Consumers have filed a total of 13 complaints related to MINI ELECTRICAL SYSTEM.
I was pulling into shopping center all dashboard light up warnings etc. Started to head home because of prior incident with computer failure. Car stopped mid intersection and went dead. Put it in park restarted and drove home. Headlights and electrical engine would not shut off. Called service to tow to dealerhip repair. Tow truck driver attempted to turn of lights, no luck. Car repaired at dealership, was told at that point of a possible recall, but they didn't know of what. Car repaired. As soon a lease is up it is gone!
During a rain shower, drove at about 15mph into roughly 4" of water gathered on the shoulder of an access road adjacent to the highway and the engine stalled. Would not restart. Puddle of water was not high enough to breach the cabin - running boards were still above water and the curb adjacent to the street was not submerged. Car would not start and transmission locked up. Bmw roadside assistance contacted and advised not to start; tow truck had difficulty loading onto the flatbed because the electrical system had malfunctioned in the electric convertible top and was overriding the ability to put the car into neutral.
Vehicle's switch controlling headlights was left in the "parking lights on" mode inadvertently (it opened terminal 15 per mini). Car would not start less than 12 hours later. Mini reports that this "damaged the battery beyond repair" and said it was not subject to warranty replacement because the user had operated the switch. If this happened for many mini owners, people would be stranded and left in a dangerous condition. Furthermore, this is clearly something mini is choosing to ignore and classify as user error when it is a defect. Mini charged $600+ plus dollars to replace the battery, reprogram the vehicle and physically install the new battery. The dealer rep said he has personally seen 6 other vehicles this year alone with the same problem.
TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 MINI Cooper. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH, THE CONTACT STOPPED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND THE ENGINE SHUT OFF. THE CONTACT STATED THAT UNKNOWN WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED AFTER THE FAILURE OCCURRED. AFTER MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS, THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE AND DRIVE HOME. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO BMW OF SAN ANTONIO (LOCATED AT 15507 W IH 10, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78249, (210) 732-7121) WHERE IT WAS DIAGNOSED THAT THE ALTERNATOR NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED, BUT THE FAILURE RECURRED THREE TIMES. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 37,816.
Tl* the contact owned a 2016 mini countryman. The contact was alerted by his wife that the vehicle was engulfed in flames while parked. The failure occurred without warning. The fire department was contacted and extinguished the flames. The vehicle was towed to the insurance company's lot where it was deemed destroyed. There were no injuries. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. The vin was not provided. *tt the consumer stated bmw paid the deductible for his daughter's vehicle but not the other car or house. * fd report conclusion: undertermined- due to the severity of damage to the vehicle investigators were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire. The probablity exists that due to the beaded battery cable found that a short ensured thus causing the fire. There is also a probability that a mechanical malfunction/ failure ensued, but investigators were not able to determine if this was a cause, due to the owner statements recorded in nypd interviews that she did not notice anything while driving the vehicle. Updated 9/25/18*jp