Recalls


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
12V008000BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLCfrom 11/14/2006 to 10/27/2010V (Vehicle)88911ODIBMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC01/11/201201/12/2012
Defect SummaryBmw is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 mini cooper s, 2008-2011 mini cooper s clubman, 2009-2011 mini cooper s convertible, 2009-2011 mini cooper jcw, 2009-2011 mini cooper jcw clubman, 2009-2011 cooper jcw convertible, and 2011 cooper s countryman passenger cars manufactured from november 14, 2006, through january 18, 2011. the electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat.
Consequence SummaryThe circuit board may smolder which could result in a vehicle fire.
Corrective SummaryBmw will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water pump free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during february 2012. owners may contact bmw at 1-866-275-6464.
NotesOwners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
08V657000BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLCfrom 11/18/2006 to 07/08/2008V (Vehicle)2845001/15/2009ODIBMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC12/12/200812/12/2008
Defect SummaryBmw is recalling 28,450 my 2007-2008 mini cooper s vehicles. the centrally located tailpipe extension protrudes slightly beyond the rear bumper. it is possible for inadvertent contact to occur with a person's leg.
Consequence SummaryIf the tailpipe extension is hot during inadvertent contact, a burn could occur.
Corrective SummaryDealers will replace the tailpipe with a new shorter tailpipe free of charge. the recall is expected to begin during january 2009. owners may contact bmw at 1-866-275-6464.
NotesCustomers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .

Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
SIM-17-01-1002/01/201110040741Bmw: engine too hot message is displayed with stored trouble codes. the water pump doesnt power up. *rm09/12/2011
SIM-17-01-1002/01/201110040741Ready09/12/2011
SIM-17-02-0712/01/200710032985Mini: electric cooling fan runs after engine is shut off. after the engine is shut off, the electric cooling fan continues to run. due to the operating strategy of the dme, the electric cooling fan may continue to run after the engine is06/21/2010
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - FAN
SIM-17-02-0712/01/200710032985Mini: electric cooling fan runs after engine is shut off. after the engine is shut off, the electric cooling fan continues to run. due to the operating strategy of the dme, the electric cooling fan may continue to run after the engine is06/21/2010
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
SI-M51-02-1202/01/201210043724Mini: installation of a heat shield for the bonnet intake air grill. *kb04/24/2012
SB-122706/01/201110040664Ready09/07/2011
SB-122706/01/201110040664Bmw service campaign: see document search button for owner letter. there may be a problem with a vapor recovery pump which will cause the service engine soon light to come on. *rm09/07/2011
SIM-13-06-1010/01/201010035884Mini: teileclearing for n14/n18 engine drivability and fuel system. enhanced technical support (teileclearing) process has been developed to help identify the root causes ofcustomer complaints relating to the n14/n18 drivability and fuel03/07/2011
SI-M-11-01-0903/01/200910030669Mini: when replacing the cylinder head cover on a vehicle equipped with the new n14 engine, the cover will look different in appearance. the replacement cover is now equipped with a crankcase ventilation system pressure relief valve. no11/09/2009
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - TURBO-CHARGER
SI-M-11-03-0807/01/200810026767Mini: turbocharger failure; oil supply line blockage. loss of performance and turbocharger noise. *pe12/15/2008
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - OTHER FUEL TYPES - TURBO-CHARGER
SI-M-11-03-0807/01/200810026767Mini: turbocharger failure; oil supply line blockage. loss of performance and turbocharger noise. *pe12/15/2008
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - CRANKCASE (PCV)
SIM-11-07-0811/01/201010037305Bmw: description and specifications of crankcase ventilation system. *rm05/18/2011
SIM-11-07-0811/01/201010037305Ready05/18/2011

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
PE11036BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC10/11/201106/11/2012Engine compartment fire12V166000
 In a january 10, 2012 letter to nhtsa, bmw of north america, llc. (bmw) submitted a defect information report (dir) identifying a defect in the electric auxiliary water pump in approximately 88,911 model year (my) 2007-2011 mini cooper vehicles manufactured from november 14, 2006 through january 18, 2011 (recall 12v-008).according to bmw, the auxiliary water pump on vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder turbocharged engines may overheat.electro-migration can cause the pump electronic circuit board to overheat resulting in smoldering of the water pump. if smoldering occurs, it may lead to an engine compartment or vehicle fire.the pump supplier, pierburg pump technology gmbh, redesigned the pump to address factors that may contribute to circuit board overheating.the redesigned pumps were completely implemented in production vehicles by january 2011.recall 12v-008 was the third recall initiated by bmw to address electric auxiliary water pump fires in vehicles equipped with pierburg pumps.in two october 20, 2011 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted dirs for similar auxiliary water pump defect conditions in approximately 32,084 my 2008-2011 bmw 5-series, 7-series, x5 and x6 models equipped with 8- and 12-cylinder engines and manufactured from may 2008 through december 2010 (recall 11v-521); and for approximately 589 my 2010 rolls-royce ghost vehicles manufactured from september 2009 through september 2010 (recall 11v-522).in three separate april 5, 2012 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted amendments to recalls 11v-521, 11v-522 and 12v-008.the amendments all described a common defect condition related to a manufacturing process deviation in a certain production range of the redesigned pierburg water pumps that could result in cracks in the pump housing, which may allow coolant to enter and contact the pump
PE11036BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC10/11/201106/11/2012Engine compartment fire12V008000
 In a january 10, 2012 letter to nhtsa, bmw of north america, llc. (bmw) submitted a defect information report (dir) identifying a defect in the electric auxiliary water pump in approximately 88,911 model year (my) 2007-2011 mini cooper vehicles manufactured from november 14, 2006 through january 18, 2011 (recall 12v-008).according to bmw, the auxiliary water pump on vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder turbocharged engines may overheat.electro-migration can cause the pump electronic circuit board to overheat resulting in smoldering of the water pump. if smoldering occurs, it may lead to an engine compartment or vehicle fire.the pump supplier, pierburg pump technology gmbh, redesigned the pump to address factors that may contribute to circuit board overheating.the redesigned pumps were completely implemented in production vehicles by january 2011.recall 12v-008 was the third recall initiated by bmw to address electric auxiliary water pump fires in vehicles equipped with pierburg pumps.in two october 20, 2011 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted dirs for similar auxiliary water pump defect conditions in approximately 32,084 my 2008-2011 bmw 5-series, 7-series, x5 and x6 models equipped with 8- and 12-cylinder engines and manufactured from may 2008 through december 2010 (recall 11v-521); and for approximately 589 my 2010 rolls-royce ghost vehicles manufactured from september 2009 through september 2010 (recall 11v-522).in three separate april 5, 2012 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted amendments to recalls 11v-521, 11v-522 and 12v-008.the amendments all described a common defect condition related to a manufacturing process deviation in a certain production range of the redesigned pierburg water pumps that could result in cracks in the pump housing, which may allow coolant to enter and contact the pump
PE11036BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC10/11/201106/11/2012Engine compartment fire12V161000
