9.7

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
518 miles

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problem #1

Jun 012016

Cooper

  • 518 miles
This is in regards to the rear brake lights on the 2016+ MINICooper clubman models. The design of the rear brake lights can not be seen while following the vehicle at a cars length of distance. The largest tail lights on the rear hatch of the vehicle are not the actual brake lights where you assume you would see brake lights illuminate. Instead they are on the bumper below the rear doors. When in traffic or following less than 2 car lengths behind the cehicle the only way you can tell the vehicle is even stopping is the small 3rd brake light. Prior to anyone being seriously injured in a rear collision I would like to make the suggestion that BMW and MINIilluminate the large tail lights if the rear barn doors are closed and illuminate the lower lights only when the barn doors are open during driving. I've made this formal claim on record in case anything happens to my family in this vehicle in the future. I've included the following photos for reference: 1. following at 2 car lengths with brake lights illuminated 2. following at 1 car lengths with brakes illuminated 3. side view of distance when brake lights were completely obscured due to location.

- Corning, NY, USA