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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,500 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 092011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles


MINIcooper doors cannot be opened using either the inside or outside door handles under certain freezing conditions. This has occurred multiple times during freezing weather, usually when snow or ice is present. The failure occurs intermittently on both the passenger and driver side doors. At times, it occurs after the vehicle has been parked for many hours when temperatures are below freezing. However, it can also occur after the door has been opened and the vehicle driven for 30 minutes or more. When the failure occurs, neither the inside nor outside handles will open the door. The only recourse is to exit (or enter) the vehicle using the other door (so far there has not been an instance when both doors froze) and wait for the condition to rectify itself.

- Sewickley, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003


  • miles
Upon entering the vehicle doors froze. Once getting in the vehicle one cannot get out or once out cannot get in. Contacted the dealer. However, the problem recurred.

- Erie, PA, USA

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