hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,304 miles

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2007 Mini Cooper electrical problems

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2007 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 062016


  • 130,000 miles


Car started of fire as I was driving on the interstate. Fire started in the engine compartment on the passenger side. The brakes failed as I was trying to stop the car. Had to pull the E-brake to stop and by this time the car was engulfed in flames. Passenger had to crawl out the drivers side because of the flames on that side. Luck to have gotten out as the car was completely destroyed in 10 mins

- Hastings, NE, USA

problem #21

Jun 182015


  • 35,000 miles
Driving pa turnpike when my 2007 minicooper temp light came on, immediately followed the oil and engine light. As the lights appeared, the car was losing power. It lost power as I was pulling off the road. 3 minutes total. Smoke poured out. I opened the hold to see a 3 inch hole melted away. I closed the lid. Contacted MINIroadside service who would not honor the tow. Called aaa who did. Called MINIof pittsburgh, jason thompson, who only serviced my MINIfor 4 years and 35,000 miles when he first diagnosed needing a new engine. I asked manager chris lasko about any recalls" could it be a lemon" no this is unusual for a MINIwas the answer. Before authorizing repairs I asked about the electrical system and the effects of overheating. No electrical issues where found. They felt confident recommending replacing a new engine & parts. I okayed to put in all new starter, starter core, engine, engine core, engine harness, collar screw, ping sensor, intake manifold, core return gasket, ignition coils, collar screw, screw with washer, core return with heat pr, srp belt, and coolant, a water pump pulley, and few other 20 some parts to get it back on the road. A month later, I received a letter revealing a potential problem with the durability of a vapor recovery diagnostic pump on 07. Federal emissions defect warranty covers 10year or 120K miles. I called the dealer, they said that it did not pertain to my vehicle. 2015 deja vu at 64K miles. I was driving, commuting when the engine light came on again. I drove 2 miles to my MINIdealer. They said they could fix it by putting in a new engine. I had it towed home. I have called & left email's with BMW/MINIcustomer service. I have had zero reply from then. They claim to be the ultimate driving machine. As an advertising associate creative director, I think the more honest and real claim would be the ultimate farse machine.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 192016


  • 98,000 miles
2007 MINICooper S, hatchback. The passenger airbag (off) light, indicating the passenger airbag is disarmed, is on at all times regardless of passenger. Additionally, the dashboard warning lights for my airbag system and seatbelt are illuminated at all times. The codes identified by the MINIdealership in honolulu indicate the passenger seat occupancy sensor has a fault. Looking under the seat, it could be a faulty wiring harness or faulty connecter as they appear vulnerable to seat movement forward or backwards. The MINIdealership also stated the obnoxiously expensive part was on national back-order.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #19

Dec 012014


  • 0 miles


Passenger side airbag sensor is faulty. It shows airbag off and there is no way to turn it back on. I see recalls for the same issue on MINICooper S and clubman of the same year, but not the base model that I have.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #18

Sep 262014


  • 78,000 miles
Air bag light turned on. Performed a fault survey and found there is 1 related fault code in the mrs control unit. Passenger seat occupancy sensor, not currently present, occurred 12 times. Need to replace the seat occupancy sensor and re program the mrs control unit. Total replacement cost: $1,164.47 called MINIheadquarters and was told there was no warranty or recall for my specific car. However, they told me that the 2005, 2006 MINIcooper had a recall for the seat sensor. This is a major problem and should be recalled for the 2007 model as well.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper S. when the ignition switch was turned to the run position, the passenger side air bag did not illuminate when the seat was occupied. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- New Albany , IN, USA

problem #16

Apr 172015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


I was getting on interstate still on the on ramp when my MINIdied and started smoking with no warning. Had to have it towed. Insurance stated it was an electrical wire fire so it isn't covered under insurance. Can MINIpay to have it fixed? the manufacturer should be held liable. I already had to get a new water pump last year that wasn't covered either. These aren't cheap vehicles yet they expect us to pay for the mistake that we did not cause! paid $18K for this car and have put over $3K for repairs with less the 80K miles. Come on MINICooper this is terrible business! in my profession if I were to sell a defective part for an oil rig, I would have to replace it even years later. This goes for any profession!

- Oakley, KS, USA

problem #15

May 012013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper convertible. While driving at an unknown speed, the instrument panel malfunctioned and the gauges displayed inaccurate readings. The dealer stated that the circuit board connection malfunctioned, but it did not need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000...updated 11/03/14 updated 4/28/2015

