really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,490 miles

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2006 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jun 292012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Per my research, this a recurring problem with the 2006 MINIcoopers. Numerous bulletin boards have the same questions for a safety concern if the airbag will deploy for the passenger seat. Took car to dealer for diagnostics and they gave us a repair price of $1200 to replace the lower seat for the occupancy pad is defective which causes the light to come on for the passenger bag and also the main light in the dash. Not sure if BMW cares about safety of the people who have purchased their vehicles but it is a bit callous on their part for not doing a recall on the 2006 MINIcooper seat sensor. I have seen a regular BMW vehicle that has a similar problem have a recall for a bad seat sensor. I am concerned for any person who rides in the passenger seat if an accident were to happen that the airbag will not deploy causing great bodily harm.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #8

Mar 202013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
My 2006 MINICooper had a air bag light just turn on about a week ago for no reason for what I can tell. I called my MINIdealer and they told me it was probably a worn out passenger seat sensor. They said it would cost about $900-1000 to replace the seat and the sensor. Our MINIonly has a little over 50K miles and 50% of those miles there wasn't anyone ever sitting in the passenger seat to ware it out. I have seen on several other forums that this problem has been corrected by BMW but not by MINII believe this issue should be a recall on all MINIs as I have seen that hundreds of other people have the same issue.

- Salt Lake City Utah, UT, USA

problem #7

Oct 012012


  • 80,000 miles
The passenger seat occupancy sensor is weak and prone to failure. MINIdoes not cover replacement and charges $1200-$2000 to replace the part leading many owners, including myself to drive the car in an unsafe condition (low speed or non deploying airbags).

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Passenger seat occupancy sensor is defective. The passenger seat air bag light illuminates after engine start along with the red air bag failure warning light. Doesn't matter if seat occupied or not. This is a safety hazard due to disabling air bag. MINIdealers deny this is a manufacturing defect or design problem yet there are over 40 complaints on this forum. Repair costs are substantial to replace bottom seat cushion. A modification kit or retrofit to replace defective seat mat is needed.

- Felton, DE, USA

problem #5

Jun 082012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The right front occupant sensor for air bag appears to be defective. It had to be replaced. We have heard of several MINICooper's that have defective seat sensors. When this sensor fails, the air bags may not deploy as designed. This is a safety system failure. Cost to replace this sensor was over $1,400.

- N Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 172012


  • 53,000 miles
Unfastened seat belt warning light stays on and airbag off indicator stays lit at all times, with or without a passenger riding in the seat no matter the weight of the passenger. Unfastened seat belt warning bell/ding does not chime.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 042012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


Airbag passenger mat seat sensor. This has been a ongoing problem from the 2003 to present. Seat sensor turns airbag light on and can disable air bag on passenger side and according to MINIdealership, not on factory recall but they say get hundreds a year and charge to replace sensor at $1000. Safety issue! someone really needs to have them fix a known issue at all dealerships and put peoples lives in danger.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 032011


  • 56,000 miles
The car is a 2006 MINICooper S coupe. The car has less than 57,000 miles. The airbag sensor light remains on even with a passenger in the seat which shows the airbag is not employed. The dealer cost to repair was $900 as quoted on 1/3/11. The airbag light goes on and off randomly. It is not clear that the airbag would function in the event of an accident.

- Helena, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 242007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 MINICooper S. the contact stated that the passenger side seat would not lock into the upright position. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The current mileage is 8,600 and failure mileage was 7,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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