 In a january 10, 2012 letter to nhtsa, bmw of north america, llc. (bmw) submitted a defect information report (dir) identifying a defect in the electric auxiliary water pump in approximately 88,911 model year (my) 2007-2011 mini cooper vehicles manufactured from november 14, 2006 through january 18, 2011 (recall 12v-008).according to bmw, the auxiliary water pump on vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder turbocharged engines may overheat.electro-migration can cause the pump electronic circuit board to overheat resulting in smoldering of the water pump. if smoldering occurs, it may lead to an engine compartment or vehicle fire.the pump supplier, pierburg pump technology gmbh, redesigned the pump to address factors that may contribute to circuit board overheating.the redesigned pumps were completely implemented in production vehicles by january 2011.recall 12v-008 was the third recall initiated by bmw to address electric auxiliary water pump fires in vehicles equipped with pierburg pumps.in two october 20, 2011 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted dirs for similar auxiliary water pump defect conditions in approximately 32,084 my 2008-2011 bmw 5-series, 7-series, x5 and x6 models equipped with 8- and 12-cylinder engines and manufactured from may 2008 through december 2010 (recall 11v-521); and for approximately 589 my 2010 rolls-royce ghost vehicles manufactured from september 2009 through september 2010 (recall 11v-522).in three separate april 5, 2012 letters to nhtsa, bmw submitted amendments to recalls 11v-521, 11v-522 and 12v-008.the amendments all described a common defect condition related to a manufacturing process deviation in a certain production range of the redesigned pierburg water pumps that could result in cracks in the pump housing, which may allow coolant to enter and contact the pump
PE11036BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC10/11/2011Engine compartment fire
 The office of defects investigation (odi) has received 12 complaints of engine compartment fire in model years 2007 and 2008 mini cooper s vehicles, including 5 alleging engulfing fires resulting in a total vehicle loss.eight complaints alleged fires had occurred while the vehicles were parked with the ignition off.the complaints show an apparent increasing trend with most complaints received within the past year.in addition, odi has reviewed field reports submitted as part of early warning reporting data that relate to the alleged defect.a preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the cause, scope and frequency of the alleged defect.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
EA08020BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC08/29/200801/02/2009EXHAUST PIPE BURNS08V657000
 Bmw will conduct a safety recall (08v-657) on 28,450 mini cooper s vehicles manufactured from november 18, 2006 through july 8, 2008.dealers will install modified exhaust pipe tips that do not extend beyond the rear bumper.the two exhaust pipe tips of the subject vehicles exit the underside of the vehicle at the center of the vehicle and extend beyond the rear bumper.the complainants reported being burned on their legs when they inadvertently touched the exposed hot exhaust pipe tips while removing items of cargo from the rear of their vehicle via the hatch back door.some complainants reported being burned on more than one occasion or that other family members were also burned.the 50 injuries reported in this investigation include significant second degree burns causing blistered and scared skin and one incident resulted in a third degree burn.this investigation also resulted in an initial decision of a defect.for information regarding the initial decision and details of the investigation see documents, inrm-ea08020-31646.pdf (initial decision letter) and inir-ea08020-31648.pdf (initial decision report), in the investigation file.this investigation is closed.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
04/02/201255000
 My mini cooper s has less than 60000 miles on it with proper maintenance and has had failure of the friction wheel (aka timing chain or tensioner system). the first signs of the issue are a very loud, rattling noise during acceleration and as the problem gets worse, it continues to rattle during idling. the mini corporation is very aware of this problem and while the dealership itself worked with me to lower the cost because they say it happens frequently even with proper maintenance on the car and while the vehicle is still under warranty, the corporation wouldn't acknowledge or help with the cost to fix it. also, if the problem isn't fixed immediately, it will lead to a blown engine. furthermore, i have read that several mini owners have replaced the friction wheel only to have the same problem reappear not long afterwards. this is an issue of faulty manufacturing and mini needs to stand up and absorb the cost to fix it and/or recall the minis affected to ensure it no longer happens.
04/02/201255000
 My mini cooper s has less than 60000 miles on it with proper maintenance and has had failure of the friction wheel (aka timing chain or tensioner system). the first signs of the issue are a very loud, rattling noise during acceleration and as the problem gets worse, it continues to rattle during idling. the mini corporation is very aware of this problem and while the dealership itself worked with me to lower the cost because they say it happens frequently even with proper maintenance on the car and while the vehicle is still under warranty, the corporation wouldn't acknowledge or help with the cost to fix it. also, if the problem isn't fixed immediately, it will lead to a blown engine. furthermore, i have read that several mini owners have replaced the friction wheel only to have the same problem reappear not long afterwards. this is an issue of faulty manufacturing and mini needs to stand up and absorb the cost to fix it and/or recall the minis affected to ensure it no longer happens.
04/02/201255000
 My mini cooper s has less than 60000 miles on it with proper maintenance and has had failure of the friction wheel (aka timing chain or tensioner system). the first signs of the issue are a very loud, rattling noise during acceleration and as the problem gets worse, it continues to rattle during idling. the mini corporation is very aware of this problem and while the dealership itself worked with me to lower the cost because they say it happens frequently even with proper maintenance on the car and while the vehicle is still under warranty, the corporation wouldn't acknowledge or help with the cost to fix it. also, if the problem isn't fixed immediately, it will lead to a blown engine. furthermore, i have read that several mini owners have replaced the friction wheel only to have the same problem reappear not long afterwards. this is an issue of faulty manufacturing and mini needs to stand up and absorb the cost to fix it and/or recall the minis affected to ensure it no longer happens.
04/02/201255000
 My mini cooper s has less than 60000 miles on it with proper maintenance and has had failure of the friction wheel (aka timing chain or tensioner system). the first signs of the issue are a very loud, rattling noise during acceleration and as the problem gets worse, it continues to rattle during idling. the mini corporation is very aware of this problem and while the dealership itself worked with me to lower the cost because they say it happens frequently even with proper maintenance on the car and while the vehicle is still under warranty, the corporation wouldn't acknowledge or help with the cost to fix it. also, if the problem isn't fixed immediately, it will lead to a blown engine. furthermore, i have read that several mini owners have replaced the friction wheel only to have the same problem reappear not long afterwards. this is an issue of faulty manufacturing and mini needs to stand up and absorb the cost to fix it and/or recall the minis affected to ensure it no longer happens.
04/02/201255000
 My mini cooper s has less than 60000 miles on it with proper maintenance and has had failure of the friction wheel (aka timing chain or tensioner system). the first signs of the issue are a very loud, rattling noise during acceleration and as the problem gets worse, it continues to rattle during idling. the mini corporation is very aware of this problem and while the dealership itself worked with me to lower the cost because they say it happens frequently even with proper maintenance on the car and while the vehicle is still under warranty, the corporation wouldn't acknowledge or help with the cost to fix it. also, if the problem isn't fixed immediately, it will lead to a blown engine. furthermore, i have read that several mini owners have replaced the friction wheel only to have the same problem reappear not long afterwards. this is an issue of faulty manufacturing and mini needs to stand up and absorb the cost to fix it and/or recall the minis affected to ensure it no longer happens.
04/09/201250000
 Timing belt and tentioner needs to be replaced, has broken guides and causes very loud diesel sounds. only 50,000 miles on the car. oil leak in oil line going to turbo.
04/09/201250000
 Timing belt and tentioner needs to be replaced, has broken guides and causes very loud diesel sounds. only 50,000 miles on the car. oil leak in oil line going to turbo.
04/09/201250000
 Timing belt and tentioner needs to be replaced, has broken guides and causes very loud diesel sounds. only 50,000 miles on the car. oil leak in oil line going to turbo.
