Electric Door Locks May Malfunction on Mini Cooper

There are reports of the electric door locks malfunctioning.

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Average mileage: 83,680 (35,000–161,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2008, 2009
49 people reported this problem
34 people shared problem details
Passenger door lock does not unlock using key fob or interior unlock switch. Door must be unlocked manually.
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2005 Mini Cooper61,000
All door locks will lock. But driver side lock will not unlock remotely with key fob.
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2004 Mini Cooper145,000
Passenger door no longer unlocks using the key remote or the interior lock switch. Must be unlocked from the inside by pulling on handle.
2004 Mini Cooper92,500
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.
2004 Mini Cooper66,000
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?????
2005 Mini Cooper71,399
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.
2005 Mini Cooper95,000
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.
2004 Mini Cooper127,000
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.
2005 Mini Cooper105,000
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.
2002 Mini Cooper60,138
Passenger side will not open from the inside even when unlocked. Must use exterior handle to open the door
2009 Mini Cooper80,000
Rear barn doors on my 2009 clubman will not open.
I am having trouble with my driver side door lock. It will unlock with key or inside switch but not from key fob. How can I resolve this issue?
2009 Mini Cooper35,000
2009 Mini Cooper Clubman S Driver's door doesnt lock/unlock with key fob. Needs to be manually locked with emergency key but then it does not open from the outside. Had to open from inside (through passengers side). Thinking it is: lock cylinder (fried), or loose connection between lock and body of car. Last case scenario is lock actuator
2008 Mini Cooper70,000
Barn door lock is jammed and will not disengage so the doors can shut.
2005 Mini Cooper131,000
Driver's door does not unlock using the key fob sometimes. Manual unlock is needed
2005 Mini Cooper80,500
Drivers door will not open with remote, but will lock with remote.
2009 Mini Cooper75,000
Driver door will not open with either handle. Lock responds to key and fob but door still does not open. The opening handles don't feel like they are "doing anything". Over the winter I had several times when the door would not close completely. This would come and go. This non-opening condition gave no warning. Service manager at the dealer says he has never seen this in his 8 years with Mini. BMW tech (they share a service area) had seen a similar problem with a BMW once (called it stuck in double lock mode) Car still at dealer. They say they are going to have to cut the striker to get the door open.
2008 Mini Cooper100,000
The door won't open because the lock seems to get stuck and requires the door to be pushed in hard before unlocking.
2003 Mini Cooper103,009
Electronic driver side lock failed. Console switch nor key fob activate the lock. Can not manually lock the door :(
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