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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,377 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Jun 102015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper convertible. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags) and stated that the part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the contact's vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated and remained lit for months. The failure mileage was not available.

- Hampton Bays, NY, USA

problem #31

Oct 012015


  • 0 miles
I want to know when recall 15V-205 is going to be implemented. My car is affected by this recall and I was notified by MINIusa in June. My airbag light has been on for 5 months and MINIsays it still does not have the parts to fix the problem. I consider this to be a reasonable period of ime.

- Mukilteo, WA, USA

problem #30

Sep 252015


  • 129,600 miles
Passenger airbag light say lite even though no one is seated in the passenger seat. Dealer said known issue but not part of recall. Quoted a very high price to have repaired.

- Chino , CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 192014


  • 45,000 miles


The weight sensor in the front passenger seat that determines whether to deactivate the airbag when a child is seated, or if the seat is unoccupied, is broken. This has caused the frontal airbag to become permanently deactivated at all times. There has been a recall of other cars for this issue, but BMW refuses to include my vehicle despite it being the same year and experiencing the identical problem.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #28

Jun 152013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper S. when the vehicle was started, the air bag warning indicator was consistently illuminated. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V205000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Culver, IN, USA

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problem #27

Aug 052015


  • 55,400 miles
Without being involved in any incident, the airbag and seat belt warning lights stay on. There are thousands of complaints online on minis and bmws around a faulty airbag/passenger seat sensor and it appears to be a manufacturing defect that could be risking many lives. MINIneeds to diagnose/investigate and extend recalls to all vehicles that have faulty manufacturing.

- Lexington, MA, USA

problem #26

Jul 132015


  • 117,000 miles


My airbag light came on so I scheduled an appointment with MINIdealer. They informed me that the passenger side OC3 mat sensor needed replaced. They informed me that there is no recall for it and my car is no longer under warranty. The cost to replace is going to be $1,454.52. After looking online at various forums, I have found hundreds of others who are experiencing the same problem at random mileages, anywhere from 30,000 - 150,000 miles. If this sensor, which is a major safety issue, keeps failing on hundreds of vehicles, this part should be recalled and fixed at the manufactures expense. How can they expect a customer to pay over $1,400 to replace a sensor that is just going to fail again in a short time, not to mention putting lives at risk? this issue has been going on for several years now without correction. Please recall this part.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #25

Jun 152015


  • 79,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper S. while the front passenger seat was occupied, the air bag failure warning indicator illuminated, indicating that the entire air bag system was deactivated. The failure recurred each time a passenger was seated in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the seat occupancy mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,500. Updated 09/25/15

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 012015


  • 65,000 miles
(sorry for my english) the car turn on the passenger air bag sensor every time. I dont have passengers any time but this problem appeared. There is a MINIrecall for this problems but they told me that my car is not in the recall list.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #23

Jun 012015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bag sensor goes off at random times. There is a current recall for 2005-2008 MINICoopers, but not all makes. The 2005-2006 models are the MINICooper, MINICooper S, MINICooper convertible and MINICooper convertible S. the recall is extended through 2008 models but those models only include the convertible and the convertible S. the 2007-2008 MINICooper and MINICooper S are also having this air bag issue, as numerous people have mentioned on various MINIforums, and should be included in the recall...updated 09/03/15

- Murray, KY, USA

problem #22

Aug 092011


  • 30,000 miles


Passenger airbag lights on, the dealer said airbag works fine. I feel there is problem with air bag otherwise warning light should not be on.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 032015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V1205000 (air bags); however, the closest dealer was eighty miles away. The contact stated that the manufacturer offered to pay for the part to do the repair, but the contact would be responsible for payment of the labor for the repair. The contact stated that the recall notice stated that the recall repair would be made free of charge. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #20

May 132015


  • 56,000 miles
Air bag and seat belt warning light on. The dealership said it will cost $2600 to replace the parts. This is a serious safety issue, not wear or tear. Existing recalls for air bags have not included my vehicle make/model.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #19

Nov 222014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper convertible. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

problem #18

Jun 092014


  • 46,500 miles
Passenger side head air bag warning light on and cannot be reset. This is a safety issue, but the dealership (where I purchased the car new) will not warranty or refer to manufacturer, but will charge over $1,200 to replace the airbag and/or sensor not knowing if it is actually defective. The car (not even six years old with less than 47K miles) should not have this potentially serious safety problem. Other recalls for air bags have not included my vehicle make/model...yet.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 052015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 103,300 miles
8;30 am three car intersection accident. Traffic light controlled 4 way intersection, auto traveling South bound ran red light and collided with two cars traveling East bound through intersection at approx 35 mph.. 1st car impacted Toyota mini van drivers side. Force of accident so severe that it forced mini van into my auto. The mini van impacted my MINIprimarily into my drivers side door. All three vehicles had to be towed from scene of accident. My MINICoopers drivers side door demolished. Force of impact so great the it bent the frame underneath the drivers door 3-4 inches according to the repair facility it was towed to. Vip auto body. The window that was approx 1/3 open shattered the window. I sustained injuries to neck, back, shoulder and right side of head which hit the door panel upon impact. I have done extensive research since this accident and there are several air bags and side door impact bag curtains in the MINICooper and none of them deployed. There is an actual sensor in the middle of each door to activate the air bags, obviously the one in the drivers side door was not working. This car supposedly has a 5 star crash rating according to MINIusa and my original window sticker. I contacted MINIusa the day after the accident, and they instructed me not to have any repairs done until one of there tech's came out to inspect the MINIand do a diagnostic check of the air bag system. I did so. The tech came out 5 days later, and a week after that the results came in and MINIusa said everything was working properly as far as the air bags. Liars. Anyone with any common sense can see that the air bags should have deployed with the force of this impact. They just don't want to take any responsibility for this accident. My MINICooper was deemed a total loss. Any investigation into this accident would be very appreciated maybe even saving a life in the future....updated 04/23/15

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 052015

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
I took my 2008 MINICooper in for its annual safety check and it did not pass. The front seat passenger airbag sensor is faulty, it does not detect that there is in fact a person occupying the seat. I feel that this is a safety issue that MINICooper should be responsible for. This is not a normal wear and tear issue, again, it's a safety issue. The part to replace this sensor ranges from $1200-$1400 depending on the retailer. The cost of this part is outrageous. The labor has been estimated to be 2-4 hours depending on whether or not the seat needs to be completely re-upholstered. I strongly feel that there should be a recall on this faulty sensor and that MINICooper should be responsible for ensuring that their vehicle is safe.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #15

Jul 072014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 MINICooper. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the air bag warning light illuminated and remained illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Isle Of Palms, SC, USA

problem #14

Nov 042014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 109,720 miles
Airbag and seatbelt light remain on in the vehicle. I will not pay the outrageous amount of money the dealership wants the fix or replace whatever is wrong with it. Maybe ill be the first person injured because of this fault that a recall actually is issued for this defect.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #13

Oct 202011

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
I have contacted MINIusa over the past 3 years on our passenger seat belt warning coming on and not going off. I have researched and found that multiple MINIowners from 2006 on up and BMW owners have had the same problem. In 2006 MINIdid a recall and also did a recall on the BMW models but are now playing games and have offered to drop the 1600 fee to 800 dollars. I'm upset to think that they feel my safety is not their concern.

- New London, NC, USA

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