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #14

Jul 052014


  • 70,750 miles
"passenger airbag off" indicator turns on while driving and remains on for the duration of the drive. Passenger seat was occupied by a passenger weighing approx 195 pounds with seat belt properly fastened. There is no way to manually turn on the passenger airbag and bypass the seat sensor. This is a known issue with the MINICooper and is discussed on online enthusiast forums, with MINIusa dealerships charging from $1,100 to $1,400 to replace the entire passenger seat. MINIusa dealers state that the issue is an electrical issue with the seat sensor and the entire seat must be replaced. For how little the passenger seat is used in my vehicle, in my opinion this is a defect and not a wear-and-tear issue.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 242014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have or had a MINICooper S 2007 I get a letter from the dealership that has a cost change without auxiliary water pump electrical problems that can cause fire we approach the seller for us to fix this problem 06/04/12 tube no value since it was under warranty but changing rims and tires recommended pipe cost $ 1100 dollars, the Cooper had 121,985 miles, a year and half pipe thermostat housing problems will cost $ $724.32 instead, continued to all recommendations but the Cooper fire on 03/24/14 at 05:48 pm, it was chaos luckily was out of the garage which is where I usually end up shutting kept the firefighters make inquiries and did not know what happened except that the car was parked with active securities so stay primarily for research by a specialized insurer to investigate, two months and a little workshop took the cause was electrical problems without specifying the origin, finding these cars are beautiful but have trouble and the authorities are deaf ears because millions are at stake than hurt, the car lost completely. We started to investigate with my family on the internet and found many cases in common burn.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #12

Dec 212013


  • miles


2007 MINICooper. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle fire occurred without warning. The fire occurred while stopped at a red light. The vehicle was repaired and is now back on the road.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 092014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Was driving car downtown at a speed on average of 15 mph. Trip only lasted 15 minutes when I parked and noticed smoke coming from my hood. Smoke quickly escalated into a fire. Called 911 to have fire trucks out. Grabbed a fire extinguisher from a nearby business to try to put out the flames, but was unable to even while spraying directly at the flames. Firemen had to pry open the hood to get to the engine to put out the fire. Car engine was totaled.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #10

Jan 102014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving in my neighborhood I noticed a burning smell and a little smoke coming from under the hood. I pulled into my garage and popped the hood to find the oil feed line to the turbo had leaked oil all over the turbo and was burning off. I know the problem is a faulty line that uses rubber washers and over time heat from the turbo causes them to fail. In 2010 MINIput in a heat shield to protect the line, acknowledging the problem. This needs to be addressed properly, to many pre 2010 Cooper S are having this problem.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 112013

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I have been a MINICooper owner since 2007 and loved my MINIIt was a 6 speed automatic and even though it had approx. 127K miles, it drove great and I had never experienced any problems with it in the six years I owned it. In July 2013, I was driving down a highway at 65mph and heard a very faint percolating sound coming from inside the dash. The car was running fine and there were no warning lights so I kept driving because I was in a deserted area at night. Approximately two minutes later, I saw a flame outside my right passenger side window. I immediately stopped the car and saw there were flames coming from behind the passenger tire of the vehicle and from under the hood. I called 911 but within minutes, the entire hood and front seats of the car were in flames. By the time the fire department arrived, the car was a completely engulfed by the fire. Nothing from inside the vehicle could be recovered. Other than the faint percolating sound and a slight odor immediately before I saw the flames, there was no warning. The fire department ruled the fire an undetermined mechanical cause and said it started on the right passenger side of the engine compartment.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 122012


  • 70,000 miles
One headlight went out. I tried to replace it, but the plug socket had a short in it. The bulb, socket, and wiring had to be replaced. 6 months later the other lamp fried the socket. The approximate cost of repair is about 300 per headlight.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 192011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 69,540 miles
I have had previous issues with the panoramic sunroof, I had to get it replaced. Then I had issues with the chain and chain tensioner and had to get that replaced too. Now the steering has failed on me, I can't start the car or even move the steering wheel. My steering is locked now; I had the car running, everything seemed to run fine and the steering worked fine. Once I shut the car off I couldn't start the car back up and my steering locked up. I had to get my car towed home. I wish BMW would do some kind of a recall on this car so we wouldn't have to pay so much money out of our own pockets!

- Plain City, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 092011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
As I shut the engine off I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Opened the hood to find a fire to the front of the engine coming from electrical wires. Was able to put out the fire with out too much damage and disconnected the battery to eliminate power to the troubled area.car is being towed to MINIcooper of peabody Massachusetts.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 092011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 MINICooper. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle engulfed in flames. The fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The fire department stated that the fire was caused by an electrical failure. There were three vehicles parked in close proximity to the contacts vehicle that sustained damage. The parking garage where the vehicle was parked also sustained damage. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Lindstrom, MN, USA

problem #4

May 272011


  • 39,200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 MINICooper S. while parked the contact noticed the entire vehicle was on fire. The fire department and the department of environmental conservation reported to the scene and a report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a lot where the insurance company would inspect the vehicle. The cause of fire was undetermined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 39,200. Updated 07/08/11 updated 3/6/12

- Marcellus, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Upon returning home and parking my MINIin the garage I smelled somthing strange. My wife and I unloaded groceries from the car I noticed smoke from the hood of the car. We quickly rolled the car out of the garage and opened the hood, I noticed the connection on top of the aux water pump burning. The fire subsided on its own.

- Crawfordsville, IN, USA

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