04/09/201250000
 Timing belt and tentioner needs to be replaced, has broken guides and causes very loud diesel sounds. only 50,000 miles on the car. oil leak in oil line going to turbo.
03/16/201259302
 Vehicle makes a loud noise from the engine compartment at cold start, dealer informed me it's the timing chain and tensioner, total cost about $1950.00. dealer informed me it's a common problem but there is no recall from mini usa
03/16/201259302
 Vehicle makes a loud noise from the engine compartment at cold start, dealer informed me it's the timing chain and tensioner, total cost about $1950.00. dealer informed me it's a common problem but there is no recall from mini usa
03/16/201259302
 Vehicle makes a loud noise from the engine compartment at cold start, dealer informed me it's the timing chain and tensioner, total cost about $1950.00. dealer informed me it's a common problem but there is no recall from mini usa
03/16/201259302
 Vehicle makes a loud noise from the engine compartment at cold start, dealer informed me it's the timing chain and tensioner, total cost about $1950.00. dealer informed me it's a common problem but there is no recall from mini usa
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
08/18/201158000
 Tensioner allowed timing chain to slap the chain guard, such that pieces of the chain guard eventually got caught in the timing chain and the car was off time and off camber. pieces of the chain guard were spread throughout the valve housing. replaced tensioner and whole timing chain assembly. 2nd tensioner lasted only 3 weeks. am on my 3rd tensioner and holding my breath.
10/12/201152000
 Engine developed a knocking, rattling sound which grew louder over time. the local mini dealership diagnosed a timing chain glide and tensioner failure. replaced the entire assembly. was told mini realized the glides were inferior and was now using upgraded glides in the replacement kits. when asked if this shouldn't be a warranty replacement since it could lead to total engine failure, was told this was up to mini-usa, not the dealer. this is also a safety issue if the timing chain breaks while driving, seizing the engine, and leading to loss of control of the vehicle.
08/18/201158000
 Tensioner allowed timing chain to slap the chain guard, such that pieces of the chain guard eventually got caught in the timing chain and the car was off time and off camber. pieces of the chain guard were spread throughout the valve housing. replaced tensioner and whole timing chain assembly. 2nd tensioner lasted only 3 weeks. am on my 3rd tensioner and holding my breath.
08/18/201158000
 Tensioner allowed timing chain to slap the chain guard, such that pieces of the chain guard eventually got caught in the timing chain and the car was off time and off camber. pieces of the chain guard were spread throughout the valve housing. replaced tensioner and whole timing chain assembly. 2nd tensioner lasted only 3 weeks. am on my 3rd tensioner and holding my breath.
08/18/201158000
 Tensioner allowed timing chain to slap the chain guard, such that pieces of the chain guard eventually got caught in the timing chain and the car was off time and off camber. pieces of the chain guard were spread throughout the valve housing. replaced tensioner and whole timing chain assembly. 2nd tensioner lasted only 3 weeks. am on my 3rd tensioner and holding my breath.
02/06/201228300
 My 2008 mini cooper s (with 28,300 miles) has experienced diesel sounding engine problems coming from the engine. i looked this up on the internet to find this was a tensioner or timing belt issue with the car. almost 600 people have used this site: http://www.minicooperspeed.com/mini-cooper-cold-start-knocking-noise-issue-2007/ to share their experinces about this problem. this is a formal request to please request action on bmw's part to rectify this timing belt situation. the owners of these cars should not and can not be forced to pay for this engine problem of such a new car. a recall needs to be issued, and bmw needs to come up with a permanent fix.
02/06/201228300
 My 2008 mini cooper s (with 28,300 miles) has experienced diesel sounding engine problems coming from the engine. i looked this up on the internet to find this was a tensioner or timing belt issue with the car. almost 600 people have used this site: http://www.minicooperspeed.com/mini-cooper-cold-start-knocking-noise-issue-2007/ to share their experinces about this problem. this is a formal request to please request action on bmw's part to rectify this timing belt situation. the owners of these cars should not and can not be forced to pay for this engine problem of such a new car. a recall needs to be issued, and bmw needs to come up with a permanent fix.
02/06/201228300
 My 2008 mini cooper s (with 28,300 miles) has experienced diesel sounding engine problems coming from the engine. i looked this up on the internet to find this was a tensioner or timing belt issue with the car. almost 600 people have used this site: http://www.minicooperspeed.com/mini-cooper-cold-start-knocking-noise-issue-2007/ to share their experinces about this problem. this is a formal request to please request action on bmw's part to rectify this timing belt situation. the owners of these cars should not and can not be forced to pay for this engine problem of such a new car. a recall needs to be issued, and bmw needs to come up with a permanent fix.
01/27/201261838
 Turbocharger needs to be replaced and the dealer wanted to charge me $3,700. but the cause of my turbocharger needing to be replaced was the cause of my auxiliary water pump - thermostat housing going out in 04/12/11 which caused the turbocharger to overheat and become damaged. i reminded the dealer about the water pump being replaced so they contacted mini usa and it took them 2 weeks for the dealer and mini usa to cover the replacing of the turbocharger under warranty. even though they replaced the water pump back in april 2011, the current feb 2012 recall for the auxiliary water pump is being replaced concurrently with the turbocharger. these are the 3 complaints on my car in less than a year: 04/12/11 - water pump replaced under warranty. 10/20/11 timing chain replaced and cost me $2,239. and now 01/27/12 they wanted to charge me another $3,700 for the turbocharger. who pays almost $6,000 in repairs on a car that is 3 years old?
10/20/201157803
 Loud knocking noise upon starting the car. it was very loud so i took it to the dealer. a metal piece from the housing for the timing chain broke off and caused damage that cost $2239 to repair. the service rep seemed to know about this problem. i asked the service rep for my old parts which i have kept and upon inspection the parts looked good (timing chain and tensioners (plastic parts). the flaw is in the design, a one inch little metal piece that cannot support the vibration of the timing chain broke off and caused all the damage. i've read multiple complaints on this site regarding timing chain problems on s models, this should be a recall.
04/12/201149492
 Water pump melted - thermostat housing replaced at 49,492 miles. my engine light lit up yellow and by the time i arrived at work it was red. i tried pouring coolant and it just spilled out onto the ground. i took it to mini to get it serviced and they said the heat from my engine caused the thermostat housing to melt and was replaced under warranty. they replaced it with a new pump but not with the one that is now the february 2012 recall that mini is doing on all 2007 - 2011 s models for (the electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat). see next complaint from 01/27/12, as the cause of the old faulty water pump this has now caused my turbocharger to go out and mini tried to charge me $3,700 to replace it. but i reminded them that my water pump was previously defective and that has caused the current problem with the turbocharger and now they are replacing it under warranty along with replacing the recalled electric auxiliary water pump.
01/04/201223455
 When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. there is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. bmw needs to do something about it.
01/04/201223455
 When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. there is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. bmw needs to do something about it.
01/04/201223455
 When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. there is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. bmw needs to do something about it.
01/04/201223455
 When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. there is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. bmw needs to do something about it.
01/04/201223455
 When the car is started cold in the morning with an ambient temperature of around 37degrees f. there is a rattle in the engine compartment somewhat similar to a diesel engine rattle but louder. could be a timing chain problem that will destroy the engine eventually. bmw needs to do something about it.
