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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 miles

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2007 Mini Cooper body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 092014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


Was driving car downtown at a speed on average of 15 mph. Trip only lasted 15 minutes when I parked and noticed smoke coming from my hood. Smoke quickly escalated into a fire. Called 911 to have fire trucks out. Grabbed a fire extinguisher from a nearby business to try to put out the flames, but was unable to even while spraying directly at the flames. Firemen had to pry open the hood to get to the engine to put out the fire. Car engine was totaled.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 162008


  • 22,000 miles
Hood scoop on vehicle has deformed due to excessive heat from turbo.

- Mystic, CT, USA

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