really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,260 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 022008

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles


When accelerating out of a toll booth, the engine lost all power just as I changed lanes in front of large truck. Fortunately, there was a pull-out on the left side of the road. If I had not been able to quickly pull over, the truck would have likely collided with my car. Turning of the engine and restarting it temporarily cleared the problem. It would reoccur whenever I used full throttle and the engine hit 5000 RPM. The problem turned out to by a sticky super-charger bypass valve. It is a well known problem, so much so that the dealer always have the parts in stock. Loosing all engine power is potentially very dangerous - BMW should fix this.

- Auburndale, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 242004


  • 20,000 miles
While driving at highway speed fuel tank exploded without warning. As a result, engine failed.

- Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 242003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
-stalling when changing from reverse to drive. Has also stalled once on the interstate. -RPM's keep revving between 3000 & 5000 when I hit 55-60 mph. Once I pass 60 mph the RPM's decrease to a reasonable level. This happens everyday without fail.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My 2002 MINICooper S has some engine management issues that have resulted in several close calls in traffic situations that I feel are unsafe, and have yet to be resolved or definitely addressed by the manufacturer. The most severe issue is a total loss of engine power after acceleration on clean dry pavement. Loss of power is usually in 1st gear an can last several seconds. I beleive this to be a problem not unique to my vehicle.

- Malabar, FL, USA

problem #1

May 022002

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
The check engine light has been on since we brought the car home. MINIhas attempted fix the problems unsuccessfully 8 times, culminating with the dealer getting into a traffic accident while test driving the vehicle.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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