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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,425 miles

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2010 Mini Cooper miscellaneous problems

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2010 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 092015


  • 61,000 miles


I was driving the car for a 300 miles trip, never had an issue before. After stopping in san antonio the fans kept running for at least 15min. Stopped at a conveinience store and topped off coolant which wasnt missing any and checked the oil level and added one quart of oil. Taking on the trip to austin tx, the car was running fine at 70mph when my low oil light came on. Ten seconds later pulled to the side and smoke started coming from the engine. Less than a minute later on the side of the road and fire started blazing throughout the car burning all our belongings.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 302015


  • 45,274 miles
On Thursday, July 30, 2015 my husband was headed to work. He was rear ended while he was at a complete stop. He was diagnosed with severe whiplash and has sustained injuries. The insurance company for the person who hit my husband admitted fault immediately. Two vehicle inspections were done by an adjuster. My husband was driving a MINICooper and he was rear ended. The adjuster informed him that the vehicle did not have a steel plate. Hence, the impact to the back of his vehicle may have been much greater. After speaking with an advisor at the concord, ca MINICooper dealer, I learned that the steel plate in the MINICooper is standard and a required safety feature. The MINICooper was purchased from ( carmax in fairfield, ca ). my concern and question is whether on not carmax knew this and do they generally sell used vehicles that do not meet standard safety requirements. I have not contacted carmax about this. Thank you.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 132010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Cold start problem, no power, lots of noise. Timing chain on R56 MINIcooper. There is a service bulletin but there should be a recall. It sounded like the motor was going to blow up!

- King George, VA, USA

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