11/25/201144000
 I drove less than a mile and smoke started coming out of the engine. the turbocharger was leaking oil onto the engine, which almost caused the car to catch on fire.
11/25/201144000
 I drove less than a mile and smoke started coming out of the engine. the turbocharger was leaking oil onto the engine, which almost caused the car to catch on fire.
11/25/201144000
 I drove less than a mile and smoke started coming out of the engine. the turbocharger was leaking oil onto the engine, which almost caused the car to catch on fire.
11/25/201144000
 I drove less than a mile and smoke started coming out of the engine. the turbocharger was leaking oil onto the engine, which almost caused the car to catch on fire.
11/25/201144000
 I drove less than a mile and smoke started coming out of the engine. the turbocharger was leaking oil onto the engine, which almost caused the car to catch on fire.
09/09/201137136
 The vehicle was driven approximately 1 mile, then stopped at a gas station to add air to a low tire. while the car was idling, white smoke came from the engine, followed by dark smoke. when the hood was opened, we saw a small flame coming from inside the front of the engine. we ran to get a fire extinguisher from the gas station attendant; by the time we returned, flames were visibly shooting up out of the engine. we were able to extinguish the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher. there were no injuries and the fire department was not called. the vehicle was towed to the nearest mini dealer. the service attendant declared that he had no experience with any engine fires in his tenure with mini. after an investigation (pictures taken by service and emailed to mini corporate), the auxiliary water pump was found to be the source. it was replaced, along with a number of connectors and hoses, and the engine was cleaned of fire extinguisher powder. when i asked several times about this problem, the only answer i received was that this staffer had never heard of a car fire like this in his time (3 years) at mini.
09/09/201137136
 The vehicle was driven approximately 1 mile, then stopped at a gas station to add air to a low tire. while the car was idling, white smoke came from the engine, followed by dark smoke. when the hood was opened, we saw a small flame coming from inside the front of the engine. we ran to get a fire extinguisher from the gas station attendant; by the time we returned, flames were visibly shooting up out of the engine. we were able to extinguish the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher. there were no injuries and the fire department was not called. the vehicle was towed to the nearest mini dealer. the service attendant declared that he had no experience with any engine fires in his tenure with mini. after an investigation (pictures taken by service and emailed to mini corporate), the auxiliary water pump was found to be the source. it was replaced, along with a number of connectors and hoses, and the engine was cleaned of fire extinguisher powder. when i asked several times about this problem, the only answer i received was that this staffer had never heard of a car fire like this in his time (3 years) at mini.
09/09/201137136
 The vehicle was driven approximately 1 mile, then stopped at a gas station to add air to a low tire. while the car was idling, white smoke came from the engine, followed by dark smoke. when the hood was opened, we saw a small flame coming from inside the front of the engine. we ran to get a fire extinguisher from the gas station attendant; by the time we returned, flames were visibly shooting up out of the engine. we were able to extinguish the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher. there were no injuries and the fire department was not called. the vehicle was towed to the nearest mini dealer. the service attendant declared that he had no experience with any engine fires in his tenure with mini. after an investigation (pictures taken by service and emailed to mini corporate), the auxiliary water pump was found to be the source. it was replaced, along with a number of connectors and hoses, and the engine was cleaned of fire extinguisher powder. when i asked several times about this problem, the only answer i received was that this staffer had never heard of a car fire like this in his time (3 years) at mini.
09/09/201137136
 The vehicle was driven approximately 1 mile, then stopped at a gas station to add air to a low tire. while the car was idling, white smoke came from the engine, followed by dark smoke. when the hood was opened, we saw a small flame coming from inside the front of the engine. we ran to get a fire extinguisher from the gas station attendant; by the time we returned, flames were visibly shooting up out of the engine. we were able to extinguish the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher. there were no injuries and the fire department was not called. the vehicle was towed to the nearest mini dealer. the service attendant declared that he had no experience with any engine fires in his tenure with mini. after an investigation (pictures taken by service and emailed to mini corporate), the auxiliary water pump was found to be the source. it was replaced, along with a number of connectors and hoses, and the engine was cleaned of fire extinguisher powder. when i asked several times about this problem, the only answer i received was that this staffer had never heard of a car fire like this in his time (3 years) at mini.
09/22/200828000
 I bought car new in nov 2007. car was used as transportation every day to and from work (~100 mi total). car was well cared for, service was performed as required, etc. in sept 2008 after sitting undriven for 10 days while i was away on vacation, i drove 50 mi to work and there were no signs of trouble except that an indicator for a blown headlamp came on when i initially started up. when i arrived at work and pulled into a parking space i noticed wisps of smoke coming from the grill and intake and suspected overheating. i peered into the intake and saw glowing orange, and smelled the smoke and realized this was a fire not an overheating. i had a colleague call 911 and grabbed a fire extinguisher. when i got back to the car smoke was pouring out of the hood. not wanting to open the hood i aimed the fire extinguisher into the grill, intake, and gaps but it didn't do much. at that point i grabbed valuables from car and walked away. flames began coming out of the hood over the windshield. car was completely engulfed within 10 minutes. there were no injuries or property damage except for the car itself. insurance declared it a total loss. mini was notified. i have photos of in-progress and aftermath. having seen the recent publicity about the investigation into the engine fires i thought i should log my very relevant experience.
09/22/200828000
 I bought car new in nov 2007. car was used as transportation every day to and from work (~100 mi total). car was well cared for, service was performed as required, etc. in sept 2008 after sitting undriven for 10 days while i was away on vacation, i drove 50 mi to work and there were no signs of trouble except that an indicator for a blown headlamp came on when i initially started up. when i arrived at work and pulled into a parking space i noticed wisps of smoke coming from the grill and intake and suspected overheating. i peered into the intake and saw glowing orange, and smelled the smoke and realized this was a fire not an overheating. i had a colleague call 911 and grabbed a fire extinguisher. when i got back to the car smoke was pouring out of the hood. not wanting to open the hood i aimed the fire extinguisher into the grill, intake, and gaps but it didn't do much. at that point i grabbed valuables from car and walked away. flames began coming out of the hood over the windshield. car was completely engulfed within 10 minutes. there were no injuries or property damage except for the car itself. insurance declared it a total loss. mini was notified. i have photos of in-progress and aftermath. having seen the recent publicity about the investigation into the engine fires i thought i should log my very relevant experience.
08/15/201157893
 On august 15, 2011, i drove my vehicle to work as i do every morning. on the way, i stopped for gas. after filling up the vehicle would not start. it should also be noted that the engine was very, very hot and the coolant overflow tank was overflowing. the car was towed to the closest dealership and, after investigating, it was determined that the engine was starved of oil, had seized, and would need to be completely replaced. this vehicle has always received regular scheduled maintenance since it was purchased new from mini in 2008. the last service was performed by the dealership on a leaking oil pan gasket. furthermore, there had been no warning signals whatsoever that the engine was in danger.
