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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,737 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper windows / windshield problems

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Oct 232006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The front windshield on my 2002 MINICooper S auto cracked suddenly (with a pop) while I was driving along the freeway, with no apparent cause--no impact site on the crack. The crack originates in the low/middle area of the windshield, goes up about 2 inches, then sneaks to the passenger side about 5 inches.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #25

May 152005

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,090 miles
8" crack in front windshield. Crack is located on lower right hand (passenger) side of vehicle that starts below the windshield seal. The goes up 3" then curves left and travels for 5". crack appeared after the car was parked in a secure garage for 3 days, and has grown about 1" a week.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #24

Sep 252004

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,101 miles
MINICooper 2002 suffered a stress crack of the windshield that had to be replaced. No rocks or chips caused the crack. It was not covered under the vehicle's 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #23

Mar 042004

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles


Windshield on my 2002 MINICooper S has cracks in 2 places which started from the edges of the windshield. Both cracks appeared when the car was sitting in the driveway. The dealer says they are "rock chips" though there's no visible impact.

- Rio Linda, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 202003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,654 miles
I have a July 2002 build, MINICooper date I have had 6 windshields installed.most have suffered stress related failure, but 2 started as minimal rock strikes, which later resulted in long (10- 14 inch) is sub-standard, too thin, and too soft.I definately fear for my safety as long as this glass isn't redesigned.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

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problem #21

Feb 022004

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
1. interior door latch mechanism inoperable in freezing conditions - will not release (unable to exit car) - was able to enter car - closed door - could not exit. Bad situation as power windows were also frozen shut. 2. windshield cracks (2nd windshield - see other threads on this known failure) - occurred while backing out of drive on public street - started at base of windshield drivers side-up 6"-then sharply right-across windshield to passenger a pillar.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #20

Jan 062004

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,500 miles


My windshield sustained an 8 inch long crack on the lower corner driver side just above the VIN number. This happened one cold morning while warming up the engine at the driveway. BMW denied warranty coverage because of a stone pit a size of a pen dot along the cracked area. I found out that there are many others that have windshield cracked on the same general location (above the bin number) as a result of stress from the frame. Attached is a supporting documentation regarding cracked windshields on MINIa href="">

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 102003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Windshield cracked from the lower driver's side after turning the heater on while vehicle was warming up parked on the driveway. Dealer refused to replace it under warranty.

- Tuxedo , NC, USA

problem #18

Aug 202003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,100 miles
Windshields are failing all over the country on MINICooper automobiles. I am currently on my 3rd windshield in as many months - stress cracks appeared from the roof pillars in both cases. We need a resolution to this - either better glass or structural improvements.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Windshield creaking, crackling. Replaced twice by dealer due to wind leakage. Windshield is too thin and pits way too easily. Wife is afraid of safety because of the notoriously high incidence of spontaneous cracking windshields. MINIusa continues to deny any problems, but informal surveys of dealers indicate thousands of replacements already, and the car has only been on sale for 16 months. Glass is too thin and brittle. Government needs to intercede and force MINIusa to replace with thicker, safe windshields.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #16

May 012003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,864 miles


Winshield crack from bird sap!

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jan 022002

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Stress cracked windshield in 2002 MINICooper S.

- South Dennis, MA, USA

problem #14

Jul 032003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,995 miles
Cracked winshield in two different places. Occurred about 10 minutes apart while driving in slow traffic at about 100 degrees.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

problem #13

Apr 252003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles
We own a MINICooper S. like hundreds of others who have not yet filed a complaint, we had a cracked windshield for no apparant reason. The windshield seems to be very thin and soft. And very succeptable to cracks and rock chips, pitting for lack of another word.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #12

Dec 152002

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Stopped at light when I heard a small crack no other vehicles or traffic around upon investigation I found a small star like crack in the windshield. Within the next month before crack could be fixed windshield was chipped by road debris in two separate places and on two separate days. Windshield glass seems to be very weak.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 272003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Broken windshield 2002 MINICooper S.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 262003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,150 miles
I am writing to complain about thin/weak windshields in my MINICooper S. I am on my third windshield in less than a year. The glass is incredibly thin and cracks with the slightest impact. I consider this unsafe. In addition I know of many people who are having the same problem.

- Hardyston, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jun 132002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,458 miles
Windshield pits from sand very easily. Windshield cracked from driver's side to middle of window while backing out of flat driveway. Replaced under warranty by dealer. Two months later, small amount of blowing sand pits windshield again. 2002 MINICooper.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My MINICooper has developed a huge crack in the windshield. The dealer said the crack was started by a chip from road debris, however cracked windshields are a well know problem with the MINIMany MINIowners have replaced their windshields 3 or 4 times. Before I buy a new windshield I would like assurances from MINIusa that the replacement won't promptly crack, as has happened with many other owners.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 072003


  • miles
MINICooper S 2002 had a crack start and grow until it spanned the windshield. Had two subsequent rock chips that grew into massive cracks. The window seems to crack too easily.

- New York, NY, USA

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