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Mini Cooper Electric Door Locks May Malfunction

Mini Cooper Problem
39 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008

Average Mileage: 86,602 mi (40,000 mi - 161,000 mi)


There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

  •  Rookie

    Passenger door lock does not unlock using key fob or interior unlock switch. Door must be unlocked manually.

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  • Visitor, , 61,000 mi

    All door locks will lock. But driver side lock will not unlock remotely with key fob.

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  • Visitor, , 145,000 mi

    Passenger door no longer unlocks using the key remote or the interior lock switch. Must be unlocked from the inside by pulling on handle.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 66,000 mi

    pax door locks with remote, wont unlock. drivers side works properly.

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  •  Rookie

    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?????

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    Yup, my FOB seems to work and it sounds like it unlocks the doors, however the driver's side door needs to be unlocked manually. And the passenger's side door fails to unlock at all.

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  • Visitor, , 127,000 mi

    I purchased this car in 2005 with about 3.000 miles on it. I have replaced window motors 3 times, power steering (reimbursed by Mini, but had to drive from Tahoe to Southern Oregon without power steering)and now the driver side door won't unlock with key faub or interior door lock switch. The driver side door locks with key faub, but not with interior door lock switch. I love this car and for the most part it has been a great car. This however, is a major safety issue.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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