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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,889 miles

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2008 Mini Cooper seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 152020


  • 120,000 miles


Recently purchased a used 2008 MINICooper. Passenger side airbag sensor warning light is on and always stays on. This is a known defect that MINIhas covered under warranty/recall. I took vehicle to BMW/MINIdealer in birmingham, al and was informed that this particular recall expired in 2018, or with vehicles with more than 120,000 miles. Mine has 123,000 mi. Also called MINIcustomer service and received the same information. Many videos exist on internet/youtube about this particular defect and how to bypass problem by installing a part that bypasses the sensor or by using a scan tool to erase the code to remove the warning light. Neither of these solutions seem safe. I am concerned that the car's passenger airbag would fail to deploy in the event of a collision. Here is a video that explains the problem and a possible unsafe fix: Https://

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #6

May 292020

Cooper 4-cyl

  • miles
Warning message for seat belt tension/air bag malfunction and both lights are on. The vehicle has 40+ thousand miles on it, I am a second owner. This problem just started on May 29, 2020. No accidents for this vehicle. Cost for repair is over $2000 and so far there's only recalls for 2008 convertible which I totally don't understand. This looks to be an ongoing problem with the MINIand needs to be addressed due to the air bags being affected. I currently have no photos but can readily supply photos upon request. The seat belt light/air bag emblem shows on the dash screen when entering the key while stationary, no one is sitting in the passenger seat when this happens and does not go away when occupied.

- Eddy, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 012017


  • 113,500 miles
Seat belt warning light comes on when starting car. Called local MINIdealership and was told there was an "extended warranty" for seat mat sensor.

- Spring City, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 052016


  • 90,000 miles


SRS computer and sensors are failing. No accident, no flooding just failing sensors and computer. MINIclaims this is a "maintenance" item, yet there is no documented maintenance protocol for these items. Vehicle has less than 100K miles and air bag system components are failing. Hence we don't know if the system will work or not and the vehicle will not pass our state inspection.

- Lovettsville, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012015


  • miles
Passengers air bag appears off when someone are seat. This evolve a serious safety issue in case of accident.

- Morovis, PR, USA

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problem #2

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 #1

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

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