09/22/200828000
 I bought car new in nov 2007. car was used as transportation every day to and from work (~100 mi total). car was well cared for, service was performed as required, etc. in sept 2008 after sitting undriven for 10 days while i was away on vacation, i drove 50 mi to work and there were no signs of trouble except that an indicator for a blown headlamp came on when i initially started up. when i arrived at work and pulled into a parking space i noticed wisps of smoke coming from the grill and intake and suspected overheating. i peered into the intake and saw glowing orange, and smelled the smoke and realized this was a fire not an overheating. i had a colleague call 911 and grabbed a fire extinguisher. when i got back to the car smoke was pouring out of the hood. not wanting to open the hood i aimed the fire extinguisher into the grill, intake, and gaps but it didn't do much. at that point i grabbed valuables from car and walked away. flames began coming out of the hood over the windshield. car was completely engulfed within 10 minutes. there were no injuries or property damage except for the car itself. insurance declared it a total loss. mini was notified. i have photos of in-progress and aftermath. having seen the recent publicity about the investigation into the engine fires i thought i should log my very relevant experience.
08/15/201157893
 On august 15, 2011, i drove my vehicle to work as i do every morning. on the way, i stopped for gas. after filling up the vehicle would not start. it should also be noted that the engine was very, very hot and the coolant overflow tank was overflowing. the car was towed to the closest dealership and, after investigating, it was determined that the engine was starved of oil, had seized, and would need to be completely replaced. this vehicle has always received regular scheduled maintenance since it was purchased new from mini in 2008. the last service was performed by the dealership on a leaking oil pan gasket. furthermore, there had been no warning signals whatsoever that the engine was in danger.
09/22/200828000
 I bought car new in nov 2007. car was used as transportation every day to and from work (~100 mi total). car was well cared for, service was performed as required, etc. in sept 2008 after sitting undriven for 10 days while i was away on vacation, i drove 50 mi to work and there were no signs of trouble except that an indicator for a blown headlamp came on when i initially started up. when i arrived at work and pulled into a parking space i noticed wisps of smoke coming from the grill and intake and suspected overheating. i peered into the intake and saw glowing orange, and smelled the smoke and realized this was a fire not an overheating. i had a colleague call 911 and grabbed a fire extinguisher. when i got back to the car smoke was pouring out of the hood. not wanting to open the hood i aimed the fire extinguisher into the grill, intake, and gaps but it didn't do much. at that point i grabbed valuables from car and walked away. flames began coming out of the hood over the windshield. car was completely engulfed within 10 minutes. there were no injuries or property damage except for the car itself. insurance declared it a total loss. mini was notified. i have photos of in-progress and aftermath. having seen the recent publicity about the investigation into the engine fires i thought i should log my very relevant experience.
08/15/201157893
 On august 15, 2011, i drove my vehicle to work as i do every morning. on the way, i stopped for gas. after filling up the vehicle would not start. it should also be noted that the engine was very, very hot and the coolant overflow tank was overflowing. the car was towed to the closest dealership and, after investigating, it was determined that the engine was starved of oil, had seized, and would need to be completely replaced. this vehicle has always received regular scheduled maintenance since it was purchased new from mini in 2008. the last service was performed by the dealership on a leaking oil pan gasket. furthermore, there had been no warning signals whatsoever that the engine was in danger.
08/15/201157893
 On august 15, 2011, i drove my vehicle to work as i do every morning. on the way, i stopped for gas. after filling up the vehicle would not start. it should also be noted that the engine was very, very hot and the coolant overflow tank was overflowing. the car was towed to the closest dealership and, after investigating, it was determined that the engine was starved of oil, had seized, and would need to be completely replaced. this vehicle has always received regular scheduled maintenance since it was purchased new from mini in 2008. the last service was performed by the dealership on a leaking oil pan gasket. furthermore, there had been no warning signals whatsoever that the engine was in danger.
08/15/201157893
 On august 15, 2011, i drove my vehicle to work as i do every morning. on the way, i stopped for gas. after filling up the vehicle would not start. it should also be noted that the engine was very, very hot and the coolant overflow tank was overflowing. the car was towed to the closest dealership and, after investigating, it was determined that the engine was starved of oil, had seized, and would need to be completely replaced. this vehicle has always received regular scheduled maintenance since it was purchased new from mini in 2008. the last service was performed by the dealership on a leaking oil pan gasket. furthermore, there had been no warning signals whatsoever that the engine was in danger.
09/16/201155000
 Housing for the timing chain came loose and caused damage that will cost $1800 to repair. the service guy knew exactly what the problem was. he said he has been seeing a lot of them in the past two years and its a 10 hour job. while i was signing for the loaner, someone else was on the phone saying they replaced the timing chain on another car. this appears to be a design flaw where mini is making a ton of money on repairs. the service guy also said, it appears to be a problem with the housing, because once we replace it they never have the problem again. and i some fo the cars had this done two years ago.
09/16/201155000
 Housing for the timing chain came loose and caused damage that will cost $1800 to repair. the service guy knew exactly what the problem was. he said he has been seeing a lot of them in the past two years and its a 10 hour job. while i was signing for the loaner, someone else was on the phone saying they replaced the timing chain on another car. this appears to be a design flaw where mini is making a ton of money on repairs. the service guy also said, it appears to be a problem with the housing, because once we replace it they never have the problem again. and i some fo the cars had this done two years ago.
09/16/201155000
 Housing for the timing chain came loose and caused damage that will cost $1800 to repair. the service guy knew exactly what the problem was. he said he has been seeing a lot of them in the past two years and its a 10 hour job. while i was signing for the loaner, someone else was on the phone saying they replaced the timing chain on another car. this appears to be a design flaw where mini is making a ton of money on repairs. the service guy also said, it appears to be a problem with the housing, because once we replace it they never have the problem again. and i some fo the cars had this done two years ago.
09/16/201155000
 Housing for the timing chain came loose and caused damage that will cost $1800 to repair. the service guy knew exactly what the problem was. he said he has been seeing a lot of them in the past two years and its a 10 hour job. while i was signing for the loaner, someone else was on the phone saying they replaced the timing chain on another car. this appears to be a design flaw where mini is making a ton of money on repairs. the service guy also said, it appears to be a problem with the housing, because once we replace it they never have the problem again. and i some fo the cars had this done two years ago.
09/16/201155000
 Housing for the timing chain came loose and caused damage that will cost $1800 to repair. the service guy knew exactly what the problem was. he said he has been seeing a lot of them in the past two years and its a 10 hour job. while i was signing for the loaner, someone else was on the phone saying they replaced the timing chain on another car. this appears to be a design flaw where mini is making a ton of money on repairs. the service guy also said, it appears to be a problem with the housing, because once we replace it they never have the problem again. and i some fo the cars had this done two years ago.
01/25/201120000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. the vehicle was towed to a dealer who advised him that the timing belt tensioners needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. a few days later he heard a noise coming in the engine after the vehicle was repaired. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. the failure mileage was approximately 20,000.
01/25/201120000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. the vehicle was towed to a dealer who advised him that the timing belt tensioners needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired. a few days later he heard a noise coming in the engine after the vehicle was repaired. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer who advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. the failure mileage was approximately 20,000.
