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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 052006


  • 34,000 miles


For the past 2 years the air conditioning has been intermittent. The lights for the fan and temperature remain on but no air blows cold or hot. Sometimes it goes back on by itself after a few minutes of driving. Sometimes slapping the passenger side of the middle column (where the controls and radio are) makes it come back on. And sometimes it stays off for a day or two before spontaneously coming back to life. Its gotten to the point where I have a hardcover book with me at all times to do the slapping. I live in austin and the closest dealer is in san antonio, nearly 90 miles away. The two times I drove there with the problem, it worked for them. I even have documentation from the dealer the problem was an issue back when the car had 34,000 miles. We never know when the air conditioning will go out. Considering the temperature in austin has hit 100 nearly 50 times this summer, do you blame us for not wanting to drive the car. Please offer us suggestions to have MINIusa pay for this. Its been an ongoing problem for 2 years. The 90 minute drive to san antonio is hot and there's no guarantee the ac will misbehave once we get there. Ground breaking on the austin MINIdealership is on hold so we're at the mercy of the san antonio dealership.

- Austin, TX, USA

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