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Car Problem Reports
Mini Cooper Electric Door Locks May Malfunction
Mini Cooper Problem
Average Mileage: 79,658 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, 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, 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, 2004 Mini Cooper, 85,000 mi
This should be a recall as we have done nothing wrong and this is a safety issue. BMW better get on it. Such a disappointment. Would never buy another mini sorry to say. They do not stand behind their product.
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, 2003 Mini Cooper, 161,000 mi
But the drivers door side stopped locking about 145,000 mi. I haven't fixed it... Right now I had to fixed the top off of my engine, the 02 sensors, the tranny filter, spark plugs, the head gasket, the pcv valve,the catalytic converter on it,and now there is something wrong with the RPMs while driving... chances are it might be the IAC(idle air control) on it...... NEVER BUY A MINI OR A BMW!!!!!! All manipulation on their cars!!! It is just like the illuminati..... Time for huamity to have true FREEDOM! :)
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper
Driver door will not unlock from inside of car.
Visitor, 2005 Mini Cooper, 48,000 mi
Door handle stopped working on the passenger side at about 15000 miles (dealer fixed). Same thing on Driver side at 48000 miles and brother in law fixed it.