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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
539 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Mini Cooper transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

May 102008


  • 539 miles


The contact owns a 2008 BMW MINICooper. While driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission monitor light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the monitor. Immediately after the repair, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician performed the same repair. Three days later, the failure recurred again and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer a third time. The vehicle has been at the dealer for the past two weeks because the cause of the failure cannot be determined. He called the manufacturer and is waiting for a response. The failure and current mileages were 539.

- Long Beach, FL, USA

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