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Warning Light On problems of the 2005 Mini Cooper S



Ten problems related to warning light on have been reported for the 2005 Mini Cooper S.

car   Warning Light On problem 1
Failure Date: 11/06/2012

Passenger airbag off warning light on. Dealer wants $1800 to fix defective system.

car   Warning Light On problem 2
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

When passenger exited vehicle, light airbag off notification came on. This happens every time someone exits the passenger seat. Also airbag warning light & seatbelt not buckled light come on.

car   Warning Light On problem 3
Failure Date: 08/18/2012

While driving on the freeway to sacramento, CA from alameda, CA, for no apparent reason, my red dashboard air bag warning light and the roof-mounted yellow passenger airbag disable warning indicator light both came on. The roof-mounted yellow light then went out after about 5 minutes, but the red dashboard air bag warning light has remained on every time the ignition was turned on.

car   Warning Light On problem 4
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Passenger seat occupancy sensor/mat failed causing airbag "off" warning light and possibly (conflcting info from publicly-avaialble sources) turning off passenger seat airbag triggering function. The cost of replacing this component is such a large portion of the airbag system purchase price and the fact that it may also be essential for the system's proper functioning, make it seem reasonable that it should be warrantied for the life of the (airbag) system itself, or a "fix" engineered and installed at no cost to a vehicle owner.

car   Warning Light On problem 5
Failure Date: 02/06/2012

Passenger airbag, front seat, sensor has a fault or short in it. Intermittently, while adult passenger is in seat, the warning light turns on, and passenger airbag "off" warning light comes on--thus shutting off the passenger airbag. This a known issue with the 2005 and 2006 Mini coopers and a serious safety issue. In this past month the frequency has increased to approximately 99% where the passenger has no safety protection as air bag is shut off. To date Mini is not warrantying this defect and it is a very expensive repair. I think a safety recall should be issued ASAP.

car   Warning Light On problem 6
Failure Date: 01/19/2012

The airbag warning light comes on intermittently. The repair shop says the sensor under the passenger seat is bad. BMW has known about this issue for several years and issued a 10 year 150,000 mile extended warranty and recall for approximately 150,000 vehicles over model years 2004 - 2006. For some reason they refuse to include the 2005 Mini Cooper S in the extended warranty and want ~$2,000 to replace the entire seat bottom for the defective sensor. This is a safety issue caused by a known and admitted defective part. Mini should issue a recall and replace the defective sensor under extended warranty as their parent company bwm has done for various models affected by the same defect.


car   Warning Light On problem 7
Failure Date: 12/13/2010

2005 Mini cooper warning lights indicated the passenger side air bag turned off while an adult passenger was in the passenger seat. Issue started during a cold NY winter after 5 yrs of fault free operation. Normally the passenger seat will sense the weight of a passenger and automatically adjust the force of a deploying airbag. Dealer reported faulty seat mat sensor with a replacement cost of $1300 which is not covered by warranty. After extensive internet search for similar problems, these sensor mats fail at a regular rate, and are not covered by any recall. Due to the high cost and repeated failure these repairs are not being performed.

car   Warning Light On problem 8
Failure Date: 07/15/2010

On 2005 Mini Cooper S with 13,000 miles the passenger airbag warning light came on. Mini diagnosed reason as failure of the sensor in the passenger seat, which would require $1100 repair. Mini will not fix because car is out of warranty. Mini did not state whether the airbag will or will not function. Passenger seat has rarely been used. Mini denies responsibility.

car   Warning Light On problem 9
Failure Date: 02/16/2010

The red airbag warning light in the speedometer area came on at approximately 99,450 miles. It came on after driving across a city railroad crossing at low speed. I took the vehicle to the dealer and asked about the light, and they indicated that it would require additional investigation but could be a faulty seat sensor which would cost approximately $1250 to replace. They also indicated that they were not sure whether or not the airbags would deploy properly in the event of an accident. Further research indicates that this model and year may also have problems with the wiring harnesses and connections, and that only the dealer can reset the warning light. As of December 2 2010 the vehicle has 113,000 miles on it and the warning light is still on. I believe this is a safety related issue that should be addressed by the dealer as a warranty issue as I am not comfortable with the current situation but do not want to pay for an expensive safety related defect. I am the original owner of the vehicle and still have it. Thanks.

car   Warning Light On problem 10
Failure Date: 08/25/2009

"srs" warning light (passenger airbag off) blinks on and off in a 2005 Mini coopers with less than 60,000 miles on it. The warning light only triggers when there is someone sitting in the passenger seat. Was told by Mini dealership that it would cost $800 for the part and +$200 in labor to fix this safety issue. Not an acceptable answer.


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