hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,912 miles

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2003 Mini Cooper lights problems

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2003 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 252014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


Night driving in Colorado mtns. Lights began to flicker and power steering failed. Found safe place to pull over and turned off lights and engine. Restarted and turned lights back on to resume driving within a few minuets lights flickered and power steering failed again. Had to continue for several miles until it was safe to pull over again. Attempted to turn off head lights and use fog lights on county dirt road, still lights flickered/dimmed and power steering failed. Currently vehicle is parked and we are attempting to research recall matters with this malfunction. Superior driving skill is required to operate this vehicle with nonfunctional power steering. Average operators will have great difficulty maintaining safe operation of the automobile. This issue will lead to loss of life if not addressed. Nearest dealer for MINIis 130 miles distant.

- Florissant, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 152010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 72,766 miles
The xenon igniter component in the left headlamp has intermittent function, frequently causing the bulb not to light. The quoted repair cost by the dealer is in excess of $800 because the igniter part is not a replaceable component (the entire headlight assy is replaced). The original oem bulb in the affected left headlamp was replaced by MINIduring its warranty period and this was not reported to me (the left and right bulbs did not match upon my examination of them when first observing this problem). $800 to fix a light bulb is ridiculous, and I've been living with this safety hazard since I observed it in September 2010. BMW usa should be compelled to recall this defective component.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 272010

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 1,971 miles
I am the 2nd owner of this 03 MINICooper S since 5/09. I purchased with 12,500 miles. Currently, 32K miles. The xenon low beam headlight, drivers side, frequently does not ignite. The self leveling head light system does not operate properly. The aiming distance is very poor, light shines approx 20ft in front of the car. Other times, the light shines high, blinding on-comers. The 1st owner complained about this same problem to a MINIdealership in 10/03 with 1,971 miles. Again, 5/08 with 9,000 miles with checks performed. This established problem continues to get worse. Ballasts and bulbs have been changed. The problem continues. This is a safety hazard, making if difficult to navigate at night. After doing our own research and seeing how many others are having this exact same problem, it is time for MINIBMW to immediately address this overdue safety hazard by implementing a recall, or a service bulletin to all affected consumers who have complained to correct this problem. I will continue to complain until something is done.

- Callicoon, NY, USA

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