definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,898 miles

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2002 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 032012


  • 56,416 miles


The contact owns a 2002 MINICooper. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the transmission hesitated in a jerking motion and began to down-shift into another gear continuously. In addition, the engine warning indicator and ep code illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who stated that the transmission would need to be replaced due to internal damage. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,416.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 MINICooper with <55,000 miles (same owner) the shift cable detached from the transmission shift linkage while I attempted to change gears. Gear changes are no longer possible and the transmission remains in the last gear selected! prior to this -but within the last 6 months, all the window motors died simultaneously, the fan belt would not shut off, the engine continually overheated (despite repeated service by BMW), the horn fuse would not shut off (until it blew), and the transmition is slowly dying. 1) the fan belt would not turn off -continuously, draining the battery. 2) timing belt was replaced 3) the transmission is going 4) the power windows

- Key Biscayne, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 262007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
While driving home from work in the 2002 MINICooper the car had about 70,000 milles on it and I noticed the temperature gauge going up, and assumed my car was just overheating. I pulled into a service station and put some water in the coolant reservoirand the temperature gauge returned to normal, so I continued to drive. After about 10 minutes I noticed the temperature gauge increased again. I pulled off the highway and into a parking lot. When I opened the hood, I saw flames. By the time the fire department arrived at the scene the car was too far gone to save. I contacted MINIregarding this issue. They asked for my VIN, approximate mileage, and contact information. I sent them this information, but have not heard back from them.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012003


  • Manual transmission
  • 12,950 miles
There is a complete power failure at various speeds including 55 mph. This defect or condition can result in serious injury or death. When it happened on rt. 66 in arlington va at 9:30 pm, it caused a near-collision with several other vehicles traveling on the road. There was no warning light, noise, or other indication that the engine was about to turn off.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052003

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,125 miles
Car almost stalls when trying to accelerate from a complete stop. Acceleration rates vary and sometimes are dangerously slow car lunges when trying to move small distances

- Gaitherburg, MD, USA

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