definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,400 miles

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problem #2

Apr 162007

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Several, the air bag warning light has illuminated more then ten different times, each time it was repaired by the dealer (westchester BMW/westchester MINIthe last fix was after the normal warranty had expired and required much fuss to get it repaired for free. The power steering pump suddenly stopped working while driving on the highway. The radiator fan was replaced two times by me (car out of warranty) even though I complained to the dealer when the car was still quite new about the frequency of the fan motor's starting and stopping which will severely shorten the life of any electric motor. The windshield stress cracked while under warranty and was repaired. The windshield wiped motor has just failed during an incredible rainstorm.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 122006

Cooper 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,800 miles
Windshield wipers failed while driving in rain. The dealer diagnosed problem as wiper motor failure. I noticed that the wiper motor was exposed directly to the weather and moisture because it is located directly underneath the cowl intake and I felt that was the cause of the failure. It's exposed to rain, snow, and winter road salt spray - even when the vehicle is not being driven. I obtained the replacement part and noticed that it had a plastic shield installed to protect the motor indicating the manufacturer does know about the problem and has implemented corrective action. When I contacted BMW, they claimed to be unaware of the problem. BMW insists on charging for the repair ($465) and has not yet recognized the fact that there is a safety defect with the vehicle. There is also a high likelihood that there are other vehicles that could experience the same failure resulting in loss of life.

- North Reading, MA, USA