01/25/201120000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph when the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. the vehicle was then towed to a dealer and they advised him that the timing belt tensioners needed to be replaced. the vehicle was repaired for the tensioners. a few days later he started to notice a noise coming from the engine after the repairs. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer and hey advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. the failure mileage was approximately 20,000. tb
02/26/2011110000
 2008 mini cooper s - engine failure due to faulty vacuum pump. while driving my well maintained 2008 mini cooper s under normal driving conditions, the engine issued a loud, brief metallic noise and stopped running. the engine was still turning, but was not running. had the car towed home. upon inspection of the valve train, by removal of valve cover, the exhaust cam gear was sheared off and several valves had been bent. the exhaust cam would not turn. further research into the matter indicates a failed vacuum pump caused the exhaust cam to lock-up and shear off the cam sprocket bolt. the pistons then impacted the valves causing severe internal engine damage. this car also fell victim to the cold start issue and had the valve train replaced at 60,000 miles. mini has indicated that since the warranty period has expired, they will not assist in the repair. i suggest this issue should result in a product recall of all r56 equipped mini vehicles for replacement of the vacuum pump. this issue is well documented on the internet, and bmw is aware of the problem. this is evidenced by the procedure executed to repair the cold start issue includes a step to remove and inspect the vacuum pump for binding.
02/26/2011110000
 2008 mini cooper s - engine failure due to faulty vacuum pump. while driving my well maintained 2008 mini cooper s under normal driving conditions, the engine issued a loud, brief metallic noise and stopped running. the engine was still turning, but was not running. had the car towed home. upon inspection of the valve train, by removal of valve cover, the exhaust cam gear was sheared off and several valves had been bent. the exhaust cam would not turn. further research into the matter indicates a failed vacuum pump caused the exhaust cam to lock-up and shear off the cam sprocket bolt. the pistons then impacted the valves causing severe internal engine damage. this car also fell victim to the cold start issue and had the valve train replaced at 60,000 miles. mini has indicated that since the warranty period has expired, they will not assist in the repair. i suggest this issue should result in a product recall of all r56 equipped mini vehicles for replacement of the vacuum pump. this issue is well documented on the internet, and bmw is aware of the problem. this is evidenced by the procedure executed to repair the cold start issue includes a step to remove and inspect the vacuum pump for binding.
02/26/2011110000
 2008 mini cooper s - engine failure due to faulty vacuum pump. while driving my well maintained 2008 mini cooper s under normal driving conditions, the engine issued a loud, brief metallic noise and stopped running. the engine was still turning, but was not running. had the car towed home. upon inspection of the valve train, by removal of valve cover, the exhaust cam gear was sheared off and several valves had been bent. the exhaust cam would not turn. further research into the matter indicates a failed vacuum pump caused the exhaust cam to lock-up and shear off the cam sprocket bolt. the pistons then impacted the valves causing severe internal engine damage. this car also fell victim to the cold start issue and had the valve train replaced at 60,000 miles. mini has indicated that since the warranty period has expired, they will not assist in the repair. i suggest this issue should result in a product recall of all r56 equipped mini vehicles for replacement of the vacuum pump. this issue is well documented on the internet, and bmw is aware of the problem. this is evidenced by the procedure executed to repair the cold start issue includes a step to remove and inspect the vacuum pump for binding.
02/26/2011110000
 2008 mini cooper s - engine failure due to faulty vacuum pump. while driving my well maintained 2008 mini cooper s under normal driving conditions, the engine issued a loud, brief metallic noise and stopped running. the engine was still turning, but was not running. had the car towed home. upon inspection of the valve train, by removal of valve cover, the exhaust cam gear was sheared off and several valves had been bent. the exhaust cam would not turn. further research into the matter indicates a failed vacuum pump caused the exhaust cam to lock-up and shear off the cam sprocket bolt. the pistons then impacted the valves causing severe internal engine damage. this car also fell victim to the cold start issue and had the valve train replaced at 60,000 miles. mini has indicated that since the warranty period has expired, they will not assist in the repair. i suggest this issue should result in a product recall of all r56 equipped mini vehicles for replacement of the vacuum pump. this issue is well documented on the internet, and bmw is aware of the problem. this is evidenced by the procedure executed to repair the cold start issue includes a step to remove and inspect the vacuum pump for binding.
02/26/2011110000
 2008 mini cooper s - engine failure due to faulty vacuum pump. while driving my well maintained 2008 mini cooper s under normal driving conditions, the engine issued a loud, brief metallic noise and stopped running. the engine was still turning, but was not running. had the car towed home. upon inspection of the valve train, by removal of valve cover, the exhaust cam gear was sheared off and several valves had been bent. the exhaust cam would not turn. further research into the matter indicates a failed vacuum pump caused the exhaust cam to lock-up and shear off the cam sprocket bolt. the pistons then impacted the valves causing severe internal engine damage. this car also fell victim to the cold start issue and had the valve train replaced at 60,000 miles. mini has indicated that since the warranty period has expired, they will not assist in the repair. i suggest this issue should result in a product recall of all r56 equipped mini vehicles for replacement of the vacuum pump. this issue is well documented on the internet, and bmw is aware of the problem. this is evidenced by the procedure executed to repair the cold start issue includes a step to remove and inspect the vacuum pump for binding.
05/05/201175564
 I have 2008 mini cooper s, i have been having problems with it even the first year i had bought the car. it was still under warranty and they were able to fix the problems. but lately, three years later there was a loud rattling noise in the engine. i have brought it to a mechanic and was told to bring it to the bmw dealer because of the timing chain defects that may lead to engine damage. the car is no longer under warranty, and the dealer will not fix the car free of charge.
05/05/201175564
 I have 2008 mini cooper s, i have been having problems with it even the first year i had bought the car. it was still under warranty and they were able to fix the problems. but lately, three years later there was a loud rattling noise in the engine. i have brought it to a mechanic and was told to bring it to the bmw dealer because of the timing chain defects that may lead to engine damage. the car is no longer under warranty, and the dealer will not fix the car free of charge.
05/05/201175564
 I have 2008 mini cooper s, i have been having problems with it even the first year i had bought the car. it was still under warranty and they were able to fix the problems. but lately, three years later there was a loud rattling noise in the engine. i have brought it to a mechanic and was told to bring it to the bmw dealer because of the timing chain defects that may lead to engine damage. the car is no longer under warranty, and the dealer will not fix the car free of charge.
05/05/201175564
 I have 2008 mini cooper s, i have been having problems with it even the first year i had bought the car. it was still under warranty and they were able to fix the problems. but lately, three years later there was a loud rattling noise in the engine. i have brought it to a mechanic and was told to bring it to the bmw dealer because of the timing chain defects that may lead to engine damage. the car is no longer under warranty, and the dealer will not fix the car free of charge.
05/05/201175564
 I have 2008 mini cooper s, i have been having problems with it even the first year i had bought the car. it was still under warranty and they were able to fix the problems. but lately, three years later there was a loud rattling noise in the engine. i have brought it to a mechanic and was told to bring it to the bmw dealer because of the timing chain defects that may lead to engine damage. the car is no longer under warranty, and the dealer will not fix the car free of charge.
02/28/201127000
 1. hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. this could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. timing chain rattle during cold start. car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.
02/28/201127000
 1. hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. this could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. timing chain rattle during cold start. car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.
02/28/201127000
 1. hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. this could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. timing chain rattle during cold start. car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.
02/28/201127000
 1. hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. this could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. timing chain rattle during cold start. car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.
02/28/201127000
 1. hesitation during acceleration; this may be due to carbon build up. car will lurch and stumble when trying to accelerate. this could be a dangerous problem when changing lanes or getting up to speed when merging. 2. timing chain rattle during cold start. car sounds like the timing chain is hitting metal when cold. dealer claims this is normal, but the metal on metal noise sounds like it could cause excess play to develop and possibly cause engine failure.
