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Car Problem Reports
Mini Cooper Electric Door Locks May Malfunction
Mini Cooper Problem
Average Mileage: 84,199 mi (40,000 mi - 161,000 mi)
Passenger door lock does not unlock using key fob or interior unlock switch. Door must be unlocked manually.
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper, 61,000 mi
All door locks will lock. But driver side lock will not unlock remotely with key fob.
Visitor, 2004 Mini Cooper, 92,500 mi
both passenger window and lock stopped working. you hear a "click" when using the central console unlock/window down, but nothing happens on passenger side. drivers side door lock still works fine (already replaced window motor around same time!) Manually able to open passenger door from inside car.
Visitor, 2004 Mini Cooper, 66,000 mi
pax door locks with remote, wont unlock. drivers side works properly.
got out of car to replenish washer bottle car still running passenger for shut and drivers door fortunately not fully shut but on catch. After shutting bonnet tried to get into car and the central locking had activated with car running and me outside. managed to get a long cane between top of window and roof and toggle the door lock switch on panel below radio. Passenger door opened not drivers but it enable us to get in.
what causes this?????
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper, 95,000 mi
Driver side door will not lock with FOB or manually. When pressing the lock down physically it pops back up as if the key was still in the ignition as a safeguard preventing you from locking your keys in the car.
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper, 71,399 mi
The right door of 2005 mini could not be opened from the inside but had to be opened manually from the outside. Also, you could lock the door using the key fob.This problem apparently came about after a passenger had tried to let himself out and was not aware of the correct operation of the door.
Visitor, 2002 Mini Cooper, 102,000 mi
Drivers door wont unlock with remote or center console just lock.
Visitor, 2002 Mini Cooper, 85,000 mi
electric lock on passenger door failed to respond to remote first, then completely unresponsive. The only way to open the door is manually from the inside. Driver door is now unresponsive to remote, but the key still works. Too expensive to repair ($250 per door), I can live with it.
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper, 42,000 mi
Passenger door lock will not open with fob or lock toggle, just manually. Then something bound and snapped manually opening driver door. It will not look like it is locked but opens and closes OK. Something is hitting when window goes up and down. Need to open both door panels to see what happened. Very disappointing for BMW.