• Dec 23, 2008
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Let's set the scene: You've just returned from a jaunt to pick up Grandma and parked your 2007-2008 MINI Cooper S in the driveway. After leading the sweet lady up your steps and into the house, you return to the car to unload the assorted goodies and gifts that she's brought for you and the fam. You pop open the hatch, reach over to grab a foil-wrapped plate of her legendary baklava and start to feel a burning sensation on your shin. It's official. You've been indoctrinated into the Club of Cooper S owners who now sport a circular prison tat on their legs.

According to the NHTSA, the problem affects some 28,450 2007-08 MINI Cooper S models due to the dual tailpipes that protrude too far from the center of the Cooper's rear bumper. The problem has been documented on several MINI-specific forums, and BMW is stepping up to address the issue and offering Cooper customers a new, shorter exhaust, free of charge. The recall begins in January and owners can contact BMW at 800.831.1117 to schedule a replacement of the offending exhaust.


[Source: InsideLine | Image: Findude]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL!
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok so the recall is there, but asd an owner you don't have to have it done right? so if leg-burning ninnies need their pipes shortenerd because they can't understand that exhaust piping gets hot, then they can have their pipes shortened.

      this whole issue is tantamount to common sense, know your person and it's parts. if it's raining and you don't want to get wet, take an umbrella. take responsibility for yourself and for your actions, it's not like the car is covered with razor blades.

      if the car had some idiotic design (flamers stand back) where say, you had heated door handles that burned you becuase they heated to 600F that is different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i want one :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tattoos involve ink and needles, brandings involve very hot material striking the skin leaving a burn scar. Just FYI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Was he hugging the car or something? Jeez.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They do stick out a bit but you really have to try to get burnt, I don't recall me ever getting to close to the pipes. When they "fix" them all they do is make them a bit shorter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He loves it too much...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You think this is bad? Wait till you get out of a Cobra replica or a Lotus 7 chassis!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I believe a Viper's side pipes are pretty hot. Were those ever recalled?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry Rob, but a Mini S is much faster and handles much better than any neon, even the acr ones. Nice try, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry guys but the words Mini and fast do NOT belong in the same sentence, unless, of course, fast is immediately preceded by the word not. I think the only people who think they are fast are the people who own them and who've never actually owned a car that is fast.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike, i think fast in that situation means comparatively fast for its size and engine size without blowing it up. I also own a RS4 myself so i know what fast feels like, thanks for the insult.
      • 6 Years Ago
      On the positive side, they could always incorporate nicer shapes for the tailpipes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Should not all motorcycles be recalled on the same basis? BTW protuberance is such a double entendre word.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The tail pipe of a car with a short wheelbase will get hotter than a car with a longer wheel base.

      People were not dumb the engineers were dumb in this case. Problem fixed. BMW owes an apology and a few free oil changes and if a kid got burnt they owe the copays for the DR visits
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW owes no such thing. If you burn yourself on the tailpipe of any car it is your fault. Hot items will burn you if you touch them. It's also a bad idea to grab the radiator after driving...

        And if a kid touches the tailpipe, he deserves the scars. Lessons learned. I have burned myself with my Cooper. My fault. If my kid burns himself on it one day - my fault and possibly his (if he walks into it).

        BMW made a car. Just because people will not take personal responsibility, that does not mean BMW is at fault.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We Northerners don't run into that problem much, seeing as we have to wear the "long pants" most of the year! Watch the little ones though (my 2 year old nearly burnt himself)!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My '08 R32 has center mounted pipes that stick out and are easy to hit, so I'm really getting a kick out of all these replies...

      /Apologies to Fark
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