really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,595 miles

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2010 Mini Cooper electrical problems

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2010 Mini Cooper Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 262016


  • 36,000 miles


While on a recent road trip, passenger airbag warning lamps began to come on intermittently while the seat was occupied. At first, the system seemed to reset when the engine was switched off, but over the course of 2 days, it stopped resetting and the warning lights, as well as the warning tones, would just go on and off spontaneously with the seat occupied. Now the "passenger airbag off" indicator lamp above the rearview mirror, warning lamp near tachometer (area 1 as indicated by MINIowner's manual), and airbag system failure lamp (area 2) are continuously lit when passenger seat is unoccupied. I have not had the system checked by a mechanic yet; currently, the nearest MINIdealership/service center is 202 miles from me. I have noticed that this is very common issue reported here and on several online forums. The timing chain tensioner also failed and had to be replaced in spring of 2015.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 302015


  • 66,568 miles
The contact owns a 2010 MINICooper S. while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle overheated and the temperature gauge warning light illuminated. In addition, smoke and a burning oil odor emitted from under the hood. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the vehicle was serviced, the turn signals and windows failed to operate. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the diagnosis was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,568.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 092015


  • 61,000 miles
I was driving the car for a 300 miles trip, never had an issue before. After stopping in san antonio the fans kept running for at least 15min. Stopped at a conveinience store and topped off coolant which wasnt missing any and checked the oil level and added one quart of oil. Taking on the trip to austin tx, the car was running fine at 70mph when my low oil light came on. Ten seconds later pulled to the side and smoke started coming from the engine. Less than a minute later on the side of the road and fire started blazing throughout the car burning all our belongings.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 082015


  • 143,000 miles


Our 2010 MINICooper drivers side door lock actuator has malfunctioned making it impossible to open the door. This is the second time this has happened to this car (previous was the passenger side). It seems to be a common occurrence in MINIs. this is an extremely serious possibly deadly condition if we were in an accident as rescue/medical personnel could not get us out of the door. Something needs to be done to have BMW/MINIown up to the problem and have a second, mechanical, way to open the door.

- Henderson, MN, USA

problem #2

May 012014


  • 45,000 miles
Radio not working, first the cd player stopped working approximately one month previously. Then the radio started to go in and out of service. Sometimes working and then not working. It has a mind of its own, the replacement cost is $1000. When the incident first started was at about 41,000 miles and when I took it in was 45,000 miles.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 292014

Cooper 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
MINICooper 2010. Starting/stalling issues. Car doesn't start. It happened a couple of months ago as well. Car has been towed 1 and brought to prestige MINIin NJ (car dealer) for service 3 times. After replacing battery and an engine sensor, the problem persist. The car will be towed again today (Jan 30, 2014) for further costly repairs. I have extended warranty and maintenance on this car but even with that, the cost of repairs and towing are not covered. This is a very poor, unreliable car (MINICooper 2010). Responsiveness from prestige MINIis also very poor. Service manager doesn't respond to calls or return voice mails. Very poor service.

- Metuchen, NJ, USA

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