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#255 of 548 Certified Pre-Owned '04 Mini Cooper Repairs
Oct 14, 2009 (4:16 am)
My Mini is in need of major repair. I drove the car 15,000.
The estimated cost of repairs is $6,600 for the following:
I bought the car, a 2004 Mini Copper S at a dealership. The car was Certified Pre-Owned and I paid for an extended warranty as well. I thought that I had covered my bases with warranties, inspections, certifications, & the added assurance of a reputable dealership. For me, buying a Mini meant that I was getting value, quality, and fun.
Unfortunately, my experience indicates something different...
Day 1 : I park the car in the garage and find that the bumper is two-toned, almost orange and yellow. It looks like someone used a home air brush kit. The bumper issue was not visible in the bright day light. Awesome.
Day 256: I hear a squeaking sound in the tire well. The tensioner, crankshaft pulley/ bolt are replaced. They also change the oil. Thanks goodness it's covered.
But why another issue?
Day 500 (+/-): Checkout Mini Cooper Soap Box for more details & video.
I really want resolution to this issue. Does anyone have advice?
#257 of 548 Re: Certified Pre-Owned '04 Mini Cooper Repairs [drea111]
Oct 16, 2009 (6:34 am)
I also purchased a 2004 Mini (basic,not S) as a certified pre-owned car from a Mini dealer. When I got it home I noticed the windshield was terribly pitted and the driver's seat was really "broken down" in a way which was very uncomfortable for me. The dealership replaced the windshield and the seat without so much as a "squeak". The warranty paid for all of it. It had about 44,000 miles on it. Within months, the transmission "died". The dealership tried to tell me it wasn't covered. In fact, the gal who sold me the car was the one telling me I would have to pay for the replacement of the transmission. I strongly reminded her I has voiced my concern about the high mileage when I purchased the car FROM HER and SHE had told me not to worry because it was covered as a certified pre-owned car by MINI up to 100,000 miles or 6 years. I said this in front of many shoppers in the middle of the showroom. Needless to say, they replaced the transmission at their cost. I didn't have to pay a dime. They even gave me a loaner for three days. Good luck!
#258 of 548 Re: Certified Pre-Owned '04 Mini Cooper Repairs [drea111]
Oct 18, 2009 (4:53 pm)
I will give your suggestion a try.
#259 of 548 Transmission Failure 42k Miles
Oct 21, 2009 (9:52 am)
Its a shame my 2003 MINI has 42k miles on it and the transmission has failed. They want 6 grand to fix it, this is low mileage for a transmission failure, am I the only one?
#260 of 548 Re: Transmission Failure 42k Miles [hower]
Oct 21, 2009 (6:21 pm)
I need your email to send you my correspondence that succeeded in getting the part paid for by Mini
#261 of 548 Re: Transmission Failure 42k Miles [hower]
Oct 29, 2009 (11:40 am)
...it sounds like my situation.
have you had your car repaired yet?
If not, it is probably worth talking with the dealership about the repairs & cost especially if you have had all of your previous work done by the dealership. Check out the comments by Ceee Ceee in the previous thread.
Unfortunately, sometimes you have to be the super squeaky wheel.
#263 of 548 Re: Transmission Failure 42k Miles [drea111]
Nov 01, 2009 (2:24 pm)
I called MINI international, let them know of the bad tranny diagnosis from the BMW shop, they had me tow it to the dealership and now the dealership is saying its just the front axles. They also said they wont know for sure until the axles are replaced because the sounds cannot be separated since the tranny is connected to the axles. Wish me luck.
PS. I had most of my service at MINI but the closest dealer was over 50 miles away, so I had oil changes done at a BMW service shop closer to home.
Thanks for the response, is your MINI fixed now?
#264 of 548 Seat belt Airbag Idiot Warning Light
Nov 03, 2009 (9:19 am)
2003 "S" - My seat belt airbag idiot light comes on and stays on. Two Mini mechanics told me it's a faulty electrical plug under the seat(s) that jiggles loose and the computer reads it as a airbag fault and lights up the warning light. The mechanics simply reset the computer and the light goes out until the next "jiggle". Good news: it is not an airbag problem. One recommended either replacing the plug(s) or splicing the wires together to prevent reoccurence. Has anyone ever had this same problem and what was your solution?