable thickness per my micrometer. Found new rotors and pads at Auto Zone website for under $200.00 for all four wheels. Do yourself or take parts to your mechanic. Took me one afternoon. Caution: When pushing the brake piston back in the brake cylinder on the rears, use a C-clamp where the head or end rotates. The brake piston rotates as its pushed back in the brake cylinder and the C-clamp end follows the rotation. A special tool is not needed.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    My service rep did say that there was one customer who drove almost exclusively highway saw 100K km on a set of pads. I'm not mechanically-inclined so the DIY option would be out for me --- especially something as crucial as brakes! :cry:
  • carla6carla6 Posts: 8
    I own a 2007 Cooper S that I got in April. I am currently shelling out big bucks every month for it to sit in the service shop....for the THIRD time since I got it. BIG DISSAPPOINTMENT is an understatement. After doing my research and talking with the mechanic at the shop, they are seeing a LOT of 2007s come back in with electrical problems. The kicker is they have no clue how to fix the problem(s) and he outright admitted that to me. I feel helpless in this situation and have no clue when I will get my car back. To date, it's been in the shop for a cumulative month. Has anyone successfully gotten some service out of Mini USA??????? All I have seen so far as unfortunate people in the same boat as myself and I am highly concerned about what I just bought with my money...
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Get it lemon lawed then. Three times for the same problem is a lemon law in most states.

    One of my clients is a sales manager for a MINI dealership and I haven't heard anything about this supposed huge electrical problem.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    I was also curious and called a friend at the MINI dealership and he swears he hasn't heard much about any electrical issues aside from the "now and then" complaint every couple of weeks from a solitary owner.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    I was also curious and called a friend at the MINI dealership and he swears he hasn't heard much about any electrical issues aside from the "now and then" complaint every couple of weeks from a solitary owner.

    I'd be very suspicious of any mechanic who insists something 'cannot be fixed'. To me, this is just a lame excuse for not having the talent or the ambition to do so, or to call Europe and find out how to do it.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Our '05 Cooper is now well into its 3rd year. So far, the only problems have been a burnt-out interior light, a burnt-out brake light, a bad O2 sensor, and a leaky hydralic engine mount which they detected during a regular service yesterday. The part will be in next week, and they will repair it under warranty. So, in summary, our MINI ownership has been quite painless. So much so that we are considering buying it at the end of the lease a year from now, especially after I drove an '07 Cooper auto service loaner, and didn't really like the higher cowl and beltline, to to mention the less-than-satisfying 6-speed steptronic. Even though the CVT in our '05 has the annoying lurchiness and sluggishness at low speed, in many other aspects it actually performs better than the new 6-speed. Also, even though the new MINI is no doubt more refined, somehow it feels more "generic", for lack of a better term. It lacks the unique character and quirkiness of the old one. Mind you, I have yet to drive the "S", nor one with the manual transmission. Those may be a whole different animal.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    The new S is a turbo not a SC, so you have to like turbo cars. I don't myself but some folks do.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    I haven't had a chance to drive the new S yet but I have a feeling I won't like it as much as my 2004 MINI Cooper S.

    Maybe it will be ok though as I am interested in the Clubman when it comes out.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Clubman sounds great. If I bought a new MINI (I'm thinkin' about it) I think I'd get a base model 6 speed manual.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    The old regular MINI didn't have nearly enough power for me and the 5 speed trans was rubbish. I never drove a regular Cooper after they put the same 6 speed from the S in it but I am sure it is better.

    The New New MINI, R56 I think is the chassis code, has to be better in base form then the old one was.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    Yeah it is, definitely. The old base MINI has a very rough engine IMO and a clunky shifter...the new base MINI's engine is quite smooth and it shifts nicely. I don't think it is too much more powerful but it has BMWs variable valve timing so you can rev it up pretty good. Its an engine that requires driver attention but I'm up to the task. After all, I duke it out with the big boys in a puny 1.5L Scion most of the time and it works fine (if you pay attention).

    I'd expect the new base MINI engine to be even easier to modulate. But a speed demon it ain't.
  • alpha16alpha16 Posts: 1
    I am also having huge problems with my '07 Mini Cooper S that I purchased at the end of June. It will be in the shop for 15 days this week, and I will then begin the Lemon Law papwework. The shop says they have no idea what is wrong with it. I would like to know where your at right now with them. Have you looked into the LL in your state? Please keep me updated on what is happeneing with your car. I hope it works out for you.
  • gatkdgatkd Posts: 1
    I bought a mini cooper convertible 2005 in USA Miami and arrive in my country(Panama, Central America) after 2 weeks. The problem is the warning lamp of airbags and safety seatbelts lights up while I driving.
    In Panama the BMW don´t sell and repair minis.
    I trie to disconet( Reset ) the battery in about 10 seconds and doesn´t work. I don´t think that the problem is mal funtion, something happens in the travel to Panama.
    What Can I do?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Yes, the new base engine is quite smooth and rev-happy. But paired with the 6-speed steptronic, it was a bit of a disappointment. Probably more to do with the tranny than the engine though.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    I think the steptronic adds about 1 second to the 0-60 time.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    You mean the stepronic is actually slower then the CVT? :surprise: :confuse:
  • No, slower than the 6-speed. I don't believe there is a CVT anymore is there?
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