05/01/200925000
 2008 mini cooper s engine knocking
05/01/200925000
 2008 mini cooper s engine knocking
05/01/200925000
 2008 mini cooper s engine knocking
05/01/200925000
 2008 mini cooper s engine knocking
05/01/200925000
 2008 mini cooper s engine knocking
12/13/20108900
 2008 mini cooper s. no engine modification. loud knocking noise on start up and continues for about 5 mins of driving and then goes away. mile is under 8900 miles.
12/13/20108900
 2008 mini cooper s. no engine modification. loud knocking noise on start up and continues for about 5 mins of driving and then goes away. mile is under 8900 miles.
12/13/20108900
 2008 mini cooper s. no engine modification. loud knocking noise on start up and continues for about 5 mins of driving and then goes away. mile is under 8900 miles.
12/13/20108900
 2008 mini cooper s. no engine modification. loud knocking noise on start up and continues for about 5 mins of driving and then goes away. mile is under 8900 miles.
10/22/201029300
 When starting the car cold (first thing in the morning or after it has been off for a long time), the engine makes a loud rattling noise sort of like a tractor noise when accelerating. it goes away after a couple of minutes of continuous driving, but sometimes when turning and accelerating at the same time, it also makes the same noise.
10/22/201029300
 When starting the car cold (first thing in the morning or after it has been off for a long time), the engine makes a loud rattling noise sort of like a tractor noise when accelerating. it goes away after a couple of minutes of continuous driving, but sometimes when turning and accelerating at the same time, it also makes the same noise.
10/22/201029300
 When starting the car cold (first thing in the morning or after it has been off for a long time), the engine makes a loud rattling noise sort of like a tractor noise when accelerating. it goes away after a couple of minutes of continuous driving, but sometimes when turning and accelerating at the same time, it also makes the same noise.
11/11/201059000
 Noticed a strange sound, almost like wheel bearings were grinding. on november 11, 2010, when starting the vehicle, check engine light came on, and engine did not seem to have as much power as it should. took to the mini dealership and they said the engine light was on because the turbo was damaged. apparently the oil supply hose to the turbo was either blocked or cut, and was not providing oil to the turbo. as a result of the lack of oil, the bearings in the turbo were ruined. had to replace the entire turbo. after the turbo was replaced we were told the timing chain was going bad. was told the timing chain, tensioners, and guides needed to be replaced. i've read where the timing chain has been a continuing problem with mini coopers, and that, if fixed, it will go bad again and could cause a severe engine problem, resulting in failure. i also wonder if the timing chain is already damaged enough to cause the oil supply hose to the turbo to be damaged.
10/22/201029300
 When starting the car cold (first thing in the morning or after it has been off for a long time), the engine makes a loud rattling noise sort of like a tractor noise when accelerating. it goes away after a couple of minutes of continuous driving, but sometimes when turning and accelerating at the same time, it also makes the same noise.
11/11/201059000
 Noticed a strange sound, almost like wheel bearings were grinding. on november 11, 2010, when starting the vehicle, check engine light came on, and engine did not seem to have as much power as it should. took to the mini dealership and they said the engine light was on because the turbo was damaged. apparently the oil supply hose to the turbo was either blocked or cut, and was not providing oil to the turbo. as a result of the lack of oil, the bearings in the turbo were ruined. had to replace the entire turbo. after the turbo was replaced we were told the timing chain was going bad. was told the timing chain, tensioners, and guides needed to be replaced. i've read where the timing chain has been a continuing problem with mini coopers, and that, if fixed, it will go bad again and could cause a severe engine problem, resulting in failure. i also wonder if the timing chain is already damaged enough to cause the oil supply hose to the turbo to be damaged.
10/22/201029300
 When starting the car cold (first thing in the morning or after it has been off for a long time), the engine makes a loud rattling noise sort of like a tractor noise when accelerating. it goes away after a couple of minutes of continuous driving, but sometimes when turning and accelerating at the same time, it also makes the same noise.
11/11/201059000
 Noticed a strange sound, almost like wheel bearings were grinding. on november 11, 2010, when starting the vehicle, check engine light came on, and engine did not seem to have as much power as it should. took to the mini dealership and they said the engine light was on because the turbo was damaged. apparently the oil supply hose to the turbo was either blocked or cut, and was not providing oil to the turbo. as a result of the lack of oil, the bearings in the turbo were ruined. had to replace the entire turbo. after the turbo was replaced we were told the timing chain was going bad. was told the timing chain, tensioners, and guides needed to be replaced. i've read where the timing chain has been a continuing problem with mini coopers, and that, if fixed, it will go bad again and could cause a severe engine problem, resulting in failure. i also wonder if the timing chain is already damaged enough to cause the oil supply hose to the turbo to be damaged.
11/11/201059000
 Noticed a strange sound, almost like wheel bearings were grinding. on november 11, 2010, when starting the vehicle, check engine light came on, and engine did not seem to have as much power as it should. took to the mini dealership and they said the engine light was on because the turbo was damaged. apparently the oil supply hose to the turbo was either blocked or cut, and was not providing oil to the turbo. as a result of the lack of oil, the bearings in the turbo were ruined. had to replace the entire turbo. after the turbo was replaced we were told the timing chain was going bad. was told the timing chain, tensioners, and guides needed to be replaced. i've read where the timing chain has been a continuing problem with mini coopers, and that, if fixed, it will go bad again and could cause a severe engine problem, resulting in failure. i also wonder if the timing chain is already damaged enough to cause the oil supply hose to the turbo to be damaged.
09/21/201035000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated that he noticed severe engine knocking when he started the vehicle. after driving, the knocking stopped. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the timing belt and other components (the contact was unsure of what components) were replaced at the contact's expense. the contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. the vin was unavailable when the complaint was filed. the current mileage was approximately 40,000. the failure mileage was approximately 35,000-bk
09/21/201035000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated that he noticed severe engine knocking when he started the vehicle. after driving, the knocking stopped. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the timing belt and other components (the contact was unsure of what components) were replaced at the contact's expense. the contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. the vin was unavailable when the complaint was filed. the current mileage was approximately 40,000. the failure mileage was approximately 35,000-bk
09/21/201035000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated that he noticed severe engine knocking when he started the vehicle. after driving, the knocking stopped. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the timing belt and other components (the contact was unsure of what components) were replaced at the contact's expense. the contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. the vin was unavailable when the complaint was filed. the current mileage was approximately 40,000. the failure mileage was approximately 35,000-bk
09/21/201035000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2008 mini cooper s. the contact stated that he noticed severe engine knocking when he started the vehicle. after driving, the knocking stopped. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the timing belt and other components (the contact was unsure of what components) were replaced at the contact's expense. the contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. the vin was unavailable when the complaint was filed. the current mileage was approximately 40,000. the failure mileage was approximately 35,000-bk
02/06/201025000
 My 2008 mini cooper s, when cold, often starts up with a tremendous amount of rattling from the engine. so much so that it sounds like a diesel (but its not a diesel motor). numberous online forums have documented this problem, including some complete engine failures. it is a very expensive problem to fix and i would like mini to issue a recall to permamently fix the problem and to have an unlimited warranty on this specific problem. the dealership has been unable to duplicate this sound and therefore refuses to provide the fix for it.
