Notes: The 2008 Mini Cooper has problems with the oil feed lines to the turbo leaking which is not only dangerous & a fire hazard, but also costs $1,200 to fix at relatively low mileage.

Also the 2008 Mini Cooper has a defective timing belt tensioner pulley that can cause the timing chain to break, resulting in expensive engine damage.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,000 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 112012

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Dear NHTSA, I nearly lost my life 3wks back, my car is filled with aftermarket prdt. My cars computer is failed also, which won't alert or record any incident. I tried talking to miniusa&carmax, they wont listen. I have an heart condition now coz of the near death experience. I developed a low high bp 80/103 & fast heartbeat, which I am taking med. After the incident. I wrote letters&posted on their facebook page no response. I need help! I used to be a proud owner of 2008 MINICooper! now my car turned into a death trap! its nothing but a nightmare, so far 3 times car was turned off in the middle of the road & freeway, when it happened I applied my (all three times) break which went to the floor, didn't work, bought the car from carmax with a warranty (extended), also the car has 53,100 miles only! called carmax burbank office no response, then called carmax office of the president after a great deal got response from a rep. Now the car is with universal city MINIof noho! cars break sys. Is an after market prod. My car computer/dash display check engine light or signal comes on every 3-4 months, when it does, the light will stay on for a day or two, then it disappears, when I mentioned this to MINIdealership, car key records all the activities of the cars engine and incidents, when the rep. At dealership downloaded the car key, he couldn't find a single incident, then I showed him the pic I took.. he was surprised... " this car is nothing but a lemon" poorly handled by carmax and MINIThis car will kill someone, if you let it drive. Please save my life and others. Ltrs were sent to carmax&MINIusa CEO's tom folliard CEO of carmax, [xxx] and [xxx]. none of them, even bothered to reply, respond or tried to reach out to resolve this matter: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Reseda, CA, USA

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