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MINI Cooper: Problems & Solutions

revkarevka Posts: 1,750
edited October 2014 in MINI


  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Well, I really don't see a lot of problems here.

    Looks like the only guy complaining is the guy with the "automatic" air conditioning...who prefers less "creature comforts". Yes, there is an off button...

    If since May 9th the worst problem is Automatic Air conditioning....I would say this is the best first year car I've ever seen....
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    Not according to the Edmunds "Consumer Rating", the MINI only scores a 7.7 overall. Many very unhappy MINI owners in there. Mostly stalling and rattle issues. Interesting reading, I guess they didn't bother posting here. Lot's of positive posts as well - but the unhappy ones are really unhappy.

    As a point of reference the GTI has a 9.4 consumer rating.

    Go to NEW, click on MINI and click on Consumer Rating on the right.
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    Some of those might be real but all those people who say it drives like a moped and has no power after driving it for 2 or 3 months should LEARN HOW TO TEST DRIVE A VEHICLE BEFORE THEY BUY IT. They should also learn how to drive a vehicle PERIOD -- you can get the base Cooper to 60MPH in 8 seconds if you now how and that's no moped.

    I bet many of those reviews are just from jealous owners of other cars. One guy complains that he doesn't like the car as the girls he dates now question the size of his manhood -- come on, you don't honestly believe that guy. How come none of those people (and I do mean NONE) have posted either here or in the Cooper owner's thread?

    And these people should learn how to fill out a survey properly -- just because a car left you stranded doesn't mean the interior design is worth 1/10.

    I always wonder why owners of other cars come over to forums about problems with other cars just to post about THEIR car. This isn't the MINI vs. others forum -- there are several of those that you've already discovered. If you have something helpful to say about a MINI problem, please chime in but otherwise, you should save your comparison comments for the appropriate forum.
  • It's not fair to compare a first year, new from the ground up MINI, with a car that's been out a few years and has had the chance to have the bugs worked out of it. (I'm referring to the GTI).

    Those consumer ratings will surely change as BMW gets the bugs out of their MINI's.

    P.S. Had Edmunds' consumer rating system been around when the current model GTI debuted, I'm sure its (the GTI's) rating would have been lower, as well. Give it time. The MINI's rating will improve.
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    Frankly I was suprised at how well the GTI did in the consumer review. Usually people are complaining about some of the same things I read in the MINI consumer review. Personally I've never had any issues with rattles in my GTI, apparently others have. One area the GTI never seems to have a problem is drivability, they always start and run great, rattles and minor electrical problems seem to plague some GTI's. That seems to be the way it goes with a lot of cars - some have issues and others don't.

    I will revisit MINI ownership when the lease is up on my GTI in a couple of years. Those consumer reviews wouldn't deter me from MINI ownership. I've owned first year BMW's in the past (92 E36 325is) that had minor issues, BMW took really good care of me. One of the main reasons I didn't get a MINI S this time was the deplorable dealer experience - I wouldn't have bought a MINI skateboard from those clowns.
  • Those ratings are worthless. You can read them and tell the people bashing the car don't even have them....just look at the made up names and what they say. In fact half of them are from a single person in the Bay area and is a guy as he keeps eluding to.

    For someone who works at an Internet company, I find it disqusting when companies put up these absolutely worthless Internet Mini polls. If your going to do statistics, do them right or don't do them at all. Having taken many statistics classes, computer statistics as well as business statistics, Statictics done wrong are worthless.
  • i've gotten my mini(auto) for a bit over 1 month and it's been in the shop twice already. the first time i had to have it towed cuz the eml and service engine light came on and the car wouldn't go. the dealership fixed it by replacing the electronic throttle controller. well, it happened again but this time i was able to drive to the dealership with a little sputtering. right now, they are still working on my car and have not called me back on what seems to be the problem yet. has anyone had the same problem with their mini?
  • Sorry to hear about your problem. I hope they have it sorted out for good very soon. I have heard of something similar on -- that's the best place I've found for MINI discussions. Go see the Faults and Fixes forum in the Commutity|Forum section and post about your trouble or use the search function to look for it.

    My car is a 5-speed but the throttle controller part should be common to all Coopers. I haven't had that problem. I've had the car for over 4 months and almost 7000km and it has never let me down (knock on plastic, particle board and wood).
  • I live approximately 2 hrs. from the nearest Mini dealer and was wondering how often you are having to take the mini in for problems and for what reason? I love the looks and am thinking seriously about purchasing one but was concerned since it hasn't been out very long here in the usa? Do you have any regrets? Do you own a Mini or Mini S ?
  • It isn't a Toyota but mine has been good. I've had my Cooper since April, over 7500km of driving. It needed the gearbox linkage recall fix done (never broke, just did it preventatively) but new ones don't have that problem. The top of the driver's seat back popped off a bit which they replaced but it wasn't really that noticable so you wouldn't need to get it fixed unless you hated it.

    The first service is at ~16000km (10000miles) and the next one is at ~40000km (25000miles) so for service you won't need to visit them often (and you could always change the oil yourself).

    I have no regrets about getting this car overall. I sort of wish I'd waiting for the 2003's (now out) as I hear they'll have an AUX input in the radio (maybe not the first ones but I hear they're phasing in the new head units), while I have to buy an AUX adapter for mine to use my MP3 player (I have an FM transmitter which is fair, not great for sound quality). But on the other hand, I've enjoyed having a rare car (still rare but I do see a couple per week now while I almost never saw another one months ago). For a first year car, I think it is well put together.
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