Mini and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced an investigation into certain Cooper S models after reports of engine fires on at least 12 vehicles, five of which resulted in a total loss. Interestingly enough, Bloomberg reports that in eight of those cases, the fires occurred while the vehicles were parked and turned off.

At this point, the investigation covers around 36,000 2007 and 2008 model year Mini Cooper S models. A spokesperson with NHTSA said that the complaints indicate a growing trend and that most of the reports have occurred within the last year.

Neither Mini nor the automaker's parent company, BMW, have commented on the investigation at this time.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Humm, an engine fire could severely impact the cuteness of you Mini...
      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get 'em while they're hot!
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mini's are fairly fragile cars.. Not very reliable at all
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's right. 8 cars catch fire when not even being driven and it's American drivers' fault. Sheesh.
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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bid fad yesterday, Junk today! Where`s the next band wagon? Glad I don`t purchase based on perception. My Minivans are the most usefull vehicles on the road. Just a tad bit thirsty, outside of that, the minivan is a better all around vehicle than 90% of the choices out there. It too was once a fad now disliked. Go figure?
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I heard it's a ...small...issue.
      Lunch
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a Mini S with the JCW. It drove great, but as a reliable car? Not at all. Not even close. Sure, they are fun, but the lack of quality forced me to sell it.
      David Donovan
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few months ago I saw a Mini on fire on the side of I-95 in Philly. I wonder if that one was because of this recall
      dohc73
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't surprise me that BMW has no comment. Yes, the engine is from Puegeot. It has been re-worked since the 2011 model year and that gives me pause. Makes me wonder what the heck was wrong with the engine design for 2007-2010.
        Antonio
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        The timing chain tensioner was one design flaw which plagued a lot of engines. Several repair kits where made until the new 2011 design. Also the new BMW only version since 2011 was added Valvetronic which goes in line with their new Twinpower engines (twinscroll turbo, direct injection, Valvetronic). It's basically the same engine in the new F20 Series 1 and upcoming F30 Series 3.
      Tstag
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the engine made. Is it the US? If so I'm sure BMW will solve that problem by simply moving all engineering back to Bavaria at some point. Or better still to the UK where the likes of Jaguar and Land Rover never seem to get investigated by the US safety police.....
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      ohh the fire jokes are back! Saw a lot of good ones from the Dodge Durango article. But really, never saw Cooper Mini as more then a gimmick. There is really nothing that makes it stand out from its competition the same price range.
      mmapying
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just 12? There are 30 documented on the mini fan site. http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/stock-problems-issues/73527-spontaneous-engine-bay-fires.html
        GilG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mmapying
        The fires in the 1st Generation BMW MINI ('02-'06) were fairly well traced to failures associated with the Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering Pumps -- that's the 30 (actually 40+) cases you cite. These latest fires are all in 2nd Gen ('07+) turbo MINIs with a completely different steering system. Likely some other root cause. I hope they figure this out. I park my '11 in the attached garage.
        bcworkz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mmapying
        You think NHTSA trolls fan sites looking for problems? Bwah Ha ha ha! Any time NHTSA cites a number, you can bet the problem affects multiple times that. SNAFU.
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