Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2008 Mini Cooper has problems with the oil feed lines to the turbo leaking which is not only dangerous & a fire hazard, but also costs $1,200 to fix at relatively low mileage.

Also the 2008 Mini Cooper has a defective timing belt tensioner pulley that can cause the timing chain to break, resulting in expensive engine damage.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Mini Cooper fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 092016


  • 97,000 miles


Fuel smell started to get stronger in the cabin and outside of the vehicle, but did not see any leaks on the floor till today. I also notice the green temperature notification come on today. I had my oil changed at the BMW/MINIdealer in Ontario last month.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082015


  • 64,000 miles
When the car accelerating on the first and second gear, there was a small jerking motion. Took it to the shop and they didn't find any problem with the car. One the day of the incident date, 01/08, when I started the car, the car have a loud engine sound, sounds like the car is chocking for air. The engine light is on with the RPM pointer running up and down (gas paddle is untouched). Took it to the dealer and the next day and they found there is oil leaking from the oil feed line to the turbo. $1200 to replace the part. Did some research online and found many MINIowner had the same problem.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 062014


  • miles
Turbo charger fuel supply line is leaking on my 2008 MINICooper S. the dealer suggested a replacement cost of $750. There are many complaints online about this issue and the leak is happening due to poor design. The leak may cause fire damage and might cause extensive damage to the car.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 292012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
While driving I noticed the smell of gasoline that became increasingly stronger. After I arrived home I began looking for the source of the gasoline smell. What I found was the high pressure fuel line that supplies fuel to the injector rail was leaking. The way the hose was routed on the back of the engine, allowed the hose to rest on a retaining clip for another hose. The retaining clip had worn a groove into the high pressure line and gasoline was spraying across the back of the engine and down onto the engine exhaust.

- Bryceville, FL, USA

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