03/20/20096001
 My 2008 mini cooper s, when cold, often starts up with a tremendous amount of rattling from the engine. so much so that it sounds like a diesel (but its not a diesel motor). numerous online forums have documented this problem, including some complete engine failures. it is a very expensive problem to fix and i would like mini to issue a recall to permanently fix the problem and to have an unlimited warranty on this specific problem. *tr
05/10/200985001
 Noise in engine after cold start. engine was replaced by mini of peabody ma after a internal engine failure. this is a 2008 cooper s jcw and the engine has been noisy since it was replaced. noise goes away after it warms up. dealer tells me nothing is wrong. original engine failed at 8,000 miles and so did the transmission and had to be replaced as well. now at 17,000 miles transmission ok but engine sounds like it is knocking at start up. *tr
10/02/2009380001
 2008 mini cooper s spontaneous engine fire 10/02. i had just returned home from work and i had driven the car for about 45mins and then 10mins after shutting the car down a fire had started in the engine compartment. *tr
01/24/20091001
 My 2008 mini cooper s has a terrible rattling noise occasionally during startup. the problem can be reproduced 100% of the time under the following conditions: - start car for short period of time (back out of garage / wash car) - restart car for short period of time (move into garage) - leave car for 8 or more hours - restart and drive away. for the first 2 minutes there's a terrible rattling sound. *tr
10/01/20081
 Engine compartment of 08 mini cooper s gets so hot it has melt the hood scoop. my hood scooping is bowing down and the car has 2700 miles on it. i suggest a recall and a heat shield to resolve this issue. too many complaints on the forums. *tr
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
01/11/201112500
 On 2008 mini cooper s, with approx. 12.5k, complete failure of timing chain and componets. was just covered inside of dealer warnity, but even the deal amitted that this is a common problem. online, other have report the same failure in large numbers. this shuold be a recall!
01/11/201112500
 On 2008 mini cooper s, with approx. 12.5k, complete failure of timing chain and componets. was just covered inside of dealer warnity, but even the deal amitted that this is a common problem. online, other have report the same failure in large numbers. this shuold be a recall!
01/11/201112500
 On 2008 mini cooper s, with approx. 12.5k, complete failure of timing chain and componets. was just covered inside of dealer warnity, but even the deal amitted that this is a common problem. online, other have report the same failure in large numbers. this shuold be a recall!
06/20/201024552
 2008 mini cooper s. the vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. while driving on interstate 287 in nj with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. one moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next i had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown nj. vehicle brought to mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly fixed. the same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. vehicle brought to mini dealer again. happend a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to pa. vehicle was at mini for another 2 and one half weeks. now they say it is fixed and i do not feel confident they are correct. this problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. mini customer service was abhorrent. they would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchse this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. they will do nothing. the nhtsa must investigate. the only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. the engine losses all power. please investigate.
06/20/201024552
 2008 mini cooper s. the vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. while driving on interstate 287 in nj with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. one moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next i had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown nj. vehicle brought to mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly fixed. the same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. vehicle brought to mini dealer again. happend a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to pa. vehicle was at mini for another 2 and one half weeks. now they say it is fixed and i do not feel confident they are correct. this problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. mini customer service was abhorrent. they would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchse this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. they will do nothing. the nhtsa must investigate. the only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. the engine losses all power. please investigate.
06/20/201024552
 2008 mini cooper s. the vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. while driving on interstate 287 in nj with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. one moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next i had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown nj. vehicle brought to mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly fixed. the same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. vehicle brought to mini dealer again. happend a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to pa. vehicle was at mini for another 2 and one half weeks. now they say it is fixed and i do not feel confident they are correct. this problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. mini customer service was abhorrent. they would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchse this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. they will do nothing. the nhtsa must investigate. the only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. the engine losses all power. please investigate.
06/20/201024552
 2008 mini cooper s. the vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. while driving on interstate 287 in nj with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. one moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next i had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown nj. vehicle brought to mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly fixed. the same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. vehicle brought to mini dealer again. happend a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to pa. vehicle was at mini for another 2 and one half weeks. now they say it is fixed and i do not feel confident they are correct. this problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. mini customer service was abhorrent. they would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchse this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. they will do nothing. the nhtsa must investigate. the only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. the engine losses all power. please investigate.
06/20/201024552
 2008 mini cooper s. the vehicle had a complete electrical and engine failure with no notice. while driving on interstate 287 in nj with absolutely no notice the car lost total power. every warning light illuminated on the dash, all gauges dropped to zero, no power whatsoever from the engine, no way to open windows or door locks as their was a complete and total electrical and mechanical failure of this vehicle - there was absolutely no notice. one moment the vehicle was operating normally and the next i had complete and total mechanical, engine and electrical failure rendering the car disabled and without power in the middle lane of interstate 287 south in morristown nj. vehicle brought to mini dealer; vehicle there for almost 2 weeks-supposedly fixed. the same problem happened a second time within 100 miles of that first service. vehicle brought to mini dealer again. happend a third time for the service technician while he drove the car home from princeton to pa. vehicle was at mini for another 2 and one half weeks. now they say it is fixed and i do not feel confident they are correct. this problem is without warning and leaves the vehicle permanently disabled in a total and complete way that can lead to serious injury or death for the occupants. mini customer service was abhorrent. they would not return calls and stalled time and again when asked to repurchse this vehicle which is clearly unsafe. they will do nothing. the nhtsa must investigate. the only part they tell me is wrong is the footwell module but will be no more specific. mini must be held accountable for this defect and failure; this is of very serious nature. again, the car completely fails-everything-engine, electrical, all power you can not open door locks, windows or the rear hatch. the engine losses all power. please investigate.
11/04/200816001
 Very noisy drive train upon initial start-up; more significant when engine is cold. noise abates as engine warms. *tr
10/01/20081
 Engine compartment of 08 mini cooper s gets so hot it has melt the hood scoop. my hood scooping is bowing down and the car has 2700 miles on it. i suggest a recall and a heat shield to resolve this issue. too many complaints on the forums. *tr
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
01/02/201123000
 Timing chain 2008 mini cooper s failure. loud knocking noise from engine. under warranty parts replaced.
01/02/201123000
 Timing chain 2008 mini cooper s failure. loud knocking noise from engine. under warranty parts replaced.
01/02/201123000
 Timing chain 2008 mini cooper s failure. loud knocking noise from engine. under warranty parts replaced.
01/02/201123000
 Timing chain 2008 mini cooper s failure. loud knocking noise from engine. under warranty parts replaced.
01/02/201123000
 Timing chain 2008 mini cooper s failure. loud knocking noise from engine. under warranty parts replaced.
09/06/2008193421
 I borrowed my friend's mini cooper s for the week to test drive it. as i was unloading cargo from the trunk, my leg was burned when it touched the exhaust tip. yesterday, i read about an investigation into the same problem on edmunds.com. *tr
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
09/09/20081
 We purchased a 2008 mini cooper for my daughter. last night while she was putting things in the trunk, her leg glanced the tailpipe and she received a pretty significant burn. on looking at cars in a parking lot, i see that the mini cooper's tail pipes are very exposed and not even slanted back...i see this as a huge danger. *tr pic received 10/0708 *bf add picture *121108 cw updated 12/11/08